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I'm still refusing to jump on the ethanol band-wagon.
You might be on the ethanol bandwagon and not know it. Some states do not require service stations to post ethanol content until the ethanol content gets above 10%. At 9.5% ethanol you are still screwed. You just don't know it.

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I meant the "blaming ethanol" bandwaggon. Here in VA, all fuel has up to 10% ethanol.

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I was looking at getting a SC or GT but I think this thread has convinced me to get a Thruxton or old Norton instead.

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I was looking at getting a SC or GT but I think this thread has convinced me to get a Thruxton or old Norton instead.
Read this article first.

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/fe...ton/index.html

Both the bikes you describe a good bikes, but with the Thruxton, it will not be as good a performer as the Sport Classic, and the Norton will be much pricier.

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I was looking at getting a SC or GT but I think this thread has convinced me to get a Thruxton or old Norton instead.
But... neither of those will say DUCATI on the side.






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Read this article first.

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/fe...ton/index.html

Both the bikes you describe a good bikes, but with the Thruxton, it will not be as good a performer as the Sport Classic, and the Norton will be much pricier.
Thanks for that link, not exactly a love fest for either bike there, but all good to know. Perhaps I'll just keep loving the monster awhile longer before finding a garage mate.

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I was looking at getting a SC or GT but I think this thread has convinced me to get a Thruxton or old Norton instead.
If you buy an old Norton because you are concerned about the reliability issues of a Sport Classic, I believe you will be taking one giant leap in the wrong direction. These bikes have some issues, but they are absolutely bullet-proof compared to an old Norton.

One of the new Nortons would be very fun, if that fit your budget.
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But... neither of those will say DUCATI on the side.
Nor would you be able to put cool DESMO letters underneath DUCATI - required for membership in the DESMO DUCS club (charter and secret handshake pending).

Seriously though, don't make your decision on the tank issue alone. Bear in mind some of us still have good original tanks. Also, earlier posters to this thread report reversal of expansion with fuel stabilizers. And lastly, one member recently posted part of a letter from his San Francisco dealer saying Ducati is fed up with the problem and will soon warranty spreading tanks with an aluminum one. Of course seeing is believing on that last one.

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Another thing I've noticed.

I seem to have a LOT of vapor in my tank. When I pop the cap to fill up, it usually gives a healthy "whoosh" when I open it. Seems excessive. I expect a little... but not this much. I also notice that the vapor seems to "leak out" when I'm cleaning around the filler cap, and move it slightly to once side or the other.

I've checked the vent hose, and it doesn't seem obstructed in any way. I also don't see anything out of the ordinary under the cap (dirt, grime, clogged hole, etc.). Not sure if this could have anything to do with the spreading issue (expanding gas when heated), but again, I'm just making an observation, and still refusing to jump on the ethanol band-wagon.
My first tank did the "WHOOSH" so significantly that I actually would see the tank shrink back a bit when I opened it. My dealer checked it out and said it was an acceptable "whoosh", but some whooshes were definitely more powerful than other whooshes. Needless to say after the first 650miles on my new bike the tank was able to lift off the frame. My replacement tank never whooshes and 650 miles later it is still on the frame ( but I do think it may have spread a wee bit )

IMHO improper venting accelerated the spreading.

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IMHO improper venting accelerated the spreading.
That makes sense. The ethanol will weaken the plastic significantly, making it much more susceptible to deformation from stress.

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