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2007 Ducati Multistrada - ZDM1VACP57B- Wiscasset, ME: April 22nd, 2012
The plastic fuel tank has expanded to the point where it is nearly impossible to remove and install for required maintenance. It is misaligned with body parts and the side covers don't fit well anymore and pop open. It is damaging to the other body parts. I have read that fuel leakage will be the end result of the problem as it continues to expand and that the tank can come off in a crash.


2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 - ZDM1YAAN9AB- Newbury, MA: April 18th, 2012
Sudden a significant leakage of gasoline from fuel pump, steady stream of gasoling leaking on back tire and chain drive. *js


2003 Ducati Mts 1000 - ZDM1VABP83B- Point Richmond , CA: April 17th, 2012
Plastic fuel tank expanded and also has slight leakage onto rear wheel due to deformation preventing seal. Tank now too long to fit back onto motorcycle (expanded about 3/4"). Mounting system no longer operable with this oversized tank. *js


2011 Ducati F1098s Streetfighter - ZDM11BEW2BB- Overland Park, KS: April 12th, 2012
I just bought a brand new 2011 ducati 1098s streetfighter. After receiving the bike, i noticed a small imperfection on the gas tank, a dimple, and asked the dealership to fix it. I later learned of the problem with the gas tanks as described below. The plastic used in fuel tanks is incompatible with the motorcycles fuel, which causes the tanks to rapidly degrade and deform and leads to a number of unsafe conditions. Among other things, as the plastic degrades and deforms, the fuel tanks interfere with the full range of steering, leak fuel onto the engine, and destabilize the motorcycle's weight distribution-often to the point that the motorcycle cannot be safely operated after only a few thousand miles of use. The tanks that are affected by this problem are reportedly made of pa6 polyamide plastic and were manufactured from 2005 to 2010. At least some of the tanks were outsourced by the manufacturers and were made by acerbis.


2011 Ducati Diavel - ZDM13BLW7BB- Houston, TX: February 11th, 2012
My 2011 diavel continues to stall intermittently, always while depressing the clutch lever as i intent to slow down or stop (closed throttle). Presently my motorcycle has 9562 miles, is 9 months old. Over this period of time this problems has happened at least 20 to 30 times (2 to 3 times per month). I have written to ducati customer service, but did not receive any reply. Interestingly, the problem appears to be electrical in nature, and what is more odd is that for me, most, if not all stalls have occurred at night, when the headlights are running, so not only does the loss of engine power is of concern, but the fact that it is accompanied by the loss of visibility (lights) to other vehicles around me, as my tail lights and head lights go off until i restart the engine. Another interesting fact is that i have also experienced a half dozen near stalls, where while the engine does not stall, my headlights momentarily flicker (go off and then back on) when i depressed the clutch in order to down shift. Hence my suspicion that the problem may electrical in nature.


2007 Ducati S2r1000 - ZDM1RABP17B- Roanoke, VA: January 16th, 2012
Fuel tank distorted by possible swelling causing steering head to contact fuel tank limiting steering. Fuel leak from hinge area of fuel filler cap due to possible distortion. Fuel leak significant enough to splash onto rider and engine potential fire hazard. Fuel tank is of plastic material. Updated 02/15/12*lj the consumer stated according to the manufacturer, plastic degrades from ethanol based fuel. Updated ivoq 02/17/12


2009 Ducati S1000s - ZDM1WABP89B- Sacramento, CA: December 28th, 2011
I purchased an 09 ducati sport classic sport 1000s on 12-17-10, from ace motorsports in concord, ca. The next morning, i checked the grommets and gas tank mounting brackets and estimated that the motorcycle's gas tank had spread approx. . 5 to. 75 inches on either side, almost fully separating from the mounting brackets. I was also able to wiggle the gas tank which indicated it was loosely attached. On approximately 12-7-11, i checked my motorcycle's gas tank's mounting brackets. I observed that the gas tank had spread even further, at an approximate distance from the bottom seat of the mounting bracket by. 5 to. 75 inches. Prior to this, the local dealer shimmied the tank during my first service. Clearly, the shim 'solution' does not fix the defective tank. The defective manufacture and subsequent sale of this series' plastic gas tank by ducati and its affiliates is a safety concern in three immediate ways: (1) the gas tank, which is part of the fuel delivery system and is loosely connected to the frame of the motorcycle, increases the probability of an accident, or, in case of an accident, the fuel tank more easily separating from the motorcycle itself and becoming an additional potential collision hazard to the downed rider (2) the fuel line system, which is inherently connected to the underside of the gas tank, can loosen and disconnect from its mounting in the gas tank. This would result in fuel leakage, as well as constitute an immediate hazard to the motorcyclist by decreasing friction between the motorcycles' tires and the road surface. This would result in the loss of control of the motorcycle (3) the inability to conduct a full-lock turn increases the chance of collision by reducing the ability to control the motorcycle. The expansion of the plastic reduces the area between the gas tank and the full-lock position of the handlebars of the motorcycle.


