Ducati is recalling over 1,000 2018 through 2021 model year Scrambler 1100 motorcycles.  The Italian manufacturer says that the exhaust valve bowden cable could contact the main positive battery wire.  This could cause a short circuit and increase the risk of a fire.

Ducati notes that it has not received any customer complaints, reports of a crash, or injuries due to this defect.  However, it has two reports from its network about Scrambler 1100 short circuits.  The shorts occurred between the exhaust valve bowden cable and the main vehicle positive battery cable.  As a result, the Ducati Motor Holding internal safety commission is launching a recall campaign for the affected motorcycles.

Ducati says it will notify owners of affected bikes, and The dealer will install an exhaust valve cable retainer and also install a fixing tie between the exhaust valve cable and the retainer free of charge. This new layout avoids any contact between the exhaust valve cable and the main vehicle positive battery cable.

Warranty status, not an issue

Regardless of warranty status, motorcycles affected by this recall will receive repairs at no charge. This includes reimbursement for pre-notice recall repairs that meet Ducati North America’s standards and support for roadside assistance needed for units to reach a Ducati-authorized repair facility.  Requests for reimbursement for the cost of remedies paid for by vehicle owners prior to notification of the safety recall will be considered
by Ducati based on the general reimbursement plan on file with NHTSA.

This recall will begin on January 25th, 2021.

If owners have any questions, they may contact Ducati Customer Service at 1-888-391-5446 and cite Ducati’s recall number of SRV-RCL-20-003.  Or, owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), and cite the NHTSA campaign number 20V781000, or go to www.safercar.gov.


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