Those of you following my other SS thread know I just picked up a '05 SS1000DS. This bike is in excellent condition and only has 4K mi. on it. Dark gray with red wheels. Knowing nothing about the "newer" Supersports it didn't occur to me that they came with the infamous "red key." For some reason I always thought that was ST and Superbike thing. In any event I now have this bike without the red key. A friend who was a Sales Mgr at a Ducati dealership says that if things go wrong there is no alternative but to cough up $2500 for a new computer with a new red key and card. He also said that he's only seen one bike that rolled into the dealership needing to actually employ the red key. Aside from feeling a little dumb at the moment I'm wondering if there are other options and basically what I might be facing. BTW, I've tracked down the original dealership (Winchester Motorsports in VA) and am trying to find the original owner in hopes that I might track down the red key and card. I'm pretty sure my chances are slim to none but it's worth a shot.