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Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:00 am quote
Has anyone had any electrical issues with their Sprint/Prima? My 2016 has had several annoying ones.

First, the immobilizer was flaking out and I couldn't start the scoot at times (as in it wouldn't detect the RFID in the key or whatever). I removed the leg shield and unplugged the antenna (the circular deal around the ignition) from the ECU and plugged it back in, problem went away.

Next, my mode button stopped working. Again took apart the leg shield, unplugged the ECU harness and plugged it back in and wiggled it a bit. Problem solved.

NOW, my damn low fuel indicator has stopped working. At first it was flickering, now it doesn't come on at all. I can almost guarantee replugging the ECU harness will fix it again. Getting real tired of taking this shit apart. What's wrong with the wiring harnesses and why do they do this?
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Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:13 am quote
How many miles on your 2016? My wife and I each have a 2016 Sprint 150 with only 1000 miles on them but so far no problems.
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Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:11 am quote
Anyone found an overlay or replacement to switch the speedometer from primary KPH to MPH?
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:34 pm quote
Sprint / Primavera 150 Information exchange group...
Thank you for starting this forum...

I have a primavera 150 and I am hoping for suggestions on what kind of cup holder I can use on my bike. I ordered a Ram cup holder but I am not sure if it's going to fit. I already use one for my cell phone. The body is not really designed for a cup holder...

Also, when should I get my first oil change? I have 350+ miles on my bike and I just started riding it again. I think I should have it done at 500 miles?

Thanks
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:54 pm quote
weird electrical issue - help needed
also posted to the general board...

I have a 2015 Vespa 150 Sprint. I have noticed that sometimes when I turn the key and grab the brake lever, it won't turn over but all the lights and horn will work. I did notice I don't hear the rumble of the fuel pump. I turn the key off and try again, hear the rumble and off I go. My concern is this seems to be happening more and now that it's out of warranty am I looking a big issue or something easily fixed. Don't want to get stranded.

thanks in advance for your recommendations.
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Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:20 am quote
Re: weird electrical issue - help needed
romano279 wrote:
also posted to the general board...

I have a 2015 Vespa 150 Sprint. I have noticed that sometimes when I turn the key and grab the brake lever, it won't turn over but all the lights and horn will work. I did notice I don't hear the rumble of the fuel pump. I turn the key off and try again, hear the rumble and off I go. My concern is this seems to be happening more and now that it's out of warranty am I looking a big issue or something easily fixed. Don't want to get stranded.

thanks in advance for your recommendations.
When you turn the key and it doesn't start, is the red LED by the speedometer flashing? (the same LED that blinks slowly when the scoot is off)

If so, you have the same issue I did with the antenna not picking up the transponder in your key. The fix for me was to remove the leg shield and simply unplug/replug the ECU wiring harness.
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Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:32 am quote
Leg Shied removeal
Are there any videos on line that shows how to remove the leg shield? thanks
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:54 am quote
Yes.
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Vespa Primavera 150
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Wed May 02, 2018 1:39 am quote
Primavera/ Sprint Front Rack
Hi, wondering if any of you guys have a front rack installed? Was it a Original Vespa, Faco, FA or the Cuppicini Front Rack etc?

Any to recommend?
Thanks!
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Sprint 150
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Wed May 09, 2018 5:42 pm quote
Leg Shield removal videos
naardvark wrote:
Yes.
can you possibly share a link to a good video ? Looks like I am having the same issue you encountered with the immobilizer.

thanks
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Thu May 17, 2018 3:35 am quote
This video shows the leg shield being removed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEOviTnHzsc
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Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:31 pm quote
New 2018 Sprint Carbon
Finally decided to get a new vespa in addition to my LX 150 ie. Just got my Sprint last Thursday and it was worth it. The iget engine is very smooth and very fuel efficient. ABS brakes works like a charm. Read some horror stories about the first generation sprint, hope this time piaggio was able to sort it out.
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Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:04 pm quote
Re: Greetings from another yellow one :-)
Any more orders? It's free [/quote]

Hello! Im in the Philippines, can I order the stickers?
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:28 am quote
naardvark wrote:
romano279 wrote:
also posted to the general board...

