The Screaming Banshee Horn – A Warning System for Motorcycles

What's In the Box

What’s In the Box

I was really…blown away (sorry!) when I heard about this new motorcycle horn on the market. In traffic you have your, “Excuse me” honk and then you have the “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! STOP! STOP! STOP!” honk. They’re hard to distinguish, and with a lot of the stock wimpy motorcycle horns hard to hear.

With the Banshee Horn, if you hold down the horn for more than 1/2 a second and it engages a LOUD 135 decibel horn and flashes your headlight. I think this is a genius idea. I don’t want to annoy everyone all the time with my headlight modulator, but I do flick my high beam on and off when I don’t think someone sees me. This nifty device combines the visual headlight flashing along with a louder audible warning from the horn. The most elegant part is the user interface: your existing horn button. You don’t even have to think about it. You can react like you always have and it will kick in after a 1/2 second.

Check out the video for a demo.

 

I am moving to Portland, Oregon soon, and with the limited visibility in the rain I’m sure I’ll have more close calls. I’m definitely going to invest in one of these and see how it works out. What about you?

How do you warn drivers on the road?

  • Tavis Bogue

    Pretty cool idea.

  • James Fraze

    I don’t warn drivers. I expect them not to see me and drive accordingly. In a tight squeeze I just do what needs to be done, but normally I look first, use turn signal, and sometimes hand signals too. I also try not to scare cage drivers, as I know they have a different appreiciation for space. So, I try hard not to squeeze, but if it’s a matter of squeezing somewhere or hiding behind a huge cage that is blocking my vision and reaction, I’m going to shoot past them, then settle back down so I can see.

    Bottom line – drive like nobody can see you and like all of them are ready to swerve right in front of you at the last moment. I had 2 swerves today on only an hour ride.

    I also ride with my high beams all the time. So what if it bothers someone. I want to be seen. I only turn them low at stop lights when I see I’m shining in someone’s mirror or face.

    I saw a flashing brakelight kit on another motorcycle that snapped my head in his direction when I was a passenger in my wife’s cage. I think that’s my next upgrade.

  • psittacid

    With several hundred thousand miles on bikes, I can say without doubt that loud horns have helped me when I’ve had them and that stock horns are useless. The horn really comes into play when you move from reacting into predicting and preventing. One small example is when passing a car on the freeway and you see them check their mirror (but not blind spot). Another is when a driver pulling out from a side street hasn’t made eye contact.

    Best of luck to you, James Fraze. I hope you are still riding wen your hair turns the color of mine.