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ER unless you want a tank full of fuel on the floor yeah. but if you ran the bike to reserve and tilt the tank up it should be possible however by that stage it's almost off anyway.
 

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it is possible leaning the bike over to the clutch side. but your better off whipping the tank off. pretty easy remove seat remove bolts from front fairing to the sides of the tank pull out the locater pegs on side panels (no need to remove these ) remove tank securing bolt. lift rear of tank remove fuel pipe and vac pipe from petcock. slide the tank out backwards.
takes all of 15 mins.
 

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I moved this thread to a more appropriate section.

The front fairing does not need to be removed. But I would extremely, highly suggest to remove the tank and forget about the leaning method.
 

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The tank needs to come off all the time for various reasons any way. When's the last time you looked at the air filter?
 

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Agreed with @bpe. I understand being nervous with taking the tank off. We were all there once, but much of the maintenance on this bike is done with the tank off. Once you have done it once, you will understand how easy it is and be okay with doing it again.
 

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taking tank off is easy, you need four tennis balls, a 12mm socket/wrench for the bolt under the seat, a #2 & #3 philips screwdriver. You remove the two screws under the upper fairing attaching it to the tank, stick a 2 tennis balls, one on each side of fairing, idea is to get distance between fairing and gas tank. Same goes for the two #3 screws on the side fairings, wedge the tennis balls there, this way when you walk away with the tank you have a clear shot and nothing is going to hang up. Obviously you have to remove the fuel line and then your done.
 

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Motorcycle tank removal is the basic equivalent to raising the hood on your Toyota. Access to maintenance, visual inspection...blah blah blah.
 

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well original poster had some trepidation regarding a rather simple process, so the point is to give him/her some re-assurance that its not a daunting task right? some tanks are rascals to remove this entire bike is a dream to work period.
 

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Although a 12 pack never hurts
But if the entire 12 gets consumed before the task of removing the tank is done, then we have other issues to discuss. 😆
 
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