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post #1 of 10 Old 07-05-2016, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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After a few incidences of close shaves, decided to upgrade horn to a Stebel. Bought a wiring kit and Stebel horn for a total of AUD$54 off Ebay. Wiring kit was well put together and had clear instructions. Modeled a bracket to attach to engine mount. Easy to fit( first electrical farkle I've done) and works a treat. Wife says it's way too loud now!
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-05-2016, 12:17 PM
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I fail to understand how a horn prevents close calls

by the time you have reacted and hit your horn, you could have easily slowed down or swerved

by the time the intruder on your right of way reacts to the horn, you have already hit the intruder if you didn't slow down or swerve

imho, a loud horn is just a way to incite road rage
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I fail to understand how a horn prevents close calls

by the time you have reacted and hit your horn, you could have easily slowed down or swerved

by the time the intruder on your right of way reacts to the horn, you have already hit the intruder if you didn't slow down or swerve

imho, a loud horn is just a way to incite road rage
The use of a horn is to draw attention to a dangerous situation. If someone gets road rage over that, -they- have a problem, not you. It's different in other parts of the world. A toot of the horn usually isn't enough to bring out homicidal tendencies in most sane people.

Maybe you've been living around crazy people?
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I fail to understand how a horn prevents close calls

by the time you have reacted and hit your horn, you could have easily slowed down or swerved

by the time the intruder on your right of way reacts to the horn, you have already hit the intruder if you didn't slow down or swerve

imho, a loud horn is just a way to incite road rage
You're kidding - right?
I've had soccer moms totally oblivious start to move over and a toot brings them to take a second look. Many times here in Texas I have a clown that drives a dually (or Dooley) and has no clue he's halfway in my lane. Sometimes it's a quick toot to let them know I see them - like when they seem to be taking an inordinate amount of time to merge - like I'm gonna run 'em over.
Sometimes it's just a way to give the audible finger - like the asshat that cut straight across three lanes of busy traffic last week to make a left and almost ran me over in the process. Plenty of folks letting him know what they thought.
There's a reason the horn is factory equipment and a Stebel is far better than the roadrunner-esque "meep" stock horn. I want my horn to speak with authority.

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Brojon is right in that a quick toot is good to let someone know that you are nearby BUT if they are already on a collision course your priority should be avoidance and self preservation. Use the horn afterwards if you like.
If you are experiencing "a few instances of close shaves" I would suggest that you should reappraise your riding habits with a view to lessening the likelihood of a collision as those close shaves are actually warnings of impending disaster. A safe rider will not always assume that he will be granted the right of way.

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Then there are the times when you are leaving a parking lot and someone starts to back up into you. They often just can't hear the stock horn and if you're already stopped you're basically screwed.
A louder horn is on my short list of next farkles.
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Then there are the times when you are leaving a parking lot and someone starts to back up into you. They often just can't hear the stock horn and if you're already stopped you're basically screwed.
A louder horn is on my short list of next farkles.
I see your point but I believe that to survive long term you need to ride defensively. A rider should be alert in close proximity to cars and attempt to avoid a situation where they are relying on others to do the right thing. Instead of stopping in the middle of the lane as a car backs into you, veer and stop where the car cannot hit you. That is why I always ride with far more focus in shopping centers and parking lots. I always watch for cars that have someone in the drivers seat and give them special consideration.
If you just keep repeating to yourself "They're out to get me, they're out to get me" you should encounter fewer surprises.

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Wow, what an interesting set of responses. The post was regarding the product review of the Stebel horn not riding techniques.
Brockie- close shaves are not due to my riding style but the others "out to get me". A louder toot is often enough to let the driver know what is happening/about to happen. The stock horn is ineffective- and no, I am not relying on the horn to save me, but to be used to make drivers more aware.
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Brojon is right in that a quick toot is good to let someone know that you are nearby BUT if they are already on a collision course your priority should be avoidance and self preservation. Use the horn afterwards if you like.
If you are experiencing "a few instances of close shaves" I would suggest that you should reappraise your riding habits with a view to lessening the likelihood of a collision as those close shaves are actually warnings of impending disaster. A safe rider will not always assume that he will be granted the right of way.
Then sometimes you just have no options but to toot and pray they hear it. Yesterday on my way home some elderly biddy started pulling over when I was next to her rear door. I couldn't go left - parked cars, couldn't slow down hard as I had a clown on my butt, couldn't accelerate as there was someone in the front of me - too short to fit in. So I tooted - long and hard. She almost didn't react in time but she slowed first and saw me then moved back over looking very confused like "where did all those people come from?". Likely she shouldn't be driving. So yes - a loud horn is necessary for self defense.

EDIT: I should mention she came over from two lanes over - making a late turn I guess. I never ride in someone's blind spot.

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I like a loud horn to let the texters know the light turned green and it's time to drive

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