Ben Spies announced his retirement from motorcycle racing, as injuries cut short a once promising career for the American. Spies retires with a World Superbike title in his first and only season in the series, and three AMA Superbike Championships. “I want to thank everyone from racing organizations, factories, teams and all my fans for […]
2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Recall Expands to US
As we expected, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall for the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale following a similar recall in Canada. The recall affects all versions of the sportbike, including the base 1199 Panigale, 1199 Panigale S and the 1199 Panigale S Tricolore.
Ducati is recalling the Panigale because a “non-compliant” screw may have been used to attach the rear suspension linkage to the swingarm. According to documents released by NHTSA, the incorrect screw has a different head shape than the proper screw. The correct screw is also shorter in length at 46mm compared to the incorrect component’s 55mm length.
According to Ducati, the non-compliant screw may lead to the separation of the linkage pushrod from the swingarm. As a result, there could be a complete failure in rear suspension, seriously affecting handling and increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall campaign affects 375 units across the U.S., though only 1% of all models are estimated to have the wrong screw. Authorized dealers will inspect the retaining screw of recalled models and, if the non-compliant screw is installed, replace it with the correct screw.