The troubles with crank end play causing a drop in idle are supposed to be rare and not an everyday occurrence.
The same problem caused by the throw out bearing and assorted paraphernalia is not a rare occurrence at all. In fact the idle normally drops some when the clutch lever is pulled and the trans is in neutral. This seems to bother a lot of riders that don't expect it and if as much as 200 rpm I think it is too much. But even this much and killing the engine when the engine is cold is common.
Part #11 or 12 has to be removed to get the pin #13 out. On the earliest styles and I think still in 1977 the E-clip was on the inner grove, inside the stanchions, on the back of the trans that holds the pin. Once #13 is removed the throw out arm #14 can be removed.
Part #6 is a rubber seal that fits onto the thrust piece #5.
Sometimes the bearing #4 and the thrust washer have to be fished out with a piece of wire or a magnet.
Leave the thrust rod and it's felt seal in place. They are sometimes at fault but it is not easy to deal with them with the trans in the bike. If you do need to take them out it might be best to remove the trans. It's possible to remove them with the trans in the bike but not easy.
On inspection look for irregularities of the rollers of the bearing, a smooth and polished surface of the faces of the thrust pieces and the rubber parts should be in good order.
The little bearing costs about $31, last I checked, don't try to get by with one that is ruff or showing signs of aging. When the little piece does go bad, and they do, it will take hundreds of dollars in other parts with it and it can cost several hundred more to put these parts on.
Grease all the pieces when reinstalling them. Grease the throw out bearing. Just a medium coating of wheel bearing grease. This will be washed away by a tiny amount of trans gear oil that is dripped onto the parts. This oil is sealed into the trans rear cover by the felt on the rod and the small rubber seal #6 on the thrust piece. The rear rubber boot doesn't seal oil in the trans but it seal dirt out and it should also be in good condition. (the rubber boot on the later style rear covers found on clutch carrier set ups does seal the oil in)
Notice there is a grease nipple on the throw out arm. It is for greasing the pin #13 and not for greasing the inside parts of the throw out system. They are only greased for start up and then after that they get their lube from transmission oil. It's another good thing to remember to grease that pin once a year or even more in dusty conditions. If the pin, steel, is running dry it will cause problems with the rear cover stanchions, aluminum, and to fix those the rear cover will need to be welded or replaced.