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Old 04-11-2014, 01:39 AM   #46
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It appears I'm in the minority on this issue and I'm fine with it. I've managed to integrate the use of the horn simultaniously with other actions and I don't have to give it extra thought, nor fumble with the controls. I will continue to use all safety tools available to me on my motorcycle as needed.
I use my horn all the time without issue.

I used it today when an older Guy had his blinker going left, he then shut it off and was slowing trying to decide what to do. I beeped as I went around him to let him know I was there.

not sure what the big safety controversy is over using a horn? but using it has never been an issue in my 30 years of riding.
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:06 AM   #47
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I rarely use a horn while on the bike, except in really special occasions when everything else fails... Driving defensive is the only way to go for me, I don't count on them hearing the horn anyway...
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:50 AM   #48
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I use my horn a lot . . . because I want everyone to get the hell out of my way.
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:26 AM   #49
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I'd like to have asshole seeking missiles hooked up instead of a horn.
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:46 AM   #50
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very rarely do i use my horn in an accident avoidance scenario. In my experience if someone pull out in front of me and i use my horn (i have a nice loud set of hellas) their instinct is to stop. Which means i have the broadside of a car to avoid, rather than just the tail end. Now if i am on the highway and someone is merging on me, i will use the horn, but three times i have found that knocking on the drivers side window was more useful.

all in all i use my horn more for greeting or saying good bye than for accident avoidance.
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:25 AM   #51
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I'd like to have asshole seeking missiles hooked up instead of a horn.

I couldn't afford the ammunition, so many a$$holes, so little time.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:32 AM   #52
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not sure what the big safety controversy is over using a horn? but using it has never been an issue in my 30 years of riding.
+1
I'm having a hard time understanding why using the horn would be so difficult or confusing for some riders. Its like saying using a turn signal is too hard or distracting when changing lanes or making a turn.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:38 AM   #53
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I'm having a hard time understanding why using the horn would be so difficult or confusing for some riders. Its like saying using a turn signal is too hard or distracting when changing lanes or making a turn.

Not so mush difficult, but worthless is more like it. The average driver with the windows rolled up, radio blasting, cell phone in hand will never even hear it so why bother. My son drove an Ambulance when he was in College and drivers couldn't hear his siren or see the lights, or more important didn't give a $hit.

And if you do happen to get a clueless drivers attention, they will likely react in an irrational fashion anyway, better to deal with their original bone head move and work with it, than change their actions mid-stream and you have a 2nd irrational action to compensate for.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:42 AM   #54
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I'm having a hard time understanding why using the horn would be so difficult or confusing for some riders. Its like saying using a turn signal is too hard or distracting when changing lanes or making a turn.
I very seldom get into a situation where using a horn would serve a purpose. Staying out of a driver's blind spot and being observant, along with the addition of many years of experience, makes it possible to avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Traffic doesn't intimidate me because I've learned to deal with it effectively.
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:41 PM   #55
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You say that as if the two actions (horn, evasive action) have to be executed separately. My evasive action (acceleration, braking, maneuvering) is always accompanied by the horn. If you practice integrating the horn with other actions, to develop the muscle memory, there is no fumbling for the horn. It all becomes one, smooth integrated action.
I understand that the actions can be combined. But since sounding the horn is a completely useless activity, I see no reason to devote my attention to doing anything but taking appropriate evasive action, whether, braking, swerving, accelerating, etc.

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If I have to avoid someone, there are more important things to do than look for the damn horn button. And that applies to when I'm in the truck as well.

I have one real use for a LOUD air horn, and that's for holding reveille on the shit-for-brains pinhead ahead of me who's heads-down using half of the green light to finish his damn tweet before he moves on.
I couldn't have said it better.
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:01 PM   #56
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When the kids are waving at me from the side of the road.

Touch a life now; the trajectory may change; twenty years from now they'll be the ones thumbing the horn button.
Best single response I've ever read here and I'm old and been here awhile. I concur. Well done.
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:47 PM   #57
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I'd like a horn that sounds just like a train horn. Any ideas?
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:57 PM   #58
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:24 PM   #59
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About the only time I use my horn is when a motorist is busy texting on their phone at a stoplight and fails to see that the light has turned green.
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:36 PM   #60
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I very seldom get into a situation where using a horn would serve a purpose. Staying out of a driver's blind spot and being observant, along with the addition of many years of experience, makes it possible to avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Traffic doesn't intimidate me because I've learned to deal with it effectively.
I seldom need it either, but "seldom" isn't never. As a full time rider I may use it 4 or 5 times a year and it has never caused an intentionally negative reaction.

Last month A woman in the right lane decided to get in the left lane just as I was passing her, a simple toot of the horn put her back in her lane, no evasive maneuver was even necessary. Just a twitch of the thumb, it works, its easy, its already there.

Turn signals, brake light, horn, they're standard on all bikes, why not learn to use them to communicate with other road users?
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