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I think it's ironic that at in the midwestern US where I live and much of the corn is grown, I can still buy ethonal free gas. Most stations here carry three grades, with one grade being E10. E10 also has 10 cents less per gallon tax than the other two straight gas grades to encourage people to buy it.
not sure where you are but there's no EtOH free gas sold in my area...

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Also had my tank replaced 1 month ago, no questions asked just send in my pictures and maintenance history and voila, new tank. Dealer was as surprised as i was

Also wondering whether i should coat the tank, since if it happens in the future i am not sure whether they will give me a replacement or even have any.

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Knock on wood… my tank is still in perfect shape…

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Knock on wood… my tank is still in perfect shape…
AHAH!.......Your tank is made of wood.......maybe that is why it is still in perfect shape. Exceeding cunning, these Bavarians!

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AHAH!.......Your tank is made of wood.......maybe that is why it is still in perfect shape. Exceeding cunning, these Bavarians!

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Its because they fill it up with beer, and thank god there is no ethanol in that

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Its because they fill it up with beer, and thank god there is no ethanol in that
But beer makes lot of bodies swell… especially around the waistline

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I think it's ironic that at in the midwestern US where I live and much of the corn is grown, I can still buy ethonal free gas. Most stations here carry three grades, with one grade being E10. E10 also has 10 cents less per gallon tax than the other two straight gas grades to encourage people to buy it.
That's what I would like to see. Give us a choice to pay more for our E-zero for ducs, porsches, etc. Let the earth huggers who believe corn should be fuel save money and be smug. I don't give a sh-- if they think it saves the earth, cools the planet, warms the planet, relieves bunions, great!

It's funny when you research the real environmental cost of a Prius you find out a well performing gas or diesel car is better. But as with Ethanol, don't confuse us with facts.

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plastic fuel tanks can be made ethanol-tolerant

I have a 2002 Triumph Speed Triple with 19K miles and a rotomolded plastic fuel tank. No deformation problems. It is fueled from the same sources as my Paul Smart 1000, which has bulging-tank syndrome.

This tells me it is possible to formulate an ethanol-tolerant polymer and make durable fuel tanks with it. But Ducati/Acerbis didn't do it.

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I have a 2002 Triumph Speed Triple with 19K miles and a rotomolded plastic fuel tank. No deformation problems. It is fueled from the same sources as my Paul Smart 1000, which has bulging-tank syndrome.

This tells me it is possible to formulate an ethanol-tolerant polymer and make durable fuel tanks with it. But Ducati/Acerbis didn't do it.
Apparently, Triumph plastic tanks are prone to the same type of issue with ethanol:

My plastic tank failed (cracked) - '04 RS - Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums

It is definitely not a Ducati-specific problem (or a motorcycle-specific problem, for that matter).

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KTM has problems… Aprilia has problems… but Acerbis is the manufacturing partner for those companies as well as for Ducati…

I have heard of badly swollen tanks from guys riding through Brazil on their LC4s

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