I have a 2015 Vespa 150 Sprint. I have noticed that sometimes when I turn the key and grab the brake lever, it won't turn over but all the lights and horn will work. I did notice I don't hear the rumble of the fuel pump. I turn the key off and try again, hear the rumble and off I go. My concern is this seems to be happening more and now that it's out of warranty am I looking a big issue or something easily fixed. Don't want to get stranded.

thanks in advance for your recommendations.
When you turn the key and it doesn't start, is the red LED by the speedometer flashing? (the same LED that blinks slowly when the scoot is off)

If so, you have the same issue I did with the antenna not picking up the transponder in your key. The fix for me was to remove the leg shield and simply unplug/replug the ECU wiring harness.
My 2016 Sprint had this same issue. Your suggested fix did the trick - thanks!
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Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:15 am quote
Hey peoples,

I changed my LED bulb with another and now my speedometer is not working but everything else on the dash is. Double checked the cables when reassembling and all was good.
Will the ECU unplug and replug sort out this problem or does any here know how to solve this issue?

Thanks
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Primavera 150
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:18 am quote
How come no one warned me about changing the oil??? What a mess. Time to come up with a wheel chock.
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Sprint 150 Carbon
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Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:31 pm quote
Hi, I needed 2 days to completely read through this thread from page 1.. terrific source for information about vespa sprint!

I am contemplating of selling my Kawasaki ER6N, and getting the Vespa Sprint 150.

The kawi is my main mode of transport to-from work (around 15minutes one-way) for 5 years now. I think it’s an overkill Since I don’t really ride elsewhere LOL.
I know I’m gonna miss the torque and the availability of power should I need it.

So I’m thinking of getting the limited edition Sprint 150 Carbon. Only 26 here in Malaysia.

My question is, is it wise to personalize the limited edition sprint or better of getting the cheaper newer version with a facelift that should be coming out end of this month?

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2019 Primavera 150 Touring
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Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:32 am quote
Re: Primavera/ Sprint Front Rack
dubuee wrote:
Hi, wondering if any of you guys have a front rack installed? Was it a Original Vespa, Faco, FA or the Cuppicini Front Rack etc?

Any to recommend?
Thanks!
I have the original and it's awesome. Pics soon.
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Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:56 am quote
XzaimzX wrote:
Hi, I needed 2 days to completely read through this thread from page 1.. terrific source for information about vespa sprint!

I am contemplating of selling my Kawasaki ER6N, and getting the Vespa Sprint 150.

The kawi is my main mode of transport to-from work (around 15minutes one-way) for 5 years now. I think it’s an overkill Since I don’t really ride elsewhere LOL.
I know I’m gonna miss the torque and the availability of power should I need it.

So I’m thinking of getting the limited edition Sprint 150 Carbon. Only 26 here in Malaysia.

My question is, is it wise to personalize the limited edition sprint or better of getting the cheaper newer version with a facelift that should be coming out end of this month?
if you have no issue with budget, just go with sprint limited edition

as you may aware there is no real carbon in it, if you are okay with that, just go with it.

the single seat supposed to be a great value add on those specific sprint!
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Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:08 pm quote
Hey guys new here from the NSM side, I have a 2016 Prima 150 with just over 2000 kms now and I just recently noticed the variator started making abit of a squeal noise when idling. When I take off noise goes away it's very minor. When I first got it this noise didnt exist.

Its impossible for the belt already to be bad, needs tightening? Spray the crap out of the area with WD 40 l...no clue.

Thanks!
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Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:47 pm quote
Probably dust in the clutch. It needs a good high speed run 50 mph or more. Then ride it like you stole it for a while.
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Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:53 pm quote
Just gave it a fresh wash today and sprayed some WD40 on the nut and surrounding area of the vario helped a lot! Let's see how long itll last..It just needed a bit of lube for the squeal to go away.
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Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:16 am quote
domi wrote:
XzaimzX wrote:
Hi, I needed 2 days to completely read through this thread from page 1.. terrific source for information about vespa sprint!

I am contemplating of selling my Kawasaki ER6N, and getting the Vespa Sprint 150.

The kawi is my main mode of transport to-from work (around 15minutes one-way) for 5 years now. I think it’s an overkill Since I don’t really ride elsewhere LOL.
I know I’m gonna miss the torque and the availability of power should I need it.

So I’m thinking of getting the limited edition Sprint 150 Carbon. Only 26 here in Malaysia.

