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    KevinRT
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    Stebel Horn - 08 RT

    I am considering either installing a Stebel air horn or the dual BMW horns from an 2005 model. I probably want to go with the Stebel but am wondering if one can give a more modest warning or if the horn is activated at full blast each and every time. Sometimes it's appropriate for just a little warning, and sometimes it's better to make them think it's coming from a transport truck. Can anyone shed some light on this?

    Thanks!
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    I have one on R1200S. It is great here in Phoenix/Scottsdale and on I-10. Truck drivers hear it.
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    How difficult was it to install? I'd like a louder horn on both my bikes.
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    Was easy for me, but had the cannister removed already (that's where horn went) and a fusebox to connect it.
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    Exclamation another horn option -

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    Airhorn and flashes headlights.
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    Just a touch...

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinRT View Post
    I am considering either installing a Stebel air horn or the dual BMW horns from an 2005 model. I probably want to go with the Stebel but am wondering if one can give a more modest warning or if the horn is activated at full blast each and every time. Sometimes it's appropriate for just a little warning, and sometimes it's better to make them think it's coming from a transport truck. Can anyone shed some light on this?

    Thanks!
    I had the same concern. However, I find that a soft blip of the horn button produces a sound that is "friendly"...however, the "steam ship in the kitchen" sound is there as well.
    We don't take a trip...the trip takes us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natrab View Post
    How difficult was it to install? I'd like a louder horn on both my bikes.
    The electrical work was easy on my '06 1200GS. However, finding an easy way to mount the horn took some doing...had to track down a bracket that's no longer produced. Also, the install required some familiarity with relays in order to use the OEM horn button, which is not, as I understand it, capable of handling the current that the Steibel horn requires.
    We don't take a trip...the trip takes us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinRT View Post
    I am considering either installing a Stebel air horn or the dual BMW horns from an 2005 model. I probably want to go with the Stebel but am wondering if one can give a more modest warning or if the horn is activated at full blast each and every time. Sometimes it's appropriate for just a little warning, and sometimes it's better to make them think it's coming from a transport truck. Can anyone shed some light on this?

    Thanks!
    Pretty easy - if all you want to do is alert the other vehicle/pedestrian you are here then a tap on the Stebel button will alert them. If someone is in need of a wake-up [texting cellphone drivers for example] then a 2-second blast should get their attention.

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    Thanks to Bob and Peter. That's the info I was looking for. One doesn't always want to sound like a Mack truck!
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