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Motorcycle Superstitions Explained

Motorcycle Superstitions Explained

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to cover the most common motorcycle superstitions and myths that you need to know. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites in the infographic below – check it out.


October – especially because of Halloween – brings out a superstitious side of us. The motorcycling community is no stranger to superstition and there are a ton of interesting ones you should know, but here are the top 5.

Legend of the Bell

The superstition says that by attaching a small silver or brass bell to the lowest part of a motorcycle’s frame, the rider will be protected from road gremlins trying to harm them. If the road gremlins do grab a rider’s bike – the hollow part of the bell will catch them – and while they may be able to hold on initially, the ringing and bouncing of the bell will drive them crazy and they will let go. Riders can’t purchase these bells for themselves – they need to be given one from another rider.

Green Motorcycles

Supposedly green motorcycles are bad luck – but why? There are two sides to the story. The origin goes all the way back to WWII. Army green painted Harley-Davidson WLAs were used in the war and some say the bikes were easy targets for sharpshooters. Others say these green-painted Harleys were sold after coming back from overseas and broke down incredibly easily. The color green in general usually gets a bad rap, but would you still take a green motorcycle for a ride?

Riding With Your Rear Pegs Down

Many bikers avoid riding with their rear pegs down if they don’t have a second rider because they think that will invite evil spirits or motorcycle gremlins to come along for their ride. One of the exceptions to this superstition is if you’re riding in a funeral procession for a rider that has passed away. Some bikers will put their rear pegs down so the fallen rider can have their last ride.

Don’t Drop Your Helmet

In the riding world dropping your helmet is considered to be very unlucky, and this is a superstition we can get behind. Helmets are so crucial while riding, so it’s kind of a no-brainer that dropping one would be considered unlucky, but accidents happen. Some follow the tradition of if you drop it, buy a new one.

No Hand Me Downs

As legend goes, it is apparently bad luck to ride a motorcycle that has belonged to someone who has passed away. The thought behind this myth/superstition is that when a biker passes his/her spirit still clings to the bike and they might knock the current rider off.

So, do you believe in any of these motorcycle superstitions? Do you have any superstitions or rituals you do before taking a ride? Let us know in the comments below.

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Emily Sullivan
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Emily Sullivan is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the recreational brands RV Trader and Cycle Trader. Her mission is to provide thoughtful, practical content to those who are always on the hunt for their next adventure.

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11 Responses

  1. I'm well aware of the "no green bikes" superstition. When I was still racing, it was very common to avoid green. But where does that leave Kawasaki? (I own one now)

  2. Chuck, I think the "green" thing must only apply to HD's. I have had a Kawi Green KLR for a few years now. No issues.

  3. I’m not superstitious because I believe in Stevie Wonder. But I did put a ride bell on my bike that was a gift from a friend. And I’ve never been struck by lightning since.

  4. The helmet one I've somewhat heard before but it wasn't a bad luck thing it was a genuine safety concern. I was told today's helmets are "one crash per owner" in other words, once it hits the ground it's damaged goods. It's no longer safe. But none of the others

  5. It's the start of the riding season. Alongside the important post-winter prep, a few people feel it's similarly as important to go to a neighborhood gift of the bicycles and ensure their gatekeeper chimes are joined. These and different superstitions give definitely no substantial advantage to the bike, yet it makes the riders feel good, and who knows? Possibly there is some profound advantage that we can't quantify in unmistakable terms.

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