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« on: February 27, 2012, 09:05:40 PM »

I had the horn sitting for a few months and figured today was as good as day as any to put it on my Victory XC...

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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 09:15:56 PM »

No doubt about it; loud horns save lives.   rofl


And to answer your question, NO. I prefer the fist thru the window approach.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2012, 09:25:09 PM »

It's also fun shattering the window with Stebel sonics.  And easier on the knuckles.  Smile
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2012, 09:55:23 PM »

I've been using a Stebel for 2 years; both my last bike and my current bike.  Best horn there is   Bigsmile
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2012, 11:09:52 PM »

Did you really say "During the summer months?"

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2012, 11:50:34 PM »

I put one on a few years ago. The thing is that I haven't really needed to use the horn since.  OK maybe once, but by the time I found the button, the trouble had passed.
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2012, 02:55:58 AM »

Yeah the Stebel is a great horn. Very loud. Have had one on a VFR, an ST1300.

They can be a bear to install on some bikes though. Not easy on an FJR at all. Have to take the horn apart, connect with a hose, etc.

These horns by PIAA are awesome too

There's a slightly different variation also available, supposedly a decibel or two quieter. There are 2 of these together, and ea one only weighs about 7 ounces. Compared to the 2.5 lbs for the stebel.

Oh and the other thing about the PIAA's, no need for a relay.
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2012, 07:48:18 AM »


I put one on a few years ago. The thing is that I haven't really needed to use the horn since.  OK maybe once, but by the time I found the button, the trouble had passed.



Yes, the time spent using a horn can be used for an evasive maneuver.
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2012, 08:16:15 AM »


I've been using a Stebel for 2 years; both my last bike and my current bike.  Best horn there is   Bigsmile


+1 same for me
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2012, 08:20:08 AM »





Yes, the time spent using a horn can be used for an evasive maneuver.


I use it in conjunction with an evasive maneuver, just to make sure the asshat knows I am there.  It is possible to multitask while riding
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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2012, 08:41:00 AM »




I use it in conjunction with an evasive maneuver, just to make sure the asshat knows I am there.  It is possible to multitask while riding



Unfortunately I cannot...
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2012, 09:37:39 AM »

in the last 31 years of riding on the street I don't recall ever using the horn Headscratch
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2012, 10:18:55 AM »

The PO of my bike installed one. It's really loud but I just never seem to need a horn on a bike. My philosophy has always been they can't hit you if you're pulling away from them.
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2012, 10:22:26 AM »

I've had to use it. Bonehead to my right starting moving into me, had his window down, moved back pretty quickly Wink

What about when the person in front of you isn't paying attention to the now green light?

I ride pretty aggressively in traffic. I'm either in front of the pack or behind, usually front. Can find myself in someones blind spot easily, and can take time to get out of it, as there are so often "rolling roadblocks".

Really think it's critical to have a loud horn on a bike. Even though it doesn't get used much. That time you really need it could turn out to be big.
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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2012, 11:14:49 AM »

I also worry that if and when I need to use the stebel that the person who is getting in my way will overreact and hit the brakes in fear and cause a worse problem then if I had just twitched the steering and gotten out of their way.
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« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2012, 11:36:05 AM »

As a preventative measure, it's not all that great, but it's a wonderful punitive tool.

In terms of avoidance, I find mine is more useful for non-human threats.  Gets a frozen deer moving, for instance, or makes a chasing dog rethink the matter.
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« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2012, 11:41:25 AM »

Stebel is on my short list.
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« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2012, 12:04:25 PM »

Put one on my wife's Ninja 250. The OEM horn on that thing was a joke.
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« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2012, 12:43:09 PM »

Yep, Had one on my last two Bikes and use it often! I also found it works great for Deer, I've hit the horn in the past and watched them go the other way fast!
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« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2012, 01:28:14 PM »


in the last 31 years of riding on the street I don't recall ever using the horn Headscratch


If it's the OEM horn it wouldn't help anyway.  Wink

I've thought about Stebel, but I've been happy enough with the dual Fiamms on the RT that I never got around to getting an air horn.  I did put the Bosch horn from the R1100R on the TW when I installed its single Fiamm.  Made a world of difference, it's about three times bigger and correspondingly louder as well.



I also worry that if and when I need to use the stebel that the person who is getting in my way will overreact and hit the brakes in fear and cause a worse problem then if I had just twitched the steering and gotten out of their way.


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He still didn't turn his head, but he did panic and overcorrect up onto the sidewalk.  Can't have been good for his suspension or alignment, that curb was pretty high.  Glad there was nobody on the sidewalk, but more glad there was no Subaru on me.
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