• Jun 22nd 2010 at 10:01AM
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Fischer Motorcycles MRX – Click above to watch the video after the break

Television's Original Automotive Magazine, MotorWeek, recently took some time out to sit down with Dan Fischer, former AMA motorcycle racer and the man responsible for Fischer Motorcycles. In the interview and corresponding video (see it after the break), Fischer stakes a claim as the only affordable American sportbike manufacturer in existence, now that Harley-Davidson sadly shut down its Buell operations.

While the Fischer MRX is indeed designed and built in the United States, its heart actually comes from South Korea. We're fine with that, as this 650cc powerplant is what allows Fischer to sell its wares at an attractive $7,995 asking price. What's more, the claimed 80 horsepower and 52 pound-feet of torque coupled with a fine six-speed gearbox means you won't really be hurting for more power on the street.

Also included in the base asking price are an adjustable Ohlins rear shock, 43mm USD fork adjustable for compression and rebound and a made-in-the-USA one-piece frame. Options are plentiful as well, with full Brembo front brake package, carbon fiber bodywork and forged aluminum wheels acting as stand-out items. Want more? Click on past the break to watch the video.

[Source: MotorWeek via OtherMakes.net]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      i have been following this bike for a little while and its very appealing, im a fan of twin sportbikes so this one gets my blood boiling a bit. id pay more for it to have FI though. looks good too, very "race-inspired" they need to get a dealer network going so ppl can actually see these bikes in person.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish Mr. Fischer would work a deal with US Highland. Then it would be a truly American bike. US Highland has a nice new vtwin engine that would be a great fit for this chassis...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Great looking product but his "manufacturing facility" doesn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling that they'll be able to produce consistently high quality bikes. A few guys putting them together in a large warehouse with parts scattered all over does not inspire confidence.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Said in the video they were using a Hyosung carb'd engine
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally, a promising-looking replacement for Buell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I find it strange that the company is officially called Fischer Motor Company, but they don't even make the motor.

      Don't get me wrong, it's nice to have an American sportbike maker, and maybe in the future they can design their own engine.

      From the looks of the factory, you can tell these guys are extremely low-volume. Now that Buell is gone :( maybe these guys can get some of that market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can I get it in a dark matte gray? a-la fighter jet?

      if so... so much win.

      I think... cant watch video at work
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK so you didn't watch the video then... Yes they're still using the copy of the Suzuki SV motor. Although Suzuki's have been FI since 2003 the Hyosung is still carb'd. I'd still take the tried and true SV over this. The SV also offers ABS. Don't get me wrong... I LOVE American made but not with a Korean copy of a Suzuki engine that's still carb'd.

      IMO if you're trying to sell an American made bike, then it needs to be better than the japs for the same or similar price.

      Handling is great as well as the top shelf rear Ohlins but what cheap bike did the forks come off of? They look Korean as well.

      I hope they're successful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      4gasm - this bike only costs $8K, you need to keep that in mind. Also, this is a start-up so the product will improve as the company grows, you cant expect class leading performance out of the gate at loss leader type prices.

      What other $8K sport bike is available with a Ohlins class rear shock and Brembo's? This is a very worthy contender in the price range.

      I would wait for the FI but it is still a good bargain. I also think it would be better as a naked Streetfighter or a Cafe but that is just personal preference, I don't care for full fairing sport-bike looks.

      Good luck to Fischer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The engine tech is bit long in the tooth.

      But given we live in a world of 600 class bikes going north of $11K, it's a nice alternative.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The engine's a bit long in tooth, but even the old powertrain is faster than many riders. In my opinion, you can complain about the engine once you're faster than it. But even an 80 horse bike is faster than 99.999% of all riders out there. If you can use 80 horse in every straight section of the road, and 80 horse out of every corner, you should be a GP rider.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Hyosung 650 engine is solid. Rotax would charge a lot more for an engine because they can't just grab one off the shelf like Hyosung can. Rotax would need to engineer it to Fischer's specs.

      The MRX is a big step up from the SV for the small $ increase. I'll take premium suspension and components over FI. I owned an SV and the suspension was the weakest link in an amazingly fun bike.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fischer should use the Rotax motor built for the 1125R, I think it would be great to have joint Canadian, American bike.
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