Last month, Ducati issued a recall notice to owners of the S-model XDiavel, the one with the fancy, curved-spoke wheels. And it’s those lovely rims that are the source of the issue. Ducati discovered that they could be incorrectly refitted on the hub after a wheel change, with the hub bolts locating inside the casting reliefs rather than the four correct holes, which could lead to premature hub wear, instability and a possible accident, and no one wants that.
So off I cruised to my new local Ducati dealership, Peterborough Ducati of Wansford, to get the relevant work carried out. In the time it took me to gulp one of the showroom’s lovely coffees, my bike had been rectified. The technicians removed the bike’s rear wheel and effectively blanked off the inappropriate holes with rubber bungs, meaning that the four hub pins can now only insert into their correct location. Simple solution to a simple problem.
All new models go through various recalls, it’s part of the teething process, yet considering the XDiavel is a whole new bike for 2016 and is jam-packed with technology and innovation, it’s incredible that this has so far been the only issue, and it’s a minor one at that. Impressive stuff from Ducati.
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