New MCN February 15: Three world first tests!

Published: 14 February 2012

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 Agusta F3 at the Paul Ricard circuit and the 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 at the Miami Speedway.

Also in this week's MCN we reveal the new Moto Guzzi California 1400, Padgetts back in BSB and Haga replaces Ian Hutchinson at Swan Yamaha.

Plus, we ride the new Harley-Davidson 72 and Softail Slim and have all the news from the WSB test at Phillip Island.

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What you'll find in the February 15 issue of Motorcycle News:

Ducati 1199 Panigale world first ride
The all-new 195bhp Ducati 1199 Panigale takes superbikes to a new level of sophistication with an abundance of electronic aids. MCN rode the bike at the YAS Marina circuit to see if it lives up to the hype.

 MCN January 11

MCN January 11


 Hodgson on the Ducati 1199 Panigale
2003 WSB world champion Neil Hodgson describes the new Ducati Panigale corner by corner on the YAS Marina circuit.


MV Agusta F3 ridden
Riding the £9999 F3 at its world launch around the surreal blue and red-lined track at Paul Ricard in the south of France has left MCN seriously impressed with MV's first brand new bike since the Brutale in 2002.

 MCN January 11

 MCN January 11

2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 first ride
The Suzuki GSX-R1000 now produces the most midrange of any 1000cc superbike. What's more, weight has dropped by 2kg and it's gained Brembo brakes and comes with revised big piston suspension. But without any electrical aids like traction control can the new GSX-R cut it on track?


Harley-Davidson 72 and Softail Slim first rides
MCN rides the new Harley-Davidson 72 and Softail Slim, inspired by '50s and '70s custom machines. Does looking back to the past make these bikes worth it?




Moto Guzzi California 1400 leaked
Pictures leaked from a behind-closed-doors dealer convention give the best view yet of Moto Guzzi's all-new 1400cc California cruiser.


Injury disaster for Hopkins
John Hopkin's injury nightmares have returned after the American crashed his Crescent Fixi Suzuki on day one of the Phillip Island WSB test in Australia on Monday.




Why Rossi's '1000' must be 925cc
Technical expert Neil Spalding analyses Rossi's new Ducati GP12 after the first test of 2012 at Sepang.