Mega Recall: Ducati 1199 Panigale (3x)

08/20/2012 @ 10:47 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS

Mega Recall: Ducati 1199 Panigale (3x) Ducati 1199 Panigale aerial 635x406

UPDATE: Ducati has issued two more recalls with the NHTSA for the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale

Once, twice, thrice times unlucky, Ducati 1199 Panigale owners have three recalls that have been placed with the NHTSA that they should pay attention to this week. Affecting 2,411 units, Ducati North America is recalling presumably its first batch of Panigales for excessive heat at the exhaust butterfly valve, as well two issues that relate to the Panigale’s steering column and Öhlins steering damper.

As is normally the case, Ducati will contact affected owners, and authorized Ducati dealers will remedy the problems free of charge. There is no time line for the recalls at this point in time, though concerned Panigale owners can contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696 (reference Ducati recall #RCL-12-006).

As always the NHTSA is available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov. The three recalls are listed after the jump, along with the appropriate NHTSA-issued recall number for your referencing.

Recall #1 : Exhaust butterfly valve bowden cable cover (12V392000):

“Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 1199 Panigale motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012. The exhaust butterfly valve bowden cable cover could melt or burn due to excess heat of the catalytic converter.”

Recall #2 : Steering head threads (12V400000):

“Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 1199 Panigale motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012. Screws that secure the steering damper to the steering head could fall out due to an insufficient amount of Loctite applied to the threads.”

Recall #3 : Öhlins steering damper (12V399000):

“Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 1199 Panigale motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012 . Due to an incorrect assembly tolerance, the Uniball bearing on the damper rod eyelet could slip out of its seat on the Ohlins steering damper.”

Source: NHTSA (#1, #2, & #3)

Comment:

  1. Mega Recall: Ducati 1199 Panigale (3x) – http://t.co/0Yq7Yr7y #motorcycle

  2. Spektre76 says:

    Someone at Ducati is going to have a bad day and pink slip in their locker.

  3. Damo says:

    The only consistent complaint I have read about these bikes has been the excessive exhaust heat. Several British reviewers said they had to stop in traffic because the read header section was so hot they thought their rear end was on fire.

    To be fair that is really the only complaint I have read about the bike.

  4. Gary says:

    Can a bike be recalled for being ugly too???

  5. Damo says:

    @Gary

    I don’t think so, I mean they are still selling the BMW S1000RR after all.

  6. Xlomotion says:

    @Damo
    Good one!
    They should do something about the heat. My had the pipe ceramic coated and then thermo wrapped just to make it rideable on the streets

  7. Damo says:

    @Xlomotion

    Yeah too bad about the heat. That can really ruin a riding day. The only bike I had with under seat exhaust was my first bike (Honda Hornet 919) and the seat heat was bearable.

    I know from experience the 1098/1198 never had that problem, I wonder why it gets so damn toasty?

  8. paulus says:

    Sounds like a new guy started March 16th

  9. Chumba says:

    “As is normally the case, Ducati will contact affected owners. . .”

    Uh. Ahem. Horsecrap. Ducati did no such thing in regards to the expanding fuel tanks on earlier Monsters, Streetfighters, 848s and Sport Classics. No recall notice from Big D graced my mailbox. Then they attempted to duck responsibility for it by taking that issue to court.

    At the very least it’s good to see there may have been a lesson learnt and than Ducati comes clean with issues on their production bikes. Hopefully all owners will have minimal down time.

  10. Gary says:

    Regarding thermal output on earlier models: my 996 had noticeable, but not serious, heat radiating from the up-pipes leading to the silencers. On my 1198 it’s a lot more intense, but not a real problem if you’re moving along at a reasonable pace (above 45 mph). The devil’s in the physics, as engine output increases, so too does the heat generated. Harley knows this all too well (jokes aside). Designers are then stuck with the task of how to despense with that energy in a sensible way and the options start to get thin on a platform the size of a motorcycle.