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$8000 bicycle horn is louder than jet take-off

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    "The Hornster is a wake-up call for drivers who don't pay attention to bikes".

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Is this the ultimate traffic weapon for city cyclists?

The Hornster has gone on sale in the UK as the ultimate – and certainly the loudest -- bicycle accessory.

It can deliver an ear-shattering 178 decibels at a distance of one metre, and 140 decibels at 18m.  That’s more than an F-14 fighter jet taking off, which can only manage 130 decibels at 18m. The average semi-trailer horn will give you 110 decibels at 30 metres.

Priced at £4,995 ($8000) the bicycle-mounted blaster is a triple air horn developed from an Airchime KH3A locomotive horn and adapted to run off a scuba cylinder.

It’s the invention of Yannick Read – previously known as the person behind the flamethrower-equipped BOND bike and the world's smallest caravan (QTvan).

He developed the Hornster in cahoots with the UK’s Environmental Transport Association to highlight the dangers cyclists face in traffic.

"The same quietness that makes bicycles such a civilised way of getting around makes them vulnerable to inattentive motorists - the Hornster is a wake-up call for drivers who don't pay attention to bikes,” Read says.

We can’t help wondering how many cyclists are prepared to shell out $8000 to upgrade their bicycle bell – or to risk their own eardrums by using the Hornster.


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  • Cyclists shouldn’t be on the road. They Don’t follow the road rules, do not have any lights or indicators and do not pay registration like us car and motorcycle drivers. Remove them from our roads all together and see the road toll go down dramaticaly. They certainly do not need on of these. Maybe pionted backwards toward the rider would be a good idea.

    moose of perth Posted on 09 June 2012 12:48pm
  • One of these supplemented with the flame thrower would be the perfect item to warn and then remove careless cyclist’s from the road. And I would be prepared to pay $20 000. for one to be fitted to my rolling monument to environmental destruction ( Hummer H2 )

    TrOpPo Posted on 15 May 2012 1:28pm
  • If I see a bike with this ‘accessory’ then my car will have a new H&K MP7 as an accessory to remove the noise.

    R WW of Sydney Posted on 12 May 2012 6:16am
  • Mate this thing on my ute would work for cyclists, taxi drivers, camry drivers, motorbike riders and old people alike. Can i get one for under $8K though?

    wombat Posted on 09 May 2012 9:41am
  • Having read a few arrogant motorists’ comments, I can see that in order to achieve justice for vulnerable cyclists, the Hornster needs to be supplemented with a machine gun.

    Mean and green of Essendon Posted on 08 May 2012 6:04pm
  • Daivid - There’s already American imbeciles on YouTube doing precisely what you plan. Google YouTube “train horn prank”. Please let us know how many people’s hearing you damage, or how many frail people you give heart attacks to.
    Personally, I’d love to give the inventor and installers of one of these horns, a fun blast for 5 mins, through their bedroom window at 2:00AM.

    Ron N of Perth, W.A. Posted on 08 May 2012 5:50pm
  • I want one for my motorcycle. Saves me having a loud exhaust!

    Terry Dwyer of Sydney Posted on 08 May 2012 12:04pm
  • Would rather have that flame-thrower.

    Chris of Sydney Posted on 08 May 2012 11:26am
  • just when you thought cyclists couldn’t get more annoying!

    Tj of Perth Posted on 08 May 2012 10:48am
  • This will bring all of the bogan cyclists out of the woodwork

    Fred Bloggs of Castlemaine Posted on 08 May 2012 10:04am
  • I’m tempted to install one on the car for ignorant cyclists. A scuba tank and horns setup with a solenoid should be relatively inexpensive. An engine driven compressor would also require a smaller tank. If only it could be carried for when cyclists fail to give way to pedestrians or decide to no longer be road traffic at the lights and jump up onto the footpath.

    David of Sydney Posted on 08 May 2012 9:56am
  • We need these on cars to get the stupid cuclists out of the way.

    Daisy of Australia Posted on 07 May 2012 5:35pm
  • This would also go well to replace the front-door bell - definitely would scare off any salespeople.

    Barney of Sydney Posted on 07 May 2012 4:42pm
  • Bugger the bike - I have to get one for my boat!

    Barney of Sydney Posted on 07 May 2012 4:38pm
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