2008 Ducati 848 - ZDM1XBGV48B- Loudon, TN: December 24th, 2011
Many owners are reporting that their defective tank was replaced with another defective tank, so they are on their second or third fuel tank. It seems to be primarily an issue with fuel in the us, however the problem is showing up in europe. The consensus on the web is that the problem is related to the addition of ethanol in the gasoline, but there are many reports of motorcycles that have used ethanol tainted gas for years and have not had problems with deformation. But more importantly in many cases the deformation can cause safety issues. With some motorcycles the deformation causes the fuel tank to get in the way of the handlebars when making sharp turns, and with ducati sport classics the deformation prevents the tank from attaching to the motorcycle frame correctly which might cause the tank to come off the motorcycle during a crash. The tanks that are affected by this problem are reportedly made of pa6 polyamide plastic and were manufactured from 2005 to 2010. At least some of the tanks were outsourced by the manufacturers and were made by acerbis. At least one manufacturer is replacing the tanks for free under the us emissions regulations for five years but the manufacturer has provided no written statement to customers that the warranty will continue beyond that five year period.


2011 Ducati Diavel - ZDM13BLW8BB- Kennesaw, GA: November 25th, 2011
The motorcycle has stalled four times in the last 5 months. Typically stalls when down-shifting. The last time it stalled, i was weaving through traffic and when the bike stalled, there was a car right on my rear (scared me to death) - luckily i was able to steer into the median (and there was no obstacles in the median). I've asked my dealer to look into it. They have not been able to reproduce the problem. I am not the only one having this problem. There is a forum with 23 pages of threads on this topic. Also, ducati had a recall on the multistrada for the same issue. The multistrada is the same engine as the diavel.


2007 Ducati 1098 Tricolore - ZDM1XBEW07B- San Jose, CA: November 19th, 2011
My plastic fuel tank is unsafe. I am the original owner and operator of a 2007 ducati 1098s tricolore superbike. All required maintenance services have been performed by a factory authorized ducati dealer. I was shocked that ducati north america has placed the safety of their customers at risk by using cost-cutting methods to authorize the manufacture of an unsafe and defective plastic fuel tank. The shock continues as ducati north america has failed to step up and offer the replacement of a safe oem metal fuel tank to resolve the associated safety problems, cosmetic troubles, and overall resale value of these very valuable and collectible motorcycles. Ducati north america has utilized metal fuel tanks on both prior and subsequent superbike models. I have already had my plastic fuel tank replaced once under factory warranty. (1) i am asking ducati north america to have a factory authorized dealership replace my 2007 ducati 1098s tricolore superbike plastic fuel tank with an oem aluminum replacement fuel tank (oem part number: 969a06907b) shown on page 36 of the 2011 ducati performance accessories catalog and on page 24 of the 2012 ducati performance accessories catalog. (2) i am asking ducati north america to have a factory authorized dealership repaint my oem aluminum replacement fuel tank to original specifications with the factory-correct color scheme and associated factory-correct decals. (3) i am asking ducati north america to have a factory authorized dealership install my newly painted factory-correct oem aluminum replacement fuel tank with all factory-correct fuel lines and fuel related components. (4) i am asking that there will be no cost to me for any of the above actions. (5) i am asking that a factory recall be issued for all ducati motorcycles that are affected by this well-known and well-documented problem.


2011 Ducati Diavel - ZDM13BLW4BB- Ramsey, NJ: August 28th, 2011
Engine cuts out ( stalls ) on highway in 6th gear, when clutch is pulled in and throttle is closed. This problem happens intermittantly and without warning. *tt please see this link, there are many others having the same problem. Http://www. Diavel-forum. Com/index. Php? /topic/377-diavel-stalling/


2009 Ducati 1198 - ZDM1XBLW09B- Honolulu, HI: August 19th, 2011
Fuel tank expansion well beyond spec tolerance, impacting steering dampener mount and further pressing against the front suspension. Bike was maintained by original owner and always refilled from reputable gas stations and only used 92 or 93 octane premium fuel.


