When my husband decided it was time to purchase a bike, I completely supported him. I knew all his friends rode motorcycles and he always felt left out during break room discussions of weekend rides and road trips.
While we were waiting for his new motorcycle to be prepped, our youngest and I walked about the showroom looking at various displays. From across the sales floor I heard a squeal, "Look mommy, look at this, bells! Can I have one?" In a display case, there was indeed a bunch of Guardian bells with many different designs.
I knew about the bell and its legend from a time in my past. I also new they were traditionally hung on Harley Davidson motorcycles. My husband was purchasing a Honda. After I told the legend of the bell to my little one, we had to buy one. Not for her, for the bike and for her daddy.
The legend goes something like this, there are evil road spirits living on your bike. These monsters cause you trouble including equipment failure and breakdowns. The bell itself makes a nice place for the evil road spirits to live except they get trapped in it. The sound of the bell ringing drives them mad and eventually makes them fall off the bike, which is how potholes came to be. More about the Legend of the Bell
The bells are better given as gifts than bought for your own bike. They say the bell magic is more intense this way. Therefore, my daughter and I chose a bell to give him as a gift.
The bell we chose has flames on it. Coincidentally so does the bike.
Image credit to the Guardian Bell website. I was unable to capture a good picture of our bell due to the placement of it on the motorcycle.