So I've had these off-brand horns sitting in my basement for a couple of years. With it I've also had an Eastern Beaver dual-horn wiring & relay kit. I was going to put it on my Hawk GT, but never got around to it. They're from a company called Candlepower. Rated dB is 115. They seemed kind of generic to me, but they were a gift.
I'd never even fired them off before. So today, I hooked them up to my Strom's battery, and hot-wired the relay switch leads to the battery terminals to see how loud they were. I fully expected them to be worse than the Stebel horn. Afterall, 115 dB is less than 139 dB. When I completed the circuit... Holy Cow!
These things are loud as hell! They're dual-note horns, one is high and one is low, and I think that really makes a difference. I've seen YouTube videos of the Stebel horn, and I think the tone this one puts out is WAY more abrupt and "authoritative." It sounds just like those super-obnoxious horns you find on really big SUVs.
The Stebel horn may have a greater dB rating, but I think the dual note horn is perceived
as being louder.
Anyway, these horns rock and I want them on my Strom. They mount via a single bolt in the middle of the shiny round part. But where can I mount them symmetrically? I've got a few ideas...
Mount them on either side of the front cylinder. All of the sound energy is firing forward. But how to I mount them here?
Mount them under the headlights. Again, all sound energy is going forward. For them to go here, I'd have to cut into the plastic "floor" of fairing cavity to connect them (somehow) to the tubes that support the headlight/fairing. Seems kind of invasive.
Mount them inside the fairing. This is nice because they're out of sight. They can "shoot" out of those little triangular grilles. The support bars are right there to attach to. But... I'm worried about the sound reflecting up and out the top of the fairing cavity instead of blasting inattentive drivers. Has anyone with this setup found that they were blasting themselves with their own horn?
So yeah, those are my options... anyone have any ideas?