Fischer Motor Company Founder and President Dan Fischer says he expects to begin deliveries of his MRX 650 sportbike in May.
The company recently opened an assembly plant in Pocomoke City, Md., to build the bike.
Fischer first publicly revealed his plan to build a sportbike in December 2002. Originally intended to be a liter bike, the unit has undergone a redesign since then. The motorcycle was designed by Glynn Kerr and based on his concept shown two years ago at the Indianapolis Dealer Expo.
Kerr, based in Villefranche-de-Lonchat, France, is president of the Motorcycle Design Association, and widely considered one of the world’s top designers.
The MRX — Fischer’s son’s initials, plus an “X” — is powered by a liquid-cooled 650cc V-twin sourced from Korea’s Hyosung Motors and Machinery. The bike features many practical applications of emerging technologies. The rigid new three-piece aluminum frame and two-piece swingarm were developed by Fischer engineers at their Chicago-area facility, and are based on MotoGP-derived chassis geometry originally developed by Gemini Technology Systems, Mukwonago, Wis.
While the first available model will breathe naturally and be priced for less than $10,000, Fischer says he hasn’t ruled out building a more powerful version, with output boosted via a supercharger.
Fischer Motor Company received economic development funding and other assistance from the state of Maryland, the University of Maryland and the Worchester County Department of Economic Development.
“We’ve worked hard for a long time to bring this dream to reality, and we’re thankful to all the people who have believed and worked with us to make it happen,” said Fischer, a former road racer.
U.S. distribution will be handled through a dealer base Fischer calls “already significant.”
“We’ve had tremendous interest from both established and upstart motorcycle dealers,” he said. psb
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