Motorcycle Horn tests tests some aftermarket horns. Interesting that both Stebel Nautilus horns they tested (different models from different retailers) were faulty, these are the much-hyped horns used in the Genuine Buddy “International” models.

The authors point out:

By way of disclosure I’ll admit that I have fortunately never had to use a motorcycle horn in anger. […] I consider a horn to be a safety device of last resort — if you have to use it, you’re already in a situation that probably could have and should been prevented.

Good point. a loud horn is useful as a proactive warning to make sure a driver notices you before a scary situation arises. Once you’re in a scary situation, there’s no point in honking, you should be concentrating on braking or swerving.

(Thanks for the link, Davek, here’s his thread at Modern Buddy!)

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  1. i just installed one on my BV250 and I was pondering whether the horn does anything for you as far as safety. I usually only use the horn when people are in my way.

    If someone cuts me off I avoid using it cause most of the time when people in cars hear a horn they hit and brakes and kinda look around to see who’s horning the horn. I dont really want people slowing down in front of me so I avoid the horn.

    it is funny tho. it’s just rediculously loud and people crack up when they hear that sound coming out of a scooter. it’ s the Tire Flys of 2008

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