G’day! New VF1000 owner here, bought an '86 VF1000R in November. Only 14.3k miles, but since I don’t know its history I’m pulling a full service on it.
Doing the valve gap check requires fairly major disassembly, of course. After pulling the bodywork, tank and airbox, for getting at the rear cylinders the factory manual reads thus:
- Remove the ignition coils from the air chamber.
- Remove the hose clamp and disconnect the breather tubes.
- Remove the rear cylinder head cover.
Oh, how the service manual writers must have laughed over that last line! [:(!]
VF1000R owners, what’s the trick for getting the valve cover out past the frame rails, short of pulling the engine first?
I’ve folded the cable/hose restraining tabs as far over towards the rails as I can, short of beating on them with a hammer. The one on the left, which I don’t even recall restraining anything, seems to be interfering particularly badly with getting the head cover out. I’m about to put a cutoff wheel in my dremel and make it go away. 
I’ve left the gasket attached to the valve cover for the moment, as it looks like the cam gears will bite into the cover if I don’t (not enough clearance even if I pull the gasket off). Is that where I’m going wrong?