Ducati is recalling the Monster 1200, Monster 821, Supersport and Supersport S because the gear shifter knob may not have been properly attached and could fall off. The recall affects 2,705 motorcycles in the U.S. from model years 2017 to 2019.
According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the gear shift levers on affected motorcycles may not have been properly assembled, which could allow the shift knob to loosen while riding. On affected bikes, the rider may be able to feel the knob rotating on the end of the lever. If the knob completely detaches, a rider would have difficulty changing gears.
Ducati first received a field report about a detached shift knob on July 4 from a dealer in Europe. Ducati soon opened an investigation and in October, determined the root cause as a flaw in the assembly process. On Nov. 20, Ducati initiated worldwide recall procedures.
Dealers will inspect the gear shift lever on recalled motorcycles to check the torque on the shift knob. If the knob is moving, dealers will replace the entire shift lever.