Whats the buzz with Hornet!!
The V-120 Black Hornet Deer Alert was a device I had been considering for sometime. We have all heard about the 'Deer Whistles" and their associated snake oil effectiveness. Well this device is in a whole new class. Its not a Deer Whistle thats for certain. This electronic device is meant to ALERT those pesky critters of something coming. Its not meant to scare, give them a shock ,or send em packing. It lets them know, especially on those quiet metrics like the Goldwing, that you are coming. They are naturally alert and skittish, the sound that the Hornet makes is very effective and ear catching.. Can humans hear it? Heck yes, Deer and dogs, and those smaller animals that can ruin your motorcycling day. The Hornet give them a heads up and makes them stop, look and listen! Now you have a chance.
Installation on my Gl1800 was a breeze. The device as supplied comes with all the wiring, Brackets and extensiosn you could need. I selected the perfect site under the front fairing on the right. Attached the supplied bracket with double sided tape, I drilled two tiny holes and "pop riveted" the bracket onto the bike, backing up the rivets with rivet washers to stop splitting, and break out. With the real estate settled I wired the device to the Aux power output under the left pocket, with the optional wiring kit for a motorcycle, this is a must I think, I was glad that I sprung the extra cash. Truly they could package this extra in the box and have two versions. The Supplied switch is like an underdash mount for a car, not suitable for a motocycle. Anyway, that meant, No matter what; I could switch it off with the new switch. or by the ignition. This new swicth was fastened to the inside of the left pocket with the supplied double sided tape. I felt that this protected from the weather, and would certainly save my battery should I have forgotten to kill it when parking up. Not that forgetting would be easy. You CAN hear it and the effect when mounted is pronounced. It reflects the sound from hard surfaces and the density of the surfaces changes the pitch of the device. It gets your attention. To some riders this may be annoying. When road testing the device, I could hear it! I could hear it over the engine/road noise, if I had music on, the sound was buried in the tune, but you know its there. Its strange in corners, walls, trees barriers etc seem to change the sound. Its easy to think that the device is shifting the tone, its not, its the surroundings. In town I DO turn it off hence the motorcycle wiring kit. Saves driving the Little pet doggies nuts! My own dogs now know I am home before I even turn into the drive, our house is three hundred feet from the road!
I believe that these ARE a very effective Alert, providing you dont expect the deer and other critters to drop down to their knees. For my part, and in the months of fall and spring, I will take whatever advantage I can get. The Hornet is just one of them.
With NO Deer stikes or closeups to date... Does Hornet get the credit, well thats an unknown right now, but what of the price to pay to widen that margin of safety even if only by that extra braking distance..
You have everthing to gain from the alert, but more to lose with that Deer encounter when they appear like phantoms out of no place you had just identified!
Get one, fit one and add it to your bikes safety arsenal.