Remembering the horn?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by riverflow, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. Homey

    Homey Been here awhile

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    I haven't had a horn on one of my road bikes in over 30 years and can't think of a time when I would have used one. In fact it's one of the first things I remove after I purchase a new bike.
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  2. Benesesso

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    Want! Funny as hell (to watch, anyway). :clap
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  3. Aj Mick

    Aj Mick Been here awhile

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    …... and used appropriately (legally, as a warning device) the horn can be quite effective, as described here:

    However on occasion, as I described in an earlier post, use of the horn can cause offence.
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  4. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Get a "Screaming Banshee" horn! It's basically a Stebel that kicks in after a set (by you) delay and also flashes the high beam. Around $100 and on each of my big bikes. Gives unobservant drivers whiplash...boo hoo.

    Keeps the stock horn so you can still give a friendly "toot"
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  5. blt4bja

    blt4bja Adventurer

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    +1 too funny :rofl
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  6. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    +1... many times after I get the attention of the potential assassin, I'll waive like I know them..:lol3
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  7. RxZ

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    I've used mine twice. It is a loud horn like a Steeble, Nautilus maybe?... Both time I used it got the job done. Both times a vehicle in the lane beside me started to move over into my lane/me. Quick blast of the horn and they were both back in their lane. I do not rely on it alone in those situations, but it typically works to at least wake up the wandering driver.
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  8. YosemiteCruiser

    YosemiteCruiser Banned

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    Stateside it's not used so much, but overseas it is used as warning signal that you are approaching to whatever my be in your path, goat, chicken, dog, pedestrian, etc., etc.....
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  9. luckychucky

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    I'm always giving a friend toot. Just in case they aren't paying attention. I have a cowbell that sounds off riding down the road. I'm not going to be a casualty from a discerning motorist. LOOK AT ME, or hear me, just don't pull out in front of me. I'm the guy in the middle of the road with my headlight in your face. Don't tell me you didn't see or hear me coming. I always play in the middle of the road. Ding-a-ling! Beep, beep.
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  10. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Been here awhile

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    So what do you gain by removing the horn?
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  11. blackvans1234

    blackvans1234 Talking to myself...

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    I used my horn one time because I saw a car starting to back out of their driveway and was thinking they didn't see me. I've only been riding since march though
    Just a quick meep meep.


    This is semi-unrelated but it may be fall into the category of defensive driving.
    I don't do any ''good deeds'' while on the bike - Ex: slowing to let someone turn, stopping early to let someone pull out. The consequences of being rear ended (even at 10 mph) are too great for me.
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  12. randyo

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    I use mine once a year at state safety inspection

    or maybe to toot toot at a friend occasionally, any other use of a horn is a waste of precious time that should be spend swerving or braking
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  13. Homey

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    Yes, the pit-falls of living in a nanny state. Never fear though, I'm sure we'll be following suit here in CA before you know it.
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  14. Vulfy

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    As a warning or an attention getter horn works just fine. One situation that is very common is passing a bus stopped at a bus stop, and then having to turn right, in front of the bus. I always do two quick honks as I pass the bus. Driver always turns my way, and if he is about to pull out, lets me pass and turn.
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  15. Soldier311

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    Homey, do you have a horn I can buy off you cheaply?
    Seriously - PM me if you do. I need one of the little round ones with a mounting nut/post in the center.
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  16. dwoodward

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    If you think you're going to want to use it, put your thumb over the button. Now all the fumbling is out of the way.

    That said, I haven't used my horn as a warning device in years; I work harder to stay out of those situations.
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  17. Homey

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    Well, if you asked me about a month ago I would have had one. I took one off the new GSXR. I thought I threw it in the trash in the garage. But it's not there, I just looked. Sorry, if I still had it I would have given it to you.
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  18. melville

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    I lived in Seattle long enough that the horn is not my first, second, or third resort. I know I have a functioning horn on the bike, because I give happy toots and a wave to folks who move over for me on 36. My cages, I don't know if I've got one or not.
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  19. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

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    I'm on a bike that's new to me so I'm using my horn a lot right now - mainly every time I want to make a left or right turn :)

    But seriously folks - in over 20 years of riding and driving - I've only used my horn a handful of times and then it's nearly always to stop someone reversing into me. I can't think of a single instance when I've used it whilst actually moving.

    Oh, and pet hate time - I've many, and one of them is folks who hammer their horn in a traffic jam, especially in a city. Achieves nothing, impresses no-one, pisses off many.
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  20. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    I think I have one or two off an old bike when I replaced the horn with a louder one. I'll check when I get home and PM you if I have one.
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