I changed my oil without removing the fairings yestereday and as promised I took some pics of the procedure. This is just meant to be an "FYI" post so let's please not turn it into an arguement over which method is better. Both methods have their pros and cons so take it for what it's worth. Changing your oil without removing your fairings is a time saver and IMO less aggravating by not having to mess with fairing removal/installation. And in my experience it is not any messier either. Otherwise everything is done the same except for removing the fairings and coolant overfill bottle. This post only details how to remove/install the oil filter without removing any fairings.
The procedure as outlined in the factory service manual has been posted in the FAQ forum so please refer to it if you have never changed your oil previously. I'm going to assume you already know how to change your oil already in this post. This was done on my '03 RR, not sure how the other years differ but I'd think they are the same.
You are going to access the oil filter through the lower vent opening in the right side mid fairing. You can see the oil filter through the opening and can even reach in there to grab it.
I only tighten the oil filter hand tight but typically have to use a tool to break it loose. I bought a pair of oil filter pliers from Walmart for this prurpose. Here you can see I've reached through the opening with the pliers to break loose the oil filter. I don't have to turn the filter much as once it is broken free I can spin it off by hand. In fact once it is broken free I pull out the pliers and reach in with my right hand to unscrew the filter.
Once you start unscrewing the oil filter some oil will start leaking out (this happens even if the fairings are removed). Before totally removing the oil filter allow whatever oil is in there to drain completely to avoid making a bigger mess. Here you can see that the oil from the oil filter drops straight down and not all over the inside of the fairings.
Now you can totally unscrew the oil filter and just lower it down and rest it on the header pipes directly below as from below is how the oil filter will be removed. Here you can see the oil filter has been removed and is sitting on the header pipes.
This is a shot from underneath to illustrate that there is enough room for the oil filter to exit from below.
Now you can reach up from underneath to grab the loose oil filter.
Rotate the oil filter so the opening is pointing up...
...and pull it out.
Installation of the now oil filter is the same except in reverse of course. Use a shop rag to wipe up any oil that dripped on the header pipes.