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    2020 R1250R front axle seeping

    I'm not sure whether it is lubricant escaping from a bearing or perhaps another oil. The forks are "upside down" so I guess there may be fork oil in this area? Anyone else see this kind of seepage?R1250R front axle.jpeg
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    Probably just an overzealous greasing of the axle shaft as there are no bearings in the fork, they are in the wheel. This shaft does not turn, but I believe you are supposed to moly grease it when removing/installing the front wheel. If you had your tire changed recently that would explain it. Clean it off and see if it comes back. My guess would be it won't to any large degree.
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    Same

    I've got a 2020 R1250R I got last fall and had that accumulation but after cleaning it off it hasn't returned. Purely an over lubed axle sliding in and not evidence of a moving part. losing lube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AjaxTheDog View Post
    Probably just an overzealous greasing of the axle shaft
    I agree.
    Sometimes I see this after I do a tire change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AjaxTheDog View Post
    Probably just an overzealous greasing of the axle shaft as there are no bearings in the fork, they are in the wheel. This shaft does not turn, but I believe you are supposed to moly grease it when removing/installing the front wheel. If you had your tire changed recently that would explain it. Clean it off and see if it comes back. My guess would be it won't to any large degree.
    Thanks all for the quick responses. I'll take a shop rag to it and keep an eye on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtbill View Post
    Thanks all for the quick responses. I'll take a shop rag to it and keep an eye on it.
    This is normal and is axle grease. It will not cause any harm to leave it there. I usually use a waterproof grease on the axle and spacer before installing it. I also press from of the same grease into the area between the seal and the bearing. This will help keep water and dirt from getting to the bearing seal. After tightening up the axle nut there is always a blob of grease around the bearing seal. I leave it right where it is. It will help to keep the junk away from the bearings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 105258 View Post
    This is normal and is axle grease. It will not cause any harm to leave it there. I usually use a waterproof grease on the axle and spacer before installing it. I also press from of the same grease into the area between the seal and the bearing. This will help keep water and dirt from getting to the bearing seal. After tightening up the axle nut there is always a blob of grease around the bearing seal. I leave it right where it is. It will help to keep the junk away from the bearings.
    Thanks for this information. If I see the grease seep again I'll let it stay there as added barrier to dusty dust and dirty dirt.
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