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post #1 of 29 Old 06-04-2007, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hornet Deer Avoidance System

Anybody bought, used, or installed one of these little farkles....???

http://www.xp3hornet.com/


I bought one from RideSafer.com.... A lot of my riding is home from work late at night on twisty country roads where I see lots of deer during the day and twilight.... I don't know what the deer think of my headlight modulator (actually, it doesn't do that at night anyway....) and Halo on my helmet, but I figure anything I can do to increase the chance of coming home to wife and three kids... and usually coming home from the ER I work in at that time of night I don't want to go back!!

So, any experience out there with these?

Next question: It suggests installing it to a keyed power source. Comes with a little toggle switch and can be installed right to the battery -- I don't want it sucking my battery dry should I forget to turn the toggle off.... so, what is the most easily accessible keyed power source that I could easily tap into (preferably under the seat, near the battery).

Thanks very much for your help!

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Deer hear the same frequencies as humans. They aren't like dogs. Such devices are totally useless.

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Deer hear the same frequencies as humans. They aren't like dogs. Such devices are totally useless.
Apart from anything else they can't read the instructions so they don't know what they are supposed to do.

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post #4 of 29 Old 06-04-2007, 07:21 AM
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Deer whistles

Total, unadulterated crap. Don't waste your money. Work on your riding skills and stay alert. Spend your money on other things like driving lights. Take up hunting and eliminate as many deer as possible, they're way to overpopulated anyway.
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Yeah what others have said, there have been studies and deer avoidance items just do not work.

Although - I must say the Strom engine whine sure got some deer moving last weekend in Bath Co Virginia, much more so than I have seen with my Honda Shadow (deer whistle equipped from previous owner I might add )

Also keep in mind one of Newton's laws - an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion.....I like my deer at rest if at all possible.

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post #6 of 29 Old 06-04-2007, 09:32 AM
 
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Anybody bought, used, or installed one of these little farkles....???

http://www.xp3hornet.com/


I bought one from RideSafer.com.... A lot of my riding is home from work late at night on twisty country roads where I see lots of deer during the day and twilight.... I don't know what the deer think of my headlight modulator (actually, it doesn't do that at night anyway....) and Halo on my helmet, but I figure anything I can do to increase the chance of coming home to wife and three kids... and usually coming home from the ER I work in at that time of night I don't want to go back!!

So, any experience out there with these?

Next question: It suggests installing it to a keyed power source. Comes with a little toggle switch and can be installed right to the battery -- I don't want it sucking my battery dry should I forget to turn the toggle off.... so, what is the most easily accessible keyed power source that I could easily tap into (preferably under the seat, near the battery).

Thanks very much for your help!

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The deer farkle is like snake oil. Many scientific studies have been done and we know it doesnt work. The thing that I know they will hear is my Stebel horn. I have seen deer and they run away when they hear it. But thats only when I see them first.
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I agree with the non-usefulness of deer avoidance devices. We have a lot of deer here(my wife bagged one with the Nissan Sentra last week) and I have tried a couple of devices. I saw nothing that would indicate that the deer showed the slightest attention to them.

The best money I have spent on deer avoidance was a set of Hella driving lights for my X-Terra. I set them to shine on the shoulders and ditch not on the road. Brake when you see the lights of their eyes.

The bigger problem here are moose that are pretty much black and their eyes don't shine like deer do.

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so, what is the most easily accessible keyed power source that I could easily tap into
Probably the heated vest connection behind the radiator is the easiest. An auxillary fuse block with a relay is another solution that is a bit more work but allows you to add those driving lights easily.

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What others have said. The studies are clear that deer hear in the same frequency range as humans. If you can't hear it the deer can't hear it.

Cars and trucks are noisy but deer run in front of them all the time. You can't undo tens of thousands of years of evolution in just a few years. See deer are unpredictable so that the mountain lion, tiger, bear, or whatever don't know which way to go to intercept them. It is what keeps them alive when being chased. They react to cars the same way attempting to avoid them by being unpredictable. That darting behavior is good if you are being chased but bad if what your trying to get away from is traveling in a straight line.
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post #9 of 29 Old 06-04-2007, 09:43 PM
 
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okay. let's agree they don't work and be done with that.

now someone help him find a hot and ground in the rear of the bike under the seat that is hot key-on only. it will help everyone else out looking to mount farkles of a different source.

so many member have such intimate knowledge of a deer auditory system i'd hope one of them would know how to find these two simple wires.
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okay. let's agree they don't work and be done with that.

now someone help him find a hot and ground in the rear of the bike under the seat that is hot key-on only. it will help everyone else out looking to mount farkles of a different source.

so many member have such intimate knowledge of a deer auditory system i'd hope one of them would know how to find these two simple wires.
I would think whaever goes thru the fuse box is key-on hot.
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