The Mahindra Mojo took over 5 years to go from a concept to a production model, and what Mahindra's engineering did behind the scenes during all this time promises a product that can be your everyday rider as well as a tourer. So have Mahindra cracked it after all this time? Let's find out.
The first that stands out is the styling, with neat golden additions throughout the body. The golden tubular frame along with the twin-pod headlamps, massive radiator shrouds and the chiselled fuel tank give the bike an aggressive stance and even if you don't like the design at first look, it grows on you.
The bike is powered by a 295cc liquid-cooled engine that comes with fuel injection and delivers an impressive 27 horsepower and 30 Nm of torque and comes connected to a 6-speed transmission which allows for clean, slick gearshifts. Although the engine isn't exactly rev-happy, it loves to sit between 5000-7000 rpm and that is where you'll find yourself keeping the engine most of the time in city traffic. It has a massive 21-litre fuel tank will you appreciate during long journeys as you are looking at a range of around 500-600 kilometres on a full tank, depending on how you ride it.The Mahindra Mojo has a comfortable riding position. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
The front upside-down forks and the rear mono shock absorb the bumps really well, couple that with the long wheelbase and the absolutely impressive Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres and you get a wonderful ride quality and it sticks to the road no matter how hard you ride it. There's plenty of gizmos on the Mojo like the roll-over sensor, which will cut off the fuel supply if it detects a sudden change in the bike’s angle to drastic levels and rear wheel lift in case of a crash. There's also a limp home mode which limits the engine speed to a maximum of 5000 RPM, in case any sort of malfunction happens on the bike.Mahindra Mojo's instrument cluster. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
The all-digital instrument cluster has a neat layout and provides all the information you would need at a glance. It comes with dual trip meters, shows your recorded top speed and a part of the rev counter stays illuminated for a bit after you make gear shifts, just in case you would want to know what RPM was your last gear shift at.
To top it off, the twin-exhausts sounds fantastic.The Mahindra Mojo comes fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II Tyres. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
What’s Not So Cool
The front headlamps are humungous and the massive fuel tank, long wheelbase (1465 mm), the weight (165 kilos, dry) along with the raked out handlebar makes the bike feel heavy and requires quite an amount of rider input while turning the Mojo at sharp turns.The Mahindra Mojo's twin-pod headlamps. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
The instrument cluster lacks a gear indicator and the gear shift indicator light can be hard to see during daytime. The front disc brakes are huge (320 mm) and one would think that means great braking, but sadly that is not the case as the brakes lack feedback and will take some time getting used.
The biggest missing factor on the Mojo is the absence of Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). It's understandable that the company wanted their premium offering to have a competitive price tag but ABS is becoming a norm nowadays as more and more people are asking for it.The Mahindra Mojo comes with 320 mm front disc brakes. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
The Mojo's biggest rival has to be the Royal Enfield Himalayan as that too promises to be your everyday cruiser and is priced at almost the same price bracket.
At the end of the day what you get is a bike that will make you understand as to why Mahindra took so long in launching it, because the results are impressive and evident. Price at Rs 1.63 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Mahindra has played its card very well and has built a bike that lives up tp its promise of being a tourer and is definitely a head turner cause love it or hate it, that styling makes the bike stand out of the crowd.
Mahindra Mojo Key Features:
Engine: 295 cc liquid-cooled DOHC with EFI
Power: 27 horsepower @ 8000 rpm
Torque: 30 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Weight: 165 Kg (Dry)
Price: Rs 1.63 lakh (e-showroom, Delhi)