I recieved this response above and i got a second email below. You might note the 5 year warranty phrase. apparantly there is a 5 year emissions warranty. I just hope the black box removal mod doesnt void it:Got a response from Ducati.
Seems like a from email
Hope they do pass it on to DNA
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If you check in the back of the Owner's Manual it says that the tank is part of the emissions system. Now that's a special case for California bikes but it seems to me that an emissions system is an emissions system no matter what state you are in.On the lighter side, Ducati tech responded to me telling me that they will work with my dealer to determine if I can get a 5 year warranty on the tank under emissions law.
Not all states have the fuel tank as part of the emissions system. So much depends on the dealers. If you have one who has the "he bought it used" attitude, they don't want to deal with the paperwork for a bike they didn't sell. All I can say is I'm glad it's a fun bike to ride, because this tank stuff exposes a lot of weakness in the support system at DNA.If you check in the back of the Owner's Manual it says that the tank is part of the emissions system. Now that's a special case for California bikes but it seems to me that an emissions system is an emissions system no matter what state you are in.
Remember the Ford Pinto!* Didn't Ford have to replace the tank in that car for years after the warranty ran out? They also paid several million dollars to some burn victims (back in the day when a million dollars was a lot of money).
*Maybe that should be our mantra! "Remember the Ford Pinto!"
That's the whole idea. Ducati needs to offer metal tank upgrades to existing North American customers who are having this issue and start making the tank from metal. That's the only thing that'll stand the test of time. I know the plastic is easier to form into those nice designer shapes but plastic will not hold up on their best selling model line in their fastest growing market.The 5 year warranty is fine for now, but what happens after that? I think we need a permanent solution.
The Sport Classic line in North America does not have the right tank. They will all do it eventually. Take it to the dealer and document what they do ( or don't do). These tanks are barely solid and will hurt somebody soon if we don't find legal help. I have tried soliciting lawyers but they say that nothing can be done until some one goes down. Sad.I recently looked at the tank on my Paul Smart again and realized that I voted incorrectly (unfortunately). It turns out the right side of my tank is okay but the left side has spread away from the mounting point. Makes some sense since that is the side to which the bike leans on its side stand. I am hesitant to bring it over to the dealer since Ducati has done nothing to rectify the problem yet. Any thoughts? Should I bring it regardless just to get the problem documented? It's cold here in NJ now, so if the bike has to sit for a while for the fix, now's the time.