Hopefully, I can get the studs tightened up and it will solve my issue.
I share the same sentiment - brakes have been mushy since day one. Bled them multiple times and have to keep a lever lock on it. Front forks started leaking but luckily was able to fix it without taking them apart. The front tire is rubbing against the plastic piece between the two radiators. Paint is okay at best. And now this leak, granted, is my fault to an extent.
The bike has 5k miles! The reliability is seriously questionable. I have owned multiple bikes in the past and put 1000s of miles on them but such unreliability is certainly a first. They're beautiful, fun to ride but I don't really trust it.
For the amount of money these bikes go for, it's really sad. I thought my 2016 KTM 1290 Superduke Special edition was going to be unreliable but that bike has been chugging along and has over 9k miles, 3 track days. Just oil changes. And I ride that motorcycle, hard.
Oh well. I wanted to experience owning a Ducati but this has been not a pleasant experience so far. I know the purists might not agree with me but these are facts and I have a lot of experience owning motorcycles.
Fingers crossed! I will update this post once I have put some more time into it.
Oil leak - if it's from installing the radiator guard, that's not Ducati's fault.
Brakes - define 'mushy'. The first pull feels so-so? If you pull it again it hardens up a bit, I just assume that's because of the ABS BS it has to go through.
My front forks only leaked after trying to ride wheelies. They did over 50,000 miles through rain, salt, snow, and MUD and never had a problem.
Front tire - some people have this issue, others don't. I don't understand that bit.
Paint - what's wrong with it? Mine has only gotten sandblasted on the lower fairing right behind the rear wheel. I have actually (accidentally) scratched mine while washing it and you can't even see it due to the paint being satin. That's A+ in my book vs scratching gloss.
As far as reliability, I just turned over 75,000 miles on my 899 last night. The only "problems" I ever had were the front headgasket wept a little bit and was replaced under warranty around 50k miles, it didn't leak enough to make the oil level go down. If you don't replace the valve cover gaskets when you have your 15k services done, they will leak. They just get hard and don't seal well after. There was also an update that went out to the dealers about sealing these a different way than they were in the factory. I've never had one leak after it was replaced.
Other than that, I had the ABS pump fail and it also was replaced under warranty. That only affected the rear brake. The front was used for tens of thousands of miles until I realized what was wrong and it was fixed.
So reliability, for me, owning an Italian bike...... is outstanding.