You’d think a company that started as an electronics manufacturer would have good electronics on their motorcycle. Think again. My Pops told me something once like “Ducati has brilliant mechanical engineers, and horrible electronic engineers.”
Blows me away how a tiny little $15 part can completely take your bike out of commission.
After a week of not riding my bike to work, just too busy to diagnose, find the parts, and install the parts, I’m back on the road with some NAPA parts. Big thanks to Howie and Nick over at Ducati Monster Forum. Two $15 relays from Autozone brought my bike back to life. Maybe it’s just the car-commuting-cabin-fever talking, but it seemed to run much better on my Friday commute. Better than it has in months.
I don’t know how people do it. Thursday it took my 1:20 to get home from work, and that’s only 20 miles. It was awful. When I ride, I almost always see the same cars to- and from- work. I don’t know how they can sit there chugging along at 10 miles per hour for an hour. The worse part is once you realize you’re completely screwed, exiting the highway and going another way isn’t going to save you any time.