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I don't think I posted this on here, But I did post up a picture on my Instagram account showing the damage the weeping front brake reservoir had caused to my bike.

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My front brake reservoir was weeping and a couple of small droplets of fluid had dropped on to the tank and has taken the paint off. Which is Full Throttle Matte Black for reference.

I tightened it up again and it's been fine for the past month or so now.
However I have noticed today that it's started to weep again slightly.

The simple answer would just be to tighten it up again and keep an eye on it.
But seeing as though this seems like it could be a recurring problem I am thinking about trying to go down the warranty route and get my tank replaced. I don't want it painted as matte black is nightmare to get right.

My dealer, up till now has been faultless with me and I am hoping they would be pretty receptive to a claim?

Anyone else had similar issues, or tried to go down a similar warranty route with their dealer?
 

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Did you open it to verify if the plastic seal under the cover is well in place ?
I have not.

I didn't want to open anything up and give the dealer the opportunity to say that any warranty claim would be void due to me taking it apart.

I'm lucky in that my dealer is on 20 miles away from me, so making a quick trip down there this weekend to see them isn't a problem for me.
 

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The leak should be covered under warranty if there is no evidence of outside influence (such as scratches or gouges on the master cylinder). If the leak is covered, the paint damage should also be covered as consequential damage.
 

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I was disappointed to see the plastic reservoirs on my Scrambler. Parking in the sun at work long term typically inflicts damage. My 2006 DR 650 has a metal reservior, but this sounds like a manufacturing defect. Thanks for the alert.
 

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Parking in the sun at work long term typically inflicts damage.
That never crossed my mind, but that is exactly what my bike is doing each day too.

Black bike sat in the sun for 8 hours a day. It makes sense now.

I was trying to figure out how and when it dripped down on to the tank as I would have noticed. Where the drip marks are on the tank it is clear that they occurred while the bike was parked.

I'll mention this to my dealer when I take the bike in on Friday.
 

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That never crossed my mind, but that is exactly what my bike is doing each day too.

Black bike sat in the sun for 8 hours a day. It makes sense now.

I was trying to figure out how and when it dripped down on to the tank as I would have noticed. Where the drip marks are on the tank it is clear that they occurred while the bike was parked.

I'll mention this to my dealer when I take the bike in on Friday.
I don't think parking in the sun by itself should cause an immediate leak for a fairly new bike.. It took the master cyl on the old yamaha which was a daily rider to work in the '80s around 10 years to start looking really bad (compared to my 10 yo metal master on the DR 650 daily rider which still looks like new) ... My guess is that (a) the gasket or the plastic MC was defective in the first place or (b) it was so overfilled in setup that the heat induced expansion caused seepage. I suspect it got on the tank by being blown off the master cyl while you were riding. BUT I just checked my Icon and if you park on a flat (or lowside low) surface with the bars aimed straight ahead (instead of locking them to the left) the master could drip on the right front of the tank.
 

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Since you are in the UK perhaps you will have some luck with a warranty claim. Based on my experience with Ducati regarding warranty claims (see my brake rotor thread) I would say in the USA you are more likely to get a visit from the Internal Revenue Service with a refund of all the taxes you have ever paid! (NOT) Love my Scrambler, HATE Ducati due to their treatment of me with a dealer verified bad rotor issue.
 

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My dealer (Desmo HQ Byron Bay) replaced my leaking front brake reservoir straight up under warranty - no questions asked. Sorry to hear the dealer reputation in the UK is so crap. And also the notion of sunlight affecting the reservoir made me laugh - sun in the UK! :biggrin-new:LOL.
 

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Gil, If you were referring to my post above I am in the USA. Here, based on my personal experience, it is my opinion it is Ducati itself that is so abominable. My dealer, Wagner Motorsports in Worcester, Massachusetts, was and is excellent and of great assistance in my finally forcing Ducati to make good on my front brake rotor. As I understand it for warranty both Ducati and the dealers in the UK are superb since based on posts online they routinely replace front rotors with the same symptoms mine had.
 
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Gil, If you were referring to my post above I am in the USA. Here, based on my personal experience, it is my opinion it is Ducati itself that is so abominable. My dealer, Wagner Motorsports in Worcester, Massachusetts, was and is excellent and of great assistance in my finally forcing Ducati to make good on my front brake rotor. As I understand it for warranty both Ducati and the dealers in the UK are superb since based on posts online they routinely replace front rotors with the same symptoms mine had.
I go to Wagner myself I can will say they have always been top notch guys with me.
 
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