What's a good way to drain the fuel tank without spraying fuel all over the bike and the lift and my tools (as I have already done!)?
Neoprene hose plugs, excellent!I use a variation of the clamp/ cut and replace the crossover hose. I use conical neoprene hose plugs that I found in the washer/faucet repair area at the hardware store for $0.21 each.
Clamp in 2 places about 2" apart, cut hose with a rag underneath. Plug both ends and pull the tank off without my vise grip pliers clanking into everything on the way off and then remembering that I forgot to pull the fuel gauge plug. BTDT
If it's a carbed bike, turn the petcock off and run it dry first. A bit less gas to spill when pulling the carb.