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Want a loud, raucous horn and still keep your regular horn? Want to blast those drivers that cut you off? Want a great gift? Read more

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This project was successfully funded on January 27, 2012.

Want a loud, raucous horn and still keep your regular horn? Want to blast those drivers that cut you off? Want a great gift?

Tampa, FL Technology
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This project has ended with great success! Please visit our new website to follow us or buy Banshee Horn products! 

What is the Banshee Horn?

Firstly, thanks for stopping by and checking us out.

Do you know according to the statistics in “The Hurt Report,” around 75% of motorcycle crashes are collisions with other vehicles, most of which are cars and trucks. The driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycles right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.

We are bringing to the market the first AUTOMATIC loud horn and headlight warning system. With this you can warn motorists up to 3 blocks away using your regular horn button; the Banshee Horn system does the rest. 

The Banshee Horn also, by the way, works great on all scooters, cars and boats that have unimpressive horns. 

Note: The delay can be set to 1/2 second or 1/4 second, scroll all the way down to see a full range of FAQ's.

CARS - scroll down to see the Banshee Horn installed on a car!

Over the last 30 years of riding motorcycles in various countries I've had my share of close calls with vehicles pulling out in front of me. I am sure you riders out there can relate to that!

I wanted a solution that would retain the regular horn for friendly use, but then automatically deploy a loud intrusive horn and light combination in a potentially dangerous situation.

The challenge was how to design a system that was easy to fit, would kick in automatically in an emergency situation and required no thought.

So, with this in mind and with my background as an industrial electrical engineer, I went ahead and built a prototype and installed it on my bike as shown in the video above.

The installation is simple and you can do it yourself in an hour or so. We will provide easy to follow instructions with a video link.

Smart Design using Quality Parts

This product is made up of two components, a 139 decibel compact air horn and a control unit that is really what this product is all about.

The control unit is about the size of a matchbox and the internal parts will be sealed in resin. This creates a water, heat and vibration proof environment which in turn provides superior reliability.

It has been tested in extreme temperatures (from 10 - 160 degrees Fahrenheit), and works faultlessly. 

Technically Speaking

The electronics in this product control the loud air horn and the high beam lights. If you press the horn switch briefly, only the regular horn is activated. Pressing the switch for ¼ or ½ second (depending on the setting you choose) causes the logic in the control unit to now engage the raucous air horn and high beam lights. When doing this, it pulses both the horn and lights for even greater impact - as shown in the video.

When designing the electronics we paid particular attention to safety. We do not in any way alter the regular horn system in the motorcycle or car to keep within DOT (Dept of Transportation) regulations.

Also, we don’t put any electrical loads on the existing vehicle wiring because we take our power directly from the battery.

The Banshee Horn system has been patented to cover all types of motor vehicles including several design forms and iterations.

What we will Supply

If you do the full pledge we will supply you the complete package including:

  • The patent pending control unit which will come with all wiring and connections – ready to install.
  • A 139 decibel (12 volt) compact air horn in either black or chrome – your choice.
  • A universal mounting bracket for the air horn.
  • Easy to follow instructions including links to online videos.

For the smaller pledge we will supply:

  • The patent pending control unit which will come with all wiring and connections – ready to install.
  • Easy to follow instructions including links to online videos.

How easy is it to fit?

Easy! We specifically designed this to be fitted by anyone with very basic mechanical skills. There are only a few wires to hook up and we will give you all the bits to easily attach the parts.

Even if you hook this up totally backwards, you will not damage the Banshee Horn system – so relax and have fun installing this cool product.

What about Cars?

We just did our first installation on a car with a pitiful horn, it was really easy, took under an hour. We added a picture to show you the finished product - its WAY louder than the factory horn system. At the very bottom you can see the control unit, the horn is right in the center. You can see the orange wire going to the battery and if you look hard the small yellow wire that heads off to connect to the factory horn. The blue wire connects to the high beam to flash the lights.

The Goal

Your pledge (and again thank you very much!), will help us make this product available to as many motorists as possible. We're raising funds to help us cover the initial set up costs so we can begin the manufacturing process.

We really appreciate all the kind help, support and enthusiastic feedback we are receiving ever day!

Every little bit counts and we'd like to thank you in advance for your help and support!

Banshee Horn LLC

CEO

Peter Olt

P.S. Love a Biker – give’em a Banshee Horn!

FAQ

  • At the end of the KickStarter project (Jan 27th), we will send a survey to all backers to get their preferences and shipping address etc. (This is a service that KickStarter provides) We will try to get this out on the 28th Jan.

