Join Date: Feb 2012
Sportbike: 2012 Ducati M696
Years Riding: 8 years
How you found us: Scout 67
Well I've done some research and called up Ducati North America. The tanks are not made by Ducati they are made by Acerbis. They offer 5 years of total protection +1 I think. He says the 848 / 1198 are the least prone to this problem. I am going to test ride the 3 different bikes that I am considering next week. I sat on the 696, 796 (First time sitting on that one), and 848. 4 more weeks till I get married.
I really going off topic right now, but I just discovered the Corse SE 848. I really dig it.
I am short so I would have to lower the bike about an inch, I may try and ride it out for the first 600 miles and see if the suspension breaks in a bit. I can hold it up, its just my legs are stretched. It's also very race oriented (GO FIGURE) My ninja feels like touring bike in comparison in comfort.
This is a really shitty thing to say, but Ducati sells an aluminium gas tank but it's around 2K dollars, and it's not painted. It would be a sure shot cure to the issue.... not very logical. Ducati should give everyone who has a problem metal tank replacement. Perhaps down the road after warranty is up, I hope I am a fortunate and this does not happen. As I say to my friends "You can shit in one hand and wish in the other and see which one fills up first".
I'm not even certain I'll purchase the 848, I may get the 696 fits me like a glove. Whatever happens I'll be sure to post an update. New future wife ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE CORSE. Nice to have someone on my team that loves guns, and bikes... if only she like gaming LOL.
Last edited by LockDownMike; 05-17-2012 at 09:30 PM.