Thanks everyone. I want to remove it to replace it with a new tank. The tank that's on there now I dinged and scratched during my wreck last month (and yes I'll sell it here later). It looks like one could remove the tank in 1/2 an hour. I just have to decide if I want to do it or let the shop remove the tank. And I know they can't tell me it'll take a long time to do the work, so I know how much it'll cost me.
In other news--
I've cleaned the V. (I bought-it nearly in a mountainside ditch), stripped the rear & left step / "stay" holder, removed the broken front signal & fixture, removed the scratched front fender and reflectors, tossed the banged-up mirrors, removed the inner and outer cowling (the right side is undamaged), cowling support, windshield, and headlight assembly. I've removed the tach case, radiator cover, left pivot plastic cover, taken off the cracked rear & left blinker light lense, and replaced the handlebar, clutch cable and clutch assembly, left grip, left bar-end weights, replaced the gear mechanism's frame fitting piece & reattached the linkage and lever. I've had the seat recovered with marine-grade vinyl over memory foam at the local upholsterer (M&M great work and they are friendly too). I've installed new right-hand-side seat plastics & a grip. The left step, left-side pivot fitting, left-side radiator cover, left-side seat plastics & grip, and black side piece will be finished in a few days. Next up: the left-side radiator cover, the black plastic piece around the left side of the muffler, a straight linkage for the gear changer mechanism, a rear foot peg assembly, a left tail light lense, reassembly of the left-hand electric controls box, replacement of the lower handlebar riser and front fender, then replacement of the gas tank; I have to find out then why the wheel & handlebars are out of alignment 5 or-so degrees (possibly replacing the front end / frame), and then I have to replace the cowling support, cowling, tach case, headlight, left front signal assembly. I can only hope the frame is not bent (right now).
Last edited by tim_brown; 11-22-2009 at 10:31 AM.