It's unfortunate that this is happening...my GT's tank looks horrible too. I'd love for Ducati to find a fix for this; however, we all may be writing letters to the wrong people.I may be interested in swapping my tank if a solution has truly been found in the replacement tanks:
If it truly is ethanol that is causing the trouble, Ducati is not mandating the use of ethanol here in the States...the government is. Where is the benefit? It's less fuel efficient, it costs more than gasoline, our food prices have gone up because ethanol has caused feed prices to go up...AND OUR DUCATIS' FUEL TANKS CAN'T HOLD IT.
I'm in the grain business, and I've watched first hand the ethanol industry rise to and now rapidly fall from power. Two years ago they couldn't open these plants fast enough, and now they can't close them fast enough. They are going bankrupt or posting record losses. The most frustrating part of it is that up until a couple of months ago, the government was paying a $.51 per gallon of ethanol produced blenders credit. Which means if an ethanol plant produced 100,000,000 gallons a year, then they received a check from the government for $51,000,000. The blenders credit still exists, but I think it's been backed down to $.45 a gallon. If ethanol really is a good thing, then why does the government have to mandate it and subsidize it?
They don't subsidize my business, and I also handle grain...and I doubt they'll subsidize Ducati for a fuel tank problem caused by ethanol...mandated by the US Government.