In addition to the Ducati Panigale V4 recall that we saw earlier this week, we have another safety issue from the Bologna brand.
This time it concerns the Monster 821, Monster 1200, and Supersport models from Ducati, which may suffer from the shift lever having been incorrectly assembled, which could possibly result in the shift knob detaching from the lever.
If the knob falls off the shifter, a bike could get stuck in gear, which poses a safety issue to the rider, so a recall has been created with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In total, 2,705 units from the 2017, 2018, and 2018 model years are affected by this recall.
According to the recall documents, the existing shift lever may have been improperly assembled, resulting in the shift knob loosening while riding. This is due to poor attachment of the knob into the shift lever.
If the interference fit between the knob and lever is not enough to fix the part in position, or the part is not peened correctly, the pin could move and then be rotated and/or loosen while riding. If this occurs the rider will not be able to change gears.
To remedy the issue, Ducati will notify affected owners, and Ducati dealers will inspect the gear lever shift knob tightness, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin January 25, 2019.
Concerned Ducati owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.