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post #1 of 27 Old 03-24-2019, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know the db rating on the stock horn?

I'm looking at replacing the stock horn with a universal 105db off of Amazon, I would think it's a straight forward installation?

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post #2 of 27 Old 03-24-2019, 11:40 AM
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Good find, I've added it to my list on Amazon. The Vstrom and Vstar horns are so weak, I've considered replacing them both. This one has pretty good reviews.

https://www.stromtrooper.com/general...ecibels-2.html

[email protected] one foot it measured our at 107 DB and @ ten feet it was just over 100DB.......

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as a comparison, I can scream at 105DB........we may as well holler at a car<LOL>!!!
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Sorry, I don't have a specific number for you. But for what it's worth:

WebBikeWorld has a list of horn reviews. I've scanned through most at one point or another.

And they also have a horn comparison, though it's pretty dated at this point. See the hype vs. reality section: it illustrates the advertised dB rating is often bogus vs. real life performance. (Much of the difference may be due to manufacturers not detailing how they measure...so their measurement may be accurate, but not meaningful as a comparison against others measured differently. So it's tough to compare and know what you're getting.

The only other reasonably verifiable loudness performance I've seen is the

Keep in mind every +6 dB is roughly double the amplitude (easily measurable) and every +10 dB is roughly double the perceived loudness (varies substantially from one person to the next, and is a very complex, somewhat disputed, issue...into which I will not delve).

For my money, I want to be HEARD. So I went with the SoundBomb. It's fantastic. While some may chime in to say with air horns they have a lag between button-press and horn sound, I don't have a noticeable lag at all.

Probably more than you wanted, but I tend to ramble...
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Get a FIAMM freeway blaster "low tone", no relay is needed and it is literally plug and play.........oh yeah nice and loud.

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Despite the nearly legendary status of the air horns, I strongly recommend going with a magnetic type. The air horns a very sensitive to failure from wind blowing past the horn. That from the owner of the company that imports the most famous air horn you see copies of here and everywhere. And a horn is something that needs to be dead reliable. So

+1 on the FIAMM freeway blaster "low tone"
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Get a FIAMM freeway blaster "low tone", no relay is needed and it is literally plug and play.........oh yeah nice and loud.
I think that's what I'll go with.... simple installation is king.
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Get a FIAMM freeway blaster "low tone", no relay is needed and it is literally plug and play.........oh yeah nice and loud.
Thanks @Big B

A louder horn is the most important change on just about any bike, it seems. Well, of those that I know, which is not very many,

I'm also very partial to plug 'n play, with no relay needed. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Thanks @Big B

A louder horn is the most important change on just about any bike, it seems. Well, of those that I know, which is not very many,

I'm also very partial to plug 'n play, with no relay needed. Thanks for the recommendation.
It must be a nuance of the overall polite Japanese society. The stock horn is meant to offer a courteous intimation, rather than a warning.

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I received this last week, will install once it dries up outside.
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Sounded good in the video and its an easy install.




Also, looks compatible with mind control:



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Glad the OP got a good, easy to install recommendation.

I'll stick with my Soundbomb until it dies. ~10k miles, so far, so good. And according to my calculations it's approx twice as loud as the Fiamm Freeway Blaster Low per specs (assuming the Fiamm specs are accurate).

But...I'm adding the Freeway Blaster Low to my short list for when the Soundbomb dies. Actually, I've been thinking about adding the stock horn back into the mix. Now with Rick's comments about air horn unreliability (not the first I've seen), I think I'll go ahead so I have a backup...or maybe even add the Blaster as the backup.
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