Ducati has issued a recall for a number of its 2009 1198cc motored models that have the upgraded Öhlins suspension. Specifically the recall affects the 2009 1098R, 1198S, and Streetfighter S. Ducati is issuing the recall because of possible cracking in the lower pinch bolt area of the right fork. This defect affects 732 units sold in the United States.
The right fork may have possible cracking and deformation at the right-hand side fork bottom wheel axle pinch bolt area. Cracking of the fork may lead to a loss of steering control, possibly resulting in a crash. There’s no indication if Öhlins is to blame for the defect or Ducati.
Ducati will notify owners and repair the affected motorcycles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2009. Owners may contact Ducati toll-free at 1-800-231-6696.