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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 2011, 10:15 am Thread Starter
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Do you use your horn? Do you even know where it is?

Had a young girl decide she wanted my lane while I was coming up fast to her left on the S1000RR so I probably entered her blind spot too quick. Saw her left front fender coming at me so I thought the horn was called for.

Anyway, I thought I knew where the horn button was. Couldn't see it. Hard time finding it. Once I did, is it a "Push up with the thumb" or "Push forward switch" (BMW uses both). Easiest was to just get off the gas and hit the brakes and let her in, rather than punch the gas and doing a spectacular stoppie as a stoplight was coming up.

I thought I would toot the horn after the incident became a non-incident as a wake up call, but I still couldn't locate the damn thing. Big problem using multiple bikes. The GT is a "lift up to honk" switch (I had to go look to verify) and I often I just hit the damn turn signal switch on it, and the S1000RR is a push forward to honk (once I found it by getting off the bike and looking under the bar.

Seems I never get to use the horn when I need it. May as well not even have it. Oh well...


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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 2011, 6:31 pm
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Feel your pain.

Each of my Beemers have a different turn signal setup...

78 R100S - on right up/down
91 R100RT - on left side-to-side
93 K75S - right/left with right cancel

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I don't bother in situations like that either, I find it quicker to get out of the situation myself than rely on the horn. About the only time I use mine is at a stoplight when sombody is daydreaming when the light turns green and it takes me some time to locate the damn thing because it never gets used.

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 2011, 9:10 pm
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Agree with Sharkbait. Horn won't save your butt, using your riding skills will. In the press of a dangerous moment in traffic, time is too precious to spend it trying to find the horn button.
I will use the horn in "punishment mode" for a driver who starts to pull out in front of me, then stops, and I have to alter my line to move around his stationary but in the way vehicle. Usually just a glare will do, but once in a while the horn...just to remind myself it still works...
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About the only time I use mine is at a stoplight when sombody is daydreaming when the light turns green and it takes me some time to locate the damn thing because it never gets used.

! ! My experience also. I bought a Stebel Nautilus a while back, and after a few months, I thought I wasted my money because I never used it. Then one day I was sitting in traffic behind some broad painting her nails. She was oblivious to the green light, and after a few seconds of just sitting watching her putting the clear coat on, I found the horn button and hit a long blast. Her reaction made the price of the Stebel worthwhile, if I never use it again.
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Several times I've given "angry turn signal".
Also when I'm on the wife's non-BMW, I I honk for a left turn.
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Several times I've given "angry turn signal".
Also when I'm on the wife's non-BMW, "I honk for a left turn."


I've done that too at some point just for a simple lane change. I've learned to be a bit more discourteous to avoid "honking for a lane change."

I hit some button on the S1000RR by accident once and the dash lit up with all sorts of cryptic warning messages. I didn't have the manual with me to understand all the gibberish so I went home gingerly thinking it would blow up if I didn't.

Found the manual in the house and discovered I hit some switch and took it out of ABS and Traction Control and some other thing I didn't know anything about. Switch is on some 5-second "Hold it down" time-delay to get it back to normal so punching buttons like a monkey on jungle crack don't work well on it. I need to carry the dang manual and refer to page 398 in Volume 2 in the English section I guess.


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It would be nice to reverse the left turn signal & the horn switch on any BMW bike - not sure of the S1000RR left controls - just an idea

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I use my horn to motivate wayward cattle to vaccate my path, or to remind unattentive drivers ahead of me that the formerly red light is now green and they can please get going so I can too. Aside from that, I usually work at taking evaisive action that will get me to a safe position rather than startle them with a horn blast that will cause them to react dangerously and make the all ready bad situation worse.

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I agree with comments about the bad position of the horn button. When needed I'm avoiding the collision and trying to hit the horn at the same time. Often I'm signalling a left turn when I should be honking!

Whilst the horn button position like the turn switches may be a BMW thing, emergency warning controls like a horn infrequently used should be intuitive and not something you have to learn.

I think I need a voice operated switch in my helmet so I can swear/shout loud and the horn honks.



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