After owning an '03, with both drain plugs accessible and pointed neatly out so as not to splatter anything, I found the drain plugs on my new '06 to be somewhat annoying. Then when I put a skid plate on the bikes, things really went to hell. The lower rear crankcase drain was OK, because the hole in the plate was correctly sized and placed. But the "tank" drain on the left side was another matter. The first thing I did was bend up an elaborate little steel tray/gutter/funnel gizmo to channel the oil out to the rear edge of the plate. That sort of worked, but only sort of. This latest solution works quite well, though. I eyeballed the location for a 1" hole in the skid plate, removed the plate and used a 1" hole saw to bore the hole. Then I cut a small sheet of light gauge stainless from some stuff laying around and rolled it into a 3/4 round semi-tubular shape. The engine end is cut at a 45 degree angle so it will reach under the drain bolt. This I insert through the hole when draining oil, and I use a 12mm swivel socket to loosen the plug. I leave the dip stick in place at first to slow the flow of oil through the drain, then remove it to let it finish up. Works very well.