If you want
the official "book procedure" to remove and replace the rear
tire you will find it here
This procedure requires unhooking electrical connections,
removing the seats, rear fender and a few other things such as
muffler brackets etc. All-in-all the book procedure looks
pretty tedious so I didn't follow it.
I tell you my method here is the standard warning. You are
going to remove the rear wheel, your LC is heavy, if your LC
is not secured on a suitable lift it may fall over. If it
falls over it will get messed up. If it falls over on you, you
will get messed up. Make sure you have it securely raised and
restrained before removing the wheels. If you have any
question if you can safely accomplish any part of this
explanation, take your bike to an authorized service center
and have it done. In other words if you hurt your LC, or
yourself or both... not my problem, you been warned.
you set about raising the bike you need to remove the rear
axle covers and loosen, but do not remove the axle nut. The
axle nut on my LC was extremely tight and required a little
special attention with a large wrench and a rubber mallet.
Your factory tool kit has a socketed wrench designed to fit
Next loosen the forward bolt of the rear
caliper mounting bracket. If you click the image you will get
a larger image with arrows pointing specifically to which one
I am talking about. You may need to also bend the brakeline
holding clamp to allow some slack in the brake line.