Stebel Nautilus Horns SUCK

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Flash412, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. Flash412

    Flash412 Elk Biffer

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    The sucker is D-E-A-D. The horn SUCKS, it does not blow. A tuba player with emphasema makes more noise. I hereby declare the Stebel Nautilus a BIG WASTE OF MONEY. I am going to replace it with Framm knock-offs from Harbor Freight. They cost less than a quarter the money, are nearly as loud and last at least ten times as long.

    Anybody else put one on six months or so ago have it turn into a wheezer, too? Or is it just me?
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  2. PETDOC

    PETDOC Long timer

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    Had mine on for better part of a year and so far it is still deafening when activated, but I rarely have had reason to blow it other than to impress my motorcycling friends. Hope your experience represents a defect and not the norm.
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  3. jshuck

    jshuck Iron Butt #31

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    had it mounted so water was not blown into it, mounted it well so vibration wouldn't destory it. Lasted about 12,000 miles. No sond and it blowns the fuse. Installed with a relay, etc... john shuck
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  4. daGeeeze

    daGeeeze Geeezed lightning

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    The horns on my current Honda Goldwing will make a truck jump outta the way. Seriously I think I'll look into picking up some of those and fitting them to my Adventure. That meep meep thing on there now is stupid.

    Pat
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  5. number9

    number9 Been here awhile

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    My Stebil died this weekend actually. It will honk, but sounds like a wounded duck - a very soft quiet wounded duck. It has been on for about 8 months and I honk it a lot.
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  6. nameisdam

    nameisdam Ride'm while you can

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    Must be Flash412 operator error .... mine is second season and lots of smile miles - I suppose there is a 1% loss factor, but don't say they are all bad. There are a host of folks VERY happy.
    If it is new, contact your reseller.
    (no affiliation - just think a balanced opinion here is necessary)
    Ride Safe!
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  7. Makalu

    Makalu Long timer

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    Calling Andrew........ Have you had many returns/complaints on the ones you've sold? Like all products, there are bound to be some lemons and anomalies out there. But I wonder what the ratio of satisfied to dissatisfied customers is.:ear
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  8. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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    Mine's not sounding so hot either!
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  9. AFekete

    AFekete Long timer

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    We have had a very small amount of problems with the horns.

    Most issues are from ingesting dirt, water, bugs, etc. We also run into many riders not installing the horn using the supplied relay. That will burn it up much faster then anything else...

    If it's dead send it back to who you got it from. If it was from us, send us an email at ride@adventurersworkshop.com and we'll get you a return approval.

    thanks,
    Andrew
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  10. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I have a Stebel (I might have even purchased it from your good selves - I forget). I installed mine using the supplied relay but I was wondering how NOT using the relay will but it up much faster than by using it.

    Just curioius.
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  11. bereahorn

    bereahorn Long timer

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    Hello Andrew--Sent you an e-mail regarding same.
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  12. tan-fo

    tan-fo Been here awhile

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    I bought twin Hella horns from
    Susquehanna Motorsports..
    LOUD, no trouble . both mounted
    together where the stocker had been.
    Had 'em for 2-3 years

    - t.f.
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  13. number9

    number9 Been here awhile

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    I got mine from Andrew. I did use the relay and my horn stays tucked up under the bodywork on my ST1100 so I am pretty comfortable that it hasn't got wet.

    Actually, I rode to Mansfield, OH this Sat to meet a bunch of guys for breakfast. On the way there the horn worked fine - nice & loud. After eating we were all out in the parking lot talking and my brother was going to demonstrate the loud horn for one of the guys.....turned the key ON, honked the horn and it just went duhhhhggggg. Hasn't worked since. It sounds like the air pump is spinning when you hit the horn button, but no sound comes out other than the sound of the air pump.
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  14. Whammo

    Whammo Nature's toothbrush

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    I had a problem with mine as well, but it was replaced under warranty staight away by Adventurers Workshop (great service). I believe it was destroyed from a couple of serious days off-road in Death Valley. I"m on my second one which is still working fine. If this one dies, I'll try something else, but for now, I"m happy with it.
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  15. AFekete

    AFekete Long timer

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    sent you an email back...

    thanks,
    A
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  16. bereahorn

    bereahorn Long timer

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    Didn't get it yet.Will send a PM to you with my e-mail address.
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  17. AFekete

    AFekete Long timer

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    email me at ride@adventurersworkshop.com

    thanks,
    A
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  18. Ayrshire Bull

    Ayrshire Bull why the hell not?

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    so far my Stebel would still blast the paint off a white van if it gets too close for comfort ...

    ... but I also wanted to take a moment and say, "Bloody good show old chap!" to Andrew for offering such amazing aftersales service. It's not too often these days we see vendors taking such an ethicaly strong position.

    I haven't bought a single item yet from Adventurers' Workshop - but this is the kind of customer service story that makes sure I will.

    - Bull
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  19. Lafitte

    Lafitte on the lake

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    had mine for several months ..... installed using relay , triggered by stock BMW horn wires , hot wired direct(fused) to batt. NO PROBLEMS.... use mostly to signal the old lady that I'm home in the driveway soes she can raise the garage door for me. Oh yeah, all she does is hit the garage door opener button.Got her well trained.:wings
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  20. Lafitte

    Lafitte on the lake

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    p.s .......do biz w/ this guy ...he's good.
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