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post #51 of 53 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 2010, 10:47 am
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I guess I still don't get what's so hard about this? My '06 Sport 1000 (bought new in 1/09) has had no tank spread problem yet, probably because I've been extremely careful NEVER to put a DROP of ethanol crap-gas into the tank! We should all know by now that this is the problem, and that this garbage will melt almost anything given enough time and exposure. I refuse to use it in any of my bikes and go well out of my way to fill up only at stations that can assure me their premium is alcohol-free. Problem avoided.

Also, I'm not sure the Sport Classics (except possibly the GT?) were ever really meant to be daily transportation. These are bikes for the "special" rides we take, not meant to sit all day in the sun and weather. My guess is that a little more TLC, and strict avoidance of ethanol, would prevent 99% of the fuel tank problems discussed endlessly in this forum.

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post #52 of 53 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 2010, 12:16 pm Thread Starter
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That's fantastic.

But here in my part of Virginia, a mix of up to 10% ethanol in the fuel is UNAVOIDABLE. I won't be driving (or riding), several hundred miles, just to get fuel without ethanol. It's not practical, reasonable, or conceivable.

FYI, here's a list of 10 stations in the commonwealth of Virginia, without ethanol blended fuel.

http://pure-gas.org/index.jsp?stateprov=VA

And I flat-out REFUSE to not ride my motorbike for any reason I can find. I didn't spend my hard-earned money on something to hold down the floor of a temperature controlled garage, just so I can stare at it, and maybe take it out for a spin around the block two or three times a year. If you're one of those types of riders, that's great. To each his own. But I'm DAMN proud of the 8,000 miles I've put on my bike in the past 7 months (2 of which it sat, due to snow/freezing).

I also refuse to believe this is 100% to blame on ethanol blended fuel. My Sport sat for a month with a full tank of gas, under the cover, outside in the cold, and never spread one milimeter. Suddenly, now that it's warm, and the tank has sat in the sun, sometimes with an empty tank, I'm noticing spreading. If ethanol blended fuel was to blame, 100% mind you, then I should have seen a slow, noticeable change in the tank from the purchase date, with no other contributing factors present.

If my bike wasn't meant to be ridden, (and ridden BALLS-OUT), I don't believe Ducati would have built it.

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That's fantastic.

But here in my part of Virginia, a mix of up to 10% ethanol in the fuel is UNAVOIDABLE. I won't be driving (or riding), several hundred miles, just to get fuel without ethanol. It's not practical, reasonable, or conceivable.

FYI, here's a list of 10 stations in the commonwealth of Virginia, without ethanol blended fuel.

http://pure-gas.org/index.jsp?stateprov=VA

And I flat-out REFUSE to not ride my motorbike for any reason I can find. I didn't spend my hard-earned money on something to hold down the floor of a temperature controlled garage, just so I can stare at it, and maybe take it out for a spin around the block two or three times a year. If you're one of those types of riders, that's great. To each his own. But I'm DAMN proud of the 8,000 miles I've put on my bike in the past 7 months (2 of which it sat, due to snow/freezing).

I also refuse to believe this is 100% to blame on ethanol blended fuel. My Sport sat for a month with a full tank of gas, under the cover, outside in the cold, and never spread one milimeter. Suddenly, now that it's warm, and the tank has sat in the sun, sometimes with an empty tank, I'm noticing spreading. If ethanol blended fuel was to blame, 100% mind you, then I should have seen a slow, noticeable change in the tank from the purchase date, with no other contributing factors present.

If my bike wasn't meant to be ridden, (and ridden BALLS-OUT), I don't believe Ducati would have built it.
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