Ducati has issued a recall for a number of models from 2009 for problems of possible cracking in the lower pinch bolt area of the right fork. Please read the details below for specific models and years.
Manufacturer: Ducati North America
2009 Ducati 1098R
2009 Ducati 1198S
2009 Ducati F1098 Streetfighter S
NHTSA Campaign Number: 09V197000
Potential Units Affected: 732
Problem: Ducati is recalling 732 model year 2009 1198 S, 1098 R, and F1098 S Streetfighter motorcycles. The right fork may have possible cracking and deformation at the right-hand side fork bottom wheel axle pinch bolt area. Cracking of the fork may lead to a loss of steering control, possibly resulting in a crash.
Corrective Action: Ducati will notify owners and repair the affected motorcycles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2009. Owners may contact Ducati toll-free at 1-800-231-6696.