Not everything about the spike in North American gas prices has been a bad thing. With a demand and desire for more fuel efficient, two-wheeled transportation, combined with a market that is ripe for expansion, Americans have been introduced to several new makes and models, all capable of leaving lasting impressions. One model that is highlighted within that fold of new offerings is the American-made Fischer MRX. Presented to enthusiasts in 2006 as ""the new kid on the block,"" the Fischer Motor Company's MRX 650 has become a sought-after cycle worldwide.
In 2003, Daniel Fischer offered an interview during which he discussed the future of his new company. His desire wasn't to do anything out of the ordinary, but rather to refine, and to attempt to perfect, existing motorcycle design and technology. Partnering with entities such as Harley-Davidson, EADS, and Gemini Technology Systems, it was clear that Fischer was focused on one thing: building a quality motorcycle.
The 2009 Fischer MRX 650 is a sport bike operating on a 90 degree V-Twin platform. The throaty bike is a head turner at first glance, or at first sound. It is unmistakably new, when considered in the grand scheme of sport motorcycles. The liquid-cooled, DOHC power plant is capable of incredible performance, as well as time-consuming workloads. Simply put, riders can get on this motorcycle, and lay on the throttle for hours upon hours of enjoyment—it was made to run hard, strong, and fast.
In terms of maneuverability and handling, the suspension on the Fischer MRX is adjustable to rider desire and comfort level. Riders of various heights (and possessing long or shorter legs), will appreciate the adjustable seat height found in the adjustment of the rear shock. At less than 400 lbs., the base model MRX 650 is easily maneuverable for experienced riders. It is capable of weaving in and out of thick traffic, splitting lanes, and turning at knee-scraping levels.
When stripped of its fairing, the racing and aircraft influence is immediately visible in the frame design. It is sleek, simplistic in look, complex in design, and very strong. When it's dressed up with its fiberglass clothing, it is a genuine head turner, and the Fischer evokes curiosity, simply based on its mystique. Many are curious, but few have enjoyed a ride. The front fairing and windscreen wrap the front fork, trees, and bars, and look similar to what is found on a grand prix model. The fairing and tank give way to the single seat—an ergonomic offering that offers more comfort than one might expect. The tail of the bike is reminiscent of the abdomen of a threatening, stinging insect. This look is aesthetically pleasing, and completely functional. It expertly hides the two-into-one muffler, and single exhaust.
Regardless of motorcycle preference, one look at the 2009 Fischer MRX leads to a universal sentiment: ""I'd love to give it a ride."" It is one of the finest new American motorcycle offerings of the past 25 years, and one of the most important of the early 21st century. This bike will serve to tempt any rider hoping for sport bike performance, and for many experienced riders, it may serve as a match made in heaven. However, many of the riders it attracts will lack the experience to open the MRX up to its fullest potential.