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Well, I had an issue with the tinny sounding horn and with the air rush to the hands with the windscreen raised. So, I have attempted to cure both in one motion. I ordered the Hella SuperTone horns not realizing just how HUGE these things are in diameter. So, in my search for an alternate location for the monsters, I had this "bright" idea. I haven't actually ridden the bike yet to feel the wind effect but, dang, those horns are LOUD! The horns are mounted to the outermost windscreen brackets. The brackets are welded both front and back and are of decent gauge so, I consider them strong enough however, I will keep an eye on them. I had some duplex studs that worked perfectly for the mount bolts...5/16ths on one end and 10x32 on the other end. A good bit of torque and locktite should keep them from rattling loose. The interesting part is that the horns "ride" along with the windscreen thereby filling the gap when the screen is raised.

Please, don't be too critical, as asthetics wasn't what I was after. Oh, yes I did "destroy" the front windscreen cover in the process. I'll order a new one as soon as they become available.

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I hope that you do realize that sound carries with the wind......!!!!! SO....dont blow those horns when moving.....!!!!!! :confused:
 

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That's an interesting mod. I was thinking of attempting something similar for mounting a pair of small LEDs in an attempt to better represent the width of my 2007 Burgy exec. especially since the mirrors stick out so far compared with the profile of the headlights being closer together and much lower down. I'd retrofit the indicator/turn signal bulbs and associated wiring to the dual purpose driving/indicator (turn signal) lamps, but not easy to get my hands on the kit here in mainland China.

Tried many months ago to add another horn of the same type to a space on RHS under the front tupperware above and beside the radiator opposite to the placement of the standard horn. I got the horn in place with a little effort, spliced into the two wires of the standard horn, there wasn't enough current running through the added wiring so neither horn worked at the time. I was using some spare wiring laying round in the garage and I think it was too thick, or simply had too much resistance.

Since then I've bought some specific automotive accessory wiring so once temperatures cool, plan to give it another attempt.

I see that there are a pair of driving lights or similar on the new 2013. Are these LED's or an incandescent bulb?
 

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I hope that you do realize that sound carries with the wind......!!!!! SO....dont blow those horns when moving.....!!!!!! :confused:
Well, I don't think I'll be traveling at or even near the speed of sound so, I don't worry of running into my own horn blast. ;)

I see that there are a pair of driving lights or similar on the new 2013. Are these LED's or an incandescent bulb?
Yes, they are small LED running/parking lights.

I just returned from a 10 mile, cool evening run. I can confirm the horn placement cuts the wind blast by at least 50%, probably more. The horns are perfectly solid at speed and are quite entertaining!:toothy7: I think it makes the somewhat bland front end look like some kind of emergency vehicle. I can't wait till I get the headlight modulator installed! :p

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Tried many months ago to add another horn of the same type to a space on RHS under the front tupperware above and beside the radiator opposite to the placement of the standard horn. I got the horn in place with a little effort, spliced into the two wires of the standard horn, there wasn't enough current running through the added wiring so neither horn worked at the time. I was using some spare wiring laying round in the garage and I think it was too thick, or simply had too much resistance.

Since then I've bought some specific automotive accessory wiring so once temperatures cool, plan to give it another attempt.
Knowing that the wiring and switch gear on these bikes is barely adequate with the stock horns I'd suggest adding a relay wired to the battery for the extra load.
 

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Knowing that the wiring and switch gear on these bikes is barely adequate with the stock horns I'd suggest adding a relay wired to the battery for the extra load.
Thanks MJR. Something for me to consider, and search for over here.
 

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If you are happy with that then it is fine
It is a good example of function before form.:cool:
 

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I am sorry that just doesn't look that good on that beautiful new ride...

there has got to be a better way to mount those...
I agree the horns are "loud" in the asthetic sense. I think before it's over, I'll paint the grills gloss/satin black. Still I do like the air they block from hitting the hands. As far as a different location, rest assured, I pondered that for some time before this result. Nothing I have done (except for the screen cover plastic piece) is permanent. At some point I may finding a smaller more concealable set...but, they won't be as awesome as these are!

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AS you have mentioned that you are not after asthetic sense but there is another way to avoid such a bad look.

I had mounted an extra horn right under the oil filter by using a L shape bracket.
It works together with the factory horn and both they create quite high sound.
Debris and water from the road surface does not effect the horn, as i have been using the same horn for more than 3 years 12 months in a year.

I do also believe lighting is much better on US interstate roads than horn :)
 

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The only time I sound my horns is when I accidentally push the button, at night when I usually don't ride, fumbling for the high beam switch.:)
 

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If you are happy with that then it is fine
It is a good example of function before form.:cool:
I think they look awful in red. I would paint them black. But it's your choice, I guess.
 

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is it legal to put the horns at that level outside the vehicle?
I'm not aware of any specific mounting requirements in the US, not sure about the EU though.
 
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