SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Ducati North America has agreed to recall certain Monster model motorcycles due to a potential problem with the rear-brakes due to issues with the brake hoses.
The recall affects 1,312 motorcycles which, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-335, “Due to a combination of factors, the rear brake hoses installed on these motorcycles may be susceptible to heat damage, which may cause a sudden loss of rear brake function.”
The motorcycles in question are: model year 2018-2021 Monster 821 (613 motorcycles); 2014-2016 Monster 1200S/STD (39); 2017-2021 Monster 1200S/STD (540); 2015-2017 Monster 821 (69), and 2016-2019 Monster 1200 R (51).
Some of these motorcycles had new rear-brake hoses installed under a series of Ducati service bulletins but are still included in this one to receive the new remedy.
The issue does not impact effectiveness of the front brake system which operates independently of the front system.
According to the NHTSA report, Ducati has identified several factors which may cause or contribute to this condition: “(1) installation/use of a rear brake hose material that has a lower resistance to temperature; (2) rear brake system layout in the Monster 821 and Monster 1200 application, whereby the rear brake hoses are, in a limited and specific area, exposed to the hot airflow of the exhaust manifold; and (3) conditions of use of the motorcycle, in particular if the motorcycle remains idling on the side stand or rear box stand for extended periods of time (e.g., during warm up or dealer service/diagnostics).”
As far as rider warning, “Early damage to the hoses may be visually observed, and the rider may notice a loss of rear brake performance during the pre-ride check, as recommended in the Owner’s Manual. If the issue is not detected, however, a hose failure and resulting loss of brake fluid could occur suddenly and without warning.”
The remedy is installation of new brake hoses and will be performed without cost to the owners or the dealers. Dealers have been notified of the recall and owners are scheduled to be notified beginning June 23rd.