Ducati is recalling certain model year 2012 Panigale motorcycles because of an incorrect screw used to retain the swingarm to the rear suspension linkage. If the linkage detaches from the swingarm, catastrophic suspension collapse would occur and adversely affect the ability to safely handle the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash. Ducati will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace, as necessary, the incorrect screw free of charge. Ducati has not yet provided the agency with an owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Ducati at 1-800-231-6696 or go to their website at www.ducati.com. Ducati’s safety recall number is rcl-12-004. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
Police in Alberta Canada went to Melody Halls home to tell her that her husband had been killed in a motorcycle wreck. Hall said at first she was stricken with grief and then confused when Police described the victim having tattoos in places her husband did not have any and then when they put the time of death at 1am the previous night, and she had seen her husband off at 7am that day. She called her husband at work and he was very much alive. The mystery was solved when she led police to the garage where his 1992 Suzuki Intruder was discovered stolen. After further investigation it was discovered a neighbor stole the bike and died in the subsequent accident.
Due to loose bolts the side stand interlock switch may fail. On the GSX-R1000 models, failure of the switch will terminate the ignition circuit. As a result, the engine will stop running, increasing the risk of a crash. Suzuki will notify owners, and Suzuki dealers will replace the side stand interlock switch bolts, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during june 2012. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-714-996-7040. Suzuki’s recall campaign number is 2A29. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.