Why such a big concern when you have any miles on a Ducati? If it was a Japanese bike, no big deal. I know, I know, but I think its a case of discrimination based on the fact most Ducati owners don't ride their bikes much, as soon as someone puts on decent and normal miles, its a problem. 18K miles on a Japanese bike or Beemer is considered "just broken in". Expectations are different. I think by 18K things have been sorted out. If any of the gremlins were present, by 18K they would have raised their ugly, groteque heads and you would know.