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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-27-2009, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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My Vulcan 900 has a wimpy horn. The Can Am Spyder has a much louder and deeper sounding horn. Can the Spyder horn be mounted in place of the original Kawasaki horn?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-27-2009, 02:48 PM
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Check out the Stebel Nautilus compact series of horns designed for motorcycles. You're not going to get much louder than that, and with the wiring kit they are very easy to install.

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Thanks fastpakr,

I think I have heard the Stebel horns. Most I have listened to still sound like motorcycle horns. The Spyder horn sounds like an automobile horn. It is much deeper in tone.

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I'm not sure what you heard, but it wasn't one of their air horns. Look at this.

If you really just want an automotive horn, run by your nearest chain auto parts store and you'll find the 'highway blaster' variety on the shelf for $15 or so. Nothing compared to a Stebel, though.

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Fastpakr,

Thanks agin. I found a website that has a .wav file of the sound of the Stebel horn.
http://www.stebel.it/stebel2009/prod...tipologia=moto

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Harbor Freight has the same horn for a few dollars less. I replaced horns on my F650 and both of our bikes with these. They will get the attention you want. They are loud!

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The prices I'm seeing at Harbor Freight online don't appear to be any cheaper. Either way, that is a good alternate source for them, especially if they stock them locally and you can get one of the coupons they email out fairly often.

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I agree with you, Loben. Can't stand the tone of this horn. Much prefer a deeper sound, not louder. BMW's have a nice tone. Sort of between a car and a bike.
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I am interested in this as well. I prefer the deeper tone too.

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I just replaced the "wheezing duck" of a horn on my 900 with a single, FIAMM "low tone" unit. Did a direct bolt on and plug in. It's not as loud as the dual horn set up but it's pretty good. The stock Kaw horn wiring might be a little light (definitely too light for dual horns!) but for a single horn it should do as long as I don't lay on the button for 30 seconds.

If I lived in a busy area though with lots of traffic I'd be looking for one of those big honker set ups the other guys were pointing to but I rarely use the horn at all (knock on wood).

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