I did my first change with the wheel off, had them all off actually because I was changing out the center caps. It didn't seem to make a lot of difference for access to the filter canister. I did cut up a new funnel to use as a drain as Auto Fanatic suggested and it kept most of the oil going where I wanted it to go. Saw another vid with a guy using a bent piece of cardboard to direct the oil but it looked pretty messy so I went with the whacked up funnel instead.That looks like the vid from Auto Fanatics...he's got some great vids for our rides!! Of note, next change I'm definitely going to remove the driver's front wheel for better access to the filter canister...was a pain last time and made a mess!!