About this project
Thank you to all the supporters for backing the Shockwave Banshee Horn! This project has ended with great success thanks to your help!
The New Shockwave Horn is now available for purchase on our Screaming-Banshee.com. Please visit our website and share with a friend!
Thanks Again and Safe Riding!
Hi, my name is Peter Olt and I am an enthusiastic motorcyclist. Everyone knows that motorcycles are at a disadvantage on the roads. They are lost in a sea of cars and their smaller footprint makes it all too easy for people to miss seeing them and cut them off in traffic. I don’t know of a rider who hasn’t had a close call, some have had dozens; some have even had more than a close call…
By the way - scroll all the way down for a full list of FAQ's
Rewinding to 4 years ago - we invented the original Screaming Banshee Horn. It worked extremely well and we have over 2,000 motorcycle and scooter riders who own and use it all over the world. It levels the playing field, giving riders a way to be heard and seen when they need it most…..sometimes when their life may depend on it.
We launched this product on Kickstarter in January 2012 and it was a huge success. BTW - scroll all the way down to see a few of the many testimonials we have received from happy owners of the first Screaming Banshee system.
Now 4 years later we are introducing Screaming Banshee Shockwave to the world! The new model takes in all the customer feedback we received over the last 4 years. With this in mind, here is what we have incorporated into the new model:
- Extremely loud - 123+ Decibels can be heard from up to 3 blocks away!
- Compact & Lightweight design - 40% smaller and 40% lighter than the original model.
- Dual volume operation - friendly / Angry (100 / 123 Db). New design incorporates this functionality into one unit as opposed to two for the previous model.
- Simple, one touch operation using stock horn switch.
- Integrated headlight flash feature.
- Easy installation in 10 - 20 minutes – simply swap out your stock horn for the new SHOCKWAVE unit, and run a power wire to the battery. Headlight connection is optional.
- Adds no extra load to vehicle electrics, safe for CANBUS vehicles.
- Way better looking and cooler!
- Engineered to last for many years
We spent 2 years on this design. The main design objective was to condense the parts from the first model into the smallest space possible. Also to make the installation process as simple as possible – this is what our customers have been telling us is important to them.
We started off from an acoustic viewpoint. We didn’t want to compromise on the sound and in order to get a strong, sweet sound you need a big trumpet. So we designed the perfect acoustic trumpet and then spent weeks wrapping it around the other components while still maintaining a round/oval area that ensures the sweet sound we wanted.
The trumpet we wanted was over 10” long so it had to be tightly wound to keep the product 40% smaller than other horns on the market. Using a crude square section trumpet that squashes the sound like most other air horns was not going to be an option for this product. The CAD guys initially said it couldn’t be done...so we made it in clay to prove it out. After many hours of work we made it fit without increasing the envelope in any direction! It sounds freaking AWESOME, and easily pushed out our 123 Db goal.
For the first model we developed a control unit that gave us the dual volume. It allowed you to select a lag before the loud Banshee Horn was deployed. It also allowed you to select if the Banshee horn and High Beam Pulsed or just came on solid. Plus it acted as a relay and ran the Banshee Horn without placing any electrical load on the wiring. It worked perfectly but there were too many wires to connect for some people.
With the SHOCKWAVE we designed a whole new control board and located it inside the horn housing. It’s fully solid-state - no relays to fail and its 100% water proof too. It now modulates the one horn to provide 2 different (Friendly / Angry) Volume Levels, so you can remove your stock horn and mount the SHOCKWAVE in its place. Best of all there are way less wires to deal with!
We know folks don’t like wires and don’t want complicated installations. We have made the new Shockwave extremely easy to install. No other air horn installs this easy, plus there are no relays, extra wiring or connectors to buy.
Here’s all you do:
1. Remove your stock horn & trash it!
2. Mount the Shockwave, usually on original mounting bracket.
3. Connect horn, ground & battery wire, high beam hookup is optional.
Check out this easy to install video!
It's so easy to install. . .even a child can do it!
Using the Shockwave
Not only is the Shockwave the loudest, most compact, and easiest to install after-market motorcycle horn on the market. It's also the SMARTEST. Once installed you can tap the horn for friendly use, like when you see a friend or that little old lady is asleep at the light (we are based in Florida!), but hold the horn button for 0.15 seconds and it delivers a Pulsating 123 db Blast together with Flashing High Beam Headlights. The offending motorist who just cut you off will think the sky has opened and Armageddon has arrived!
For over 2 years we have been working on this new model. We have working prototypes that have been in testing for several months – we know the design is solid and reliable.
We used funds from selling our first product to pay for the R&D and the molds for this new product.
We're ready to start manufacturing and we're asking the Kickstarter community to help us get the word out! Specifically, we've come back to our Kickstarter community for help generating the first orders that will allow us to sell the Banshee Shockwave at a lower price by doing a production run of a few hundred units. Your help will allow us to not only keep the cost of the Shockwave down, but you'll also help us get more safety horn systems on the street to save more lives.
We appreciate you reading this and thank you in advance for supporting this project. We truly want to help make motorcycling safer* and with your help, this project will do just that. The New Screaming Banshee Shockwave is ready to hit the streets and SAVE LIVES! Remember - Loud Saves Lives!
The Fun Stuff - What Do You Get?
“Saved me from 3 accidents already, 2 pulled out in front of me, another almost had a head on!”
“In my 25 years riding bikes this has got to be one of the best if not the best piece of safety equipment I have come across.”
“(I’ve used it) too many times to count - I use it regularly to gain clueless drivers attention.”
“...I can say with certainty that I will never have a motorbike without one again. It is a must for any rider that wants to be heard and seen.”
“The Screaming Banshee System should be installed as standard equipment on all bikes.”
“I was nearly cut off by a motorist then once I hit the Screaming Banshee horn the driver quickly maneuvered back into his lane!”
“I will continue to recommend not only the product, but the follow up service provided by Screaming Banshee to fellow bikers.”
“The Screaming Banshee horn system is brilliant. The combination of having the ability to give a friendly beep or all the guns is exactly what we need.”
Risks and challenges
This isn't our First Rodeo! The original Screaming Banshee was launched here on Kickstarter 4 years ago. Over 2,000 happy customers later and we've come back to our origins with a Next Generation Design.
We've already proven ourselves with the first generation Horn System. We have R&D done and we have new product molds ready to go. We delivered a quality product on time for the first Kickstarter project, and we 100% deliver on this promise again!
Note: Our lawyer tells us we have to mention that any and all references to safety and/or accident avoidance are solely based on testimonials or survey data from our customers. Peter Olt and/or Screaming Banshee LLC do not make any claims about safety and/or accident avoidance merits of its products.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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