2008 Ducati 848 - ZDM1XBGV38B- Houston, TX: August 15th, 2011
Radiator leak caused by weakened mounting bracket. This design flaw is due to extra weight placed on the left side mounting bracket from the battery mounted on the same bracket. This is a potential safety hazard as it caused extremely hot coolant to spray out of the left fairing on to the rider's leg, in addition to causing a crash due to lubricated fluid being expelled under the bike which compromised the integrity of the contact between the rear tire and the road. This item needs a recall before someone loses their life!


2009 Ducati 1198 - ZDM1XBLW89B- La Center, WA: August 3rd, 2011
The gas tank started to deform then it started to seep gas


2008 Ducati 1098 Tricolore - ZDM1RB5T18B- California, CA: August 3rd, 2011
The fuel tank on my 2008 ducati model monster s4rs tricolore has expanded due to a commonly known problem of ethanol fuels reacting to the material which the tanks are made from. The tank has significantly expanded to the point where it now impedes the turning of the handlebars and is wavy along the sides where the knees are positioned. The tank, as of yet, doesn't appear to be leaking but many have had leaks develop and it certainly appears to be a potential safety issue. *kb


2011 Ducati Diavel - ZDM13BLW9BB- Stevenson Ranch, CA: July 25th, 2011
The contact owns a 2011 ducati diavel. The contact stated the bolts that hold the rear tail light assembly in place came loose. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and a replacement assembly was ordered. The dealer did not say what may have caused the bolts to fail. The contact was concerned about the safety risk because the light assembly rested on the tail pipe and melted. The failure and current mileage was 400. Lights assembly held to bike by wires only. Updated 09/29/2011 *ln


2010 Ducati F1098 Streetfighter - ZDM11BEW8AB- Santa Monica, CA: July 25th, 2011
The gas tank has expanded apparently due to an interaction with the ethanol in the fuel. This causes it to bulge from the frame of the bike. The malformation of the tank causes the handle bars to touch the tank limiting movement, the opening for the key to be obstructed, and the paint and decals to become damaged. The effect of the fuel on the tank is a known consequence to the manufacturer.


2009 Ducati 848 - ZDM1XBGV39B- Round Lake Heights, IL: June 27th, 2011
One day riding home from work i started to feel like my knee was burning. I looked down to my left knee and saw that it was getting wet and was burning from something hot. Pulled over and saw that i was leaking coolant. The coolant looked like it was coming out of the coolant hose. I had the motorcycle towed to the dealer ship that i work at. I removed the fairing to check where it was leaking from. Saw that it was leaking out of the radiator. Tried to get some help from the local dealer and they just kept trying to say that it was my fault. The first thing they told me is that it was a stone that hit the radiator. When they told me about the stone i wanted them to show me where the stone hit but they couldn't show it to me and before taking the bike down to the dealer i had the radiator pressure tested and found out that it was leaking from the left upper hanger spot weld. After they couldn't show me i told them that i had it pressure tested and it seemed to make them mad and then they started to say that i dropped the bike and i asked them the same thing as before and they couldn't show me where it had signs that it had fallen. Then they seemed to get even more mad. I called ducati of north america and told them what had happen and they told me that they were sorry for what happened and that they would help me out but that i had to take it back to that dealer so they could check it out again. But i wasn't going to have it towed down there again at that point i could've bought a new radiator. When this happened in march i looked up the price for a new one and it was $548 and now its gone up to $948 and the part number has changed to 54840742b from 54840741b. Even when i talked to the person at ducati he told me that they knew that there was a problem with the radiators that are in the 1098 and the 848. And as for my knee i had to buy a burn cream so it wouldn't hurt from the burn and the glycol in the coolant.


2010 Ducati Ms1200st - ZDM12BLWXAB- Scottsdale, AZ: June 7th, 2011
The rear brake repeatedly fails presumably due to air in the system. I have had the brake bled 6 times now since september 2010 (4 times by the service dealer). Once the brake is bled it fails again after approximately 200 miles. I believe this to be a dangerous situation and nether the dealer nor the manufacturer have provided me a solution.


2010 Ducati Mts1200 - 2DM12BLW8AB- Cave Creek, AZ: May 16th, 2011
Complete failure of rear brake.