Please, don't sugar coat, tell us what you really think!
As much as I love Euro bikes, I have to admit that Honda, Kawasaki, etc have been far less trouble to me.
My Brick, while reliable, costs big to keep on the road. And takes spells of engine/rev vibration through the grips and pegs. I'm on my way to the shop tomorrow to seek help with this. There goes the christmas fund!
Congratulations, you are my hero... I tried unsuccessfully to play this game with Buell... I lost, they won. HD, another marketing sensation. Sincerely, I am impressed with your effort and its outcome (new 999s)... Though I do own two Ducs at the moment, they are two valve models (monster and 750ss)... No problems with either of them, but air-cooled, two-valve bikes are a bit more simpler than a 999/996/998/916/748... But yeah, a 1980 Honda 400t is still more reliable.
Yikes! 250km? That's about 150 miles for us non-metric types. That's completely unacceptable for any bike, let alone an expensive one like that. I feel for you, I really do. I know what it's like to be unable to ride due to mechanical issues. I've never lost more than a few days due to waiting for parts so I can't even imagine what it would be like to go for months!! Thank goodness you at least had access to a reliable mount ( would anyone here on MO recommend a VFR? - just kidding). And those stick-on convex mirrors would be an $80 option if offered by the factory.
I see on your website that Ducati finally did the right thing - they are giving you a new 999s. Good luck with it, and let us know how it works out. Hopefully the first one was just an anomoly. As for me, I intend to stick to lusting after bikes from the Big 4. FJR1300, anyone?
Just remember I have a cousin in Orange County who is as tenuous as an attorney is as I am fighting untruths about the honorable Senator from Massachusetts on MO... My uncle his dad (retired attorney) lives next to Johnny Carson in Az. You mess with my Dog my cousin puts a lean on your house get the picture.
Why am I not surprised to hear you threatening to solve a personal issue with far-reaching legal action?
When one wonders about the proliferation of frivolous lawsuits in this country, they only need to look at KPail and his threat to have his lawyer cousin put a lien on someones house, for the simple crime of messing with his dog.