My question is, is it wise to personalize the limited edition sprint or better of getting the cheaper newer version with a facelift that should be coming out end of this month?
if you have no issue with budget, just go with sprint limited edition

as you may aware there is no real carbon in it, if you are okay with that, just go with it.

the single seat supposed to be a great value add on those specific sprint!
So I bought my very first Vespa Sprint 150! I was so excited that I drove over 80km in heavy rain twice in 2 days LOL.

I chose the Sprint Carbon and love it. The single seat is great but the missus felt a bit uncomfortable riding pillion, and I’m thinking of getting the top case with back rest on. Unfortunately black color is unavailable anywhere near me. So I’m just gonna install the passenger footrest and maybe swap the grab rail with a fold rack in the mean time.
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Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:11 pm quote
Sprint/Primavera
Hi, I just want to say hello and share a bit with everyone!
This is my wife’s Primavera 125, she lets me ride from time to time

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Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:21 pm quote
Primavera heated grips
I just installed heated grips on my wife’s Primavera, the work real nice so far, hope she does not get cold hands anymore!
They come with open ends, the left one is occupied by part of the anti theft system, but for the right grip I custom made a kind of “terminal” I hope you like it.

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Primavera 150
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Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:24 pm quote
Can I put 12" Sprint Rims/tires on my 11" Primavera without any other mods? The front looks straight forward, but the rear drum brake is a concern.
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Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:56 am quote
pokeyjoe wrote:
Can I put 12" Sprint Rims/tires on my 11" Primavera without any other mods? The front looks straight forward, but the rear drum brake is a concern.
They are a direct fit.
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Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:56 pm quote
Thank you!
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:13 pm quote
pokeyjoe wrote:
Can I put 12" Sprint Rims/tires on my 11" Primavera without any other mods? The front looks straight forward, but the rear drum brake is a concern.
the rims are direct fit to primavera, but you need to change the side stand and also dual stand with sprint version because sprint stand is slightly longer than primavera. otherwise rear tire sometimes scrub the floor sometimes.
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Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:51 pm quote
splash guards for the Prima
Does anyone knows where I could find Splash guards online in the US?
All I see is stuff from Aliexpress and from some outfit in the UK.
The scootwest splash guards are for classic models. I'm looking for the modern look kind for my 2019 Prima. Mostly I'm looking for the front one.
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Vespa Primavera S Sprint 150
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Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:19 am quote
Performance Spark Plug
Hi all looking for some recommendations for my Vespa primavera S sprint 150 which has been fully modified? I would like to know what your recommendations are for a performance spark plug the current spark plugs is the stock standard type and with all the mods done it makes sense to put the best performance spark plug I can the current spark supplied is and Vespa part 638853- which is an NGK CR8E thanks in advanced to all that contribute
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Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:27 pm quote
If it needs it by colour you could go one grade colder so CR7E. Depends on what you have done.

I do not believe there is such a thing as a "performance" spark plug. There are various designs over the years for combating fouling etc. but to add performance?
There are also plugs designed for long life such as Iridium which are used because of OEM emission duration requirements but they don't "add" performance as such.
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Vespa Sprint 150
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Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:33 pm quote
=whew= !!!
Finally all caught up, thanks for all the posts about the great info. I've picked up a black Sprint a few weeks ago and I've done my best to put some miles in given that it's winter.

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Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:39 pm quote
Beautiful Bike
I have the 2018 Sprint. Put on some chrome. I'm switching my plastic milk crate out with a 50 year old wire milk crate. I'm going to powder coat it. Haven't decided upon color yet. Painted the bottom with clear truck bed liner to help prevent rust.

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Primavera 150
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Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:31 pm quote
You need to lose the bell. That's not a Harley.
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Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:34 pm quote
Guardian Bell
I did get the bell from a Harley guy but I didn't know it was a Harley thing. Thanks for the heads up.
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Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:35 pm quote
waspmike wrote:
If it needs it by colour you could go one grade colder so CR7E. Depends on what you have done.

I do not believe there is such a thing as a "performance" spark plug. There are various designs over the years for combating fouling etc. but to add performance?
There are also plugs designed for long life such as Iridium which are used because of OEM emission duration requirements but they don't "add" performance as such.
Or you could go to a CR9E, which would be colder than the CR8E, and even colder than the CR7E, because that's how NGK rolls. Bigger number, colder plug.

A Denso IU27 is probably your best bet though, if your intentions are to ride the piss out of it and not put a hole in the piston. It's about a 10 on the NGK scale.

