Five recall-worthy issues have been discovered on 2,411 units of the 2012 and 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale. Two of the issues relate to steering, one each center on the exhaust, front brake and rear swingarm. Regarding the steering, too little Loctite was used on screws that fasten the steering damper to the steering head, the result being that they can unscrew themselves completely and deprive the rider of control. The second steering issue is with the Uniball bearing on the Öhlins damper, which could slip out due to an incorrect assembly tolerance and also cause a loss of steering control.

Further back, it's been discovered that heat from the catalytic converter can melt the bowden cable cover on the exhaust butterfly valve. Should that happen, the cover could smoke and catch fire. It's also possible that the front brake could fail as a result of a damaged hose, or the swingarm shaft could become loose. That's a lot of potential problem points.

Owners can take their bikes to dealers who will repair all of the issues free of charge. Ducati hasn't informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of a notification date for owners, but the five recall notifications below have more details as well as the phone number for Ducati NA.
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Report Date: August 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V392000

Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2012-2013 DUCATI / 1199 PANIGALE
Manufacturer: DUCATI NORTH AMERICA
Mfr's Report Date: AUG 02, 2012

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,411

Summary:
Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 1199 Panigale motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012. The exhaust butterfly valve bowden cable cover could melt or burn due to excess heat of the catalytic converter.

Consequence:
Melting and burning of the bowden cable cover could lead to smoke and/or fire.

Remedy:
Ducati will notify owners, and authorized dealers will the replace old exhaust butterfly valve bowden cable cover with a new one, free of charge. Ducati has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696 or through their website at www.ducati.com.

Notes:
Ducati's recall number is RCL-12-006. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


Report Date: August 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V400000

Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2012-2013 DUCATI / 1199 PANIGALE
Manufacturer: DUCATI NORTH AMERICA
Mfr's Report Date: AUG 02, 2012

Component: STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,411

Summary:
Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 1199 Panigale motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012. Screws that secure the steering damper to the steering head could fall out due to an insufficient amount of Loctite applied to the threads.

Consequence:
The steering damper can detach from the steering head which can lead to loss of control of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Ducati will notify owners, and authorized dealers will remove both screws, clean the threads, apply the proper amount of Loctite, and tighten to the proper torque settings, free of charge. Ducati has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696 or through their website at www.ducati.com.

Notes:
Ducati's recall number is RCL-12-006. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


Report Date: August 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V399000

Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2012-2013 DUCATI / 1199 PANIGALE
Manufacturer: DUCATI NORTH AMERICA
Mfr's Report Date: AUG 02, 2012

Component: STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,411

Summary:
Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 1199 Panigale motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012 . Due to an incorrect assembly tolerance, the Uniball bearing on the damper rod eyelet could slip out of its seat on the Ohlins steering damper.

Consequence:
The steering damper can detach from its mounting point which can lead to loss of control of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Ducati will notify owners, and authorized dealers will install a special washer at the steering damper's mounting point, free of charge. Ducati has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696 or through their website at www.ducati.com.

Notes:
Ducati's recall number is RCL-12-006. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DUCATI / 1199 PANIGALE 2012-2013

Manufacturer: DUCATI NORTH AMERICA Mfr's Report Date: AUG 02, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V402000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:MASTER CYLINDER

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,411

Summary:
Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 1199 Panigale motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012. The front brake master cylinder reservoir hose might interfere with the threading end of the reservoir retaining screw.

Consequence:
The front brake master cylinder reservoir hose might interfere with the threading end of the reservoir of the retaining screw causing damage to the hose, which could lead to a front brake system failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Ducati will notify owners, and authorized dealers will install a cap nut and a washer at the end of the reservoir retaining screw, free of charge. Ducati has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696 or through their website at www.ducati.com.

Notes:
Ducati's recall number is RCL-12-006. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DUCATI / 1199 PANIGALE 2012-2013

Manufacturer: DUCATI NORTH AMERICA Mfr's Report Date: AUG 02, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V401000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SUSPENSION:REAR

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,411

Summary:
Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 1199 Panigale motorcycles manufactured from March 16, 2012, through July 12, 2012. The right and left swingarm shaft pivots can loosen.

