We recently rode the new Mahindra Mojo from Bengaluru to Coorg, covering a distance of about 270km. The Mojo's strengths lie in its torquey engine, its ability to carry the rider in comfort on highways and great tyres for that extra bit of grip. While these abilities do set up the new Mojo to be a capable steed, the journey for Mahindra has only just begun as it will face tough competition from global heavyweights present in India, such as KTM with its Duke siblings, Benelli's soon-to-launch TNT 25 and finally, Honda's veteran CBR 250R. Here we take a look at what the specifications for these competitors look like when compared on paper.
All five of the motorcycles here are powered by single-cylinder and liquid-cooled engines. The KTM 390 Duke still dominates in the displacement battle, making 373.2cc. Mahindra's Mojo has a particularly torquey unit. Power wise, among the remaining bikes, the KTM 200 Duke offers the best power-to-weight ratio. All five motorcycles are equipped with six-speed gearboxes, shifting in the one-down and five-up pattern. KTM thoughtfully provides its elder 390 Duke with a slipper clutch system too.
|KTM 200 Duke ||199.5cc|
|KTM 390 Duke ||373.3cc|
|Benelli TNT 25 ||249.2cc|
|Honda CBR 250R ||249.6cc|
The Mahindra Mojo is the longest motorcycle of the five and even its wheelbase measures the longest, by a considerable margin. It is, however, the slimmest bike here, with the exception of the CBR. In terms of height, the Duke siblings are the tallest here. Lightness and agility go hand in hand, and in that respect, the KTM 200 Duke, with the lightest kerb weight should handle best on road. The fully faired Honda CBR 250R is at the biggest disadvantage here, weighing the most in this comparison. However, we'll reserve our judgment on real-world performance till a proper, on-road comparison test.
|KTM 200 Duke||2002/873/1274mm|
|KTM 390 Duke||2002/873/1274mm|
|Benelli TNT 25||2080/805/1090mm|
|Honda CBR 250R||2032/720/1127mm|
The Mahindra Mojo uses a single disc brake up front and does not get an ABS system even as a paid and optional extra. Similarly, the 200 Duke and Benelli TNT 25 don't get ABS brakes either. The powerful KTM 390 Duke does get the safety feature as standard while Honda provides it as an option on the CBR 250R.
|Mahindra Mojo||320mm disc||240mm disc|
|KTM 200 Duke||280mm disc||230mm disc|
|KTM 390 Duke||300mm disc (ABS)||230mm disc (ABS)|
|Benelli TNT25||280mm disc||240mm disc|
|Honda CBR 250R||296mm disc (ABS)||220mm disc (ABS)|
Of course, while we will have to wait for a full blown road test to verify this on-paper comparison, another important factor is the price. While the KTM 200 Duke is the most affordable here, Benelli and Mahindra are yet to announce prices for their respective bikes. Both are expected to bear a sticker price in the region of Rs 2 lakh and this could further heat up the exciting race for the segment crown. Watch our website for further updates.
|Specs||Mahindra Mojo||Benelli TNT25||KTM 200 Duke||KTM 390 Duke||Honda CBR 250R|
|Price||Rs 2 lakh (estd)||Rs 1.50-2lakh (estd)||Rs 1.44 lakh||Rs 2 lakh||Rs 1.88 lakh|
|Fuel tank capacity||21 litres||16.5 litres||11 litres||11 litres||13 litres|
|Engine||Single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke||Single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke||Single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke||Single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke||Single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke|
|Power||26.8bhp at 8,000rpm||24.1bhp at 9000rpm||24.7bhp at 10000rpm||42.4bhp at 9000rpm||26.1bhp at 8500rpm|
|Torque||3kgm at 6000rpm||2.1kgm at 7000rpm||1.94kgm at 8000rpm||3.57kgm at 7000rpm||2.3kgm at 7000rpm|
|Power to weight ||162.4bhp per tonne||160.7bhp per tonne||181.1bhp per tonne||275.3bhp per tonne||156.3bhp per tonne|
|Gearbox||6-speed, 1-down, 5-up||6-speed, 1-down, 5-up||6-speed, 1-down, 5-up||6-speed, 1-down, 5-up||6-speed, 1-down, 5-up|
|Front suspension||USD forks||USD forks||USD forks||USD forks||Telescopic forks|
|Rear suspension||Monoshock, box-section swingarm||Monoshock, box-section swingarm||Monoshock, alloy swingarm||Monoshock, alloy swingarm||Monoshock, box-section swingarm|
|Front brakes||320mm disc||280mm disc||280mm disc||300mm disc (ABS)||296mm disc (ABS)|
|Rear brakes||240mm disc ||230mm disc||230mm disc ||230mm disc (ABS)||220mm disc (ABS)|