For those that have done it, I'm attempting my first on the 500 this weekend. Not having any issues, but it's coming up on 15k, I bought it used, and I have no idea what condition they are in. Supposedly they were checked by the previous owner, but I hear people will sometimes say anything in order to sell a bike. I looked at the OEM manual, and was wondering if taking the alt cover and timing cover (the smaller half-dollar-sized one) off in order to get the cam lobes pointed down on top of the valves was the only way to do this. Anyone used any other method? I've got all the required tools (even bought the dropped wrench and yellow screwdriver thing), and I've done this on other bikes, but never the vf500f. I'm a little apprehensive, so any other tips you got would be welcome. Or, if you are in Socal and have done this yourself already, feel free to drop by!