What went wrong? Similar stories are why I went with a nice used low mile bike from an enthusiast. That has it own set of headaches, but it leaves a lot of $$ on the table.
It started leaking oil from the airbox vent tube around 400 miles. After 2 trips to the dealership, Ducati north america wanted to replace the cylinders, pistons, and rings. Basically a blow-by problem. But by the time the engine kit came in and the time it would take to do the work I was over 30 days out of service which is the cutoff for California lemon law. So I told them I want a new bike and they agreed to refund my purchase price with tax title reg etc.
They tried to convince me to take the bike back with the fix and offered an extended warranty but I declined. I paid top dollar for a brand new bike and didn't want it to turn into top dollar for a bike with a rebuilt engine.
I had a 2015 Diavel carbon that I loved but the damn key fob never worked and the gas gauge broke 5 times. I ended up just getting rid of it.
Really starting to wonder if Ducati is even remotely capable of producing a fully functioning motorcycle. Yet, I still want one......bc I'm stupid and don't learn my lesson.
I'm 50/50 between another diavel or MTS Pikes. Nothing out of Japan does anything for me and I read BMWs are even less reliable than Ducs. Nothing from Triumph excites me, and something too exotic like MV Agusta would just be annoying to deal with such a tiny dealer footprint.
I test rode a 2019 Pikes Peak and liked it a lot. Though the gearing is way too tall. Would put a 14 tooth front sprocket on immediately. It's really hard to understand why Ducati would gear the MTS so objectively stupid.