2011 Fischer MRX Review


The 2011 Fischer MRX 650 is an American sport bike fitted with a 650-cc, V-Twin engine from the Korean manufacturer Hyosung. The Fischer MRX 650 also takes the wheels, brakes, and forks from a Hyosung GT650, which is in turn based on the Suzuki SV650. Fischer motorcycles put all of this with a single piece GP-style frame and swingarm designed by Gemini Technologies, rear shocks by Ohlins, and a very attractive fairing designed by Glynn Kerr into a package knows as the MRX 650. The Fischer MRX 650 is the only production bike in the world with a one-piece frame. Gemini Technologies, who have designed the frame and swingarm of the MRX, also designed the frame for the Harley-Davidson VR1000 superbike. In fact, the frame of the MRX 650 is very close to the VR1000 in design, and affords it exceptional handling ability. The frame has a specific level of lateral flex in certain segments of the alloy, helping the suspension tackle bumps on the road. This bike can be ridden even on bumpy roads which gives it an edge. However, to truly enjoy its powerful engine, it has to be taken out on the highway or a long route.

Although the Korean manufacturer's quality has improved significantly, Hyosung, which is a newcomer to the American motorcycle market, has yet to build a reputation comparable to that of Japanese manufacturers. Also, most Japanese motorcycle manufacturers have their midrange models equipped with fuel injection, while the Fischer MRX has a carburetor. Due to the carburetor, the Fischer MRX may seem somewhat old-school on startup and at throttle. The 650-cc, V-twin is a sensible configuration for riding on the road, producing 80 horsepower at 9550 RPM and 52 lb-ft of torque at 7500 RPM. In the front are adjustable forks and Brembo brakes similar to the Hyosung GT650R, while in the back the MRX has a very high-quality (and quite expensive) Ohlins shock that can only be found on high end Italian sportbikes like Ducati and Aprilia. The shock contributes to the MRX's superior handling and impressive speed out of the corner, which is why it would make a good bike to try on a winding road.

Glynn Kerr, experienced and renowned designer, who previously worked for Yamaha, worked on the Fischer MRX 650. Thanks to him the MRX has a sharp, angular, and attractive fairing design, somewhat reminiscent of the Honda VFR, the Triumph Daytona 650, and the Hyosung GT650R. The design of the MRX includes a somewhat large single-unit, well-padded seat and an under-tail exhaust. The attractive design goes well with the angular frame. The Fischer MRX is testimony of the company's focus on superior handling, attractive styling, and reliable performance. It is a well put together entry-level sports motorcycle that stands out and is ready to carve a niche for itself in the American motorcycle market. However, it certainly does not have a clear road to Victory because of its wide range of competitors in the market. There are certain pros that put this bike ahead of its competitors whereas there are some cons that make its competitors a better buy.

New For 2011

  • Dual-chamber stainless exhaust provides superior throttle and deeper sound
  • New 4.5-gallon American made fuel tank
  • V-cast sub-frames, designed and made in the US
  • Hand-fitted carbon fiber body parts

2011 Fischer MRX Specs

  • Model: 2011 Fischer MRX 650
  • Engine Type: Four-stroke, 90-degree V-twin, liquid-cooled, 647-cc
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.21 inches x 2.44 inches
  • Compression ratio: 11.47:1
  • Valve Train: Double overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder
  • Induction: Dual Mikuni 1.54-inch carburetor
  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital
  • Transmission: Six-speed Final Drive: 525 Regina O-ring sealed chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.6 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): 12.2-inch Dual semi-floating hydraulic disc – Brembo, steel brake lines - Goodridge
  • Brakes (Rear): Single 8.3-inch hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): 1.7-inch inverted fork telescopic with compression and rebound adjustment
  • Suspension (Rear): single shock with adjustable ride height, compression damping, and spring preload - Ohlins
  • Wheelbase: 55 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 29.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 382 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Bridgestone 120/70 ZR17 radial
  • Tires (Rear): Bridgestone 160/60 ZR17 radial


  • Riding gloves
  • Fischer branded motorcycle jacket
  • Fischer branded motorcycle riding jumpsuit

Key Competitors For The 2011 Fischer MRX

  • Hyosung GT650R
  • Honda VFR
  • Kawasaki Ninja 650
  • Triumph DAYTONA 675
  • Honda NC700X