Ducati’s newest flagship sports bike, the Panigale V4 has experienced more than its fair share of recalls. It’s about to experience its 5th recall in the USA. The four previous recalls affected different types of issues as follows:
- April 16, 2018 – Fuel sprays when the cap is removed
- April 16, 2018 – Fuel leak from tank breathing system valve plug
- July 18, 2018 – Rear brake pad friction material may detach
- November 27, 2018 – Oil cooler port may crack causing an oil leak.
Now it looks like Ducati has reported another problem. Already recalled by Canada’s version of the US’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the V4 Panigale apparently has a problem with its timing chain tensioner.
According to Transport Canada, on certain 2018 and 2019 Ducati Panigale V4, V4 S and V4 SP models, “…the timing chain tensioner could loosen and lead to oil potentially leaking from the bottom side of the tensioner adjustment bolt onto the rear tire.” Transport Canada reports that 1,502 motorcycles are affected by this recall.
Ducati dealers will remedy this recall by checking the tensioners and if necessary, tightening them to specification. Since there is no US recall as of yet, there is no recall start date. In the interim, owners of 2018 and 2019 Ducati Panigale V4s can contact US Ducati customer service at 1-888-391-5446 to determine if their motorcycle is affected by this recall.