Moving the regulator off the filter is pretty easy. Getting the filter out for the first time can be a bear without a good metal cap wrench. Not sure why the regulator is put there but it may be because that spot sees a lot of air movement and the regulator likes to be cooled. It also blocks debris that’s thrown off of the tire from impacting the filter.
--2010 900 Classic--
--Argus Battery Bug--
--Cobra rack, passenger backrest, passenger floorboards, tachometer--
--Saddlemen Cruisn Teardrop Saddlebags w/ Quick-Disconnect Mounting Kit--
--Kawasaki windshield & lowers--
Other bike: R1200RTW