Is it necessary to remove the rotors from the front tire if Im taking the wheel to get changed at a local bike shop?
yup. no need to remove a caliper, it can be done without removing one. although, if you wanted to, you could use that step. but it is not needed.Just a note: I've never had to remove a caliper either. Although, as easy as they come off, it would be easier to remount the wheel as lining up the disks can be annoying.
The darn brake pads move so easily.
You might need to check the routing on that cable although it just needs enough slack to allow for suspension travel.I removed the calipers just for the fun of it. Working on the vn750 is probably the most therapeutic thing for me besides a coors light haha. Good info on the rotors guys, didn't want to have to take those off... those allen bolts are a bit tight!! Did anyone else notice how tight the speedo cable is? I feel like mine is stretched to the max but haven't had any problems from it.