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Old 03-23-2012, 07:57 AM   #3196
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30 - fused power from battery. (use recommended amperage fuse from piaa)
85 - relay to ground.
86 - wire that was connected from old horn.
87 & 87 - from relay to new horns...ground new horns...they might need to be grounded to the main frame...the head light ears might not be grounded well enough to complete the circuit. You might be able to use the head light bulb circuit ground inside the head light bucket.

That's how I'd wire it. Again good luck, hopefully nothing got damaged in the power spike.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:01 AM   #3197
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Find out which one of the old horn leads is power and which is ground. Just run the one of those wires as the trigger wire.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:56 AM   #3198
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Thanks for that man. Right now I'm blowing main fuses like crazy. The bike ran when I took everything apart but I'm still wrong somewhere. Relay might be bunk. I have the horns grounded to themselves as per the instructions, gonna change that.

Test light to figure out which horn lead is pos and which is neg?
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:25 AM   #3199
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I read through a few errors,so here goes:
The relay is a magnetic switch
85 and 86 turn on the magnet witch connects 30 and 87.
when the magnet is off 30 is then connected to 87A
So,the 2 wires leading to the original horn go to 85 and 86
30 goes to your battery through a fuse
the new horns positive wire will go to 87
ground the new horns to the frame or a suitable ground.
Now when you press the horn button the relay clicks on connecting your battery to the new horns.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:06 AM   #3200
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I went and checked the ground on the horns, good ground, so no problem there. I crossed the fused power to the output to the horns and the horns sounded, so that's good. When I get home from work tonight I 'm going to open the headlight bucket and trace the horn leads. I believe my mistake was in hooking up the old wires that hooked up to the old horn. The wires that came out of the harness under the tank on the left side of the bike.

Next upgrade, new fuse block. These glass tube fuses suck.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:33 PM   #3201
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Obsessed with getting one.

No riding experience, but I'm obsessed with these now after reading this topic.

I'm hoping I like it enough to want to ride down to see my buddy at Eglin Air Force Base from Wright Patt Air Force base up here in Dayton.
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:56 PM   #3202
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No riding experience, but I'm obsessed with these now after reading this topic.

I'm hoping I like it enough to want to ride down to see my buddy at Eglin Air Force Base from Wright Patt Air Force base up here in Dayton.
Edvvard, so you have no riding experience at all? First step? Find someone who loves you enough to take you to an empty parking lot (schools on weekends are good) and let you ride around at low speeds on their bike. Wear a helmet! That goes for all the time, even after you've been riding for years. You probably think it's a "no brainer" and any fool can do it. It's not. It's not like riding a bicycle. It's not like driving a car. Even if you can drive a standard shift car, shifting a bike is a different animal. Still like it after doing this? Get your temps and start looking for a MSF safety course in your area. Take it. When it comes time to buy a bike, buy something cheap but reliable. Don't worry about looks. You're going to drop it
(you will, trust me). You don't want a pretty new bike you're gonna get all banged up. I would recommend something 450cc or less. I know this sounds small but it will still go as fast as you need to go until you've been riding for sometime (a good year or more). Here endeth the lesson.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:39 PM   #3203
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Edvvard, so you have no riding experience at all? First step? Find someone who loves you enough to take you to an empty parking lot (schools on weekends are good) and let you ride around at low speeds on their bike. Wear a helmet! That goes for all the time, even after you've been riding for years. You probably think it's a "no brainer" and any fool can do it. It's not. It's not like riding a bicycle. It's not like driving a car. Even if you can drive a standard shift car, shifting a bike is a different animal. Still like it after doing this? Get your temps and start looking for a MSF safety course in your area. Take it. When it comes time to buy a bike, buy something cheap but reliable. Don't worry about looks. You're going to drop it
(you will, trust me). You don't want a pretty new bike you're gonna get all banged up. I would recommend something 450cc or less. I know this sounds small but it will still go as fast as you need to go until you've been riding for sometime (a good year or more). Here endeth the lesson.
For truth. I've been riding my first bike for almost five years, an 84 450 Nighthawk. Cheap, reliable, fast enough and it's got a lot of personality. I could go out and buy a bigger bike, but I'm really cheap. These bikes are awesome.
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:23 PM   #3204
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Edvvard, so you have no riding experience at all? First step? Find someone who loves you enough to take you to an empty parking lot (schools on weekends are good) and let you ride around at low speeds on their bike. Wear a helmet! That goes for all the time, even after you've been riding for years. You probably think it's a "no brainer" and any fool can do it. It's not. It's not like riding a bicycle. It's not like driving a car. Even if you can drive a standard shift car, shifting a bike is a different animal. Still like it after doing this? Get your temps and start looking for a MSF safety course in your area. Take it. When it comes time to buy a bike, buy something cheap but reliable. Don't worry about looks. You're going to drop it
(you will, trust me). You don't want a pretty new bike you're gonna get all banged up. I would recommend something 450cc or less. I know this sounds small but it will still go as fast as you need to go until you've been riding for sometime (a good year or more). Here endeth the lesson.
I think can find someone who'd let me do that...

