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Stebel Horn Tested: Passed with flying colors

I installed a Stebel air horn under the left fairing on my 08 Versys a couple of weeks ago using pictures and instructions posted on the Versys Forum. Yesterday as I was commuting home from work, I was riding along getting close to home on a 4 lane city street. I was in the left lane (by the center line) when a sub compact caught up to me from behind but in the right lane and going the same direction. I was never in the blind spot. The car caught up and was right beside me and the driver (30 something female) began "sharing" the lane with me and was working her way over to either hit me or force me into the oncoming lane. When I noticed this taking place, I tested my new air horn with a 5 second blast. Suddenly she awoke from her coma and went back into her own lane. I noticed a very irritated look on her face. I resisted the urge to communicate with her using sign language and just kept an eye on her. Her male passenger just shook his head. Words can't express how much I like this horn. It can even be heard on the freeway by drivers with windows up. Along with extra brake lights and a brake light modulator, the horn is a great safety feature. I highly recommend it. I tap the horn button every once in a while in traffic just to test it and everyone around notices. It's a very satisfying feeling!
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Here is mine- Compact Italy made same as Stebel air horn.

one tap and I am heard and seen.



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Mine saved me from either a fatal or potentially dangerous situations numerous times in about a month of use.
Very, very useful thing you can add to the bike.
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I put the Stebel Nautilus onto my KLR, and liked it so much that I installed a "Wolo Bad Boy" from Harbor Freight Tools for $39.99 (looks and SOUNDS identical!) onto my Versys after some listers confirmed that it sounds the same as the Stebel.
Yesterday I installed another "Wolo Bad Boy" into my wife's Nissan Maxima and my Mazda Protege5, so now ALL our vehicles can really get someone's attention!

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I think I will put them on my Grand Cherokee and my Corvette too. They are so small, there is room for them even in today's busy engine compartments. Great horn. Stock ones are so useless I had pretty much stopped using one.
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Sounds like a good idea.....Is installation of the Wolo Bad Boy as easy as disconnecting/removing the stock horn and wiring the original wires to the Wolo Bad Boy?
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Sounds like a good idea.....Is installation of the Wolo Bad Boy as easy as disconnecting/removing the stock horn and wiring the original wires to the Wolo Bad Boy?
In a car or truck - YES. But they come with a relay for use when you put them into a motorcycle.
In both cars, because the stock horn is grounded through the mounting bolt, I made up an about 6" wire with female spade connection at one end (to go onto the horn's "- terminal") and circle-type at the other, and attached it via the mounting bolts. Because I had to remove a grill on the Mazda it probably took an hour.

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Yup it has helped me in a couple of situations when I had to wake up some ZBWs (Zombie Behind Wheel).

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I'm glad your horn worked but I have to wonder why you were in the left lane if you were going slower than other traffic. Maybe you were aproaching a left turn or something but otherwise it seems like you should have been in the right lane and not allowing people to pass you on the right.
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I installed my stebel last night, am looking forward to the responces from the cages when they hear it as they try to move me

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I'm glad your horn worked but I have to wonder why you were in the left lane if you were going slower than other traffic. Maybe you were aproaching a left turn or something but otherwise it seems like you should have been in the right lane and not allowing people to pass you on the right.
I'm one of the strongest proponents of "keep right except to pass". How vet, I have never applied that philosophy to a standard 4-lane city surface street. Which is what sounds like to OP was riding on.

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I'm one of the strongest proponents of "keep right except to pass". How vet, I have never applied that philosophy to a standard 4-lane city surface street. Which is what sounds like to OP was riding on.
I ride the same way, never in a blind spot and only in left lane to pass or to take the next left turn, my issue comes into play with people on there phones, they simply don't look and I notice them hours before they me, with this horn it will be nice to shock them back to paying attention.
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