Saturday, 18 August 2012

Road - Ducati 1199 Panigale Recall

Ducati America has just announced it is recalling 375 1199 Panigale superbikes, for some reason almost 2 weeks after the Aussie authorities. MY 2012 and MY 2013 Motorcycles are affected in Australia.

The issues...

1. Rear suspension concerns. Apparently, certain 1199 models contain a defective screw, which is used for retaining the swingarm to the rear suspension linkage. Hmm sounds good. So if the linkage detaches from the swingarm because of the missing crew, the NHTSA states a “catastrophic suspension collapse would occur and adversely affect the ability to safely handle the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.” The correct screw is only 46mm long, much shorter than the 55mm “non-compliant” screw that was used in its place. Something to be mindful of for all you home wrenchers.

2. Exhaust Valve Bowden Cable Heat Protector: Under extreme conditions, the plastic protector could melt or burn, producing smoke and noxious fumes.

3. Steering Damper Retaining Screws and Ball Joint: Under extreme conditions and after heavy wear, the steering damper may come loose.

4. Front Brake Reservoir Connecting Tubes: After extended rubbing against the reservoir retaining screw, the connection tube could wear out and produce a slight fluid leak.

Something for new owners Audi to work on? Unfortunately for Ducati, this latest recall is the fifth for the Italian-based manufacturer just this year. 

Most recently, Ducati recalled 283 2012 motorcycles due to a brake problem. The recall, which was issued in May, affected six Ducati models including the 848 EVO, Hypermotard 796, Monster 1100 EVO, Monster 796, Multistrada 1200 ABS and Streetfighter 848.

Aust & NZ recall details...

I'm going to check all the bolt size on the cafe racer now....JZ

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