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I don't believe the cable into the gear housing will come off without pulling the front wheel, but I may be really wrong about that. The pull is easy, however; just make sure you've got a jack under the bike so it doesn't tip forward.
For under the gauges, try hitting the bolt-screw thing with a good solvent (PB Blaster is one of the best) and letting it sit for a few hours. You then may be able to reach in there with a channel lock or similar then and unscrew it. Mostly, don't force anything - if there's a lot of rust, it didn't get there overnight, and so won't go away overnight, either.