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Thursday, June 28, 2012

2012 Ducati Panigale - Limited Recall

It seems no product is perfect when it comes to the market, no matter who has developed the product, how long it has taken to develop the product or how revolutionary the product is. After the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 10R last year, this year it's the revolutionary 2012 Ducati Panigale.

It seems that when Ducati went back to the drawing board and created this amazing concussion, they forgot about a small bolt when the design went to production on some of the motorcycles.

Apparently, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has brought Ducati's attention toward a "non-compliant" bolt connecting the swingarm to the rear suspension linkage, that has been used in some of the motorcycles. NHTSA mentions that if the bolt fails then it would lead to a "catastrophic" suspension faliure affecting the handling of the motorcycle, thus increasing the risk of a crash.

As per Ducati officials, the "non-compliant" bolts, having a different head size and an over length of 55mm instead of the correct 46mm length, were installed on around 375 Panigale models.

Ducati has issued a safety recall number - RCL-12-004, and has urged Panigalle owners to take their motorcycles to their nearest dealers and have them inspect the bolt, which if found "non-compliant" would be replaced free of cost.

I don't think, since Panigale is still not much available in India, anybody should be worried here, but still if there are any Panigale owners here in the country, should take pre-cautions (but I seriously doubt if the Indian dealers would be in a position to do anything about it).

This again proves the point that no product is perfect and such issues are a part of the product development life cycle, and at the same time, even though such defects or occurences might look serious, they in no way mean that the product on the whole is any way inferior.

New courtesy - Motocycle USA
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Item Reviewed: 2012 Ducati Panigale - Limited Recall Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Sajal
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