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View Poll Results: Are you having problems with your tank?
Yes, I am having problems with my tank. 366 66.79%
No, I am not having problems with my tank. 182 33.21%
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post #41 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 3rd, 2008, 12:42 pm
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Our bikes are already out of warranty.

As for our dealer... Well, that's a whole other story I won't get into...
Don't you think Ducati should cover it, warranty or not? Sure, a lot of dealers can be real pin heads, but they are still expected to do their job in supporting Ducati customers. Until Ducati does something with the tank design, we can expect nothing different to happen. Maybe we can get some help. My bike is out of warranty too. I just would like to get either a better tank. We need to try.
Also, trying to get numbers on the sales of Sport Classics in the US/North America is difficult. It seems that the line is the most popular seller here in the States. If anybody can come up with hard numbers, please let me know.

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post #42 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 3rd, 2008, 4:21 pm Thread Starter
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Don't you think Ducati should cover it, warranty or not?
I am sure someone has mentioned this before but it is worth repeating. In some states the fuel tank falls under emission laws/regulations and the warranty period for emissions related parts is extended past the normal Ducati 2-year warranty.

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Had a meeting near the dealer today so stopped by to check on my new tank. No tank yet.

They still had an SC and a GT on the floor. Both bikes are spreading on the throttle side. You can only lift up the one side on the SC, GT has spread so much tank lifts of the frame.

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post #44 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 4th, 2008, 7:34 am Thread Starter
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I took a cursory look at the home states of those who have submitted a written post. It looks like most problems are in:

1. California
2. Oregon

3. Colorado
4. Arizona

5. Illinois
6. Indiana
7. Kentucky

8. New Jersey
9. New York

10. Virginia

It appears that the problem is in four general areas with Virginia being an anomaly.

I don’t see anything in the South or South East. (NC, SC, Georgia, Florida, etc.)

What do you all think? Is there anything special about the fuel in those regions?? Chime in if I missed your state/region.

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The amount of ethanol in gas not only varies seasonally and regionally, you may not be able to tell when you are buying it.

http://www.fuel-testers.com/state_gu...anol_laws.html
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The amount of ethanol in gas not only varies seasonally and regionally, you may not be able to tell when you are buying it.

http://www.fuel-testers.com/state_gu...anol_laws.html
Very interesting! Thanks.

I found this most interesting . . .

Caution - Warning:
The percent of ethanol may be incorrectly added by the local fuel distributor. In most areas ethanol is added to the tanks by the delivery truck drivers, (local distributor); And, very few gas stations monitor or check ethanol content (% added) of fuel delivered and contained in the gas pump.


My nephew drives a fuel delivery truck in Indiana. He says that they add about 10% ethanol when they load.

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I'm up in Washington state north of Seattle. I stopped to ask the truck driver that was delivering his load of fuel and he and the gas station owner who happened to be there said his Texaco still doesn't ever use ethanol but that in about a month it will be mandatory by federal law to have ethanol in the gas!

I'm just starting to spread a little. Not as tight as it used to be. Has anyone looked into any products similar to the POR-15 kit that we use to coat the inside of metal takes to seal it so none of this fuel gets to the plastic?

If and when I get a new tank I want to do something like that before any fuel ever touches the tank!


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some of these tank sealing products are said to have
problems with nowadays fuel also, as if has changed
through the years over here too.
but it is a very good idea to do something like this
after all, since i don't know, how Ducati could solve
this problem otherwise, but having tanks out of a
different plastic made.

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Triumph went to metal to get rid of the problem with the Sprint. I am told Guzzi and Aprillia have similar issues with plastic tanks. Why are plastic tanks used on bikes that are really not designed for ultra-high performance? Other than being able to shape them easier, maybe? The weight difference can't make that big a deal for most street riders. I think if manufacturers stuck to metal tanks and lighter wheels we'd be better off.

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Checking in.

My Sport 1000's tanks can be lifted on the right side. There is some deformation on the top of the tank as well.

It's an 07 and I will get the tank replaced soon.
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