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Do you know for a fact that the battery is not completely dead? I'm sure it isn't, and while you need proper current for the starter to work, the screen needs much less. Still, a battery that is very dead won't help you do anything. Check the battery voltage, it should be at least 12 volts, more like 13-14v. Also, make sure the battery is installed properly. I can't say for '05's but '08 the positive terminal is closer to the rear of the bike and the negative (ground) is closer to the front of the bike. I don't think Honda would change this orientation, but check the owners manual to be sure (if you have it). If you know how it is supposed to be, still wouldn't hurt to check it is installed correctly.
Another good place to start is make sure the fuses are ok, specifically the main fuse (it's a 30 amp fuse, pretty sure everything else is less than 30, so it should be the only one) Check all the other relevant fuses and relays (should be one specifically for the "meter" aka "instrument cluster"). If those are ok, there could be a short in the wiring harness somewhere depending on where the damage is. As you said the damage wasn't too bad, I kinda doubt myself on the wiring harness theory, but if you have no power at all with a good battery, the power is not getting there due to a fuse or a short/cut in a wire somewhere.