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Liam Marsden  says:

New MCN February 15: Three world first tests!

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday February 15, we have the world first rides of the Ducati 1199 Panigale, MV Agusta F3 and Suzuki GSX-R1000. MCN rode the all-new Ducati 1199 Panigale at the YAS Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi and Ex-WSB champion Neil Hodgson also rode the bike and gives us his thoughts. MCN also rode the MV...

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Apr 06

Posts: 55

pottersbar says:

At last the wait is nearly over

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Feb 12

Posts: 4

GSXR why bother...

Will be a bit pointless now after the Panigale/S1000rr surely..

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Aug 02

Posts: 41

Heppy says:


Why Bother? Because at 4 - 5 grand cheaper it may just be affordable to the majority, unlike the unrealistic prices of the Ducati and BMW?

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Apr 06

Posts: 58

gravy1 says:


the big japanese 4 are pricing themselves out of the market... unfortunately we're a tiny island in the uk with limited sales to a small market (due to the fact they never advertise on the TV) and currency exchange rates having bumped prices up a few years back. None of them really want to invest in "new" models and increase (already) inflated prices higher so minor tweaks are done.... to out perform german and italian bikes in anything other than reliability (which they already do, even the 2 stroke fireblade does) they would incur costs that would make their bikes sell for prices as high as BMW and Ducati. a gsxr 1000 sells for £8800 in the USA... £11000 here and nobody is buying... so no company is going to push the price higher by adding gadgets that nobody will use....

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Nov 11

Posts: 19

akaDan says:


"£11000 here and nobody is buying"

Suzuki GB has currently sold out of blue and white new GSX-R1000 and limited black ones are available. The new bike is selling reasonably well...

I dare say the addition of better kit as standard is to try justify the unfortunate price rises in he Japanese market.

Also the comment about the Panigale making the new GSX-R obsolete is ridiculous; its in a whole different league, not to mention the higher end of the market.

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Apr 06

Posts: 55

pottersbar says:

Not ideal conditions but encouraging report on the F3, true test still to come, head to head with the 675R on the road

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Sep 09

Posts: 887

Rogerborg says:

Yup, that's just what biking needs, more track-developed track-reviewed bikes being bought by Highway Heroes and ridden into "SLOW BEND" signs the next Sunday.  Dibs on your eyeballs.


>"The new [GSX-R1000] is selling reasonably well"

Hmm.  If so, then that's all they're selling.  Have you seen Suzuki's sales figures?  They're down the toilet, round the u-bend and having their toes eaten by rats.

gravy1 nailed it: the only advertising bikes get in the UK is to bikers.  We should be reading about bikes in Nuts and Zoo, not just MCN.

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Oct 11

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Piglet2010 says:


Here in the US, one can pick up a brand new 2011 Fireblade or 2011 GSX-R1000 for the equivalent of 7K GBP, compared to the 16K GBP equivalent the Panigale will cost. So that is 9K GBP to spend on gear, track days, advanced instructions, parts upgrades, etc.

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