Horn switch R1100s

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Horn switch R1100s

Postby arcotplayer » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:49 pm

I can't get used to the BMW handlebar horn switch and by the time I've remembered how to use it it's too late. Anyone found a solution like an old fashioned push button. I always look down to find it and that's no good at all

Any ideas please ( I've covered the existing button with yellow tape to try out but still not good)

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Postby Blackal » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:11 pm

Swap it over to the RH bar, and change the indicator-cancel switch to the LH bar..............

That orientation would seem more natural to me.

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Postby nab 301 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:53 pm

For years I was hitting the l/h ind switch instead of the horn so in the end I transferred the micro switches within the housing from top to bottom and vice versa . There was just enough room without modifying the wiring to do this .
Obviously the external "levers" are marked incorrectly now, but I haven't looked down since...
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Two excellent suggestions guys

Postby arcotplayer » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:14 pm

This is where the forum really pays real dividends, I'm not the only one that's had problems!! sanity returns

Thanks fellas


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Postby Dog Tyred » Tue May 10, 2011 4:33 pm

Don't dare use my horn.......it's embarrasing :oops:

Peep peep :roll:

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Postby r550s » Tue May 10, 2011 7:32 pm

I have ridden BMWs full time since 1986 and I still have to use hand signals.
I can manage the horn (?) but by the time I've worked it out the moment is passed (??).
Let's just scratch that last f*****g sentence.
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Postby winger » Tue May 10, 2011 7:51 pm

r550s wrote:I have ridden BMWs full time since 1986 and I still have to use hand signals.
I can manage the horn (?) but by the time I've worked it out the moment is passed (??).
Let's just scratch that last f*****g sentence.


Yep me too,thats working out were the horn is,not BMW's since 86 :oops:

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Postby Rossy1100S » Wed May 11, 2011 3:33 pm

I know the feeling very well, following my scary moment on the way home from the Welsh weekend!

I gave the numpty driver a lengthy blast of the left indicator, didn't half wake him up (NOT) :lol:

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Postby ned1 » Wed May 11, 2011 4:29 pm

Rossy1100S wrote:I gave the numpty driver a lengthy blast of the left indicator, didn't half wake him up (NOT) :lol:

Geoff


I did the same, yesterday and mines a loud one, well it would be if I hit the right button !! (sorry, mean left)

Glad to see I'm not on my own with this horn thing. :roll:
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Postby Daveg2812 » Wed May 11, 2011 6:06 pm

I basically have to look at the bars everytime I want to anything except open and close the throttle :shock:
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Postby Phil Thomas » Wed May 11, 2011 6:29 pm

It seems we're all agreed - the horn switch is useless. On one of my previous RSs I mounted a push button on the LHS switch assembly which I could find easily. Needs to operate through a relay of course.

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horn switch

Postby dave the german » Wed May 18, 2011 4:48 pm

I usually push the right buttons - but i was always leaving indicators on on my f**king rice burner - I must be thinking the same as Germans do!!
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Postby LoRAnEtErenCe » Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:23 am

I transferred the micro switches within the housing from top to bottom and vice versa I was hitting the l/h ind switch instead of the horn so in the end.

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Postby R-man » Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:17 pm

Yeah the supposedly 'ergonomic switch gear' is not a great fit for many of us. And as I have quite small hands, I tend to roll my L hand up around the grip to operate the horn...its a pain, but I find myself 'covering the horn' more often on approach to many hazards than end up using the brakes...so I've just had to adapt.

Since moving the standadr bars above the top yoke, this has got slightly easier - how is it for those using bar-backs?
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Postby Merecat » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:36 am

After 11 years im almost used to it now and can indicate OK, sometines even the right direction!!
I did wonder how difficult it would be to graft a set of H*nda or Suzuki switch gear to the 11S bars?


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