My '95 916, (35k on the clock) which has always run dead center 180 degrees, is overheating. After about 10 minutes, it will slowly but surely climb to 210 while cruising (quicker if it is over 70 degrees outside). If I then hit a red light, it will climb to 220, and if it is over 80 degrees out, it will inch toward 250 pretty quickly. It is very, very slow to come down once it has gone that high and I am underway, and will not come down lower than 210, even if it is cool outside. There is no obvious loss of power, but I know this bike's habits, and this is NOT normal. Fan comes on at 212 and goes off at 200. I flushed the system, changed the thermostat, thermistor, and temperature sending unit, which did nothing but lighten my wallet. So then I took it to the dealer, and they changed the water pump seal (which was allowing oil seepage into the reservoir), replaced the temperature gauge (because they said it was reading high compared to their infrared and ECU readings, "confirmed" that the water pump is working, flushed the hoses (thought maybe oil had impeded flow) and the system again, replaced the cap, did compression tests (155 ea. cylinder), swapped out the radiator with a spare I had, and scratched their heads a lot, because none of that did anything to change the overheating pattern. They now suspect there may be a micro-crack in one of the heads or a small head gasket failure to the water outlet, though they have no direct evidence of either, and say they would have to tear into the engine to know for sure, i.e., major $$$. Except for replacing the water pump seal, which does seem to have stopped the oil in the reservoir, everything else has been a complete waste of money...plus they had the bike for over 2 months. At this point I don't have much confidence that authorizing them to open up the engine to 'see which head might be cracked' will do anything other than lighten my wallet $1000 or so (their estimate). So I am wondering if anyone has any other ideas of what might be the problem. (The only other Ducati shop in the area is owned by the same place and they conferred by phone, so going elsewhere is not so easy, plus the current dealer claims he will try to give me a break on pricing given the history of paying for nothing) . If I could be guaranteed the problem would be fixed, I'd bite the bullet and do it, but I really hate pouring money in without getting a solution. But at this point I am limited to riding it around the neighborhood until it starts to overheat, just to run it, which is less than thrilling. Any constructive thoughts would be very appreciated. At least I still like looking at it in the garage. Thanks.