A sports scrambler in the form of a tourer. This naked bike from Mahindra Two Wheelers has more oompf than Austin Powers. Maybe that’s why it’s called the Mojo.
There are many things which lead to a bike finally getting a shape. Since the dawn of 2014, when I first heard the name of Mahindra Mojo, I was waiting for it to show up. And finally it did. Since the first model showcased in 2010 to finally launching the bike in 2015, Mahindra Two Wheelers Limited did all their homework over the years. Before seeing the light of the day, test riders were given the bike to test it on diverse Indian roads and climate conditions that could challenge its build, and not to mention the limits that experienced bikers and tourers would take it to.
THE FIRST LOOK
After weeks of nail biting suspense, there it was in my parking space. I was excited as anyone could be and the look of the bike made me leap astride and jam the keys in the finely-placed lock on the tank. As I switched the ignition on and gently squeezed the clutch to rev the bike up, there was a bubbly rumble in the neighbourhood. A pleasant surprise. The twin gold tubes of the exhausts is now the signature style of Mahindra and unlike the Centuro, the yellow pipes in the Mojo are an integral part of the chassis that supports the fuel tank. The handlebar, grip and switches are all at a comfortable distance and the speedometer is impressive too. A side stand reminder, two-trip meters, clock, and a special feature of recording the top speed means that you can’t lie to your girl about how fast you’re going. A LED light that follows the tachometer is a striking feature of the bike. The dual headlamps are powered by a battery which is electronically disabled when the engine is turned off.
From the rear, the twin exhaust gave an impression of double the rumble, but according to Mahindra, it is more of a style statement than an actual, functional requirement.
The upright riding stance may give some the idea that this machine is a sedate beast but as soon as you release the clutch on first gear, the perception changes. This machine can run. Yes, it really can. My regular ride is a puny 150cc (Name removed to not offend advertisers: Editor) and the serious heft of the Mojo’s steering makes you think twice about handling it lightly. After some time, the impression changes as soon as the bike picks up pace and the gears shift from one right up till six on this constant mesh gearbox. The Mojo is more of a getused-
to-me bike that takes time for you to like it or hate it, but there is no hanging in between.
On an extended weekend, having been cockblocked by traffic in the city, it was time for a test on the highways. On the Yamuna Expressway, it touched 100 kph in the fourth gear and there was no strain on the engine. It could go more, I thought. The 300 cc engine with a maximum power of 27 bhp was cruising at 139 kph (yes, my top speed is still recorded) in sixth gear. With quick and responsive gears, this is where this sporty Mahindra takes the cake. Its biggest strength lies in handling high speeds comfortably. The 320 mm front disc adds to the confidence, braking with responsiveness as you hit it. The Royal Enfield-esque thumps just made my day on the Expressway. It’s a clear winner in its one-of-the-kind segment.
Mahindra has delivered on all the hard work it did over the years to present the Mojo in its present form. There are no cons that I can point out, but it is the pricing of the bike that will make or break it. For me, it’s a double thumbs up!
Engine: 300 CC, 4 Stroke, DOHC
Power: 20 kW
Torque: 30 Nm