Italians like to honk their horns a lot. In the country where lemons bloom, the shrill sound of a horn can be heard at almost every intersection, bend or driveway. This is a fact that no one can deny.
Accordingly, the Italian signaling devices are loud, robust and reliable. But the unmistakable sound of the horns can of course be heard not only in Bella Italia, but also on German roads. And this is good and sensible, after all, the horns ensure greater safety in road traffic. (At least that’s the idea behind it).
Safety on the streets
Horns on scooters have long been known as acoustic signal transmitters. They are operated with electrical energy or compressed air. Horns are also called signal horn, siren or horn. The horns provide safety, as you can draw attention to yourself in a precarious situation.
Without a horn, it can quickly become dangerous on the road. Therefore, the horn is an important feature on any Vespa that can save lives. That is why it is essential that the horn is intact. Defective horns should be replaced immediately. Therefore, if the original horn no longer sounds healthy, it’s time to get a new one. The search is also not a problem, on the market is offered a wide range of horns of all types for all scooter models, as well as individual spare parts such as screws and clamps for the proper mounting of the horn.
Vespa Horn Models
Vespa 50, Vespa GTS 300, Vespa Primavera or Vespa Sprint: There are now countless Vespa models and therefore also a wide range of horns and buzzers. At specialized dealers, customers can find horns from the Vespa brand, but there are also spare parts that are not original.
Horns for Vespas differ in color, shape, sound and method of attachment. Most models have black horns installed as standard, but there are also gray horns, galvanized horns and horns with a fancy chrome look. Patterns such as crosses, stars and stripes are also available to choose from, there are no limits to creativity when it comes to looks.
Depending on the model, the horn is attached with a clamp, a screw, a bracket or an angle. The mounting holes specify the required number of screws.
Vintage is trendy
Vintage horns are especially popular with most scooter riders. They are made of shiny chrome or stainless steel. The horns of the 70’s are also characterized by their elegant shell shape.
A vintage horn immediately beautifies the Vespa. When driving, nostalgic feelings also arise immediately.
Differences in the sound
For horns, a distinction is made between honking and buzzing. In the case of the buzzer, only the diaphragm vibrates, the pitch then changes with the speed of the motor. Snares are designed for alternating current.
The horn, on the other hand, sounds at a steady pitch. It is designed for direct current. However, the sound of horns also differs depending on the manufacturer and model. However, the sound should not be too creative. In Germany, a sequence of sounds is prohibited, as only special signals such as the fire department’s Martinshorn may have a sequence of sounds.
If your horn sounds like a squawking duck or only makes a soft scraping noise, it’s time for a change. The good news is: horns can be installed yourself with just a little expertise and the right tools.The required utensils and procedures differ a bit depending on the Vespa and horn. If you are unsure, ask a workshop or contact the SIP support and you will be helped quickly.
The TÜV inspection
In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, a motor vehicle of 50 cm³ or more must have a horn. This is a legal requirement (§ 55 of the StVZO), which serves safety. In the event of danger or when overtaking outside a built-up area, the vehicle must be able to emit a sound signal.
The sound pressure level must not exceed 105 dB(A) at a distance of 7 meters. For this reason, TÜV does not accept models without a horn. The horn itself should also have a TÜV seal.
Can a bell be used?
To make a long story short, no. Before registration, the Vespa must go to the TÜV. Old scooters like the Special have an original bell, but it is not sufficient as a warning signal. For this reason, a horn must be added before registration even on old vehicles that actually have a bell.
Conclusion Vespa horn
Vespa horns make an important contribution to road safety and are therefore mandatory in Germany. They can be easily replaced or retrofitted. The selection of original horns is pleasingly large and varied. Horns made of chrome in a vintage look are particularly in demand. After all, safety can also have style.