My odd-even Saviour
The Mahindra Mojo came to my rescue during the odd-even trial held in Delhi in the first half of January. At first, the bike managed to sweep me off my feet. Sure, the motorcycle could have been better in many different ways, but then what’s ever perfect in life? For me, a comfortable riding stance is a must – and the Mojo ticked this box instantly. Actually, its straight, yet comfortable, sitting posture makes you feel like you’re on a big bike – and that does actually give you a bit of an ego boost.
Since the Mojo is more of a tourer, the nature of the 295cc liquid-cooled engine is quite mellow – let’s just say that it never hurries you. The linear response gives way to some serious juice once it hits the 5,000rpm mark. With 26.8bhp, we would have expected more lively acceleration. Also, the Mojo has some slightly weightier issues – more specifically, at 165 kilograms, it weighs more than its competition.
Now I’ve been riding the Mojo for almost a month, and have realised that this bike has a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde syndrome! It has a commuter-friendly stance, but after extended periods of riding, it tends to become more-and-more uncomfortable. Even when it comes to handling, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword. It gets Pirelli Diablo Rossi II tyres that provide amazing grip and give you the confidence to sweep through corners, but the chassis refuses to play along. So, the best thing to do is take it easy in the turns. Its stopping capability, though, is impressive thanks to 320mm front discs and a 240mm disc at the rear.
All told, though, the Mojo is quite a crowd puller with its chunky and brawny design. I was stopped many times and asked what bike I was on. Most were impressed by Mahindra’s efforts, but let’s see how it performs in the market…