The Ducati Streetfighter V4 and Ducati Streetfighter V4 S are being recalled in the United States because of issues concerning their flywheels.
The issue stems from the fact that the generator rotor (flywheel) could have a potential metallurgical issue – the steel bars used to form the flywheel may have cracks that even after the forging process are still present on the final component.
This could lead to the flywheel breaking during use.
If that were to happen, then there is the possibility that the broken flywheel could damage the generator cover, which in turn could cause the cover to leak oil from the engine, and possibly cause the motorcycle to crash.
The issue was discovered by the parts supplier, Mitsuba Italia, and relayed to Ducati Motor Holding on July 30, 2020. Mitsuba was then able to identify the non-conformity batches and delivery dates to Ducati production, where Ducati was able to determine which bikes could have the potential defect.
Ducati says that they have received no reports at Ducati North America, the global network, or internally at the Ducati factory, of this potential defect causing any customer complaints, injuries, or crashes.
According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall affects only 156 units in total, and Ducati North America tells us that all of the bikes involved in the recall have not been sold to customers yet, and are still on their way to the USA to be sold to dealers.
Since all of the affected vehicles are still in dealer inventory, Ducati dealers will inspect the production dates on the flywheels and replace them as necessary. This recall began August 12, 2020.
Concerned Ducati Streetfighter V4 owners may contact Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446 – Ducati’s number for this recall is SRV-RCL-20-002. As always, the NHTSA is also available at 1-888-327-4236 and safercar.gov.