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The Hornet Electronic Deer Avoidance System

HormetDeerHitMike has been on the road for a few day,s riding south and into the mountains and forests along some stellar roads that make for some great riding.

But he is not alone on these backroads – there is something else here.

Coming through some wetlands and approaching a forest with deep tree coverage, he has his eyes up and is marveling at the view.

BOOM! A Romulan deer has decloaked and slammed into the bike, taking him out… for the season with a broken collar bone and a wrecked motorcycle.

It happened in a millisecond, but as he and the bike went down his brain sped up and he clearly remembers the deer staring at him through the plastic shield of his fairing as they all slid and tumbled down the rural country road.

He is lucky to be just damaged and not dead.

 

Meanwhile in an alternate universe…

Mike has been on the road for a few day,s riding south and into the mountains and forests along some stellar roads that make for some great riding.

But he is not alone on these backroads – there is something else here. He knows this and when he started his ride this day he leaned over and switched on his Hornet Electronic Deer Avoidance System.

Coming through some wetlands and approaching a forest with deep tree coverage he has his eyes up and is marveling at the view. Mike is never even aware of the pregnant doe that was just feet from the roadside and now dashing away, scared off by the piercing whine that was approaching where the doe lay hidden.

He has a fantastic trip and all is well in his world – it just keeps getting better.Hornet

Choose your universe.

Deer cause more damage, death and mayhem on the roads than any other creature. They are everywhere and invisible till they de-cloak in front of you.

Although much has been written about deer whistles and the like, we can say, after years of use, that the Hornet Electronic Deer Avoidance System – a system that actually makes its own tone - is your best bet.

Is it just an electronic rabbit’s foot? Maybe.

As much as I have asked local deer, and sent them survey forms, they have never gotten back to me.

BUT – I have seen deer (and two moose) move in the opposite direction of my Hornet-equipped bike many, many times; enough to make me a believer and order a second Hornet for Shira’s V-Strom as well.

Installation is easy enough, although you will have to figure out exactly where you will want to mount it as it needs to be at least 8 inches off the ground and set at a 45-degree angle to the pavement.

Shira’s went on in about 20 minutes.

Two Hornets are even better than one - I am sure.

Unlike ‘whistles’ the Hornet makes its own high-pitched tone electronically using a precision tuned sonic generator which produces a high pitched, directional sonic wave. The Hornet operates at a fixed frequency of a 5,000 Hz. square wave pattern and uses Sonic Systems' exclusive Wave Variance Tuning, which takes a secondary frequency to the 18,000 to 21,000 Hz. range, well within the normal human's hearing.

Yes, you will hear it and in closed spaces it can be quite annoying; that is why you can turn it on and off.

When this wave is reflected from the road surface of a moving vehicle, a virtual sonic echo effect is produced. This sonic wave has proven its ability to alert deer, and most other animals, to what they perceive as an approaching threat. According to XP3, the makers of The Hornet, the reason The Hornet works so well on deer is they have acute hearing and are very skittish animals with a strong sense of survival. When you are approaching deer with your vehicle, they will react to The Hornet by lifting their head to determine if they are being threatened. As your vehicle is moving towards the deer, they will normally run for safety- and away from the road and your bike.

That at least is the plan – I have had mine for a number of years and so far so good.

So the bottom line is this… as much as I would like to tell you that this will 100% guarantee you will not be hit by a deer (deer hit us, we do not hit them) I can not. Like I said – electronic rabbits foot. But, then again, some people swear by their rabbit’s foot.

But, for the price – just $79.99 (Plus $17.99 for the motorcycle harness, which we recommend) – the price of a nice meal or a cheap hotel room for the night – you can ride with a little bit more confidence that you have a far better chance of not getting tangled up with a deer than if you are not using The Hornet.

The choice is easy and cheap. I bet our rider wish he had one.

Contact Hornet at their website: www.xp3hornet.com.

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