Fischer MRX: the quest to build the next great American sportsbike

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Fischer MRX 650

Fischer MRX: the quest to the next great American

Fischer MRX: the quest to the next great American

Since the untimely demise of the Buell brand during the financial crisis, there’s a gaping hole in the motorcycle for an interesting, innovative, high-performance sportsbike. And while the Fischer MRX not tick all those boxes in its incarnation, things are looking positive for Dan Fischer and his new motorcycle

The MRX650 takes the engine, wheels and brakes from a GT650 (itself a copy of the SV650), and mates it to a 1990s frame and swingarm by Gemini with an improbable Ohlins on the back and a … fairing by Glynn Kerr. It’s to sell under US$8,000, and talk of a 1000cc variant the Korean engine manufacturer making a litre-sized motor.

The to the MRX was at once surprisingly easy and with setbacks for ex-AMA rider Dan Fischer. Back in he hooked up an engine deal Rotax to use the same wonderful v-twin engine as the Aprilia RSV pulled styling and design Glynn Kerr together American chassis specialists Technologies, and had a sportsbike prototype up and within 6 months that like a dream and went as well as you’d expect that outstanding motor.

Unfortunately, it turned out Rotax being completely straight Fischer — and when got wind of the American project was planning to go into production the RSV engine, the Italian company it clear that Rotax had no to be selling the engine on.

Without the 1000cc engine, Fischer back to Korean manufacturer whose production facilities and to co-operate had impressed him before settled on the Rotax engine and now, some years the Fischer MRX has gone into in Maryland, USA.

Single GP-style frame

As a superbike Fischer wanted to ensure his bike had exceptional handling. As he went to Gemini Technologies, who had the frame for Harley-Davidson’s VR1000 Since the VR1000 project had shut down, the Fischer could be closely modeled on its which itself was inspired by GP machines.

The MRX frame is the world’s only production bike frame, with a controlled degree of flex in selected parts of the to help the suspension deal bumps when the bike is over at high lean Gemini designed both the and the swingarm.

Hyosung 650cc

Korean manufacturer Hyosung an unlikely source for the engine; stated intention was to produce a sportsbike comparable with Japan offers, but American-made and superior quality and handling. As a newcomer to the western streetbike Hyosung has had its share of teething in the quality stakes, getting a reputation not unlike what Japanese bikes had in the USA before went on to become the benchmark by all automotive manufacturing would be South Korean industry is in leaps and bounds across the but it would be foolish to say that quality doesn’t have a mark over its head.

Hyosung is rumored to have the SV650 engine for Suzuki certainly, the Korean company has some manufacturing for the Japanese over the years, but they say exactly what. Either the GT650 engine is very to the older, pre-2003 SV650 – the bore and … are just identical, both are DOCH v-twins and both use twin Mikuni carburetors instead of injection.

Lack of fuel on the MRX is a little disappointing — nothing in the Japanese midrange that’s not injected, so the carbed will feel a little at the throttle and on startup. Still, the MRX able to pass emissions in the markets it’s already for — including America, Indonesia and Australia (with Russia and Europe in the pipeline) – so probably a smart way to keep the cost down. Fischer an injected version is on the way – and he’s clear on the fact that will be a 1000cc Hyosung within a couple of years,

The 650cc engine makes 80 horsepower at 9550rpm with ram air and if the Hyosung GT650 is anything to go by, it be fairly friendly and accessible. The v-twin is a practical and fun engine for roadriding, one that can reward riding without punishing too badly.

There’s some that Fischer may release a version of the MRX down the track, would boost power — as well as being much the only stock sportsbike out there with induction. Now that would be cool.

The suspension setup on the MRX has me my head. Up front, it’s the and cheerful adjustable forks and mounted Brembo brakes on the Hyosung GT650R. But then an Ohlins shock at the rear end a unit so expensive and high-quality you’d have to look to the models of leading edge sportsbikes (think Ducati or Aprilia RSV4 Factory) you’d find another one on a bike.

That shock is to be a great thing to have, and contributes to the Fischer’s early for impressive handling, but I can’t thinking it’s an odd place to money at when you’re a Korean engine and forks.

The first Fischer production is going to live and … on its – so luckily, it looks pretty Designer Glynn Kerr was the man for Yamaha in the late 1980s, and up with the styling for the TDM850 – but we hold that against

Kerr, an avid scholar of design, went for a sharp and look on the MRX, lightning of plastic bursting out from the and a tank that looks a sharpened Benelli unit. hints of Honda’s VFR and Hyosung’s in the front end, more a little of Triumph’s old Daytona 650 in the fairings – and a tail that’s unique, including a single unit that looks large and well-padded in the photos, a single, upthrust undertail that actually looks good for a stock unit.

certainly a striking design, integrated with the hard of the frame.

The MRX is already on sale in the United Canada and Indonesia, and it has just ADR-approved for sale in Australia. vary according to each but the US retail is $7999.

Fischer’s to handling is very promising, and the MRX like a good friendly sportsbike. It will be interesting to see this brand goes and we them all the best. More at the Fischer Motorcycles website.

Fischer MRX 650
Fischer MRX 650
Fischer MRX 650
Fischer MRX 650
Fischer MRX 650


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