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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 9th, 2014, 9:57 am Thread Starter
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Anyone added an airhorn??

I just replaced my 2007 K1200GT with a 2012 K1300S and am looking forward to being a part of your Forum.

I added a Stebel airhorn to my GT and will do the same to the S. Has anyone done this and found a place to hide the airhorn behind the fairing?

Also, if someone has added an airhorn, where did they find the regular wire to the existng horn that they could tap onto to activate the horn relay?

If I am the first to do this I can post photos and instructions how to install the horn if the Forum is interested.

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Dennis, added horn to my 13S. Didn't take any pics along the way but it was so simple even I did it in 1hr. Get the Hornig wiring kit! Kit comes with must small items that makes install a no brainier really! Comes with a small bracket , and a bmw compatable female socket. Just undo the socket from orig horn. It's on left side adjacent to forks. Squeeze the tab on the male side of socket, hold the female side and disconnect. Little tight in there but doable once you see how the socket works~same as all the other bmw small sockets. Just fish that wire around to horn. No cutting anything. Relay and wires all included in kit an well worth price. Easy peazy.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Feb 9th, 2014, 7:51 pm
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I ran my Stebel Nautilus Compact Dual-Tone Motorcycle Air Horn, 12-Volt, 139 dB, Black on the left side / by the computer brain with zip ties & my HID box on the right side

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I hate to ask, why a louder horn?
I run a race exhaust so I am not quiet unless I am decelerating or going pretty slow. Any the time I think I want to hit the horn the incident is usually over before I want to divert the attention from driving to blowing the horn. When would you use it?
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If you have to ask you wouldn't understand. Just a little sarcastic The meep meep of oem horn Will not get anyone's attention I read body language while riding more than someone's signaling. Anticipating someone cutting over is half the battle hence the air horn.

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Thanks, we ride differently.
I would be sure to be clear of harm and never use the horn. Either far enough back to allow the lane change or move ahead to a safe spot. But I can see an instance when that is not possible. I don't mind an occasional bump with the mirror or even doors, such is the commute I have. Sometimes easy, sometimes open warfare. I love it.
Lane splitting in California is legal so close encounters and a little "rubbing" is the norm for many bikers.
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