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05-04-2007, 07:02
Did anyone have a bike sirens, it had 3 settings ambulance, police and fire engine. I'm sure mine was red, i used to love riding round the back alleys near our house with the police one going full blast.What was your favourite siren and why?

05-04-2007, 07:46
yes i had one on my bike, think it was yellow and black.

unfortunatly it got soaked and didnt sound very good after.

police siren was fav.

05-04-2007, 13:06
My brother had one, and I was told I couldn't have one as it was for boys:cry:

05-04-2007, 16:23
Exactly! just like Yorkie..Its not for girls :p;)

05-04-2007, 16:36
watch it you:p girls rule o.k:D

05-04-2007, 22:50
i had a yellow&black one, i thought they were great at the time, especially tearing around with 3 mates that had them aswell!, our parents must've hated them, i also remember putting squashed empty plastice bottles in between the mudguard & back tyre to make a motor-bike type noise:)

10-04-2007, 00:40
Aye, we used to peg playing cards to the rear frame to make motorbike noises on the spokes. I used to put the bottom of the fron mudguard up on my Raleigh Boxer to achieve the same results till it wore out.

10-04-2007, 00:55
A classic. it was the playing card and peg for me.
jeez,nowadays the sound of it would drive me mad..our poor parents and neighbours:rolleyes:

But who needs a siren when you could have bought the Vektar

Instant StreetHawk!!

10-04-2007, 19:56
didn't have any sirens on my bike (boo hoo). Had to make do with a stick stuck between the spokes of the back wheel, so it sounded like a motorbike. Had breadclips all over the front wheel.

10-04-2007, 20:25
I was talking to my brother today, he he say's his siren had a sort of slip over handle bar cover, which when turned, made the revving sound:confused: Now he has said I think he could be right, did anyone elses have this feature?

11-04-2007, 00:19
There were a few different kinds of sireny thing that I remember:

1. The flat black one with the switch which could be ambulance, police or firetruck which had a button.

2. They also did a motorbike noise twistgrip thing that slipped over the end of your handlebars that made revving sounds as you twisted it.

From the sounds of your brother's one it was a hybrid of both?

Before those were the Pifco horns:


Although I still have one of those "squeezy" hooters somewhere that Halfords used to sell with the rubber back and metal front with star shaped holes in, that made that typical clown honk when you squeeze it.

This just got me thinking of the "Wonder-Lights" I used to have on my BMX: removable things with permanent clips that just slid out when you left your bike unattended. Although most people just stuck the back one in their rear jeans pocket which stayed in place due to being heavy with their massive flat batteries which were the size of a fag packet! :)

steve edwards
25-06-2007, 18:09
ui was at billing the other week and i bopught one of the sirens for my grifter as it fits under the foam of the handlebars , it has three different settings and a little red button to activate it

25-06-2007, 18:36
Actualy Hev it was two seperate things....the motor bike sound was similar to one of these but all black in colour...

and the siren maker was one of these 3 in one Police - fire - ambulance push button things....


25-06-2007, 19:23
I always wanted one of those police siren things, never got one though :(

06-10-2009, 16:25
3 settings: Police, Ambulance or Fire.
Each as annoying as the last.


I want my Strika (green, back pedal brake) back!

06-10-2009, 16:44
Kid round the corner from me had one of these.. bloody annoying:p

06-10-2009, 17:58
Me & my brother both had those yellow & black sirens.

The wire on mine snapped after a time & my Dad couldn't fix it, so the Xmas after I got a high spec model with a microphone as well as the sounds. It didn't amplify my voice much, & got through batteries quickly, so most of the time it was just for display.

Granville had something similar on his shop bike in the later episodes of Open All Hours.

My cousin had one of those motorbike rev-twist grips. Sounded great but tricky to keep the sound up while riding along.

08-10-2009, 11:39
I did have one of those siren boxes on my bike but mine had a type of screen on it with a hologram image of a wolf/dog face on it, it would change size and appear to move on the screen. I agree about the sirens though, they were bloody annoying and I can recall getting really angry glances from people as I blazed down the street, sirens blaring.

I remember when the batteries started to give out and the noise resembled a sort of long, drawn-out groan. Thinking back, that bike was a sort of tribute to nostalgia in a way because by the end it was covered in kellogg's bike stickers, Monster Munch plastic monster faces on the spokes, McDonalds bike toys across the handlebar and Honey Nut Loops bike wheel cards on the wheels! I was like a mobile advertisement for those brands!

13-10-2009, 22:21
Ooh,yeah.My brother had that yellow one!


12-11-2009, 21:14
I had one of those pifco horns!

12-11-2009, 22:08
I had a yellow and black one on my Grifter,it had a wire to the push switch on the handle bars.I have a pic(recently discovered) of the bike(without horn)


31-12-2009, 00:30
Found an image of a Wonder Light - ha!

Anyone remember blue chromed Bomber cycle from Raleigh? Some kids peeled off the blue film to reveal a chrome bike underneath?!?

31-12-2009, 00:32
The Superbomber was the Blue Chrome one.. great bike

10-01-2010, 21:05
I remember the bike sirens, only because the man who sold them down the paper shop set one off next to my unsuspecting ear and made me cry! It was black and yellow. I can remember that much!

17-04-2010, 01:14
I had a bike air horn, it was 4 red plastic horns two large and two slightly smaller, attached to some red translucent pipe, that went to a big fat yellow bulb that attached to the top tube.
They were loud, I do have a photo with them on a Raleigh Hercules bike I modded, I will look for the pic....

01-05-2010, 22:52
Yeah I remember them, although I was just that bit too old to have one on my bike. My mates brother had a yellow one. I can remember they had a 3 position metal switch where you could pick between police, fire, ambulance.

Similar in appearance to this but without the handset thingy.

02-05-2010, 11:24
My mates all had those sirens but my parents wouldnt entertain getting me one.
However, i raided my piggy bank and bought one of those red air horns with the white gas canisters from my local halfords and my dad grudgingly rigged a bracket made of mechano to mount it on the headlamp bracket.

round our way, we used to push lolly sticks through the brake block slide mounts into the spokes as there was just enough room.

02-05-2010, 23:01
round our way, we used to push lolly sticks through the brake block slide mounts into the spokes as there was just enough room.

Yeah I've done that, or used a drinks carton (usually a Vimto or Keeko carton) and then pretend you were riding a motorbike :)