I have always found it amazing that you have to completely take off the floorboard mounts(attached by super long fine pinch bolts) and both the heel and toe shifter to get the left side cover off a 1500 or 1600 Vulcan. I had to get it off today to investigate an oil leak underneath it. So I decide to fix the problem. The problem is the little loop on the front on low part of the cover.
It really seems to serve no purpose, so will the help of a cut-off wheel it's gone now.
The mod was not quite as effective as I had hoped. The heel shifter still gets in the way of the cover coming off with only four bolts. But you only need to loosen the floorboard mount and pull off the heel shifter and then...
off comes the cover. Not as easy as I hoped but still a time and hassle saver.
Oh yeah, both timing caps were loose so I hope the oil leak is solved, but I may need to reseal the alternator wires later.