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Hi,

I have done air filter change couple times before and I have allways stripped all plastic off bike as guides allways shows, lots of work.

Now I took my moving workstations(with 6-pack of cider) to my bike and remembered thing what repair guy once told me that just loose plastics and move tank.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/g7ggye1uk12ifj6/IMG_20180224_110211.jpg?dl=0
It wasn't that bad task if you just take all screws off that keeps plastics on the place and take that tank bolt and tank lever bolt off. Had to take those two little black plastic covers off only.


You can get tank off without stripping everything. :surprise:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6fkad4b7nsa904b/IMG_20180224_115241.jpg?dl=0
 

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I worried about scratching the paint doing it that way.
 

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It wasn't problem that paint would take damage. It came out completely clean, I was suprised how easily it came off.
 

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Lordy, I’ve never pulled the plastics to take the tank off. A couple of rags between the tank and plastics and you’re good to go.
As pretty "new" to these things I hope some-one told me that 4 years ago :wink2: Don't do stuff hardway if easy way is possible.
 

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I always take the opportunity with the tank off, to give a good check of everything I can below it. I don't get all the poo pooing about how hard it is to get the tank and plastics off this bike, there are bikes out there which are much much harder in this regard.
 

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Different model years have different plastics, and will require different amounts of removal. In a perfect world they would all be easy, but the designer had another idea.
 

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Hi,

I have done air filter change couple times before and I have allways stripped all plastic off bike as guides allways shows, lots of work.

Now I took my moving workstations(with 6-pack of cider) to my bike and remembered thing what repair guy once told me that just loose plastics and move tank.
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It wasn't that bad task if you just take all screws off that keeps plastics on the place and take that tank bolt and tank lever bolt off. Had to take those two little black plastic covers off only.


You can get tank off without stripping everything. :surprise:

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the link is no longer working. Is it still available somewhere?
 

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The first few times I did a service on the bike I tried tricks like this as well. In the end I always found myself removing "just one more" piece of plastic to get access to something. In my case there was a further motivator to do so since the forward left/right fairings are behind my Givi crash bars and cannot be removed easily. (There is a specific way to slide the plastic out from underneath the crash bars, but I always forget what it is.)

Now I just bite the bullet. For any service I take off the crash bars, the pannier racks, and all plastic fairing pieces short of the dash and the tail section. Yes, that takes at least half an hour, plus another half hour to get everything back on. But it makes the rest of the service so much more convenient.

I've got this spare parts box that is divided in three rows of four cabinets. I just lay it out alongside the bike, and put all the bolts, push pins and other fasteners in the cabinets relative to the position of the bike, one cabinet holding all the fasteners for one fairing piece.
 
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