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My bike has a pretty decent horn, or so I thought. But yesterday when out for a ride I encountered a driver who was weaving back and forth, crossing from his lane to my lane every once in awhile. I thought I might be dealing with an intoxicated driver and was really wary. So when he moved far to the right of his lane I accelerated quickly to get past him. Just as I was passing he started moving left again, and I hit the throttle and the horn. But it seemed clear that he was totally unaware of my presence, as I saw big headphones on his head and his head was bobbing around apparently in beat with his music or something. So it got me thinking about installing a real air horn on the bike, something loud enough to get the attention even of a headphone idiot driver. But then I start to think about more normal circumstances and I don't want to overly startle some old lady into a heart attack or a dangerous sudden move in response to the sound. For what its worth, it seems that dealing with distracted car drivers has been getting worse over the last 20 years or so and I see no signs of it getting better.
 

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This the loudest I could find. It comes in mostly black too.

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Stebel-Nautilus-Chrome-Compact-Motorcycle/dp/B003SEBYF0[/ame]



 

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Looks just like my WOLO Air Horn
 

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Aren't headphones while driving car/truck illegal in Indiana? Sure is in Michigan. Go the extra step and report it next time maybe? Might save someones life
 

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Maybe I've missed something somewhere, but don't you need a source of compressed air, to run an airhorn?
 

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Might be a good idea to re-think the way you interact with vehicles...........perhaps you didn't give yourself enough time or room, in this particular situation? You made it thru it, and that's of course "to your credit." If I can stay further away from other vehicles, I try to. Sounds like you were riding close enough to have a more difficult time moving away from them/him.

No doubt there were some issues with that driver, but of course we are sometimes in a situation where we could be "dead right" and still be "dead."

-Soupy
 

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Maybe I've missed something somewhere, but don't you need a source of compressed air, to run an airhorn?
Yeap, you do.

On many types the compressor is built into the unit, but I've seen a few that has the compressor mounted somewhere like in front of the rear fender, and uses an air line run up to the horn.
 

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Looks just like my WOLO Air Horn
Only difference....

Wolo=123.5 db

Stebel=139dB

Both are rather high pitched which apparently helps but not sure.
 

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I want I want
 

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My 76 Goldwing "had" a almost inaudible japanese horn. (beep beep)
So I stopped at Harbor Freight and picked up a pair of these.
http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece-12-volt-electric-horn-set-99911.html
When I got home, I realized that I still had a very OLD (and ugly) set of
Fiamm electric horns sitting up on a shelf.
(The light bulb lit above my head!)
My bike has a Windjammer fairing on it.
That last generation Windjammer Fairing has a set of grills next to the
built in parking lights/directionals. Those grills were there for the
OPTIONAL horns that were available at the time which mounted inside
the grills.
(The light bulb got brighter!!)
So I mounted the old ugly Fiamms inside the fairing, out of sight, facing out through the grills.
And I mounted the new Harbor Freight horns on either side of the
fairing where the pretty, cheap, chrome plastic can be seen!
That's right! The Goldwing now has FOUR HORNS!
And DAMN are they loud!
Sounds like a friggin' Cadillac!! LOL!!!!!
(Remember the big OLD Caddys with the really LOUD horns?)
That thing is loud enough to put the fear of God in the Godfather!!!
The cool thing is, because I am using two different sets of horns from two different manufacturers,
the horns have four different notes, two high notes and two low notes!
OH THE HARMONY IS BEAUTIFUL!! :coffeescreen:
 

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Thanks! :thumbsup: I'll give it a try.
Don't do it backwards. You want the little part AFTER the equal sign and that's all.:biggrin:
 

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My 76 Goldwing "had" a almost inaudible japanese horn. (beep beep)
So I stopped at Harbor Freight and picked up a pair of these.
http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece-12-volt-electric-horn-set-99911.html
When I got home, I realized that I still had a very OLD (and ugly) set of
Fiamm electric horns sitting up on a shelf.
(The light bulb lit above my head!)
My bike has a Windjammer fairing on it.
That last generation Windjammer Fairing has a set of grills next to the
built in parking lights/directionals. Those grills were there for the
OPTIONAL horns that were available at the time which mounted inside
the grills.
(The light bulb got brighter!!)
So I mounted the old ugly Fiamms inside the fairing, out of sight, facing out through the grills.
And I mounted the new Harbor Freight horns on either side of the
fairing where the pretty, cheap, chrome plastic can be seen!
That's right! The Goldwing now has FOUR HORNS!
And DAMN are they loud!
Sounds like a friggin' Cadillac!! LOL!!!!!
(Remember the big OLD Caddys with the really LOUD horns?)
That thing is loud enough to put the fear of God in the Godfather!!!
The cool thing is, because I am using two different sets of horns from two different manufacturers,
the horns have four different notes, two high notes and two low notes!
OH THE HARMONY IS BEAUTIFUL!! :coffeescreen:
I've considered adding some Fiamms horns to mine. I just don't like the idea of more wires and a mounting place that's out of site yet allows the sound to go forward and not be reflected back at me. But I've wanted to do that very thing.
 

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Yeah, forward is good. Does no good if it's reflected back at you. All four of mine face straight forward, two through the grills in the fairing, and the other two exposed on either side of the fairing. Works like a charm without deafening ME!! LOL!!
 
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