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Old 05-03-2013, 11:47 PM   #16
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What....nobody has a damn cowbell hanging from the bars....jeez.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:23 AM   #17
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I never, never touch that there front brake! I hear tell that if you do you'll go flying over the handlebars! In reality, there are people that do believe that. My brother in law for instance. His front brake lever was literally rusted in place from lack of use. And he told me about the dangers of the front brake. Nothing I ever said or did could convince him that the front brake was not going to do that to him especially on his XT250.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:10 PM   #18
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Nobody has mentioned gremlin bells yet.

Even if it only costs $5 and adds 10g of weight, it's a waste of any amount for something so completely and utterly pointless. Spotting one on a bike that also has Christian emblems is ironic for its profanity.

There was a gremlin bell on my GTS when I bought it. Cut that thing off and threw it away as soon as I noticed it - might have been while I was tying it down on the trailer to bring it home.

I suppose they are sort of ok if you consider them decorations, in which case they fit in the same category as fringes, conches, fake mohawks, etc. ...but then they're still as much of a sad statement as any pirate costume.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:45 PM   #19
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How about, "There are 2 kinds of riders. Those that have crashed. And those that will crash." That is total bullshit. People either subliminally or blatantly wanting everyone to crash to validate their opinions on the subject.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:45 PM   #20
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The gremlin bell thing is an American motorcycle tradition. Some people overthink it. Someone close to me gave me mine, I put it on my bike. I ordered a few to give as gifts to people I ride with who I feel a close bond to. I like the tradition. YMMV...
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:13 AM   #21
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:43 AM   #22
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I don't have a bell. But I think they were intended to be a gift to another rider. I don't think anyone actually believes them, it is just decoration.


Taking glove off, so you can't always start with the same glove, is going out of you way. At that point it gets weird. I don't think it counts as supersition, because you are not doing it for a reason, other then OCD or such.

For it to be a supersition, I would think it has to have some reasoning behind it.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:46 AM   #23
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How about, "There are 2 kinds of riders. Those that have crashed. And those that will crash." That is total bullshit. People either subliminally or blatantly wanting everyone to crash to validate their opinions on the subject.
How about people who are in denial about the risks of motorcycles?

I am not saying every rider will go down. But the more you ride, the greater chance some damn thing could happen. A deer jumping out, ect.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:52 AM   #24
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I always start the bike with the fuel petcock off... Not sure thats a superstition...but the bike starts first kick every time, no choke or anything...if the fuel is on it takes 3-4 kicks and the choke on...
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:40 PM   #25
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I always check my oil
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:45 PM   #26
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I always check my oil
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Thats neccesity....not a superstition...then again i do on my bike too...but its pretty important to have a good bit of oil in the tank of an oil injected smoker....LOL
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:16 PM   #27
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How about people who are in denial about the risks of motorcycles?

I am not saying every rider will go down. But the more you ride, the greater chance some damn thing could happen. A deer jumping out, ect.
So, who is in denial? I just think its a bullshit statement, made out of fear, or of wanting everyone to crash so they'll be just like they guy that says everyone will crash.

I don't have a fatalistic view of things. Practice, training, and having a proper attitude and properly working bike will keep most people safe.

If you think that everyone has to, or is going to crash, well, you're defeated already, and should probably hang it up.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:36 PM   #28
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So, who is in denial? I just think its a bullshit statement, made out of fear, or of wanting everyone to crash so they'll be just like they guy that says everyone will crash.

I don't have a fatalistic view of things. Practice, training, and having a proper attitude and properly working bike will keep most people safe.

If you think that everyone has to, or is going to crash, well, you're defeated already, and should probably hang it up.
+1. Every time you get on the bike the slate is clean. There is no cumulative countdown that when you hit x miles or x time your number is up. You get a new number every day. I say you make your own luck, and CD is right, you make you own luck through training and being prepared. The other old saying is luck visits the prepared mind.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:23 PM   #29
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:29 AM   #30
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