And yes, there are performance spark plugs. They fire better under higher compression. The odds that most people need them or will notice a difference are slight. But the guys racing MotoGP don't send a lackey down to autozone to pick up a fresh box of champions every 6000 miles.
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:42 am quote
Re: Guardian Bell
clynch wrote:
I did get the bell from a Harley guy but I didn't know it was a Harley thing. Thanks for the heads up.
If the Harley guy gave you the bell, then protocol was followed and you may indeed use the bell to ward off gremlins. But a Vespa isn't a Harley and you will not encounter clouds of gremlins the way Harleys do.
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:11 am quote
Copied and pasted from another source.

The Legend of the Gremlin Bell: A Biker’s Tradition

Some say the “Gremlin Bell” is a supernatural protector against evil spirits that haunt the roads looking for bikers to harm – others say it’s simply a tradition of kindness between riders and friends. Whatever you believe, the “Gremlin Bell” is a unique legend in the biker community, and we tell you all about it in this article!

Have you ever noticed a tiny bell hanging on some motorcycles? You may have found one on a bike you purchased, found one on a bike you were working on, or even been given one by a friend and not known what it was. Well it turns out, these little bells have a purpose (besides ringing and making you think your engine is making funny noises), and are a biker tradition going back decades, almost as long as “bikers” themselves.

A “Gremlin Bell” (or Guardian or Spirit bell, depending on who you ask) installed on a motorcycle. Gremlin Bells come in all sorts of designs, and are a fun personalized gift you can give any rider. (PC: Triumph Forums)

The Purpose of the Gremlin Bell
These little bells, known in the motorcycling world as Gremlin Bells, Guardian Bells, or Spirit Bells, are a kind of good luck charm for motorcycle riders. The bell is said to protect them during their travels, similar to how a pendant or image of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, is often carried in vehicles to protect their occupants while on the road.
Here’s how the bell works: legend has it that there are harmful spirits that lurk the roadways, always on the lookout for motorcycles to cling onto and cause mischief. You may have heard of unusual and hard-to-diagnose problems that occur in machines (most often in electrical systems) being called “gremlins,” and supposedly, it is these same unpredictable and harmful spirits that cause problems for motorcycles and their riders.
The Gremlin Bell is a way to ward off these spirits. It is said to work by capturing them in the hollow of the bell and infuriating them with the constant ringing until they release their hold and break free, returning to the roadway to find another unsuspecting rider without a bell to harass instead.

Gremlin Bells are a strong tradition in the Harley riding community, but other riders of cruisers and touring bikes also practice it (however it’s not much of a “thing” in the sport bike and ADV/dual-sporting worlds.)

The Rules of the Bell
There are some “rules,” however, to the Gremlin Bell and how it works:
It should not be bought by the user – in order to work, it must be given to a rider from a loved one. According to the legend, a bell is “activated” by the gesture of good will when someone, especially another rider, gives it to a rider they care abou as a giftt.
It should be attached to the lowest part of the frame. Because gremlins lurk on the roadways and “grab” onto bikes as they pass by, the low-hanging bell should be the first thing they contact, so that they are immediately captured by it. It should be attached securely – safety wire is sometimes used, but that can create rust and scratches, so a zip-tie is generally the preferred method.
When a bike with a bell on it is sold, it should be removed. The Gremlin Bell is a gesture of kindness to a rider from someone who cares about them, so it should be kept by the intended recipient, and can be transferred to another bike. If someone sells a bike with a bell and they want the new rider to have it, they should still remove it, and give it to them face to face. A bell that is not given with intentional good will loses its spirit-fighting mojo.
If someone steals a Gremlin Bell, the gremlins go with it – and the bell will no longer ward them off. The key to the bell’s power is good will. If it is stolen, it loses its effect…and karma will take care of the rest!

The Origin of the Bell
Like many old-school legends, there is no clear answer as to where the bell tradition (or superstition) comes from. Various explanations range from those “there once was an old biker riding along at night” stories, to having been started by WW2 veteran pilots who had bells for good luck on their aircraft, and carried the tradition over to their bikes after the war. One of the most logical explanations, however, is that the bell was used in the early days of bikers in the 1950s and 1960s as a kind of “low-budget alarm system,” to alert the rider if their bike was being moved in the middle of the night – a cheap solution that morphed into a tradition over time.


