First things first, I’m thoroughly enjoying the company of the Mojo ever since I’ve got its keys. So much so that that I can often be found advocating the brand to people looking for a motorcycle within the Rs. 2 lakh budget, or thereabouts. What impresses me most about the Mojo is its all-round usability. Like mentioned in the previous report, it keeps me amused with its strong and linear power delivery – and the soundtrack from the exhaust pipes is simply intoxicating.
Initially, I found riding the Mojo cumbersome in daily traffic – mainly because of its bulk. However, over time, I’ve got the hang of the motorcycle and love riding it to office whenever I can. The only aspect that continues to bug me is its large turning radius and heavy clutch. But, now, I’ve found a solution to that as well.
Usually, Abhishek and I commute together to office from Gurgaon. But whenever I’m riding the Mojo, I prefer taking a detour. Meaning, I take the winding Gurgaon-Faridabad section and enter Delhi via Badarpur. This has really helped me understand – and enjoy – the Mojo better.
Performance wise, the Mojo’s 295cc motor shines through the straight stretches of the road – triple digits come in no time on the speedo, and it remains planted to the tarmac. Once you hit 120-125km/h though, progress above is a little laboured. Since there’s virtually no air restriction for the rider at those speeds, the wind blast tends to slow you down further. An optional windscreen on the Mojo will be of immense help for tourers. The bike’s rock-solid stability around corners needs a special mention though. And I believe this is not only because of the sticky Pirelli rubber, the long wheelbase of the motorcycle certainly plays an important part here.
I’ve heard some motorcyclists rave about the Mojo’s touring credentials. But, to be honest, I have some doubts about that. I know that the engine can cruise at high speeds all day, but the suspension feels a tad stiff. And over prolonged rides, the seat tends to get uncomfortable. The lack of a windscreen, as we’ve just discussed, will also restrict you from going fast on long straightaways. I do plan to take the Mahindra Mojo on a short road-trip in the coming weekend, and I’ll report on how it performed thereafter. And given how surprisingly impressive the Mojo has been so far, I won’t be surprised if I’m proven wrong about its touring capabilities. Stay tuned…