Consequence:
The swingarm shaft pivots can loosen from the swingarm which can lead to loss of control of the motorcycle, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Remedy:
Ducati will notify owners, and authorized dealers will tighten the right and left swingarm shaft pivots to the proper torque settings, free of charge. Ducati has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696 or through their website at www.ducati.com.

Notes:
Ducati's recall number is RCL-12-006. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.


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      Adam
      • 2 Years Ago
      atleast they are catching these before I saw them on the news. Everyone makes mistakes its being able to admit and amend them asap.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        Wait so a bike isn't a form of automobile? If you don't wanna read it, dont read it. It pretty damn simple
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
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          Andre Neves
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          Matt, You and all the other idiots who thumbed you up should know that, NO, a motorcycle technically is NOT a "form of automobile". An Automobile is a form of Motor Vehicle by definition. The same way a Motorcycle is also a form of Motor Vehicle. But they are not the same thing. Over9000, STFU and get lost then.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        This isn't whiney little ***** blog, either, so GTFO.
        J
        • 2 Years Ago
        I know, right? How dare a motorcycle be discussed when there's articles about lego cars, the next Need for Speed / Forza / Gran Turismo video games, concept sketches of things that will likely never see the light of day as drawn.. You know... car stuff.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @J
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      john john
      • 2 Years Ago
      POS...BMW is still the king and its 3 yrs older then the pani
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john john
        Even with all the recalls, I'd rather have a Ducati over that 'zzzzz Beemer'.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
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          J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          So much this, it's not even funny.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john john
        I'm sure you have a ridden both.
      Surya De
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering all the hype that was around this machine when it was premiered at Yas Marina and how it's rewriting the rule book, I think the Pangiale has been a bit of a letdown. I was in the market for a Tricolore but I was rather skeptical...I am glad I instead went with an Aprilia RSV4 Factory. It does not surprise me that a manufacturer has recalls. What surprises me is how folk can go and spend so much money on an Italian machine in the first year of it's production run. I usually wait a few years for them to iron out issues. Good luck to Ducati! They are really having a tough time this year aren't they?
        Redline
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Surya De
        Lucky Bastard. I would love an RSV4. Last Aprilia I rode was the RSV Mille. :)
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know it's a cruel coincidence, but they're a part of Audi (through Lamborghini) now, right?
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Lamborghini was made far more reliable once purchased by Audi. This bike was obviously designed, engineered, and constructed pre German ownership.
      CLASSICBOB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! No less than FIVE critical (life threatening) recalls for Audi’s new coveted jewel. I’m sure this isn’t what Piech bargained for when they bought Ducati a month ago...
        Jim
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CLASSICBOB
        And I'm sure they were built before Audi bought Ducati. Show me a company that has never had a recall.
        BShoppy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CLASSICBOB
        Two of those are only "critical" and "life threatening" due to the wording of the recalls due to the necessity to avoid lawsuits. Having a steering damper come loose or fail will very rarely result in a loss of control.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CLASSICBOB
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      Stinkyboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm glad Rossi went back to Yamaha and distanced himself from Ducaudi
        Redline
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        Go Yamaha!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stinkyboy
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      Caleb Johnson
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's quite a bit of **** ups for a 20,000$ bike. I'll stick to aprilia.
      fibbs
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe this might make Ducati pull its head out of its arse, and stop charging premium prices for wanna be racers. V4 is where its at and $50k is taking the piss when you look at the other 4 pot bikes as a value proposition.
      guilo
      • 2 Years Ago
      first of all to everyone who calls the pani a failure and says its performance sucks, trying looking at fim superstock results three pani's are in the top ten and first place is held by a pani by a pretty big margin, second most of these recalls are easy to check yourself to see if the bike safe to ride to the dealer
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought Ducati was bought by Audi, not Ferrari.....
      Ricardo Tome
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a ducati panigalle and already traded 5 front suspensions and the problem still exists, just the spring works. the clutch malfunctions, the buttons of the left lever is my first Ducati and I am very displeased with the model problems! Japanese bikes do not have problems
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