But regardless of what the “true” story behind the Gremlin Bell is, it is a fun tradition that continues among bikers to this day, and while it is most common in the Harley community, other cruiser and touring bike riders also participate in it. Whether you genuinely believe in the superstition of the “road gremlins” or not, the Gremlin Bell is a fun way to welcome a new rider into the community, christen a new motorcycle, or just to give a rider you care about something to remember you by. As they say, the rider who possesses a bell has the most powerful blessing of all – the love and good will of a fellow rider who cares about them.
But hey, if the superstition is in fact real, and there really are road gremlins being thrown from other bikes into your path – what’s a little cheap insurance, right?
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:19 am quote
Another. .....


The Legend of the Gremlin Bells


Also known as the legend of the Ride Bells or Legend of the Guardian Bells.



The story is told of an old grey bearded biker who, late one night, was headed home from a road trip to Mexico. In his saddlebags were gifts and trinkets for the kids that lived at the orphanage where he worked.

As he rode alone in the cool desert air, he felt blessed for his own life, the children at the home, his biker friends and most importantly his bike, that had never let him down.

He had spent many a mile on the highway with this bike and the two had formed a bond, as only bikers can understand.

As he rumbled along the high desert, the full moon lighted up the sky and silhouettes of the cactus cast eerie shadows along the desert floor, the old graybeard was unaware that a few miles up the road awaited a nasty little group of road gremlins, intent on its next victim.

Road gremlins are evil little creatures that leave obstacles in your path- old mufflers, pieces of rubber, boxes, diesel fuel, and unexplained objects you never see that cause a tire to go flat or a chain or belt to break.

They also chase animals and deer into the path of unsuspecting bikers.

Road gremlins sole purpose is to make a biker crash...adding notches to their little belts. They are evil and nasty little pieces of creation.

As the biker rounded the curve, the road gremlins ambushed him with everything they had, causing him to crash and skid. He awoke in the ditch, barely alive. Nearby was one of his saddlebags that had ripped off his bike.

The biker lay there, helpless and unable to move as the road gremlins began moving in to finish him off. The old graybeard wasn’t going to give up easily and started throwing things from the saddlebag at them. Finally, he had nothing left to throw but a tiny bell and he started ringing it.....not knowing if it would help, but he wanted to die thinking of the children at the home he would be leaving behind.



Surprisingly the sound of the tinkling bell seemed to confuse the gremlins, and they paused in their attack. The old biker was encouraged, but he was still in a bad way. He didn't know how long the bell would keep the gremlins away, and the gremlins were between him and his bike with no way for him to make a fast getaway.

Not far away, two other bikers coincidentally had just stopped to make camp for the night. They were unaware of the crash, as they had been riding 30 miles or so behind the old biker and stopped before the curve of the crash site. As they dismounted, they heard the bell ringing and ringing. Thinking that was an odd thing to hear in the middle of the desert, they quickly went to investigate.

They came upon the old biker in the ditch with the gremlins surrounding him. With a vengeance, and without concern for their own safety, the two bikers attacked the gang of road gremlins, killing several and scaring off the rest.

The old biker was grateful for their help and offered money to his saviors, but they refused to accept any payment. The old biker wanted to show his gratitude and wouldn’t let the two bikers leave without something for their good deed. The old biker cut off two pieces of leather from his saddlebags tassels and tied a bell to each piece. He then attached the bells to the two bikers bikes as close to the ground as possible.

The old biker then told his new friends that with those bells attached to their bikes, they would be protected from the road gremlins and if they were ever in trouble, to ring the bell and a fellow biker would come to their aid.

So whenever you see a biker with a bell you’ll know that he has been blessed with the most important thing in life — friendship from a fellow biker.

Others believe gremlins live on motorcycles because they love to ride and are the cause of most bikers’ problems, like when the tires go flat, the horn won’t work or any several hundreds of things that can go wrong.

Evil road spirits can’t live near a bell because they get trapped in the hollow of the bell. Their hearing is hypersensitive so the constant ringing in a confined space drives them insane. They lose their grip and eventually fall onto the roadway. That is how potholes are formed.

If you buy your own bell, the magic will still work but if you receive one as a gift from a friend or a loved one the magic is doubled because out there somewhere you have a friend looking out for you.

If you steal a bell from a biker, you steal all the gremlins and the evil that comes with them. It is ill-advised that you steal a bell, the consequences could be dire.

Ride bells are more of a tradition than a superstition among bikers…
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