The plan went well and the only problem was solid traffic across the New Forest following an accident. Even the A406, A40, M25 and then the M3 out of London were fine. The 1098s felt like a new bike, responsive and simply put, it just rode well. Artur had addressed a few little niggles while he was there and was kind enough to soften up the rear suspension a fraction, matching it to the front.
I know the Ducati is far from perfect, but I can't help but love her. There are some minor issues with the rear indicators I want to explore, mainly getting a more suitable LED set up in the vents and I've noticed the side lights at the front have both failed, so some new bulbs will be needed before the MOT later this year.
All in all though, for the first ride on the year on the Ducati, it felt great. Artur has done a great job as always and it was worth the trip back to North London to visit a mechanic who has never let me down.