Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
I don`t know how loud the pipes would sound inside a car, with the windows up and 50-100 yards in front of you. They would probably bark pretty good to anyone behind you though. I would think the Stebel mounted close to the front would more likely get a cagers attention, especially if it was paired with a Fiamm Freeway Blaster Lo-tone.
In your description of the incident, you don`t mention whether you turned on the High Beam headlight. When the whole inside of the car lights up, that usually gets MY attention! Also, the more I read about making a bike more visible to the front, the more I become convinced that a bike needs a pair of driving lights. Mounted up level with the headlight gives some indication of width to those drivers in the 11:00- 1:00 o`clock position in front of the bike, who are statisticlly most likely to turn in front of a bike.
The best light configuration is as much separation of the headlight and driving lights as you can manage, in a large triangle such as you see on a railway locomotive. Ideally that would have the driving lights mounted down close to the front axle. Vibration and road humps, bumps and flying debris may dictate a compromise of mounting them at the top of the hydralic shock portion of the fork, closer to the tire and fender. Even that configuration is a big improvement, as it has the driving lights about a foot and a half below the headlight.
Even after improving our odds of been noticed by adding driving lights and a horn that can actually be heard, it is still not 100% fool proof. Every year there are still a few drivers who miss seeing a locomotive bearing down on a crossing from half a block away, with lights separated by 6 or 8 feet and blowing an air horn. Be conspicuous, but be ready too.
1991 VN 750 -"Cosmic Lady
" or "Bad Girl
Purchased May 16, 2008
Approx.19,300km (12,000 miles)
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
July 13, 2016, Riding on the DARKSIDE now, Classic Radial 165/80-15
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Last edited by OlHossCanada; 12-18-2009 at 01:16 PM.