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Horn mod saves the day!

Put the two PIAA horn upgrade from Amazon on and it saved me from hitting a dog yesterday! Great horns together and added saftey. No more meeeeep! Meeeeep!





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Yep. I have the same set up. Easy mod and I love it.


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Good save...the dog thanks you!

My Stebel air horn saved my bones on Friday when a brain dead cager rolled a stop sign and turned left while looking right. I noticed the car approaching the intersection from my right and saw the driver's head looking away from me, so I rolled off and covered the brake and horn. In an instant she began turning left into my path and I blasted the horn. The front end of the car dove as she slammed on the brakes, her front seat passenger had some words for her, and she waved frantically to acknowledge she was in the wrong. I gave her the hairy eyeball as I passed slowly and then returned the wave to say "Thanks for not running me over, watch where you're going."


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The PIAA horns are the #1 safety mod I've done to my Versys. Riding in NYC is dangerous enough; but without the PIAAs I know for a fact I'd have been in at least 2 bad encounters. I find the stock horns on most bikes to be woefully underpowered and dangerous as a result.


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I have a riding friend that just removes the horns from his bikes. Says he doesn't want to depend on them, only his maneuvering skills.

Never heard that one before? How about I'm sooo cool I don't need my horn, lights, or rear brake! Ha! Ha!





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...I have a riding friend that just removes the horns from his bikes. Says he doesn't want to depend on them, only his maneuvering skills.
Several times I've had 'cages' coming into my lane without looking. When I laid on the horn (Stebel Nautilus) they've ALMOST rolled their car getting out of the way of the Peterbuilt semi they just thought honked at 'em...!

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First mod on my last three bikes (Intruder 1400, KLR 250, Versys 650), plus my ex's only bike (Magna 750): Stebel Nautilus
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I would like to do this mod to my bike. While I am a fair mechanic, I am clueless when it comes to wiring diagrams and such.

Is it a plug-n-play, or at least can it be run off existing wiring going to my oem horn?
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Another great info post from AzItLies. I will be using it to hook mine up when I get'em.
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I would like to do this mod to my bike. While I am a fair mechanic, I am clueless when it comes to wiring diagrams and such.

Is it a plug-n-play, or at least can it be run off existing wiring going to my oem horn?
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For the Stebel you NEED to install a relay, otherwise you'll 'fry' your horn wires!

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After almost being hit twice in two days I ordered the PIAA horns a couple days back, should have them here to install by today. Has anyone found a good way to mount the second horn on the other side? From the thread it looks like everyone just mounts them on the same side.
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one horn mounted in place of the stock horn
one horn mounted along side the gas tank under the plastic cover
wired by way of Capt Kirk's easy method

low slow & loud doesn't suit my style...LOUD horns a must
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I have the stock horn on my V and in the ten months/11,000 miles I've done on her I haven't had to use it but twice... and both of those were to wake up cagers when the green left turn arrow lit up. Both times were on the same day.

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My Stebel saved me the other day. Guy pulling out of an auction pulling a trailer with a 1 ton pickup. He was so busy watching to make sure his trailer cleared the lot he didn't see me despite hi-viz and lights. A tap on the Stebel and he put his wife into the dash and almost jackknifed his trailer...no trailer brakes obviously. I got flipped off but am alive and well.

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After almost being hit twice in two days I ordered the PIAA horns a couple days back, should have them here to install by today. Has anyone found a good way to mount the second horn on the other side? From the thread it looks like everyone just mounts them on the same side.
Capt Kirk's easy method is simple and a good thread. I work with steel so I built a bracket so I can have both out front. Very easy install! You will love them!





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My Stebel saved me the other day. Guy pulling out of an auction pulling a trailer with a 1 ton pickup. He was so busy watching to make sure his trailer cleared the lot he didn't see me despite hi-viz and lights. A tap on the Stebel and he put his wife into the dash and almost jackknifed his trailer...no trailer brakes obviously. I got flipped off but am alive and well.
Having a Stebel blown at you with the window down Holly Sh#%!

What about the guys shorts!





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Just got back from a 3 months ride (well off and on) Gotta work sometime? I found that my best defense mechanism was sane speeds, an alert mind, and aggressive front brakes? Incountered???? answer D: All the above ,over 8642 miles in the last 90 days. My thinking is that in time it might take to push the horn button that I could cover both brakes and maybe avoid incidents? Well I'm alive to write this. BTW I did use that feeble stock horn 2 alert cute girls that I'm rollin through, Most seem to smile at Beep Beeep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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