I eat my R1
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Sydney Australia
It's easy to take the rear wheel off, I'd take it off, clean the axle and bearing areas, and re-grease. I have a 2012 R1 and the shop which installed my rear tyre last time, didn't grease my rear axle properly. So when I took my rear wheel off to get tyres installed a few weeks ago, my rear axle is scored, heat damaged, rusted, and my bearings are not the happiest. I've been riding on this bad install for 14,000 k's, and it shows. It's really pissed me off, as I'm going to have to get new bearings and an axle.
So please double check your axle installation. It should not be getting so hot. Also check that all the spacers are correctly installed, as sometimes the spacers fall out and then the installer puts the wrong ones on each side and don't give a **** if it doesn't fit so well.
Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.