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I am the orig owner of a baby-ed Roulette Green 99 Speed Triple only 11k miles, only stored indoors in climate controlled environ, now after all these years of pampering the paint is separating off the gas tank in bubble formations. I have poked /opened these areas and found a common condition, all the areas thus far have had filler underneath to level imperfections of the plastic tank. Furthermore, of the areas that I did not open the areas expanded. Have any of you noted such a problem with your Triumph plastic tanked bikes? Do I have any recourse with and against Triumph regarding this? The dealer as usual refused to acknowledge responsibility.
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Sounds like ethanol damage to the plastic. Ducati owners had a class action lawsuit about this very problem. I believe the source of many of these tanks is Acerbis. My '98 Daytona so far has not shown any affects from the ethanol, but I've seen a '97 with bubbling on the tank sides. I believe this problem has occurred with some Aprilias and also some Sprint tanks. I think too much time has passed to seek any compensation for this. Even the Ducati suit may have expired in terms of a replacement.
 

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Thank you to Felony & DEcosse for the replies and info. I will attempt a letter with photo documentation and see how they respond. Other than that I shall research some fixes. I may do a permanent custom carbon fiber covering over the entire tank, covering what was a beautiful paint job, Still sucks and Still Pissed Off.
 

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Can understand your frustration.

Perhaps can't cure the problems, but going forward, using K100 in the gas if the bike is not being frequently used, will help to keep the water in solution and even recombine, even if already separated.

You may get some recovery if you drain tank, remove cap assembly & pump and vent warm air through it. Then coat inside with Caswell Plating Tank Sealer Kit (I just bought one myself!!)
 

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Pretty annoying. A local mechanic who specialises in Triumph and Ducati told me that the only problems he ever sees with Triumphs is when they haven't been flogged and used often. That's what ya get for pampering it !! Not much help am i ??
 

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That's why I keep my fingers crossed since the orig. owner of my Daytona only rode 7,700 miles in 12yrs. I'm trying to rectify that situation as the new and hopefully last owner.
 

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My S3 had only done 12000km's in 7 years when i bought it. The only issue i have ever had is a bit of oil useage (about 800ml every 5000km's) which i think is because it was run in too soft by the original owner and he glazed the bores. It now has 34000km's on it and has never used a drop more and sometimes less, depending on how i have ridden it over the last 5000km's. Sorry, back to the problem at hand.
 

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I've seen a few older Speed triples being sold with this problem - the tanks also have a habit of warping too [there was another thread about this on here somewhere]
 

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Mate, forget about recourse with Triumph, the stress you get from it won't be worth it and there is more important things in life. Just respray it yourself or cover it in carbon fibre like you said. It's only paint so you can take your time to decide while still riding it and when you do get it fixed it will look a million bucks.
 
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