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  • No - it’s similar to a Stebel Nautilus but not the same. We noticed that the Stebel seems to have a fairly bad reputation for reliability according to online reviews – specifically they say that the plastic trumpet comes loose from the steel compressor motor and the horn ceases to function.

    We have sourced another brand that has the same small profile and is actually very similar but has a different method of combining the trumpet to the compressor, so avoids the design flaw that it appears the Stebel horn has. We have been testing this product and it has withstood all our rigorous vibration tests.

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  • We have to reach our goal on KickStarter by Jan 27th, as of Jan 5th we are 1/2 way there and we have 3 weeks to go so I am confident that we will make it easily. However, if we don't your pledge is refunded in full by KickStarter who hold it in trust. You can confirm this on their website:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics#AlloFund

    We are building a website and will start selling through that so we are moving ahead regardless - but the price on KickStarter is a genuine discount, we will be selling the system for $89.00 online, $20 more than the $69.00 KickStarter offer. If you have any more questions please let us know.

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  • If you live outside of the US we have just added some new pledges to make it easy to allow for international shipping costs. If you buy one complete system then choose the $84 pledge – this gets you one complete system and allows $15 for international shipping.

    We did the same for two systems, just choose the $150 pledge and the international shipping is included.

    For three systems choose the $205 pledge and the international shipping is included.

    If you order 4, 10 or 20 systems we will absorb the cost of international shipping.

    BTW - The product weighs about 2 pounds (1 kilogram).

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  • We are very busily preparing the production run of the control units. We expect to be able to start delivering Banshee Horn systems late January 2012. Note: If you would like to give a Banshee Horn as a gift, we will send you an attractive gift certificate with details on how to receive your Banshee Horn.

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  • Yes, we will give a 12 month warranty on the Control Unit and 3 months on the air horn.

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  • No, the Banshee Horn System takes its power directly from the battery, that way the wiring in your motorcycle or car is not doing any extra work at all. This solves the issues some people have experienced when replacing horns on motorcycles and cars using other products in the past.

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  • No, we designed the control unit to have protection if it is hooked up wrongly, but it’s really hard to hook it up wrongly because it’s so simple! Just a few wires to connect, then mount the new horn and you’re all go.

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  • When you press the horn switch briefly, the regular horn works as usual. When you press and hold the horn switch for about ½ second or more, then the Banshee Horn system kicks in and continues for as long as you hold the horn switch. On the control unit there is a small switch that allows you to make the delay shorter if you wish – then it takes around ¼ second for the Banshee Horn to kick in.

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  • HID lights take a few seconds to warm up so they can’t be flashed rapidly. There are 3 different solutions for this that you could use:

    1) Many factory fitted HID lights use a small solenoid to alter the angle of the beam from low to high. For these systems the light can be instantly changes from low to hi without the HID system having to “warm up”. This is assuming that the low beam is already on which I think is law in all states of the USA.

    2) You could connect only the horn and not use the light flash feature. The control unit has two outputs, one for the loud horn and a second for the high beam lights. You can just use the horn without the lights – no problem at all.

    3) The Banshee Horn & Lights can be set to stay on without pulsing – there is a small switch where you can set this. (When the horn is pressed & after the delay period of course)

    4) You could connect the horn and fit a small strobe light to flash instead of the headlight – but I am not sure what States this is legal in. You would need to check with local traffic regulations in your area.

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  • Yes, as long as your motorcycle has a horn system it will work! The motorcycle will need a normal 12 volt electrical system but all road bikes have this.

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  • Regarding bikes/cars with CAN BUS and sensitive electronics here is some information:

    The system has been designed to not back feed electricity into the vehicle horn electrics at all. Also, we have the included protection for the Banshee Horn control circuit to guard it against spikes from the air horn compressor.

    The control circuit draws this power directly from the battery which is about 18 amps when the air horn is on, this shouldn’t pull down the voltage in the rest of the vehicle enough to trigger an error / fault code. There are other systems like the starter motor that draw much more current – 200+ amps, and this doesn’t trigger a fault code.

    So, with this in mind it should work fine although we have not yet installed the system on a vehicle with a CAN BUS system yet.

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  • Yes, the Banshee Horn system can be fitted to all cars.

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  • We supply all the parts you will need so if you want to get a shop to fit the Banshee Horn it will just be their labor charge. For most bikes the installation takes 1 – 1 ½ hours. For cars it’s under an hour. So the final cost will depend on your shops hourly rate.

