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.