The premier Italian motorcycle company Ducati has issued a rare recall to address electronic issues with its flagship 1199 Panigale and Panigale S superbike.
Ducati has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that as many as 2,083 units of the highly regarded Panigale have a handlebar switch wiring problem that may create horn, instrument panel, right turn signal and headlight failures.
The units in question were produced between March 2012 and August 2013, and include U.S. and Canadian versions of the Panigale.
The recall affects only the 1199cc Panigales, not the newer 899cc Panigale.
Ducati has said it will notify all affected Ducatisti by mail, with instructions for addressing the recall issue.
The Panigale, an 1199cc superbike introduced with great fanfare at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in 2011, is Ducati's pride and joy. At the time of its unveiling, Ducati said the Panigale's 195 horsepower and dry weight of 361 pounds made it the most powerful twin cylinder motorcycle ever built -- on a power to weight ratio.
The motorcycle press agreed, and garlanded the Panigale with awards and commendations.
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