5 Reasons to buy the Mahindra Mojo 300
First showcased over half a decade ago, the Mahindra Mojo 300 has definitely taken a long time to reach the showroom floor-space. We first met the Mojo at the 2010 Auto Expo, where this MTWL flagship was unveiled by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan. The Mojo did stir up the crowd, most of which can be attributed to the bold and muscular looks and the promise of a well-priced product from a household name in the Indian automobile industry. However, Mahindra Two Wheelers failed rather miserably to capitalize on the initial buzz, as it took them over half a decade to launch the Mojo. Now, five years is a long time and the once ‘sparsely populated’ Indian performance bike segment is today dotted with some renowned monikers from world-class bike manufacturers. So, is the Mojo a classic case of ‘too little, too late’ or has the manufacturer been able to justify the unusually long time it took to develop the Mojo? We took the new bike for a day-long spin and found out as many as ‘5 reasons to buy the Mahindra Mojo 300.’ Read our Mahindra Mojo 300 review here for all the details
1. Looks mighty and muscular!
Among the highlights of the Mojo’s design is a bug-eyed twin-headlamp setup that is flanked by a black-colored cowl. The front fascia also gets daytime running lights placed just above the headlamps. Rounding of the beefy look at the front are USD (Up Side Down) forks and a rather fat front tire. Highlights of the side profile are golden-colored bars that run under the fuel tank and a partially exposed swingarm that is also painted in golden. The rear-end gets LED-taillamp and the twin end-cans, along with the 150-section tire, complete the ‘big bike’ look. On the saddle, you are greeted by a sporty-looking speedo console that is flanked by an analogue tacho and a digital speedo display. The speedo unit also shows information like – top speed recorded, 0-100 km/h timing, 0-400 m timing, etc. The Mojo might not be the prettiest set of wheels around, but its overall design does draw a plenty of glances from other road-users.
The Mojo measures 2,100 mm in length, 800 mm in width and 1,165 mm in height. The wheelbase measures 1460 mm and the ground clearance stands at 175 mm.
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2. A really sweet motor
Powering the Mahindra Mojo is a 300cc, single-cylinder engine that pumps out a max. power of 27 BHP @ 8000 RPM and a peak torque of 30 Nm @ 6000 RPM. The engine comes mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed constant mesh wet clutch gearbox.
On the go, the Mojo comes across as a really strong performer. While the low-end could have done with a slightly better torque-spread, it’s the mid-range that more than makes up for the slight deficiency lower down the revs. Mahindra claims that the major chunk of torque is delivered around 4,500 rpm and remains available till 6,700 rpm, which pretty much explains the vigorous performance from as low as 3,000 rpm. True, the Mojo doesn’t exhibit the kind of urgency that one associates with the highly lovable KTM 390 Duke, but the latest Mahindra flagship does possess enough gusto to tackle regular inter-state expressway jaunts. We reckon that the Mojo can easily dismiss 100 km/h from standstill in a little more than 8 seconds and go on to hit a true top-speed of roughly 135-140 km/h. We did hit a speedo-indicated 152 km/h, but that was on a really long stretch of straight road with some wind assistance thrown in. Refinement levels are at par with the rivals and the Mojo almost impresses us with the low levels of NVH. And then, there’s a really sweet exhaust note, which is courtesy a twin end-can setup.
Mahindra Mojo Exhaust Sound
3. A magic carpet ride
The Mojo boasts of a set of Upside Down (USD) telescopic forks up front and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. The ride quality is nothing short of exemplary, as the Mojo can presumably deal with the nastiest of the craters, without as much as breaking a sweat. The bike simply glides over broken patches of road and the rider, who sits on a well-bolstered seat, will nary complain of any sort of discomfort while riding on the bad roads. Another area where the Mojo excels is the high speed stability. The long wheelbase, along with that high kerb weight, ensures that this bike stays planted even at the high speeds. The flipside? The Mojo isn’t anywhere as sharp cutting through the city traffic as the Duke twins, but then, you do get an excellent mile-muncher for your highway trips.
4. A sticky affair, those tires
While the new Mahindra Mojo 300 offers a great ride quality, it’s in the handling department that it lacks similar levels of finesse. Don’t get us wrong though, for the Mojo can be comfortably ridden to your favorite ghats. However, what leaves us a tad disappointed is the slightly ‘front heavy’ nature of this motorcycle. Also, the long wheelbase and the high kerb weight ensures that you need to flex a couple of muscles to have this motorcycle change directions. However, where this bike simply excels is the road grip on offer. The new Mahindra Mojo 300 comes shod with excellent Pirelli Diablo Rosso II rubber, which means that there’s almost always a colossal amount of grip to play with. The sticky nature of the tires amplifies the cornering prowess of this motorcycle and goes on to inspire more confidence to the rider. The Diablo Rosso IIs do play a vital role in enhancing the handling characteristics of this bike.
5. Braking good
The Mahindra Mojo gets a 320 mm petal disc-brake at front and a 240 mm conventional disc-brake setup at the rear. There’s ample bite on offer and the brakes are sufficiently potent to safely haul down this motorcycle from really high speeds. The Mojo sheds speed rather confidently and further enhancing the braking efficiency are its sticky tires. ABS is currently unavailable but expect Mahindra to roll out the Mahindra Mojo 300 ABS model around February next year.
To sum it up. . .
Launched at an introductory price of INR 1.58 lacs (ex-showroom, New Delhi), the new Mahindra Mojo 300 is a lot of bike for your money. For starters, the muscular styling is simply too hard to miss. And then, there’s a really potent engine that bestows a great touring capability to this motorcycle. You also get great tires and a fantastic ride quality. The Mahindra Mojo 300 comes across as an interesting alternative to both the Honda CBR250R and the KTM 200 Duke. True, it doesn’t have the Duke-like sharpness and nor does it offer the ‘peace of mind’ that one associates with a Honda, but what you get is a motorcycle that simply loves to hog attention and offers enough ‘oomph’ out on the highways. Look no further if a well-priced, stylish and a sufficiently powerful sports tourer is what you’ve been waiting for.
- 300cc, single-cylinder motor
- Power: 27 BHP @ 8000 RPM
- Torque: 30 Nm @ 6000 RPM
- Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh wet clutch
- Fuel Mileage: 30 km/l (feedback from customer under trials)
- Suspension: Inverted Telescopic Forks (Front), Offset Monoshock (Rear)
- Brakes: 320 mm Disc (Front), 240 mm Disc (Rear)
- Tyres: 110/70/ZR17 (Front), 150/60/ZR17 (Rear), Pirelli Diablo Rosso
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 21 litres
- Kerb weight: 166 kgs
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