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View Results: Hop or Not
800 XC No Hop 36 43.90%
800 XC Hop 28 34.15%
800 Street No Hop 15 18.29%
800 Street Hop 3 3.66%
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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Hopping Tigers - Front end hop or not

As a new member of the front end hop owners club, I thought it may be interesting to see how many have experienced this "feature" on their bikes. More importantly I would like to see how many DO NOT have this feature. I have an rough idea how many do, just no idea how many don't.
To recap:
  • this feature usually comes in the first 2K miles, sometimes later
  • it is experienced on both XC and Streetie,
  • with just about every tire
  • at 35-50 mph
  • is about ~1/4" up and down movement on the bars
If you solved this issue with some science or magic, please post your methods. If a dealer filed a warranty claim on this issue and it was solved, it would be helpful get your VIN, so that communication can be pulled up by Triumph.

And just to clarify, hop or not this is a great bike
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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If you solved this issue with some science or magic, please post your methods.
Bike: 2011 800 XC

Had the hop shortly after purchase, but spent time in my garage truing the front wheel, and have not had the hop for over two years. I suspect that the spokes "bedded in" during the initial break in phase of the bike, and truing the wheel corrected it.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
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I had the hop. Kinda got rid of it, kinda came back. Now it's gone again.

Dealer checked it out, wheel was perfect. However, they put the tire back on and there was a bad spot where the mold/tread moved in and over to one side. Short of replacement, they tried mounting the tire in a few different orientations and found one that worked.

Verdict: tire defect.

If it lasts, that will be what counts.

My feeling is the shock is also at fault for amplifying what's normally a non-issue. It's like there's resonance in the shock at that speed that lets a small problem rise to the surface.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:57 PM   #4
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I believe you should rename the thread to the Tigger thread... you know, because they hop. T I double guh er.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:15 PM   #5
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I'm gonna bounce!! Bouncin's what Tiggers do best!

occasional and is dependent on the surface. Some roads do it, others do not. It isn't very consistent on my roadie. I blame it on the budget, horrible forks. I'll fix that one day. I did vote for 800 street Hop though as it does do it occasionally.
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:46 PM   #6
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:39 PM   #7
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2012 TEX. No hop.
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:24 PM   #8
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2012 TEX. No hop.

Where do you see the category for the Tiger Explorer?
Oh yes, that's right, there isn't one!
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:31 PM   #9
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Demo'd a 2011 Tiger 800XC and noticed a pronounced front end hop at 40-50 mph. Told the dealership owner and he was nonchalant. It's a chopper/Victory/Big Dog shop that sells Triumphs. I went to another local dealer (before they got their Triumph franchise)who procured me a Tiger with no bounce. No problems with mine.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:12 PM   #10
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When I bought mine, no hop. Changed to a K60 front at 5k miles and got the hop. I've checked everything, changed fork oil, added dynabeads, spin-balanced, still have the hop. Hope to change tires soon and see if it goes away.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:48 PM   #11
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Where do you see the category for the Tiger Explorer?
Oh yes, that's right, there isn't one!

Well excuse me. I could have sworn the topic said "Hopping Tigers" ... I didn't take or read the poll, so slap me harder.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:06 PM   #12
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No hop but I didn't care for the fork action so I revolved with racetech.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:10 AM   #13
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I am surprised to see how many XC's actually hop, about half at this point. Only 1/3 of the street/roadies do. If half of them do, does that make it normal?
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:30 AM   #14
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2011 XC. Mine started hopping with stock tires. I found loose spokes on the front when I installed some knobbies & dyna beads. The hop went away. A few tire changes later it came back. However, on perfect roads it does not hop. Also, on dirtroads I've never noticed it hop.
Just be sure the back is aligned using a tape measure or string. And follow the correct procedure for the front axle. Snug the axle, bounce the forks, torq it & the pinch blots.
I can adjust the shock & make it bounce a lot worse but I can't make it disappear. I plan to upgrade my shock & forks soon. I'm not sure what I'll get yet.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:25 AM   #15
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Mine bounces from day one. Dealer still working out options to cure. Replacement tire, fork oil weight and level, new springs, wheel is true, rotors in spec, all have not "fixed" it.
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