We have had one of ours apart and I am glad that we had a cardboard piece with a drawing on it so we could put each fastener in a "location" to get them all back on. Or maybe I am getting so old and forgetful that I am no longer qualified. My sons even take pics along the way though.
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Suzuki XF650 Freewind (2014-2017)
Honda NC700 XA (2017 - / )
Honda VFR800 VTEC ABS (2018 - /)
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I bet the filter location was a packaging constraint to accommodate the trunk.
I'll take all this complication in changing an air filter if I get to have a trunk that swallows my full-face helmet on the bike. I think Honda prioritized correctly here. I use the trunk multiple times every day!
All of that said, it looks like I'm losing my challenge to do a valve adjustment during a 1-hour lunch break. (First one that I know of on the bike... (I'm the second owner)... It came to my attention last week around 38k miles.