Hmmm. I got the shrouds off -- part of my "where will I put all the wiring" project. When I pushed on the center it went flying. It took a few minutes but I eventually found it. I was ready for a flying pin when I did the other side... that only meant it didn't fly as far. The center parts on mine don't look or feel like they want to be inserted from the front. I will try to insert from the back until it comes out the front when I get around to re-installing the shroud.
Is that what you guys had to do?
In all other respect the plastic (including the beak) comes off pretty easy. Just way too many pieces/screws. The '05 spoiled me.
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When I had the side panel off I highlighted the fill level lines with a sharpie marker so that I could see the lines through the view slot. I did the same on the fF650gs too. It is just convenient.