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Thumbs up Denali Mini Sound Bomb

Got tired of the anemic horn on my '15 VLT. I commute on DFW freeways. I couldn't hear the factory horn above road noise. No chance of car or truck drivers hearing it. And driving these roads you frequently need a horn. People doing 75 mph with their faces glued to smart phones while drifting through and over lanes don't see other cars and especially not motorcycles.

The good news is this horn is LOUD! Louder than the horn on my car. And the tone is way more authoritative. Cost me 29 bucks, installs with no modification to the factory bracket, no electrical wiring required and no clearance issues.

I view this as a survival necessity. I am a happy camper. Ready to resume jousting with the cage drivers.
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Got tired of the anemic horn on my '15 VLT. I commute on DFW freeways. I couldn't hear the factory horn above road noise. No chance of car or truck drivers hearing it. And driving these roads you frequently need a horn. People doing 75 mph with their faces glued to smart phones while drifting through and over lanes don't see other cars and especially not motorcycles.

The good news is this horn is LOUD! Louder than the horn on my car. And the tone is way more authoritative. Cost me 29 bucks, installs with no modification to the factory bracket, no electrical wiring required and no clearance issues.

I view this as a survival necessity. I am a happy camper. Ready to resume jousting with the cage drivers.
Interesting, my Denali remote sound bomb draws close to 20 amp and the lights dim when it is on, nice change using the mini with 5 amp draw, no compressor etc. Thanks for posting, and the price is good!
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A REALLY loud horn is a VERY GOOD thing!!!

(I use WOLO Bad Boys on both my Vs, as well as on my Mazda Protege5 "cage".)


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Where did you buy the denali for 29 bucks? And can you post where you mounted it?

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FWIW - the WOLO horn goes for pretty close to $30 at Harbor-Freight.

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Not a air horn, but for those wishing to replace the BEEP Beeep for something louder, in the exact place using original wiring, then according to revzilla and the OP , this would be the way to go. I can't see how it would be equal to my sound bomb air horn that draws close to 20 amp, so somewhere between.

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Thx @onewizard, did exactly this today, and what happened? All good, nice commute, not a single need today to use it at all!

However, this is California, so I'm pretty sure the moment will come where I'll be happy to have upgraded
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Thanks Out West! Since I am not mechanically/electrically inclined, this is exactly what I need.
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Just installed the Denali Soundbomb on my 2015. I've rotated the bracket 180 degrees inboard so the horn is more tucked away. I think it'll clear everything with the front suspension fully compressed. It's definitely much louder, more like a car now. The horn and tail light look to be on the same circuit with a 10A fuse, so I think it'll be OK with the horn needing 5A.
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Just installed the Denali Soundbomb on my 2015. I've rotated the bracket 180 degrees inboard so the horn is more tucked away. I think it'll clear everything with the front suspension fully compressed. It's definitely much louder, more like a car now. The horn and tail light look to be on the same circuit with a 10A fuse, so I think it'll be OK with the horn needing 5A.
You mean mini? Correct?--5 amp rating is lots, unless your horn button sticks on, --just kidding , the 10 amp rating is to protect the wiring, in case you shorted out the wiring, total load with brake light and horn on are less than 80% of 10 amp.
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Twisted Throttle... 29.99 (plus tax, license, dealer prep, and factory discounts if any.)

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Looks like it goes right there old anemic horn lived.
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You mean mini? Correct?--5 amp rating is lots, unless your horn button sticks on, --just kidding , the 10 amp rating is to protect the wiring, in case you shorted out the wiring, total load with brake light and horn on are less than 80% of 10 amp.
Yeah, the mini.
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Here's a pic showing the mini SB on my '15 with the mount bracket rotated inward.

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That would be most fantastic if paired with a high tone horn, to go along with your low tone horn... I've have a pair of these (1 high tone and 1 low tone) in the car for 13 years now, and they're still going strong. I got to use them well on my last trip into town tonight to fend off a couple of nut job kids racing around in car and pickup, which then attempted to flee in fear.

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Does anyone with the Mini Bomb has the issue that it doesn't work for longer than a few seconds? Whenever I need mine it just stops working after the first use, sounding like an engine running out of fuel. Won't come back on that ride, but next day or so it is back with the same behavior.

Didn't check the fuse yet, but if it would have blown the horn wouldn't work on the next day. ?
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...Didn't check the fuse yet, but if it would have blown the horn wouldn't work on the next day?
Correctumundo (to quote the Fonz...)!

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I received my Denali Mini Sound Bomb (MSB) from RevZilla today and installed it (sort of) on my '16 Versys 1000 LT. I have installed two previous Mini Sound Bombs on my 2009 Vulcan 900 Classic LT and my wife's 2009 Vulcan 500. Both installations went smoothly and the horns worked great (although I had to trim the housing of the horn on the 900 so it wouldn't impact the front fender when the front shocks compressed - simple mod though, and it didn't impact the effectiveness of the horn.

