I wanted to share my experience this afternoon after my attempt at leaving work today. Over the last couple months I've experienced a few bad or rough cold starts on my 2000 RC51. Today after work I started it and it appeared to be running on ONE cylinder. After letting it die, it wouldn't restart so I ran in and starting reading blogs about the subject. A forum on this site pointed me to potential spark problems. I remembered at that point that raw fuel was clearly evident in the parking lot so rather than injector problems it was clear that I was missing some spark. I found the last two spark plugs in stock in Western Washington and ran directly to that parts counter and grabbed 'em. After some elbow grease to access each cylinder I was able to refresh each plug and VOILA!! Running like new.
I have 65,000 miles on my bike and the front plug has ALL of those miles on it. I remember changing the rear plug and giving up on the access to the front at about 30,000 miles. I bought the bike with 2000 miles on it after many test rides of Buell and Ducati rigs. I settled on the RC51 as a dependable Ducati
since I knew I was going to commute on it.
I figure the poor guy that bought my bike originally, had some coin and good intentions but soon learned the complications with torque and traded it right back into the dealer. I picked up the bike with low miles and a complete titanium Evolution race exhaust system from Acrapovic. My second week of ownership I was on the track with Reg Pridmore in Seattle and realized the function of a sportbike. I then became obsessed with track days. I spent four years running Spokane, Seattle (S.I.R) and Portland before being talked into club racing. I ran two years of WMRRA with Mike Sullivan and Ross DeLong as mentors before hanging it up. I continue to commute and know I have a little more up my sleeve for survival when some joker tries to take me out on the freeway.
One more coolness factor ... when I bought my bike I had to wait a couple weeks for the dealer to get my plates to me. The plate number that I got randomly was 692002, which for you TRUE RC fans will recognize as Nicky Hayden's race number and his corresponding AMA season championship in 2002. I read that Nicky took over his dad's race number and his dad chose the number because it reads the same when it's upside down in the weeds following a crash
Thanks for hearing me out and letting me ramble in a forum of common interests.