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Sitting around nursing a wonderful summer head cold. Out in the garage rubbing on the bike when I remember a 12 volt horn I bought a while back.

Did a quick install on the bike and presto... louder and way more obnoxious sounding horns over just the stocker.

The frequencies are different on the two horns so it really gets your attention.

Easy to install. Wired it up in parallel with the stock horn and the two share the same bolt and mounting location.

Good return on a measly $12 investment.
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Loud horns save lives.....or at least get their attention long enough to flip them the bird.
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I passed a friend on the highway yesterday during my morning commute. I beeped my horn twice and waved. He didn't wave back and was frantically looking around. He didn't seem to notice me. I was rather puzzled and somewhat concerned by this. Why hadn't my horn gotten his attention?

I spoke with him later and he had most certainly seen me. But my Denali SoundBomb horn had him looking for the transport truck honking at him, which he couldn't find anywhere nearby. He was worried he was about to become an accident statistic...
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can you give us a link to it and the installation instructions?
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Sitting around nursing a wonderful summer head cold. Out in the garage rubbing on the bike when I remember a 12 volt horn I bought a while back.

Did a quick install on the bike and presto... louder and way more obnoxious sounding horns over just the stocker.

The frequencies are different on the two horns so it really gets your attention.

Easy to install. Wired it up in parallel with the stock horn and the two share the same bolt and mounting location.

Good return on a measly $12 investment.
You are drawing more amps now so you want to make sure that the wire to the horn button is up for the task. When adding more horn power I wire the horn button to a relay and then power the horns directly from the battery. I have read about guys melting their horn buttons from blasting the horn to long.

I have stopped the practice of increasing horn power on my bikes because I found that in a situation where the horn is going to do more than just express my frustration with a driver that I am too busy avoiding and maneuvering to actually hit the horn.

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You are drawing more amps now so you want to make sure that the wire to the horn button is up for the task. When adding more horn power I wire the horn button to a relay and then power the horns directly from the battery. I have read about guys melting their horn buttons from blasting the horn to long.
I put an extra horn of a couple of bikes now without any problems.

You are correct as it does up the amp draw. I never lay on the horn, just a couple of quick beep beep's, which is not enough to over heat anything.

Stuff like aux lighting I always run separate wires to the battery along with a relay.

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I have stopped the practice of increasing horn power on my bikes because I found that in a situation where the horn is going to do more than just express my frustration with a driver that I am too busy avoiding and maneuvering to actually hit the horn.
I have made it a parking lot practice to always cover the horn and clutch at the same time while maneuvering so as to try and be comfortable in doing that motion at any time, together. Thankfully I've been blessed with monkey-like long-ass fingers hahaha

'round these parts, people are NEVER looking for us 2 wheelers. I'm sure all of us feel that way, but I'm willing to bet my kingdom that my city is in the worst percentile for it.

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I have made it a parking lot practice to always cover the horn and clutch at the same time while maneuvering so as to try and be comfortable in doing that motion at any time, together. Thankfully I've been blessed with monkey-like long-ass fingers hahaha

'round these parts, people are NEVER looking for us 2 wheelers. I'm sure all of us feel that way, but I'm willing to bet my kingdom that my city is in the worst percentile for it.
I don't live in a city, thankfully. My current bikes came with louder than the typical scooter horns on the japanese bikes.

But yes, if I am travelling in a multi-lane road that is crowded to where I can't ride without someone in the lane beside me I cover the horn button and if the car is just weaving towards the dividing line I will tap the horn to let them know I am there.

I guess I need to practice laying on the horn while simultaneously moving to the outer edge of my lane and either accelerating or braking. Of course I have heard people complain about motorcycles coming out of nowhere and passing them and I tell them that the bike was probably in their blind spot and had to accelerate because you were coming into their lane. That gets them thinking.
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I put an extra horn of a couple of bikes now without any problems.

You are correct as it does up the amp draw. I never lay on the horn, just a couple of quick beep beep's, which is not enough to over heat anything.

Stuff like aux lighting I always run separate wires to the battery along with a relay.

Cheers mate.
For those that are considering this, you should look at the horn circuit and check the amp draw by adding up all the components on the circuit and seeing what the fuse rating is to make sure you are not exceeding the circuit. If you are not sure what the draw of the components are, you should put your amp meter in line and measure the draw.

NEVER, NEVER put a higher rated fuse in the circuit.

Several decades ago, I had stupidly wrapped a glass fuse with an aluminum gum wrapper to have the light on to get home because i didn't have a spare fuse with me. Thankfully that didn't start an electrical fire.
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