SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Ducati North America has agreed to recall nearly 6,000 Monster, XDiavel and Supersport model motorcycles produced between 2015 and 2020 due to a potential for air to penetrate the rear brake system, thus reducing braking effectiveness.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-315, “The recall population was determined based upon a review of warranty and other consumer complaint records to identify populations that, due to brake system architecture, may experience a greater susceptibility to excessive gas permeation through the rear brake hose material compared to other models.”

The 5,909 motorcycles recalled are:

– 2017-2020 Ducati Monster 797: 1,371
– 2018-2020 Ducati Monster 821:    925
– 2016-2020 Ducati Monster 1200:  699
– 2016-2020 Ducati XDiavel: 1,131
– 2017-2020 Ducati Supersport: 1,783

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The report further explained the potential danger if the condition is not detected: “ . . .  a rider who relies upon rear braking may experience extended stopping distances. The front and rear systems on these bikes are hydraulically independent; therefore, performance of the front brake, which provides full stopping ability, is not affected.”

There three potential causes for the condition:

  1. Excessive gas permeation into the rear brake hose due to system architecture
  2. Long periods of riding without application of pressure inside the rear brake hose
  3. Long periods without motorcycle use

As for any warning to the motorcycle rider: if the situation occurs during normal use, it develops gradually, providing sufficient warning  the braking performance may be diminishing.

If this issue develops after long periods of time without using the motorcycle, the rider during the pre-ride check (as recommended in the owner’s manual) would be warned by an increase of the rear brake pedal stroke.

Repair, which will be done without cost to the owner or dealer, is replacement of the rear brake hoses which are now made of different material than the original ones.

Dealers were scheduled to begin receiving notification from Ducati May 17th; owners 17th.