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    Registered User warthog's Avatar
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    Aug 2005
    Charlottesville, VA

    Horn Comparison

    I'm looking to upgrade my horn on my 1150GSA and came across the following comparison done by webbikeWorld and thought it might be of interest. Looks like it was done in 2008.

    Note comments about the Stebel Nautilus compact:

    Stebel Nautilus Failure
    There's one problem we have to report right up front: both Stebel Nautilus horns had serious and fatal flaws. They died before we could even get them registered on the sound meter! We were, however, able to record the first and only beeps spoken by the big red Nautilus Max (see below).

    The Nautilus Max horn worked for a few short honks; less than about 3 seconds total. After the final honk, it died. We've since discussed this with several other Nautilus owners who have indicated that premature and unexpected (and sudden) failure is a common problem with the Nautilus horns.

    The Stebel Nautilus Compact, which is the most common Nautilus horn of this type sold to motorcyclists, didn't work at all -- it was DOA, right out of the box. Dead, nada, ixnay, nothing.

    Both horns were purchased separately from completely different vendors, several months apart. One horn was purchased in the UK an one in the U.S., so our only conclusion is that Stebel has a serious problem with these horns.

    Apparently the Nautilus uses some type of internal compressor that powers the horns, and it is very prone to failure -- especially if it gets wet. When the Nautilus horns fail, all that's left is a flatulent 77 dB croak, which is useless for our purposes.

    So our conclusion is that at this point, the Stebel Nautilus cannot be recommended. After all, what good is the loudest horn in the world if you can't depend on it when it's needed?

    Not to mention the things are huge, heavy and they have really awful mounting brackets, making it a real chore to mount on any type of motorcycle that we can think of.
    Don Burns
    '02 R 1150 GSA
    "If everything is coming your way, then you're in the wrong lane."- Unknown

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    I've had a Stebel Nautilus on my RT for about a year and a half and am very pleased. I use it sparingly, but when I use it, people HEAR it. I've never had a bit of a problem with it. I've ridden in the rain, in Texas heat, on sub-freezing days and the horn has been absolutely dependable.

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    Focused kbasa's Avatar
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    Marin By God County, California
    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    And the Pinto was made by Ford, but it wasn't a Crown Vic.
    Speaking of Fords and horns, for a long time Ford Tempos used Fiamm horns. You can get them at the boneyard for dirt cheap.
    Dave Swider
    Marin County, CA

    Some bikes. Some with motors, some without.

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    I put twin Fiamm horns on my Moto Guzzi. I liked them. They were not as loud as the Stebel, but much louder and better sound than the stock horn.

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