Well, my 2018 Multi 1260 S will be about a year old this August and with only 2 K miles on her, about 3 months ago, I started experiencing a very obvious cold start tapping/knocking issue that would go away when it warmed up. I finally decided to bring it to the dealer and they agreed it was not normal. They did some basic troubleshooting including removing the clutch components but no luck. Initially, Ducati said it was "normal" which was complete BS but after taking a good video and sending it to the mother ship, they finally authorized a tear down to see what's up. The dealer seems to think (and I agree) that either the piston, piston pin or cylinder is out of spec on the vertical cylinder. I will hopefully know whats up this week and I pray I get the dang thing back before the end of August, lol. Thankfully I have my Super Duke R to ride or I would be pretty pissed.....
Good thing you've got the super duke. My '10 multi was down for over two months several years ago waiting on backordered engine parts. It was during my prime riding season as well. I was not fun to live with.
Yeah Ducati parts is the worst, basically 2-3 weeks is the norm, i ended up buying a KTM ENDURO 690R as a backup bike.
Ducati need to get their shit together in this department or have a couple of loaner bikes at each location.
I waited six weeks for a replacement for a cracked coolant expansion tank this past spring. I gotta say having a KTM as a backup is a bold move as I had a 690SMC that was down most of a summer waiting on a fuel pump and some other parts. I finally made my own out of a California Cycleworks Ducati part.
LOL....honestly, I am hoping they just ship in a new motor.....It will be quicker and easier but I guess we will see, lol.
I also just took delivery of a very nice 1990 NSR250R that I am having a ball riding so for now my mind is occupied on other stuff. However, I may make Ducati add to my warranty for time without the bike!