It was five years ago that Mahindra teased everyone with its 250 CC MOJO and finally in 2015 Mahindra launched it. While many forgot it, some Gearheads kept high vigil and spotted the MOJO prototypes being tested and Mahindra was not in hurry to just launch the bike but were relaxed and took their own time to make sure they put up a good show. So once it stepped into the ring we thought of taking on the MOJO and go for few bouts. So does it contain for sure the charm or say talisma as its name suggests?
Every rider craves for a bike which would make the heads turn and MOJO is good at that be it on the move or parked at one side, its a bike that no one would hesitate to click a selfie with because of its sheer size and muscular looks. The aggressive styling starts from the front and winds till the end. The MOJO’s twin pod headlamps stare right in your face and when the dawn falls over the horizon the MOJO looks more stunning due to those 8 mm DRL LED strip designed as eyebrows then the glossy gold coloured beefy upside down forks adds more machismo and the bike looks big. The side profile doesn’t disappoint either first thing you would notice would be its huge 21 litres fuel tank and right beneath that you again see a glossy gold coloured twin tube frame, and it has got bikini engine fairing at the bottom which adds to its aggressive stance the MOJO gets a well crafted and well cushioned one piece saddle wherein many others are employing split seats for there bikes, move to its tail and you see a well designed cluster of 12 LED as its tail lamp and suddenly you notice two blaze guns point up, yes the mojo comes with dual exhaust canister which adds more brownies to it styling. Put you legs across and you find the ignition neatly integrated into its fuel tank above the fuel lead. The Speedometer Console is part analog part digital, turn on the ignition and you are greeted a set of LED’s in the Tachometer which trails the needle till the end before settling down at zero and thats not it, the LED’s trail the needle even on the move something really different from other bikes the overall quality of the switch console is good. One would easily mistake The MOJO for being a Ducati that is how the over all design is. Park it on one side and you would keep on admiring the bikes looks whole day long. We specially loved the use of glossy golden paint job being done over its front and rear suspension as well as the frame and swing arm. The MOJO definitely scores big in the styling division.
Get on the MOJO and turn on the ignition and you are greeted with simple user friendly and good looking dashboard. MOJO has got a part analog and part digital speedometer, where the Tachometer has got LED border on the speedometer and the moment you turn on the kill switch the lights follows the needle till the band. Not only that but it also keeps track of the rpm when you are the move. The ergonomics are relaxed and upright with footpegs are strategically placed in such a way that the legs form a 90° angle which is comfortable for short as well as long rides. It was evident from the Mahindra design that the footpegs were placed a bit further for more comfort and ride control. The MOJO comes with an amazingly well cushioned single piece saddle giving the rider a plusher ride and enough space to sit as well as the pillion also gets ample space to sit behind comfortably. The grab handles are well integrated in the design and does not disturb the bike’s aerodynamics. Handlebar is wide and perfect for longer rides and the grip on the throttle and the clutch side is soft resulting in more rider comfort. No matter for how long you ride, your palms and wrists won’t pain playing the throttle. The rear view mirrors are sporty but they do not obstruct the riding view.
Starting and revving the engine makes you enjoy that distinct exhaust note from that dual canister. On the move we found that every gear had a longer revving range, that means you could twist the throttle hard on long distances. However the engine does not have the calibre of a 300 CC unit and the power delivery is leaner and not immediate as compared to the throttle response of KTM and Kawaski NINJA which are crazy machines that do not slouch at lower rpms. The MOJO behaves like a more matured bike, the power delivery is smoother and the bike shows its true colours at 3000 RPM and above. Enough said one would have to work a lot in city riding conditions as you would need to constantly keep on shifting gears to keep that grunt.
Take The MOJO out on the highway and the bikes performance does put a smile on your face, past 3000 RPM the bike enters in its own space with a good hefty Torque of 30 NM @ 5500 RPM the bike surges ahead with great stability and confidence. With a weight of 95 KGS on the saddle the bike was able to clock 142 km/h without any fuss and it is capable of going higher than that if a rider with proper weight hits the throttle.
What amazed us was that even at high speeds MOJO boosts the confidence of the rider and stays composed, the bike provides a strong traction to the road on unsettling ditches and not just the plain smooth highways. The bike tackles every little or big pothole without losing its composure. We tried taking it hard on bad roads and the bike was handling it quiet nicely, giving us the brief indication that Mahindra’s design for the front upside down suspension and the rear gas filled mono suspension worked amazingly up to the mark.
The suspension is on the harder side but the well cushioned saddle compensates for it and provides a plush and comfortable riding experience. Take it into the valley and the MOJO is all game to tackle every corner you bank it into, thanks to its front 110/70/17 and rear 150/60/70 PIRELLE DIABLO ROSSO II RADIAL TYRES and the twin tube frame that inspires the riding confidence in you. Once in the curves, the bike would demand you to lean even more, however leaning angles are limited by the dual exhaust pipes and side stand which tend to scrape every time you attempt to bank hard which may result into a slide show if you don’t keep a check on your leaning angles.
Weighing at 165 kgs the MOJO can still be flicked spontaneously, it’s not lazy and you can change the banking sides pretty quickly. The braking is taken care by huge petal disc brakes at the front(radial calliper) and rear(floating calliper). We did feel that the braking could have been better as the brakes lacked a bit of bite and also a dual channel ABS system would have increased the efficiency of the ride control.
The MOJO is well packaged and we didn’t observe any loose ends. The MOJO uses a 4-Stroke Single Cylinder, 295 CC Liquid Cooled 4 valve DOHC engine mated to a 6 speed constant Mesh gear box with a compression ratio of 11:01 which gives out max Torque of 30 NM @ 5500 RPM ultimately producing 26.82 BHP @ 8000 RPM giving MOJO a top whack of 155 kmph. The fuel tank is huge and has 21 ltrs capacity. Overall fuel economy of the bike is between 25 – 27 kmpl and the bike returns 20 – 23 kmpl in city and 25 – 27 kmpl on highway riding conditions but that shouldn’t be a concern because the MOJO has a good range due to its huge fuel tank and precise fuel injection, which is managed by ECU. MOJO gets front 320 mm and rear 240 mm disc brakes, which are the largest in its category.
So after spending good amount of time with the MOJO we got a clear picture of what Mahindra were upto for five long years. The Engineers at Mahindra had clear vision about the kind of bike they wanted to make, they wanted to make a bike which would contain all factors be it power, stability, muscular styling and comfort. The MOJO is not an aggressive crazy bike like the KTM and Ninja but a well sorted matured bike, wherein every aspect of the bike screams out loud to be all in all tourer. This bike is an answer to those who till now boasted about old school technology and all metal body. Be it smooth highways or rough rural roads the MOJO conquers it all and with confidence and comfort. Mahindra has upped the ante for sure in this segment.