With the bike on the side stand, you can remove the clutch cover with little worry of oil leakage.
I pulled my entire clutch stack out to check for wear using this method.
The clutch cover uses an o-ring style rubber gasket, and if it partially sticks to the crankcase cover due to heat or age, you can carefully orient it and put it back into the grooves on the cover (or replace it with new).
The clutch cover gasket is held into place by a few retainers molded into the cover.
Now if you are removing the right crankcase cover, then you might run into some leakage due to oil pooled in nooks and crannies.
But if the engine has not been started over night and in an upright position, most of the oil has drained into the sump.
Last edited by SubSailor; 11-28-2013 at 11:24 AM.