Ducati North America is recalling a slew of its high-end superbike models, including certain 2014-2018 model year Ducati 1199 Superleggera, Ducati 1299 Superleggera, Ducati Panigale R, and Ducati 1299 Panigale R FE motorcycles. In total, 651 motorcycles are affected by this recall.
The issue stems from the engine crankcase pressure, which can push engine oil into the airbox, and can possibly result in oil leaking from the airbox drain hose. From there, it is possible that the process can oil the rear tire, which could obviously result in a crash.
To remedy the issue, Ducati North America will notify affected owners, and Ducati dealers will install a blow-by valve kit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 28, 2019.
Concerned Ducati owners may contact Ducati North America’s customer service at 1-888-391-5446. Ducati’s number for this recall is SRV-RCL-19-002. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.