Mahindra Mojo 300 BS6 – Review

Upstart in Small Tourers?

Everyone seems to want a touring bike. Suddenly everyone wants to tour. Riding is therapy and everybody is a mental patient these days. Is this the bike that you can tour on and not break the already petering out bank account?

The Mojo BS6 looks muscular and weighs 186.2kg when wet. At that weight, it is not a light bike and the build quality shows strength and weight. The double tubular cross pipe seems like it can take a beating. The fiber parts that add to the beefy look are also made of heavy material that can stand wear and tear. Good paint quality in Black Pearl, Garnet Black, Ruby Red, and Red Agate –  Lots of cast metal has been used in places like front mudguard that add to the weight but make it stronger. A tank with a capacity of 21 liters promises to be a mile-munching dream that could take you at least 400km without having to fill up.

The 294.72cc fuel-injected motor delivers 25.35 bhp @ 7300 rpm and 25.96 Nm @ 6000 rpm. These figures make the Mojo a plodder. It will get you anywhere you want to go but it will not make your heart race. That being said it has lots of stopping power coming from the 320mm front petal disc with the radial caliper and 240mm rear disc brake. Dual-channel ABS is standard.

The ride quality is comfy with a seat that is accommodating and an upright seating posture that will ease long riding hours. The seat height may be a bit tall for shorter riders at 815mm. For taller riders, the handlebar may feel a little low at times. Handling is fairly good though at times gravity will have seem to have the upper hand. Engine vibrations can be felt right above the engine starting at 5500rpm for a single seat and at 4500rpm with a pillion. Below those rev speeds, the engine behaves well without much vibrations. The suspension setup is more than fair given that the telescopic front forks are matching the rest of the motorcycle in size. In what passed for roads in India the suspension set on this motorcycle does a good job of keeping the rubber down on the tar.

The electronic package has a mix of good and bad. The thing that made me most happy was the stock dual horn which will prove more than useful in any traffic condition. The bright LED tail lamp with the well-styled tail is pretty but highlights the absence of LED blinkers at the same time. The dash is dated and boring except for the RPM lights that look pretty cool in the dark. The Headlamp is a bit of a letdown considering the sheer size of it. For that size of the dual headlight, I had expected a stadium light but ended up with a street light.

A little info for the adventurous. The Mojo stock tyres are bad performers off-road and on wet and gravelly surfaces. The ground clearance is 150 mm from the belly pan which is low if you want to take it into the dirt. Standing on the bike is facilitated by footpegs that are broad and accommodating though the pegs are a little forward set.

The ex-showroom price is INR 199,000 for the Black Pearl variant which is only available in Kerala, The other more available variants are Garnet Black for INR 212,000, Ruby Red for INR 217500, and Red Agate for INR 217500. It seems slightly pricey for a 300cc Indian motorcycle. If it promises to be as sturdy as it seems to be, the investment may be well worth it in the long run. For the kilometer range it offers, anyone can have a touring bike that will take them places.

Rahul Bam
Rahul Bam is a motorcycle addict from Pune. He runs Bambambikes which is a bike building and custom parts workshop. Son of Dilip Bam the infamous motorcycle journalist and adventurer, he has been testing and riding bikes with his father even since he was tall enough to climb onto on one. Professionally a therapist, he runs a govt. licensed mental hospital and also a meditation retreat centre in Pune. Traveling on two wheels is his passion and compulsion and he has rode lakhs of kilometers all over India. He spends a lot of his time on bikes and loves to get his hands dirty working on them.