The Ducati Panigale V4 might be the pinnacle of superbike design, but today mark’s the machine’s fifth recall in its inaugural year of production.
This particular recall affects the Panigale V4’s cam chain tensioner, which may loosen over time, and possibly cause oil to leak from the bottom of the tensioner adjustment bolt.
Obviously, an oil leak could lead to a loss of traction for the motorcycle, and may cause the bike to crash, hence the need for a recall.
The base model Panigale V4, along with the Panigale V4 S and Panigale V4 Speciale from the 2018 and 2019 model years are affected by this recall, which accounts for 1,502 units in the United States.
The leak from the cam chain tensioner may be visible as a small oil leak originating near the adjustment bolt of the tensioner. If the leakage is not present, the bike can be ridden to the closest dealer at typical road speeds.
To remedy the situation, Ducati North America will notify affected owners, and Ducati dealers will tighten the timing chain tensioner bolts, free of charge.
This procedure is budgeted to take only 24 minutes of time by the dealership, and it is expected to begin January 25, 2019.
Concerned 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.