is it easier to drain the tank once it is off the bike?
It's best to drain the tank while it's on. But opinions may vary. Use a pair of pliers to squeeze the hose clamp open at the carb and pull the hose off. Then you can open the petcock (I assumed it was closed to begin with) and drain the fuel into an appropriate container.
Thanks for the instructions, I easily removed the gas tank.
However when I went to paint it, i was cleaning it on its side, and some fuel began to leak from the cap. The petcock is off, no problems there and the cap is locked but it still leaks. Should there be some sort of seal that is missing?