It seems the previous owner of my bike boogered up the drain plug threads, so I'm replacing the pan. Cheaper than putting in a helicoil or similar (found a used pan in great shape for $30 shipped on eBay) and I'd want to remove the pan anyway if I tapped new threads to clean out shavings.
I know to use Hondabond to seal the pan. I'm curious about the replacement procedure. With how little clearance there is, I assume the exhaust has to come off. Can I get away with just removing the front portion (headers to the connection at the Y pipe) or does the whole thing need to come off? The Y pipe is kind of a pain since the shock needs to come out for that too.