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Old 03-13-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Question Real Horn for GS1200

Looking to swap out the wimpy horn that came on the GS1200 with a horn that can be heard in a car with the windows up. It would be great to get a loud horn that is easy to install.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:05 AM   #2
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Stebel Nautilus is the gold standard for loud, but not so much for reliability.
Fiamm highway blasters makes a good setup, but you'll need both the high and low tones for max attention getting - takes a lot of room.

Relays to run them of course, or your horn switch will have a very short life.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:16 AM   #3
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Stebel Nautilus is the gold standard for loud, but not so much for reliability.
Fiamm highway blasters makes a good setup, but you'll need both the high and low tones for max attention getting - takes a lot of room.

Relays to run them of course, or your horn switch will have a very short life.
These work great, and have the added benefit of sounding like your Grandad's Buick Deuce and a Quarter . . . . if anything will punch through the fuzzxy haze surrouond most drivers, these will.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:41 AM   #4
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One single Fiamm "Freeway Blaster" Hi is already much louder than the BMW wimp.

Don't know about the GS, but the Ks sure have a horn relay from OEM, mind you the OEM wiring is pretty small and may not be sufficient for two horns or a much larger aftermarket like the Stebel.

Don't know, but I already double-relayed my K-bike for when I install either the second Fiamm (Lo) or a Stebel. Not much room for either on my bike.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:56 AM   #5
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One single Fiamm "Freeway Blaster" Hi is already much louder than the BMW wimp.

Don't know about the GS, but the Ks sure have a horn relay from OEM, mind you the OEM wiring is pretty small and may not be sufficient for two horns or a much larger aftermarket like the Stebel.

Don't know, but I already double-relayed my K-bike for when I install either the second Fiamm (Lo) or a Stebel. Not much room for either on my bike.
I ran the Fiamm high on my R1200ST with no relay, but both hi and lo would definitely need it. I'm sure the R1200GS is the same.

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Old 03-14-2013, 09:55 AM   #6
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Looking to swap out the wimpy horn that came on the GS1200 with a horn that can be heard in a car with the windows up. It would be great to get a loud horn that is easy to install.
Tons of threads if you search the forums. The Stebel horn is the gold standard and also privately labeled by other manufacturers as well. Even Harbor Freight carried a Stebel-type horn
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:06 AM   #7
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I put a freeway blaster (just one) on my KTM, wired directly to the battery through a relay and it was not louder than stock. So I run the stock horn and the freeway blaster together. Marginally better.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...comparison.htm

I've not really needed my horn even while commuting daily but if I ever feel the need to get a loud horn I'll probably do the Hella Supertones.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:26 PM   #8
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+1 for Freeway Blaster

I bought a dual horn relay kit from Eastern Beaver and high- and low-tone Freeway Blasters. Being somewhat lazy I just tried the high note on my R1100GS and the difference from stock was very impressive, so I didn't use the harness and second horn. I'd try this out first as an inexpensive upgrade. I would have gone dual, but didn't want to cobble together a bracket. One works fine with the existing relay.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:39 PM   #9
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I mounted my Fiamme horns on my 1150 Adventure crashbars. I used a clamp/mount for lights off some cruiser website.
Crappy chrome but they work.
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:49 AM   #10
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Any experience with the STEBEL TM80 Magnum ?
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:37 PM   #11
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We installed a Stebel TM80 Magnum on a new R1200R yesterday using the correct wiring harness with relay and BMW connector plug. It all went together nicely. The supplied wiring diagram is appalling and there is no notification of polarity on the horn, you need to look at the picture carefully and connect +ve LH side. The original BMW bracket was used by simply orientating it from vertical to horizontal plain.

I wanted to get the connections correct but the supplied wiring diagram is useless. An installation from a 1200 Multistrada was used because it provided full wiring diagram using the relay http://www.motorcycleinfo.co.uk/inde...pageId=1276546

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Old 03-16-2013, 10:53 PM   #13
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Any experience with the STEBEL TM80 Magnum ?
Yes, I attached mine to the OEM mount on my 1200gsa and connected the wires to the OEM horn wires. It sounds like an actual car horn now instead of a scooter horn.


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Old 03-17-2013, 06:39 AM   #14
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I tried this last setup. Works perfectly with the original wiring but not enough space to leave at the same place as original horn.
Finally it ended up just under the beak...
As soon as I can I will post pictures
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:59 AM   #15
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Stebel Nautilus is the gold standard for loud, but not so much for reliability.
I'm now on my 4th Stebel Nautilus Compact air horn (4th bike too) and I have not had ANY reliability problems nor had I ever heard of any prior to your comment. Care to elaborate?

To the OP: i just posted a tread with photos about how to install this horn on an F800GS in the Parallel Universe section - you might find it helpful.
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