Like every other motorcycle Iíve ever owned, one of the first things I replace on a bike is the cheesy factory horn. I am convinced itís one of the most important accessories (and most overlooked) you can add to a bike. The Fiammís I ran on my 98 RS saved my life on at least 3 occasions.. Nuff said..
Unlike the RS, my new S has very little room under the plastic for dual Fiamms. Weíve been selling the hell out of them to S guys but now that Iíve gotten in there I honestly donít know how these guys are doing it without David Copperfield-like magic.
After about 40 minutes of fruitless brainstorming, I gave up trying to figure out where to place TWO horns and instead, bought myself one of the new Stebel Magnum horns. While I bought mine out of Germany the package says itís manufactured in Italy. Whatever.. Unlike the dual tone Fiamms, the Magnum is a single horn with a claimed 136dB that just bolts directly to where the factory horn is located. Easy enough.
Just got mine installed and thought Iíd share my opinion. First.. the install was relatively easy. Took about an hour. As the plastic is already off my bike for painting, timing was perfect. First I had to unclip the motronic box(?) just opposite the factory horn and move that out of the way. I removed the one bolt that holds the factory horn on then unplugged it. The Magnum bolted back to the same spot using a furnished bracket. I had to drill out the hole just a bit to make it easier to bolt on. One thing I should note. The Magnum is twice the size of the factory horn so you install it from below or above to get it into place. There are only two wires coming off the factory horn which after some splicing connects directly to the Magnum.
Check out my feeble video for a cheesy sound byte. I didnít even try to make this look professional nor scientific .. just did it to give you an idea of the difference.. FYI.. I set up the camera exactly 6ft from the horns. Turn your speakers up a bit and youíll get an idea. One of these links should work...
Personally.. I wasnít very impressed. Yes.. it is louder and deeper than stock but I donít think itís 136dB and I wonder if an SUV will discern the difference before taking my lane. Perhaps I was expecting too much. Amber came down into the shop and she thinks the Magnum is substantially louder.
. and as her ears havenít been ruined by years of seriously loud rock music or 20+ years of riding motorcycles without earplugs like mine, her opinion is probably more valid. There are quite a few frequencies that I just donít hear any more. Overall, Iíd guess the loudness is about right in between the factory horn and a good pair of Fiamms.. I could be wrong.
Iíll withhold further comment until I try the horn side-by-side with another S. Do I feel safer? Perhaps a little...