I'm not in LA but I can tell you it's going to be pretty hard to find a non dealer mv tech besides yourself. I am in NC and we have one MV dealer in the while state and they charge 130hr. I said to myself damn't I'm going to learn this bike. I do it with my race zx6-r and all the other many Japanese 1000's I have owned. It looks scary in the beginning because for me it is my first Italian bike. But, I broke her down to her pannies (engine and frame lol) and found myself surprised at how easy it is to work on her. The one thing I hate is the tank as you have to completely remove it to get to the electronics, throttle bodies, etc..I miss just flipping the tank up as with the Japanese bikes. All in all it's still a easy bike to work on and this forum has tons of great guys with oodles of information well documented that helped out greatly. I have changed oil, filter, plugs, air filter, replaced ecu, full exhaust switch out, ohlins shock, new wheels and tires, and probably the hardest for me was to install a bazaaz fuel management wiring with quick shifter. Trust me you can do it if you take the time to learn it
I like what I am hearing and it appears to be a lot fun in store in my garage. I am confident with many items except for valve, shock oil and tire work. Those are critical and will need to find some coaching. I really want to learn the valve job. I think its awesome when one can work inside of an engine successfully.
Appreciate the local references, All. this is great. I will be sure to contact the locals if, when I get stuck and check Valley Ducati out. Love to pay for a lesson on the engine related checks by someone who have done it for their own. The manual is great but often times doesn't show the most expedient and least intrusive way. Rear brake bleed for example, manual has removing several top parts including the fuel tank and rear fairing to get to the reservoir. I simply dismounted the reservoir and reached it out for refilling, perfect swap to Motul RBF 600 and a better bleed than the original delivery accomplished. I am afraid the manual is not concise enough on procedures potentially leading to misinterpretation of critical steps and measurements such as the valves check procedure. All the best.
Fragile.....take the opportunity to make the knurl's (Noel) acquaintance. He really is very knowledgeable, but more importantly, he's genuinely a nice guy. He's gonna bitch and moan that I've exposed him as a nice guy, but he really is.