I really thought I'd done it right and gotten something that would last years this time. Meticulous, proper break in on a brand new bike, perfect, religious maintenance routine, etc. and still I get screwed. I'm so tired of this.
I guess I could positively identify the issue and fix it; it's not like that would be impossible. But even if I could do that, it wouldn't be back together and fixed for several months - if case-splitting is required - (I just don't have any time, and to be blunt, I'm sick of rebuilding motors: I don't have the motivation to do that as a damn maintenance item...rebuilds should NOT be part of "normal maintenance", that's bull shit lol), and I certainly don't have two grand to pay some jerk at the dealer to do it wrong. What sucks is that I can't know for sure if that bearing is bad without replacing it...or riding the bike until the bearing explodes. I really don't know, it's just a virtually untested hypothesis at this point. I guess it could be wheel bearings after all, too, although I did check that previously as well, and found no play at all in the rear wheel/hub.
I don't really notice any noise while just spinning the tire by hand, but it's definitely noticeable when shifting and particularly at lower RPM/light throttle. As someone suggested in my thread discussing my chain issue (which is probably somehow related to whatever this is), something is not apparent under neutral conditions, but makes itself apparent when under a certain load. Aggh.