Rule #1 when working on older bikes-It's never "just" anything. This oil change is a perfect example of that. Sure, it started simple enough. I put a suitable catch pan under the engine and removed the drain plug. Didn't spill a drop. There is no oil filter to change, rather it has a pickup screen on the oil pump that Honda recommends cleaning every 8000 miles. A quick glance at the odometer tells me we are just a test ride away from that magic number so now seemed like the perfect time to investigate.
The oil pump lives behind this side cover.