2OHOH2954 : OK, tell you what. Less than two hours ago I talked to a guy who had his Ducati 998 serviced. The 6,000 mile service cost him $1800, much of which required special tools (in other words, not something doable by you or me). The valve adjustment alone takes about four hours. The plugs are just as buried within that bike as the 929/954/damn-near-every-other-modern-sportbike.
Holy crap! I hope those were Jamaican dollars!!!! Bahahahahahah someone saw your pal coming a mile away.
My 6000k service cost me $85 in labor and less than $100 in parts (and special tools!.
The 12k service is more pricy since you need $160 in belts plus the labor (a few hours) to R&R them and re-set timing.
At any rate.. I can relate to the crappy 929 design. How many FREAKING different fasteners can they pull out of thier asses to use on a bike.
oil filter right up behind the headers - stupid
plugs in an area so tight you need a wrench (not a ratchet) to extract them (thankully Honda provides the required tools)
Fairings that take over an hour to R&R
takes 5 min totally strip bike (includint tank which comes from the factory with quick-disoneects that don't leak)
10 Dzus fasteners and all lower bodywork off (takes less than 60 secons)
oil fiter on bottom of engine in very easy to access possition, any number of tools can be used toextract it (unlike on the 929)
Plugs are nore a 'breeze' but remove fairings, move aside one oil coller and more aside tank. Everything accesable.
Air filters (are reusable foam like UNI's) are a pain (about 8 small screws per side to get at them inthe ram ducts).
There are ups and downs on each bike. 929 goes 16k miles between major services, that's pretty sweet. Too bad it's a major pain to work on.
I felt your pain (until I sold the 929).
$1800 for 6k services. Tell him to bring it to my place and I'll do it for 1/2 next time!
Oh, and the plugs maybe as 'burried' but they onlt take about 5 min. to get too an remove AND you can use commone ratchet tools to remove them.
Work on one some time. I used to think the Japanese were good at engineering stuff for service (comparted to American companites) until I worked on my Duc.
As always, YMMV!