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[QUOTE=Dennis C.]Anyone out there know of a horn for the K1200S that can actually be heard?[/QUOTE]
How about this: [url]http://www.excelcyclewerkes.com/index_files/Page318.htm[/url]
Yes, this particular application is for the GS, however Tom will work with you for mounting & wiring. The Steibel horn has quite the following, just check this thread: [url]http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=121988&highlight=loud+horn[/url]
If you’re talking a true HID upgrade that could be a subject of a whole tech article (and by someone much more knowledgable than me). I’ll try to give a condensed version based on my limited research and experience.
I’ve upgraded the low beam of my R12GS to a 4300K HID H7 bulb. The R12 uses separate bulbs for High/Low making this an easy upgrade. It really was plug ‘n play (I did have to drill a 23mm hole in the rear cap to fit the bulb and wiring).
Your R11 likely uses an H4 bulb (same bulb for Hi/Lo). That makes things a bit more difficult. If you use a straight kit as shown here: [url]http://www.xenonrider.com/products/h4_xenon_hid_kits.shtml[/url] you lose the high beam. That *might* be acceptable given the increased output of the new bulb. The HID is very reliable, plus the system is truely replaceable, meaning you can swap in a regular H4 if needed. You can also go with a dual bulb version: [url]http://www.xenonrider.com/products/h4_bixenon_hid_kits.shtml[/url]. I have no idea how well these work.
The HID lamps are rated in Kelvin degrees color temp, starting at 4300K going up to 12,000K. Frankly, the 4300K in my low beam lights the road up quite well, plus I’ve been told by riding buddies that I’m *very* visible. We all know loud lights save lives. 😉
This upgrade on my GS was money well spent (IIR about $130, most likely more, I went with a slimline ballast). The $$’s I’ve spent on bulbs that have allegedly increased output were wasted IMHO (ahem, i.e. PIAA bulbs). The bulbs did not provide good light nor did they last. I’ve actually removed the auxilliary HID lights that came with the GS when I bought it – I just don’t need them anymore.
One other note: The HID bulb takes about 30 seconds or so to warm up to full intensity. As a result if you use a H7 high bulb or perhaps a dual-H4 bulb you’ll likely lose the flash-to-pass ability. Not that American drivers would notice…. The high bulb does respond more quickly once it’s warmed up.
Here are a couple links to companies selling kits. As others mentioned, google the subject (or look on Ebay) and you’ll get more results.
As a geography major I’d be remiss if I didn’t suggest these sites along the way:
Geographical center of Wisconsin
Geographical center of the northern hemisphere
And just getting halfway there: