Mahindra Spells 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 climatic condition that could challenge it’s built, and not to mention the limits that experienced bikers and tourers would take it to.
THE FIRST LOOK
On the last day of 2015, where it came in my parking space. I was excited as anyone could be and MOJO the look of bike made me jump on SPELLS MAHINDRA Words: Sudhakar Jha it and put the keys in the finely-placed lock on the tank. As I put the ignition on and held the clutch to start the bike and rev it up, there was a rumble in the neighbourhood. Trust me, there was. The twin gold tubes on the sides is now the signature style of Mahindra and unlike Centuro, the golden tubes in Mojo is 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 your speed anymore. 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.
Moving behind, the twin exhaust gave an impression of double the rumble, but according to Mahindra, it is more of a style statement than a functional requirement.
The upright riding stance gave the idea of a cruiser which will take its time scorch the road. As soon as you release the clutch on first gear, the perception changes. This machine can run. Yes, it really can. Though the first ride makes the bike front heavy and handling the bike on slow speed makes it shaky, because of the long 1,465 mm wheelbase. After some time, the impression changes as soon as the bike picks pace and the gears shift from 1-2-3 and so on. Oh, wait, did I mention that it’s a constant mesh 6-speed gearbox? The Mojo is more of a get-used-to-me bike that takes time for you to like it or hate it, but there is no hanging in between.
On one of the extended weekends, and enough of grilling on the city roads, it was time for test on the highways. On the Yamuna Expressway, it touched 100kmph in the 4th gear and there was no strain on the engine. It could go more, I thought. The 300cc engine with maximum power of 27 bhp was cruising at 139kmph (yes, my max speed is still recorded) on 6th gear. With quick and responsive gears, this is where Mahindra takes the cake. Speed is where its biggest strength lies. The 320mm front disc adds to the confidence in braking with responsiveness as you hit it. The Royal Enfield-esque thumps just made my day on the Yamuna 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!