Originally Posted by musicman
There are plenty of great independent shops around the country that will do Ducati maintenance for about 1/2 the price of dealers. Their work is as good or better than most dealers, although YMMV. That said, the Panigali 15,000-mile service is about double what the dealer wants to do my MTS 1200.
Agreed. Unfortunately I'm the first private owner in North America (and I'm guessing the world) to have 15,000 miles on the bike. No shop has ever done the service before, but at least factory Ducati dealers have had the formal training. (Something no independent shop has had.) I'd also hate for something to go wrong at, say, 20,000 miles and have the dealer deny a warranty claim because the service wasn't performed by Ducati. One of those, 'ya wanna play, ya gotta pay' situations that sucks balls!