I had a 96 model, and I'm sorry I can't remember the steps involved to take off the tank. I have had bikes (over 30 of them) since 1971, and have worked on all of them myself. The one thing I do remember about the 96 is that a lot of the tasks on that bike were very different to the majority of the other bikes, (mostly japanese) that I had owned. Some things just seemed silly....like to remove the end caps of the radiator you had to remove reflectors that were stuck on with double sided tape, to get to the bolts. Removal of the airbox was a real struggle. What I suggest is that you buy a Haynes manual. It has recognized the odd things about maintenance on this bike and has good solutions for working on it.