We just got our hands on the new Mahindra flagship, the Mojo, and took it from Bengaluru to Coorg through some interesting highways.
Although Mahindra took its own sweet time with the final product, the outcome is a motorcycle that looks quite distinctive. On the front are round twin headlamps, set inside a large headlamp cluster. Above that are LED strips, which work as city lights. The instrument cluster has an analogue tachometer, and an LCD speedometer. It also records the top speed achieved by the motorcycle, and ours displayed 141kph at the end of day, which we managed on a long, empty strip of tarmac.
The 21-litre tank is well-chiselled. It has sharp angles, but still does not look too aggressive. The top of the tank is relatively flat and has the logo on either sides. It even houses the key insert on the front. Below the tank you see the distinctive love them or hate them 'ribs' – a part of Mahindra's motorcycle design philosophy. These are not just for show, but are part of the chassis itself.
The seat is roomy enough for the rider, but doesn't give the pillion a lot of living space. The material offers enough grip, and doesn't let you slip around. The tail- lamp is small, but with bright LED lights. When you look at the motorcycle from the side though, the rear seems to end abruptly, as if it has been chopped off.
The 292cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine makes a maximum power of 27bhp at 8,000rpm, and a maximum torque of 3kgm at 5,500rpm. Interestingly, Mahindra tells us that the almost all of the torque is delivered from 4,500rpm and stays on until a little over 6,500rpm. This is quite evident while riding the motorcycle, for keeping it anywhere in the range, you can happily stay at highway cruising speeds. The engine on our test motorcycle was quite silent mechanically, and the vibrations stayed well in check throughout.