You know what they say about first-generation Italian motorcycles…Yes folks, the superbike of 2012, the Ducati 1199 Panigale, is having its first technical recall. Ducati North America is recalling 375 units of the Panigale because of an incorrect screw was used to attach the rear swingarm to the rear suspension linkage. The faulty screw could cause the swingarm to detach from the linkage, which would in-turn could cause a catastrophic suspension collapse.
Such an occurrence has obvious dire consequences for the bike’s rider, and as such Ducati North America will be contacting at-risk Ducati 1199 Panigale owners. Ducati dealers will inspect the bikes, and as necessary replace the incorrect screw, free of charge. Concerned owners can contact Ducati North America at 1-800-231-6696. As always, the NHTSA is available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov. Ducati’s safety recall number is RCL-12-004.