Fischer MRX 650 – Cycle Torque Magazine

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Fischer MRX 650

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Test by Chris Pickett, pics by Nigel Paterson

IT’S been a long time coming but we’ve finally ridden the Fischer MRX 650. It’s a pretty thing to look at and is a sweet handling machine to boot.

The Fischer tested isn’t the latest model, it’s one which has been kicking around for a year or two while the importers got it legal in Australia.

It runs the old Hyosung carburettored 650cc V-twin, whereas Hyosung’s mid sized engine has boasted fuel injection for a while now, and is much better for it.

On the stand

As the engine is now outdated there’s not much point in covering it in depth, and anyway if you buy a new Fischer it will have the injected motor.

Hyosung’s new engine has 80 horsepower, sounds great and has come a long way from the earlier days.

If you don’t already know, Hyosung poached some of Suzuki’s engineers years ago, the same engineers who were instrumental in bringing to production the Suzuki SV650.

The fact the Hyosung engine shares a striking resemblance to that of the Suzuki engine is no coincidence.

What Hyosung has done since the liquid-cooled engine was first introduced is strengthen it.

The gearbox is now stronger, as are many of the internals.

And of course the fuel injection has made it a much sweeter engine.

A six-speed gearbox and chain drive completes the drivetrain package

What sets this bike apart from the rest isn’t the engine though. It’s the chassis construction and the styling.

According to Fischer the frame design is heavily based on that of Harley-Davidson’s VR1000 Superbike. The handling of the VR1000 was never suspect, although it did struggle on the power side of things compared to its competition.

There’s not much of a chance of the Hyosung motor overpowering the Fischer frame and swingarm which is cast alloy, with a tubular rear sub-frame. 41mm upside down forks are adjustable for preload, and rebound and compression damping, while the rear shock is an Ohlins unit, similarly adjustable.

Cast alloy wheels are used, 17 inches both ends, with a 120/60 front, and 160/60 tyres. There’s no doubt having the smaller rear tyre aids the handling.

Pulling the show up are twin Brembo radially-mounted 4-piston calipers at the front, and a single 2-piston caliper at the rear.

Renowned motorcycle designer Glynn Kerr was called in to style the bike and he’s done a fantastic job. To say it’s an angular style is an understatement, and there’s some neat touches that seem to polarise people.

On the tank there’s a black strip which is actually upholstered. Behind the leather seat there’s a cast alloy tail section. I didn’t mind the upholstered strip but wasn’t so turned on by the rough cast tail piece.

I did like the single underseat exhaust which seems to go right through the tail, rather than under it. As a result the tail looks very high, although the seat height is 749mm.

As tested the Fischer is a single person machine only but you can get a pillion perch as well. And when I say perch, that’s exactly what I mean, but then again there’s plenty of sportsbikes like that on the market.

At six foot I thought I’d struggle to fit on the ‘little’ Fischer MRX but I was pleasantly surprised to find enough room to be comfortable.

Fischer MRX 650

Handlebars are ‘sporting’ in their position and are wide enough to give a decent amount of leverage, although the steering lock isn’t what it perhaps could be.

Firing up the motor has it emitting a healthy note from the Fischer exhaust. It sounds so good you’d question replacing it, but then again it would no doubt jettison a couple of kilos off the bike.

When you ride the bike it feels as though it’s over-muffled, but it could just be the carbs causing the ‘doughy’ feel down low.

As you let the engine have its head the bike will roll out to a top speed which would keep most riders happy enough, but it’s when the first corner rolls around you really get the feel this is where the MRX is really designed to be, where its happy place is.

Most sportsbikes are a chore in roundabouts and tight corners, not so the MRX. It’s so nicely balanced it’s almost like you are riding a naked bike where you are sitting tall and proud, not crouched over with limited vision and leverage on the ’bars.

Plush is how I would describe the suspension set-up, but on the road it just swallowed up bumps and potholes, and still held a stable line in tight corners at speed, with no hint of wallowing or bottoming out under heavy braking.

Fischer has done a fantastic job with the suspension. I just couldn’t fault it in the riding conditions I encountered during the test.

I also found the brakes to be very good.

The only area I could really see the MRX being substantially improved is by putting in a later model fuel injected Hyosung 650cc V-twin engine.

And as that’s what the new models have then the improvement has already been made.

Fischer Australia hasn’t come up with a hard price yet but expect to retail them for just under $14000. This puts it in the ball park of the middleweight sportsbikes.

It can’t compete with them on horsepower but it can on handling.

At this price I don’t think we’ll see a huge amount of riders stumping up the cash for a Fischer MRX 650 but it does offer a very different alternative to the mainstream.

Fischer MRX 650
Fischer MRX 650
Fischer MRX 650
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