Removing the clutch cable is really easy. I'd recommend doing that so you can shift the bar to the left for removal. That will allow you to slide the hydraulic brake line off without having to open it up. The throttle controls easily split into two parts by removing a couple screws, and they'll be immediately out of your way.
Removing the left handgrip can be a little tricky too. Depending on how firmly it's glued to the bars, you might be unable to remove it without damaging the grip. Just FYI. Nothing I hate more than to disassemble my working bike and be stuck 95% of the way through a fix, with a bike that can't be safely ridden until I find a part somewhere.
Ben C - Cary, NC
2001 XV1600A Road Star
2003 XVS650A V Star Classic
Last edited by pangea33; 09-09-2014 at 08:54 AM.