I'd recommend for anyone wanting to learn that they bring the tool kit they would use in the field so that they become comfortable with that. I'm kind of utilitarian in terms of having a decent, basic kit on the bike that I service it with so that when I get stuck on the road, I am sure I have all the tools I need.
For the valve shim job, at least on the 1000, the radiator needs to be removed, which means tapping into the coolant system, so this is a good chance to flush your coolant too, so be sure to bring antifreeze if you want to. You don't have to flush it, but you will loose about a liter or so of fluid in the process that will need replacement.
I have a chain breaker too (well... it has a broken pin right now but I need to order one anyway) if anyone needs to replace chains/sprockets.
I also have tire irons and an air compressor for tire changes, but note I do not guarantee I won't knick the aluminum on your rim
I've been changing all my tires by hand, and have had pretty good luck with it.
Personally, I will be replacing my plugs, doing a valve shim, washing the air filter, replacing the TPS sensor (I'm pretty sure mine is dying), doing a TB sync, and possibly adding an external fuel filter and bypassing the in-tank one (as I know it was getting plugged last time I worked on it).