I didn't mean to make it sound like I can jump on and get going. I'm Going to take it as easy and slow as I can within reason. As far as gear goes, I have already started looking into the equipment to make sure I'm somewhat well protected before I do anything.

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Old 03-25-2012, 02:15 PM   #3205
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I think can find someone who'd let me do that...

I didn't mean to make it sound like I can jump on and get going. I'm Going to take it as easy and slow as I can within reason. As far as gear goes, I have already started looking into the equipment to make sure I'm somewhat well protected before I do anything.
That is good to hear. I mentioned a helmet (which is a must IMHO) but failed to mention gloves, strudy shoes and pants. I have leathers but have to admit I don't wear them as much as I used to. Just glad to hear you are receptive to these things. So many n00bs think they need a sportbike for their first bike and can ride with shorts, flip-flops and cut off t-shirts.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:56 PM   #3206
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Hey guys,

I was just curios as to what tools you guys carry with you and your nighthawk when you tour. I figure some of you have some good experience with break downs and must have tools.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:28 PM   #3207
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That is good to hear. I mentioned a helmet (which is a must IMHO) but failed to mention gloves, strudy shoes and pants. I have leathers but have to admit I don't wear them as much as I used to. Just glad to hear you are receptive to these things. So many n00bs think they need a sportbike for their first bike and can ride with shorts, flip-flops and cut off t-shirts.
Yep. I just love the Nighthawks and KLR 650's and want one in a bad way.

I was thinking I would get a Full face helmet, some gloves, a jacket, and obviously pants/boots before I start riding on anything other than the street I live on. I do NOT want to become a statistic or a story that is told to warn new motorcyclists!

I often wonder about this particular point... It gets up to 90* around here with humidity quite a few days in the summer. Would you still need a jacket at that point to protect you not only from the road, but from the wind on you?

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Old 03-25-2012, 06:38 PM   #3208
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Yep. I just love the Nighthawks and KLR 650's and want one in a bad way.

I was thinking I would get a Full face helmet, some gloves, a jacket, and obviously pants/boots before I start riding on anything other than the street I live on. I do NOT want to become a statistic or a story that is told to warn new motorcyclists!

I often wonder about this particular point... It gets up to 90* around here with humidity quite a few days in the summer. Would you still need a jacket at that point to protect you not only from the road, but from the wind on you?
Mesh jacket - check motorcycle gear.com. They frequently have some good deals and are a quality company. I got a nice Joe Rocket Honda jacket from them last year for $50. Mesh pants were a little more. Lot of folks find things on ebay. Patience pays there.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:56 PM   #3209
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:28 PM   #3210
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Much thanks to all who gave me guidance on my dual Fiamm highway blaster install. I got the bike back together and running tonight. Loud horns save lives!
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