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I was at a stoplight today when it turned green, the numbskull in front of me just sat there. It was then that I came to know what a wimpy, useless horn the Versys really has. I am not even sure they could hear it over their rap music.

So, I am looking for suggestion on a replacement horn. I am not sure I need to go all the way to an air horn, but I definitely want something as loud as a car horn (like my Goldwing has). Also, there seems to be plenty of space in front where my stock horn is, so I would like to locate something there (2010 V).
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i've heard of people replacing stock motorbike horns with volkswagen horns....

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+1 on the title of the thread. haha.

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One of its kind and very nice sound, sure attrach a lot of attention. Sound of olden days car. Not sure weather they make such horns now, HAve been keeping it for more than 15years and thought I fit on the V. Italian Made.

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Whats all this about a relay needing fitting, and what is a relay?
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Your stock horn would work better IF it got a full 12v when you hit the horn button. What a relay does, is allow your horn to trigger an electric switch so that the FULL 12v gets to the horn.
This is done by connecting certain parts of the relay to be attached DIRECTLY to the battery, while your horn circuits "trigger" a solenoid ONLY, which then directs the full 12v to the battery.
Hope this gives you a little help....

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My Stebel sure wakes them up!!! Make sure you use a relay with any horn you install to get the full power out of it. I can make people jump with mine...I think they are expecting to see a dump truck in their mirror!

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Sounds like a challenge to me!

Now I have four!
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Thanks for the info on the Relay guys!

I have seen one on e bay and with delivery its about 32 pounds.Canīt put a price on safety....but thats a good price all the same
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A $15 freeway blaster is very loud and easy to install.

http://www.fiammamerica.com/Product.asp?ProductID=156

You can get these at any auto parts stores.
Ignore the sound file on the website, the horn doesn't sound anything like it.
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One of its kind and very nice sound, sure attrach a lot of attention. Sound of olden days car. Not sure weather they make such horns now, HAve been keeping it for more than 15years and thought I fit on the V. Italian Made.

Hahaaaa! You put the aooga on your V! Very cool.

Yep, they still make them and when I saw it again on a website a few days ago, I considered getting one for my V. I already have a Stebel so I was thinking of running a separate trigger circuit for the aooga. ...But then I reasoned it would be too big to hide, so I didn't buy it.


+1 on the relay.
Whichever air horn or electric car horn you get make sure you feed it 12V through thick gauge wire straight from the battery, through a relay. You can use the current power wires of the feeble OEM horn to trigger the relay.
For air horns:
I like the Stebel Nautilus compact, but others have good experiences with the FIAMM Highway Blaster or similar loudmouths.
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I bought the Fiamm highway blasters a while ago, for another bike. I plan on installing them on the V soon. I have the high and low horns, and hope to install one in the stock spot and one under the lower left engine cowl. I decided that mounting 2 in front won't clear the front fender when the front forks are compressed. I've painted the horns flat black, and tested them in the garage. My ears were ringing for 2 days after that! They are loud! When you install a high and a low horn, they are harmonically tuned such that their sounds reinforce each other, adding more volume than you would normally expect (like a small chorus).
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Oops, I meant the lower right engine cowl.
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I am hoping that one of the Flamm (low tone) horns will be better than the stock horn.
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I am hoping that one of the Flamm (low tone) horns will be better than the stock horn.
The freeway blaster is quite loud. It hurts my ears to blast it in my garage.
And it works with the stock wiring.
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Hahaaaa! You put the aooga on your V! Very cool.

Yep, they still make them and when I saw it again on a website a few days ago, I considered getting one for my V. I already have a Stebel so I was thinking of running a separate trigger circuit for the aooga. ...But then I reasoned it would be too big to hide, so I didn't buy it.


+1 on the relay.
Whichever air horn or electric car horn you get make sure you feed it 12V through thick gauge wire straight from the battery, through a relay. You can use the current power wires of the feeble OEM horn to trigger the relay.
For air horns:
I like the Stebel Nautilus compact, but others have good experiences with the FIAMM Highway Blaster or similar loudmouths.
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Thanks god you reconized the Horn. I was thinking I was the only one in the planet. Got a two way switch, which can go from standard to aooga.

aaaaooooogggaaa
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Thanks god you reconized the Horn. I was thinking I was the only one in the planet. Got a two way switch, which can go from standard to aooga.

aaaaooooogggaaa

My dad installed one on his pick up truck when I was a kid. It was funny seeing the looks on peoples faces when we drove by & he hit the horn. I bet it's a real hoot on the bike!!





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