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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Horn does not work...

I have a '07 Ninja 650R, unmodified, 12300 miles, never down, and garage-kept.

I noticed just this week that my horn does not work.

All of the fuses are fine, but one of the two wires that go directly to the horn has somehow frayed. I have since stripped both sides of the wire, and crimped a butt connector, yet nothing.

I can't ride my bike without a working horn, and it will not pass inspection in August without a horn.

Anyone with some wiring experience care to show me what I'm doing wrong?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 01:59 PM
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Take a test light and jump the two wires, hit the horn button and see if the light comes on. If it does you need a horn, if not start tracing back. That's the easiest way to start.

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What do you mean by "jump the two wires"? What light are you referring to?
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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 02:31 PM
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Also, check to see if yours has a nut on the center of the horn. Most motorcycle horns have them and sometimes by just turning the nut one way or the other, it will work again. Barring any electrical issues of course.


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Ok sorry you obviously have no electrical knowledge. Go to your nearest auto parts store and ask or a test light. Take the test light and touch each end to the connector of the horn. One wire is power and the other is ground. If you are hooked up to both and all is good, when you hit the horn it will light up. Which will mean you need a horn.

Another way to use the test light is to hook the clamp end to the negative side of the battery then touch it to the positive side of the connector and you should light up w/ or w/o pressing the horn button. Then do it vice versa, that way you check both sides.

If you get a teat light in your hands you'll realize that it's simpler than it sounds.

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post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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I bought one, but it's way too hot to work on the bike right now (88 degrees). I will try it tonight.

I just want me horn to work. I'd hate to pay a dealer to fix this. I know my engines, but I know nothing about electrical stuff.

thank you both for your help. I'll give it a try later tonight, when the garage is cooler.
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Where you live if 88 is hot?

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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-27-2011, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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It's the humidity. Boss called me in last night, so I will try the Ninja later today...Here's hoping.
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post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 12:44 AM
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I have a '07 Ninja 650R, unmodified, 12300 miles, never down, and garage-kept.

I noticed just this week that my horn does not work.
The funny thing is, my 07 650R horn just went out too, think i'm about at 12500 miles. I noticed today it was not working...

I just checked stock horn (installed FIAMM hi when I purchased bike) and still no sound. I will try the center nut thing and see what I can do. The wiring looks all find and nothing has been changed.

This seems just really odd.. coincidences...
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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 03:08 AM
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I don't think your horn has an adjuster screw - it's not the same kind as oem.
have you washed the bike recently? there might be some water in it
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