A Good Veterans Day Story

11/11/2010 @ 3:25 pm, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS

Today we honor the roughly 25 million military veterans that have served in the United States military. For many this might mean the mail won’t come in today, or perhaps you have a break from school or work, but by-in-large the holiday goes unnoticed by those outside of civic service. You don’t have to agree with the politics behind the use of our military, but the support of the individuals who comprise our armed forces should be an issue without partisanship.

Take for example US Army Private First Class Jacob Peterson, who was able to return from the war in Afghanistan for only one week this entire year. Waiting for him when he arrived was the 2011 Fischer MRX that he had ordered, which Fischer Motorcycles tell us the PFC has already clocked 1,200 miles on in his short duration back with his family and friends.

“I’ve been dreaming of getting my MRX since I first saw a picture of it up on the wall, and I knew I had to have one,” says the 173rd Airborne Infantryman. “It looks amazing, and handles even better. People ask me about it wherever I go.” Peterson is out of the 1-91 Air Cav, serving in the Personal Security Detail (PSD) Platoon, and has plans to ship his MRX to Germany, where he’ll be stationed on his next assignment.

“We’ve had several customers who wanted to treat themselves to a new MRX after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan,” said Dan Fischer, CEO of Fischer Motorcycles (and avid A&R reader). “It makes all of us here at the factory very proud that we can build them something that they are looking forward to — something that helps keep them going. We hope they know how much we appreciate their service.”

Everyone at Asphalt & Rubber would like to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifices as today marks the 92nd anniversary of the conclusion of World War I, which formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice at Compiègne Forest.

  • I was listening to the radio yesterday and they said that veterans (specifically ones with PTSD) are considerably more likely to die in motorcycle crash.

    I’d like to thank all veterans for their service, but please, when you get home be careful!

  • Ken

    id love to check out a fischer in a dealer, or in person. they really are nice bikes. and american made to boot.

  • dwolvin

    Hey Steven;
    Former squid here- and longtime rider / ship’s safety guy. The biggest reason that the military had stick side down failure is that after a deployment you want to ride almost as much as you want to breathe, but the skills had rusted greatly. We have really been pushing the idea that you are a noob after deployment, and need to start small and get your bearings. I remember throwing a leg over my flying brick after seven months of fun (not), and thinking ‘Holy hell, this beast is heavy!’ One month later, I’m back to single lane u-turns.
    My take- free as always…

  • Other Sean

    When you say former squid is that ex-Navy, or ex punk kid riding a sportbike in short, straight bursts?

  • Damo

    Hopefully Fischer will come out with an entry level litre bike at some point in time. I have only heard good things about them and I always condone the development of American sport bikes.

    Overall good story, I had gotten aware from riding for almost 4 years and I am so happy to get back into it. Longest 4 years of my life.

  • Anyone have any updates on Fischer as a company? Are they growing? Is there distribution network growing? Any new products planned?