Front tire hop


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zlittle16
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Front tire hop

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I saw this covered in another posting but that was using beads in the tire. I replaced the dry rotted front tire on my 97 SE with a Elite 4, had it balanced and now I have a hop between 25-30 MPH. I was thinking out of balance but spinning the tire, it never stops in the same place like a heavy spot. The bike is 25 years old and it's sat on the front springs all this time; could the springs be screwed up or weak or should I pull the front and have it re- balanced?


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Re: Front tire hop

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Wow, I was just coming here to ask the same question as I have the same problem with the same bike and the same front tire. Enquiring minds want to know.
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I have not used one of the E4 tires yet but have seen posts of these and other tires having a “hop” like you describe. It can happen if you leave it parked on side stand for a week or so. It can be out of round. It can be slightly off on the bead seating. You could have the guy that installed it check it again.
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1988 GL1500 E4s about 10K on them, no tire hop, I run 32 front, 41 rear, no counter beads
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Realize that at speeds less than about 30-35 mph wheel weights don't matter, the wheel isnt spinning fast enough yet for an out of balance to show up, if you could feel an out of balance at that speed the bike would be undriveable going faster. If you are feeling a hop at that low a speed it is the tire or rim that is causing it. If the tire is new you might try letting the air out of the tire and reseat it as uneven bead seat is the most common reason for new tire out of round (where we are talking about a tire that hasn't had time to wear out of round). After that tire construction is the next most likely and while possible that is really rare in a name brand tire. And finally yes, cold tire flat spotting can happen but will go away after riding a bit and getting the tire warm.
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now that I recall I bought a Front Tire for my 1200, that had a bump in it.. was fine when warmed up.. but yup..
could be defective tire where the tire comes together.. good luck.
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I starred at that tire for a hour until I realized, it's mounted backwards.The rotation arrow is pointing counter clockwise. Looks like it's getting re-mounted and balanced. It took me 3 months to figure it out but I'm not inclined to pay for it again.
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zlittle16 wrote: Thu Sep 15, 2022 4:28 pm I starred at that tire for a hour until I realized, it's mounted backwards.The rotation arrow is pointing counter clockwise. Looks like it's getting re-mounted and balanced. It took me 3 months to figure it out but I'm not inclined to pay for it again.
Been there, done that. I checked two, three times, to make sure the tire was going on the correct way. At the last minute, I looked at it one last time, and realized - "whoa, I'm actually doing it backwards! Good thing I caught it!" I then mounted the tire, which is no easy task.

I put the wheel back on the bike...looked at the tire...and saw the little arrow, pointing the wrong way.

:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: I said some VERY bad words.

I pulled the wheel back off. De-mounted the tire. Re-mounted the tire the right way. Put the wheel back on.
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There's still a little hop but it feels different. In another 1500 miles of going in the right direction it should cancel out the last 1500 and i can start at square 1 again.Well it's a good story anyway. I'll just live with it.
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The tread is "harmonized" for direction that it's supposed to go, meaning that the pattern is optimized for the best ride/least noise. Riding it the wrong direction probably made this worse by putting the wrong wear patterns in the tread, rounding the wrong edges and keeping the others sharp.

Riding it a while will wear the wear where the wear isn't where the wear is supposed to wear.
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Does anyone think that this thread is getting sort of "wearing"? :lol:


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