After the US Highland article, I've been reminded of the Fischer Motor Company and their 650 MRX. This press release about the MRX 650L notes a lower seat height, but, notable, is the Ohlins suspension, among other things and the $7999 price tag. You don't hear much about the Fischer but it seems to be a pretty nice bike with some high quality components.
The Fischer has been around for several years and doesn't look like it's changed much in that time but that could be because it's a well designed package as it is. If you're considering a mid range bike, this could be a nice choice.
Press release follows:
American motorcycle manufacturer Fischer Motor Company is pleased to announce a special new sport motorcycle with a lower seat height, the MRX 650 L.
Performance sport bike riders expect and demand sharp looks and great handling, but until now this has meant a high seat height that excluded some riders from being able to reach the ground when seated at a stop, or forcing these riders to ride cruisers. Sport motorcyclists can now ride on the street with style, comfort, and confidence on the Fischer MRX 650 L.
While visually almost identical to the beautiful MRX, the 650 L is more than just a lowered version, the MRX 650 L has new a suspension design developed upon the GP-based chassis and suspension geometry found on all Fischer motorcycles, but with innovative new linkage and a special Ohlins rear shock to provide progressive, compliant, and responsive feedback for maximum suspension performance. Just like the standard MRX and MRX SP, the MRX 650L features a powerful liquid-cooled, 90 degree V-twin engine, Ohlins suspension and Brembo brake components. With a comfortable, narrow seat at 27 inches high, the MRX 650L is perfect for more riders.
The MRX series features the unique Trellispar frame, the world's only one-piece production motorcycle chassis. The Trellispar frame combines the best features from other types of frame construction to give riders a precision-tuned chassis. The MRX rider- and racer - will experience the precise front end feel and sensitivity of a trellis tube frame, but with the controlled rigidity of a twin spar frame. Created in America, the Trellispar frame is the centerpiece of the MRX line-up, and performs great on the street- and at the track. The MRX 650 L is the second of several planned models based on this sturdy platform.
Base price of the MRX 650L is $7999, and comes with many premium standard features found on motorcycles at twice the price.
Link: Fischer Motorcycles