So, a month or two ago I noticed a funny sweet coolant smell coming from my bike, which is a 2008 Ducati 1098, with 19,XXXk's on it. The smell progressively got stronger until one night I noticed my left hand fairing had coolant on it. So whipped the fairing off while the bike was still warm, had a look at the back of the fairing to see where the majority of coolant was. It pointed to the top left hand corner of the radiator, yep sure enough while hot and running pressing on the radiator it squirted coolant out in a couple places. After some research, I found out that a new OEM radiator is approximately $1,200 plus fitting and coolant. The other thing which I already had heard about, is it's a common problem with early build 848/1098/1198, in late 2009 Ducati changed the design of the radiator to stop the problem. In the mean time, a mates 1098 radiator had also started leaking but he has 30,000k's on his. On reading some forums, I found in the US that Ducati had been supplying new radiators at thier expense with owners contributing to labour. But this seemed to have ended last year and two guys in Oz were refused the same deal earlier this year. So, out with a carefully scripted email to both the CEO and technical manager of the importers into Oz and I had a reply within a couple hours. I dropped my bike at Metro Motorcycles Ringwood for and inspection. The inspection is to make sure there wasn't any crash damage. Few days later I called them, when they told me the repairs had been approved yet the radiator is on back order and will be 2-6 weeks, I understand this situation all too well as I run my own business. Bonus was, I got a phone call a couple days ago and collected my bike yesterday exactly 2 weeks later. The whole job only cost me $172.00, I'm certainly not complaining considering I could have been out of pocket close to $1,500. All in all, I certainly can not complain about Ducati honouring a faulty part on a bike that is 4 years old and two years outside of warranty period or the speedy service by Metro.