During my install today, however, I ran into several problems, and the horn still doesn't work... First of all, the threaded mounting pin on the rear of the MSB is much shorter than the pin on the rear of the stock horn so you can't utilize Kawasaki's rubber mounting configuration. I jury-rigged a system that worked, but it deadens the sound of the horn significantly. Secondly, the MSB is nearly three times as thick (front-to-back) as the OEM horn, and although I finally managed to get it bolted on using the original bracket, it comes in contact with the front forks when the handle bars are turned to the extreme left or right. So at this point the horn doesn't work, and I am trying to determine a new mounting strategy (I really like the horn!).

I really like Doug Just Doug's idea of mounting it below the radiator, but I am curious about the effect of exhaust heat and road flack on the MSB housing - it doesn't appear that substantial to me a looks like it wants to be in a protected spot. I would also like to know how Doug Just Doug extended the wiring to reach the horn - home brewed extension or something from the aftermarket?


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I received my Denali Mini Sound Bomb (MSB) from RevZilla today and installed it (sort of) on my '16 Versys 1000 LT. I have installed two previous Mini Sound Bombs on my 2009 Vulcan 900 Classic LT and my wife's 2009 Vulcan 500. Both installations went smoothly and the horns worked great (although I had to trim the housing of the horn on the 900 so it wouldn't impact the front fender when the front shocks compressed - simple mod though, and it didn't impact the effectiveness of the horn.

During my install today, however, I ran into several problems, and the horn still doesn't work... First of all, the threaded mounting pin on the rear of the MSB is much shorter than the pin on the rear of the stock horn so you can't utilize Kawasaki's rubber mounting configuration. I jury-rigged a system that worked, but it deadens the sound of the horn significantly. Secondly, the MSB is nearly three times as thick (front-to-back) as the OEM horn, and although I finally managed to get it bolted on using the original bracket, it comes in contact with the front forks when the handle bars are turned to the extreme left or right. So at this point the horn doesn't work, and I am trying to determine a new mounting strategy (I really like the horn!).

I really like Doug Just Doug's idea of mounting it below the radiator, but I am curious about the effect of exhaust heat and road flack on the MSB housing - it doesn't appear that substantial to me a looks like it wants to be in a protected spot. I would also like to know how Doug Just Doug extended the wiring to reach the horn - home brewed extension or something from the aftermarket?


On my V-1000 i separated a Stebel Nautilus Air Horn and mounted it to the area where the old horn was. I used multiple zip-ties to mount the horn. Works great no issues...

Mounting the horn you have should be easier since its smaller than the one i used...

P1010739 by weljo2001, on Flickr



You can see the black megaphone piece sticking out some under the beak of the bike.....


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Zipped-Tied the compressor and the megaphone both on this bracket.....

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I received my Denali Mini Sound Bomb (MSB) from RevZilla today and installed it (sort of) on my '16 Versys 1000 LT. I have installed two previous Mini Sound Bombs on my 2009 Vulcan 900 Classic LT and my wife's 2009 Vulcan 500. Both installations went smoothly and the horns worked great (although I had to trim the housing of the horn on the 900 so it wouldn't impact the front fender when the front shocks compressed - simple mod though, and it didn't impact the effectiveness of the horn.

During my install today, however, I ran into several problems, and the horn still doesn't work... First of all, the threaded mounting pin on the rear of the MSB is much shorter than the pin on the rear of the stock horn so you can't utilize Kawasaki's rubber mounting configuration. I jury-rigged a system that worked, but it deadens the sound of the horn significantly. Secondly, the MSB is nearly three times as thick (front-to-back) as the OEM horn, and although I finally managed to get it bolted on using the original bracket, it comes in contact with the front forks when the handle bars are turned to the extreme left or right. So at this point the horn doesn't work, and I am trying to determine a new mounting strategy (I really like the horn!).

I really like Doug Just Doug's idea of mounting it below the radiator, but I am curious about the effect of exhaust heat and road flack on the MSB housing - it doesn't appear that substantial to me a looks like it wants to be in a protected spot. I would also like to know how Doug Just Doug extended the wiring to reach the horn - home brewed extension or something from the aftermarket?
All I did was rotate the stock horn bracket 180 degrees and bolted the MSB on. No wiring extension was required. 10 minute job. The MSB doesn't interfere with anything else, and there's been no issues at all in the roughly 10K miles it's been on the bike. This is on a Gen3 Versys 650.

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A while ago I bought mine at Revzilla for $29.00

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