Can I vote twice? I have the problem with my first and second tank.
Yeah, my wife's and my bikes are both having the issue. I'll just fix them myself and be done with it. I don't think the NHTSA site is going to do any good if we don't go through the warranty process first, and I'm just not going to go through that with my dealer...
For what its worth I just submitted the following to Ducati North America via their on-line "contact us" form...
I do not have current contacts at Ducati NA so there is no way of knowing if this will bring a response, much less a solution. But if I do hear anything I will keep you posted.
I have a long relationship with Ducati, including writing many articles for Ducati.com. This email addresses a growing concern among SportClassic owners which does not seem to be getting the attention it deserves from the company.
A large number of these motorcycles (over 60% according to a current online survey) are experiencing a spreading of the fuel tank severe enough to separate the tank from the forward mounts. My own GT1000 has gotten so severe that the only connection it has to the frame (aside from the now mandatory straps of an after-market tank bag) is a single bolt on the rear. This is not atypical. Some dealers are adding spacers to the mounting system which provides a temporary fix (until the tank spreads yet further). Some are replacing tanks if the bike is under warranty, but the new tanks soon start to spread as well. Ducati MUST do something about this. It is creating bad will among owners and is a serious safety issue.
Any updates on this post?I was talking with a Ducati rep today, and he told me that there may be an upcoming recall of North American sport classic tanks.
It means they will replace your old defective tank with a new defective tank.So what does that mean...a service bulletin?
Guys, I honestly don't think that ethanol in the gas is the cause. I live in an area that if there is anything added to the gas that it must be marked on the pump with that info. I only use Sunoco, BP or Shell in my GT and none of these pumps have ever had any such markings. Unless they have changed this regulation without my knowledge, I have never used any gas with ethanol. In fact, I've left gas stations marked with the ethanol signs and rode to other stations without. Now I have used Sta-Bil in my tank for winter storage........in fact, I've used Sta-Bil for years in everything I own for winter lay-up and never had any problems in anything with a gas tank or container. The Kid
There is no escape. It's just a matter of when...Finally found a small pimple just smaller than a dime on the right side above the Ducati logo... Dammit.
Is there an official "new style" tank (such as made of different material)? Any more info would be appreciated?The service rep that ordered mine didn't know if it would be new or old style. We are going to look it over for changes and compare it to the old one when it arrives.
That's the most encouraging news yet. Please keep us posted.I have ordered a new tank as I am converting my bikes color. New part number superceeding the old one shows "USA 07" as suffix, as my bike is an 07. I was told by a dealer that tanks ordered now are using a different plastic compound and are being tracked by DNA to users being manufactured since April 09 due to all the warranties. I have emailed DNA to confirm this but have not heard back. All very hush hush.
Brooksie, did you get your tank yet?Tank is due in two weeks. Will keep you posted.