Mojo sure is an interesting motorcycle to begin with. The looks are quite unique in a somewhat awkward way but not too unsettling. The twin round headlight cluster with LED parking lights that look like a pair of eyebrows is prominent and so are the golden colour swing-arm and the twin-tube frame. It looks unlike anything which is out there and is quite recognizable among its species.
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And if you are willing to delve further deep, you will realize there are several firsts in Mojo as an Indian motorcycle developed and put-together completely in-house by Mahindra.
It is the first and the only indigenous motorcycle to have upside-down forks at the front and to have a Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) engine. The latter shouldnâ€™t be a big deal but it seems it is, for us! On the other hand, Mahindra should be applauded because even the much more expensive and sportier Ninja 300 and YZF-R3 come with the conventional telescopic front suspension. That 1-into-2 exhaust system is one-of-a-kind for a single cylinder motorcycle. Mahindra engineers say that they have been able to achieve a distinctive exhaust note with this setup and it really does sound like a 2-cylinder motorcycle.
Mojoâ€™s 295cc single cylinder liquid cooled DOHC and 4-valve engine produces 27.2 PS of maximum power at 8000 RPM and 30 NM of torque at 5500 RPM making it the most powerful motorcycle against Hero, Bajaj and TVS. Only the 410cc Himalayan and other 500cc Royal Enfields manage to put out more torque. Also, Mojo betters every motorcycle in its segment with a massive 21-litre fuel tank.
But, what about the things that matter most? The ride quality is one of the best we have ever experienced from a home-grown motorcycle. We would specifically like to highlight that nothing from Bajaj, TVS and Hero comes close to the overall riding experience provided by Mojo. The front USD and rear mono-shock suspensions do a fantastic job on a variety of road conditions and are set quite perfectly for our conditions. The engine is surprisingly extremely smooth at all operating speeds in every gear. Engine smoothness is something which often appears to be the Achilles heel for manufacturers. For their first 300cc motorcycle, Mahindra has done a phenomenal job at keeping it almost vibe-free throughout the rev-range.
The handling is more neutral than outright sharp like a KTM Duke. Mojo handles predictably, but it goes better in corners than it appears. Quite naturally, well set suspension and the awesome Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2 tyres make it effective around corners. Braking is overall impressive but the front brake could use a bit more bite, although, the feedback is still quite spot on. But it does need more effort to be used effectively especially when thereâ€™s a need to shed speeds quickly.
All in all, Mojo is a success from Mahindra, it is an extremely well-rounded motorcycle that can be a great tourer.
Indian motorcycle market is vast and is expanding day by day. Todayâ€™s consumer has a choice to go to a showroom and buy whatever he likes. But in case youâ€™re arenâ€™t willing to make that run, we suggest you try OLX where you will likely find the particular two-wheeler you are looking for.