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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%
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post #51 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 11th, 2008, 3:16 am
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It looks as if you forgot about me. I have posted my thoughts and tribulations o this issue. It is still at the dealer as I refuse to accept it until it is fixed.

Originally Posted by geospencer View Post
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 donít 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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post #52 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 11th, 2008, 7:39 am Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by 3-D View Post
It looks as if you forgot about me. I have posted my thoughts and tribulations o this issue. It is still at the dealer as I refuse to accept it until it is fixed.
Sorry, 3-D. I missed your post. You must be one of the first cases in NC/SC. What dealer are you using??

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post #53 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 11th, 2008, 10:04 am
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I was away for awhile and didn't get to vote.
I bought my 2006 Sport Classic from a person in PA. It had less than 1000 miles on it.
I live in MD.
I am experiencing some 'bubbling' in the tank. I haven't made any claim yet - out of warrantee.
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post #54 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 11th, 2008, 11:47 am
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I'm taking my PS1000 into the dealer this weekend for tank inspection. I was just going to wait it out for Ducati NA to sort out this problem but after attempting to install an NCR gas cap and finding it didn't fit very well due to the fact the progressing tank deformations, I just figured something had to be done now.

Hopefully getting a 3rd tank from Ducati NA will kick them into finding a better solution for this issue.
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post #55 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 13th, 2008, 1:38 pm
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Ducati Seattle is taking care of me. i got a call from them telling me that if i bring it in they have me covered and will order a tank ahead of time so my bike isnt sitting for more than a day.

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post #56 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 2008, 1:44 am
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Tank problem because of gas additives

07' Multistrada 620 in for 12k service and technician discovers my tank is deformed, blistering due to expansion. I never noticed because I have a tank cover on it. Luckily I have a very good relationship with my dealer. They didn't even call to tell me what they found, they went to bat on my behalf and got the factory to agree to ship me a tank at no charge. I'll probably pay for the labor but so what, I'm lucky to get the tank since I'm out of warranty. I guess it pays to have purchased four Ducatis from this dealer.

My question is what is going to keep the new tank from getting all bent out of shape like the original one? What do I do to defend against chemistry.
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post #57 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 2008, 5:28 pm
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Okay. So I've read all six pages thus far on the gas tank issues. Just inspected my bike and everything is fine (yes I have already voted). After reading the various theories as to why this is happening I thought I'd post my two cents worth.

1. Ethanol in fuel could be the issue... I don't know what the Australian regulations are on this, however, I am confident that our fuel contains less ethanol than the U.S. does - could be one explanation for it???

2. Riding / garaging habits.

Personally, my bike gets ridden very selectively on really good roads - i.e. I don't commute on the bike, and I don't get stuck in heavy traffic etc with it, and I don't leave it lying around for long periods in the sun. Basically my bike is getting ridden always over 60 - 70km/h (and thus cooled by the air), or it is parked in the shade or in the garage - except for a few rare exceptions.

I wonder???? some of you guys who are experiencing problems, do you commute on the bike regularly (possibly leading to the tank being hotter than during a rec. ride) - and also maybe leave the bike parked in the sun for extended periods of time. Maybe leaving the bike parked with more than half a tank of gas in the sun???? Some of this might be exacerbated by the ethanol aspect???

3. You guys in the states seem to have all the bad luck. Remember the dreaded fuel clamp issue - well us guys in Oz didn't experience any of that - my dealer looked at me bemused when I said just about every bike in the states suffered from this defect.

So far (fortunately for us) tank deformation seems to be unheard of down here.

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post #58 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 2008, 6:51 pm
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Geo, it is Charleston. Shad seems to be a pretty good tech.

Martin, I have thought for quite a while the tank and fuel line issue is related to the tank not being ethanol compatible at the elevated levels we are seeing here in the US. Maybe fine at 5% or so but 10% is too much.
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I think the ethanol is the most likely culprit, due to the apparent geographic correlation.

My wife's and my bikes live in a climate-controlled garage when we're not riding them. There's no way our bikes are subject to any adverse conditions, yet our tanks are blown up just like everyone else's.

I'm curious: Of the US residents who haven't (yet) had tank problems, what percentage of those bikes are less than a year old? Hmmm...
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post #60 of 1129 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 2008, 10:04 pm
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Hello everyone,

I just found this page by mistake, and indeed, i did have problems with my tank.
Bike model is a SportClassic Biposto 2007, but purchased in April 2008. I never heard of a tank disformation by itself... I was at the dealership (Ducati NY) a month ago, and showed them the disformation. luckily, there was a technician from DNA there that day, and said that it's common for these tanks to get deformed due to misplacement on the chassis... the dealership is going to replace the tank! to me, this seems just a band-aid on the injury, which will of course occur again on the new tank!
haven't had a chance to read all the posts on this thread, but will surely go back through all of them, and make sure to keep stay posted...
thanks for everyone's input, and hope this issue will be fixed for good

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