Photography: P.Tharyan & MNAS Agency
Have you ever cooked a dish in
your life? Have you served it to a handful of people? What’s been the reaction?
“Ooh it’s too hot...could have been less chilly”, “A bit more salt could have done
wonders”, “It’s actually awesome”, “Wow, I have never tasted one like this
before, really yummy”, “Kind of good, but...” Now imagine making a brand new
motorcycle for the enfants terribles
of the country! You are bound to get a lot of reactions, some good, some not so
good and maybe some extremely gratifying.
Now let’s turn our attention
to the new Mahindra Mojo. It’s a 300cc bike and it’s going into a segment where
it’s only meant for the young. It’s a segment where the likes of KTM Duke’s are
ruling the roost and the likes of TVS and BMW are going to bring in their 300cc
bikes. At Mahindra Two Wheelers, a lot
of care had to be taken to make this bike. After having ridden the bike for almost
400km on almost all kinds of terrains and also in some very dry and wet
conditions in a single day, I have formed a very definite opinion--That the
Mojo is a bike that offers the best of several worlds. It’s a commuter’s dream,
it’s a racer’s toy, it’s a style statement, it’s got a tourer gene and it’s
definitely a young man’s pride. That it’s also got a Mahindra DNA is like the
icing on the cake.
The first impression I got
when I saw the Mahindra Mojo was that it has been smartly designed. After
riding it for a very long distance, I came to the conclusion that it was very
wisely made too. This motorcycle may not appeal to some of the boys who want to
race all night long and drag the law enforcers out of their beds. It’s
basically designed and made for those who want a bit of the fast and the
furious with loads of comfort and safety. Thus the Mojo offers a very
comfortable seating position for the rider, right amount of power and torque in
its 300cc engine, extremely dependable brakes and a fabulous set of tyres from
Pirelli. The gentle roar from the engine only adds to bike’s finer points.
The motorcycle will come in
three different colour options: Red, black and white. We got the black coloured
bike for the road test and it looked attractive with its golden coloured twin
tube exposed frame, the golden coloured upside down forks, and the twin pod
headlamps. The lamps have an 8mm eyebrow styled DRLs (daylight running lights)
which give it an aggressive look from the front. As for the fuel, it’s got a
muscular design, very chiselled and large that holds 21 litres of fuel.
The digital console looks good
and at night with its coloured dials in soft blue tone, it looks even more
impressive. Apart from what the odometer and speedometer offer, this also
records the highest speed achieved. The rear looks equally attractive with its
stylised LED tail lights. The 12 LED lights glow bright without consuming major
power. The twin exhausts, one each on either side add to the attractiveness of
Now coming to the ride and
performance, the Mahindra Mojo is a powerhouse with loads of practicality.
Right from the electronic ignition to the strong suspension and comfortable
seats, the bike offers a good amount of ease while riding. Yes, the handles
could have been positioned a lot more aggressively to give it a race bike feel,
but that would have made long distance rides a tad uncomfortable. It is here
where practicality has stepped in and the Mahindras have got in the right
With the Mojo I did achieve a
max speed of 145 kmph on the straight. For the bike to have raced that fast
hauling my bulky body was a very commendable feat. I know I could have gone
faster and perhaps crossed the 150kmph speed mark but that would have further hurt
my law abiding personality. After all I was riding on the national highway in
Karnataka and this was no autobahn of Germany. Speed limits on our roads are
never ever beyond 100kmph. But the striking outcome of this juvenile act was
that the bike proved its stability and its rock solid road grip. The bike was
as steady as the Rock of Gibraltar at very high speeds.
As for the handling during
high speed turns and corners, the bike braced itself rather well and this can
be attributed a lot to the tubeless radial Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres and
the outstanding suspension. Even on wet
roads, the tyres had a good grip. On the one hand while the bike accelerated
rather fast and smooth, on the other hand, it braked too with great ease. The
disc brakes bring the bike to a halt without throwing the rider off his seat.
Now if I were to sum up on my
final impressions of the Mahindra Mojo, I would say that this bike is a natural
buy for those wanting to move up the cc ladder. Those with adequate experience
riding the 100 cc and 150cc bikes will feel a lot confident buying the Mojo.
Even though the bike offers speed and aggression, it offers its best in the
most comforting manner. This combination of subtle aggression coupled with race
track features could have only been created by a company that knows extremely
well the true Indian landscape. At Mahindra, that’s a way of life!
Liquid cooled, 4
stroke, Si engine, one cylinder, DOHC, 295cc
Constant mesh 6-speed
30 Nm @ 5500rpm
ECU based digital
Twin tube exposed
frame, coaxial mounting of engine-frame and swing arm
Upside down forks,
High pressure gas
charged mono shock with internal floating piston, 143mm travel
Disc brake 320mm
disc, radial caliper
Disc brake 240mm,
110/70 ZR17 M/C54W
150/60 ZR17 M/C 66W
(Pirelli Diablo II Tubeless radial tyres)
Dry Weight (Kgs)
Fuel Tank capacity
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
Rs 1.58 lakh
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