Recall: Ducati Diavel Kickstands

08/15/2012 @ 9:17 am, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

Ducati is recalling 27 units of its Ducati Diavel sport-cruisers because of kickstands that may bend at the pivot point — yes, the jokes about the Diavel’s portliness practically write themselves here.

Affecting bikes made from May 25th, 2012, through June 28th, 2012, Ducati is recalling the Diavels because a bent or broken kickstand could allow the motorcycle to fall over, which has the risk of injuring the rider or someone near the motorcycle.

Ducati says the issue could also interfere with the side stand safety switch, which could prevent the bike from starting, or cause it to stall without warning. There is no specified date for the start of this recall, though Ducati will notifty affected owners. Ducati dealers will replace the kickstand free of charge, per usual.

Concerned owners can contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696, reference Ducati recall number: RCL-12-005. As always the NHTSA is available at 1-888-327-4236 and, reference NHTSA campaign #: 12V376000.

Source: NHTSA

  • David

    Soooo, the real reason Rossi left Ducati has finally come out. After hearing about this I don’t blame Rossi for leaving one bit.

  • smiler

    How things have developed at Ducati. The 916 had the self retracting one that boosted sales of clutch levers and left hand side fairings enormously and afforded all your mates with Japanese bikes multiple opportunities to laugh at you as you nearly missed keeping it down as you struggled off your Ducati.

    They then redsigned it to sterilse you because you could not start the bike unless it was up, so warming up had to be done on the bike. Both models of side stand were designed to bend over time anyway making you look at your bike like a dog looks at someone playing the violin.

    Now they admit there are issues with them and will replace them for free. Amazing.

    This compares well with the MV Agusta F1000 one that simply snaps. £150 to replace plus £600 for the left fairing.

    Itsa de karacter dees Italian bike avvve no?

  • John

    I know you were joking, but at 463 lbs dry, does the Diavel really qualify as ‘portly’? I mean, that’s certainly heavier than a modern 600 supersport, but it’s also only 26 lbs more than a Ducati 996.

  • Bellini

    The Diavel is anything but “portly” – it is an astonishing bike in every way, easily one of the very best Ducati has ever done. The engine is incredible, and how they managed to get a bike with that kind of geometry and rear tire to handle as well as it does might be one of modern life’s true mysteries.

    I’ve had my Carbon Red since April 2011 and it has been BY FAR the best Duck I’ve ever owned (and I’ve owned a lot… ;) ). It is also the only one that has been completely perfect in every way – not a single niggle, never a hiccup, not a stall or a problem of any kind. Reliable, fast, fun, unique, wild and sophisticated – if I could only own one modern Ducati this one would be it.

    The recall only affects a tiny batch of bikes, obviously a temporary manufacturing issue and not a design problem such as, oh…. a case leaking oil onto the rear tire, perhaps? ;)

  • ben

    Yeah, the Diavel is positively anorexic in weight terms, compared to other power cruisers on the market.

  • KevinW

    This has got to be the smallest number of bikes involved in a recall ever.

  • kevin

    I’d much rather have a Diavel than any other power cruiser on the market. Maybe it will coax HD into putting some of their bikes on a diet. But probably not.