Pull your seat, then you have 4 allen bolts staring at you, remove them. Then there's 4 plastic fasteners in the tail section (They're vertical.) Simply unscrew the center section, then push them out from the top. Hope that helps.
Got your PM Spendthrift. AlaskaS3 got to you first. Those four vertical fasteners are a pain in the butt to get out. After unscrewing the screws, I used needle nosed pliers to squeeze
the plastic retainers together while pushing them out.
Alaska, I hate them also. I keep putting them back in, but I wonder if they are really necessary? ( if I had a scorched Yellow bike I would not have put them back in because
the bikes don't go fast enough to blow off the side covers)
That is incredibly bad design! It is just about impossible to remove those center pieces without removing the mufflers first. Why do we need that many fasteners just for a side pannel. Most bikes have about 3 rubber grommets holding them on, no tools required.
I had to remove my fuel tank, I just took the allens screws out and left the side panels on. To much work and too many little pieces to loose.