There are always tricks and great tips that guys pass on when doing a specific project. Im going to remove the gas tank to get rid of some of the ridiculous wiring the last owner did. Melted bare wires coming off the battery etc. I'll fix it up right with proper connectors and fused. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I have the down loaded service manual and it's straight forward but....someone always has a better way and that is what makes forums such a great way to share. That mess under there makes me very nervous. lol. I loaded the vn2000 up on the motorcycle trailer that I made a long time ago out of an old boat trailer (small aluminum type boat). I cut several feet off the tongue and welded the hitch back on and then welded some extra angle irons across for more floor strength. Then I added 3/4 pressure treated plywood for the floor and drilled down the sides thru the frame rail and added four tie downs on each side. Put a cheapo wheel chock on the front and wala. Painted it all black, new tires on trailer and added bearing buddies so it can be greased easily. Maybe 25 years ago and it is still hauling strong...lol Took it down to Tampa Bay (700+ miles each way) to see my youngest son that has a Suzuki M109R. Beautiful bike blue and silver. Had a great time riding around with him for the first time when we both had bikes. Did quite a few rides morning/evening. Cool to ride around the water close to the ocean, not hot really. The red head won't get on a motorcycle any more. We are 62 and she use to be a real motorcycle mama back in '77-'79 when I finished up my last two years in the navy at Pensacola. I got a new 1977 Honda 550F and it was the ticket. Rode that thing all over Florida. Been married 41 years and whatever she says goes for me...lol She lets me have my toys ('66 mustang I've restored. put a 5.0 HO in it EFI. added AC) and now the vn2K. I had one problem when we got back. One of those owwww, problems. It was close to dark after driving the 700 or so miles home and I decided to go ahead an unload the bike to put it up because it was coming up a storm and we've had some rather ferocious ones lately. I hooked up the ramps, atv type ramps three wide. They have these little wienie chains with some s hooks on the end. I wrap them around the tail light brackets (heavy metal) and use the s hooks to retain them. I started backing off an hit the front brake because it starting taking off backwards. I guess the front wheel grabbed the ramp and snatched it off....ow part. the whole shebang came loose and I was laying on the ground sideways with the mc on me. crash bars hold it off, but it is quite disconcerting to be in that position. I got up with my ego bruised and a sore knee and picked it back up...by myself. Now my back aches...lol It was harder because as I picked it up the wheels are still in the ramp slots. Anyway, thats the breaks. thanks for any tips on the tank.