man I have learned a lot,
1. I use Velcro to stick the rear of the seat down.
2. I bent an old 12mm wrench to make it easy to remove the choke cable from the carb.
3. I made the petcock manual instead of Vacuum = one less hose to worry about.
4. Once you take your bike apart several times you get much faster and you learn where each bolt goes just by looking at them.
5. As far as pulling the carb. it is mostly a matter of pulling back on it and spinning the front out. Also at first I was worried that I would hurt something but now that I have done this several times it is easy and the preffered method when doing anything with the carb.
6. Learn what bolts need to be torqued tight and which dont, this will save you from stripping threads like the gas tank mounting bolts.
7. The first time you take the carb. apart change the screws to stainless allen head. (I also changed my carb. clamps to allen head).
8. You mentioned two reserves, sort of there is the one where you run out of gas and then switch to reserve, and then there is the one where you already switched to reserve and you run out, at this time you lay the bike all the way down on its left side then pick it back up and ride till you run out again
. You may be able to repeat this and get a couple more miles.
9. No need to remove the front side covers to remove the gas tank, just the two top screws that screw into the tank, then pull the shrouds out at the bottom.
I cant think of any more right now