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  • The super loud air horn we supply is rated at 139 decibels!!! You can hear it 3 blocks away! Remember the Banshee Horn system also pulses the High Beam lights so you will get the attention of even the extremely hard of hearing.

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  • No, if you prefer to have the Banshee Horn and High Beam come on solid (not pulsing), there is a small switch to select this option. However, the whole idea of pulsing the loud horn and the High Beam is to get the maximum attention in a potentially dangerous situation, so we recommend the pulsing option.

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  • The control unit is about the size of a matchbox, so fitting that is never an issue. The horn is about the size of your fist – on almost all bikes there is space inside of the fairings or under the seat to mount the horn. On cruisers and Harleys, we can supply a chrome horn so you don’t need to hide it. In the rare event where it looks like it won’t fit your type of bike, we are here to help. Please let us know and we will try to come up with an easy solution.

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  • No, we designed the Banshee Horn system to have no drain at all while the bike is sitting. Actually even when you are riding the bike the control unit draws no electricity until the horn button is pressed, then it sends power from the battery directly to the loud (Banshee Horn) and the headlight high beam.

    So, the Banshee Horn system will definitely not draw any power from your battery at all while the bike is garaged. We designed it this way for that very reason.

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  • Yes, you can use the control unit with just a "loud" horn. This way it will pulse the horn and flash the high beam light, BUT there will be a 1/4 second delay before this occurs so this is something to think about. (The 1/4 second period is when the stock horn would be sounding if you still had it on your bike)

    Or, you could just get the control unit and buy a stock type horn and then you will have both soft and loud options as shown in the video.

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  • Obviously we don’t (and can't) know the regulations everywhere relating to horn use. Buyers do need to check that the Banshee Horn system is legal in the country and area that they live in.

    But the whole point of our system is to provide a loud horn ONLY when it is really needed, and not to promote the excessive use of a very loud horn!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $39 or more

    23 backers

    Receive the patented Banshee Horn control unit which will come with all wiring and connections – ready to install. Complete with easy to follow instructions and links to online videos. Note: you will need to supply your own super loud horn.

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    Pledge $69 or more

    161 backers

    Receive the complete Banshee Horn system including the control unit as above, and a 135 decibel (12 volt) compact air horn, in either black or chrome – your choice.

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    Pledge $78 or more

    4 backers

    Receive TWO patent pending Banshee Horn control units which will come with all wiring and connections – ready to install. Complete with easy to follow instructions and links to online videos. Note: you will need to supply your own super loud horn.

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    Pledge $84 or more

    27 backers

    Receive the complete Banshee Horn system including the control unit as above, and a 135 decibel (12 volt) compact air horn, in either black or chrome – your choice. THIS PLEDGE IS FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS AND INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING.

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    Pledge $125 or more

    63 backers

    Receive TWO complete Banshee Horn systems including two control units as above, and two 135 decibel (12 volt) compact air horns, in either black or chrome – your choice. One for your bike, one for your car or your buddy’s bike.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    9 backers

    Receive TWO complete Banshee Horn systems including two control units as above, and two 135 decibel (12 volt) compact air horns, in either black or chrome – your choice. One for your bike, one for your car or your buddy’s bike. THIS PLEDGE IS FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS AND INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $180 or more

    8 backers

    Receive THREE complete Banshee Horn systems including three control units as above, and three 135 decibel (12 volt) compact air horns, in either black or chrome – your choice. One for your bike, your car, your boat – or any combination of friend’s vehicles!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $205 or more

    1 backer

    Receive THREE complete Banshee Horn systems including three control units as above, and three 135 decibel (12 volt) compact air horns, in either black or chrome – your choice. THIS PLEDGE IS FOR INTERNATIONAL BACKERS AND INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $230 or more

    8 backers

    Receive FOUR complete Banshee Horn systems including four control units as above, and four 135 decibel (12 volt) compact air horns, in either black or chrome – your choice. One for your bike, your car, your boat, and your friend’s vehicles!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $575 or more

    2 backers

    Receive TEN complete Banshee Horn systems including ten control units as above, and ten 139 decibel (12 volt) compact air horns, in either black or chrome – your choice. We will include international shipping in this price.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $1,150 or more

    1 backer

    Receive TWENTY complete Banshee Horn systems including twenty control units as above, and twenty 139 decibel (12 volt) compact air horns, in either black or chrome – your choice. We will include international shipping in this price.

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