The below first ride impression has been sent in by Farhan Khan who handles the NAFS Motors Mojo dealership in Bengaluru. He recently took the BS6 Mahindra Mojo 300 ABS out for its break in ride and these are his impressions of the motorcycle.
The Mahindra Mojo has always been in a league of its own. It’s been a very robust and brilliant machine, yet quite underrated. But time has proven that it never really competed with anybody. It built a tribe for itself and slowly but surely chipped away at winning hearts.
Ever since its launch in 2015, the Mojo has been proving it’s touring credentials with rugged build quality, refined engine, comfortable ergonomics and a versatile nature.
In 2019, the Mojo 300 ABS came in with a major improvement in handling and braking with dual channel abs. This made it attractive for a larger audience. Riders upgrading from smaller capacity motorcycles could adapt to it easily and experienced riders could have more fun with it. The dual channel abs of course came in as a safety net which inspired a lot of confidence.
I did a break in ride on the Mojo BS6 completing 960 km in 2 days which involved a lot of highway and city riding.
Here’s a story on how the Mojo evolved over a period of 5 years and the changes you’ll see in the Mojo 300 ABS BS6 variant.
The quirky headlamp, the beautiful LED tail lamp, alloy wheels, sculpted muscular fuel tank, underbelly pan and the big radiator cowls give the Mojo a very muscular appeal. The telescopic suspension with fork braces, the chunky exhaust, the exposed twin tube frame and swing-arm balance out the design while giving it a large rugged look. The large dimensions and it’s beautiful distinctive exhaust note announce it’s arrival and turn heads wherever it goes.
The headlight styling though is a personal preference. It’s got a quirky bug eyed twin headlamp design which you’ll either love or hate. A lot of people have grown on it and absolutely love it as this distinctive headlight design has become the identity of the Mojo. But if you don’t like it, you can always put on a round headlamp and a lot of other custom jobs can be done to personalize your bike.
Yes! NAFS Motors has been tailor making Mojos based on each individual’s requirements along with custom kits like touring kit, scrambler kit, street-fighter kit and a huge range of accessories.
Engine & Performance
The 295 cc single cylinder, liquid cooled heart of the Mojo has always been a gem and been praised for it’s high refinement levels. It’s a got an advanced DOHC set up that churns out 25.35 BHP @ 7,300 rpm and 26 Nm torque @ 6,000 rpm. The 6 speed gearbox makes it happy to cruise comfortably. To meet the BS6 emission norms, a pre-catalytic converter has been added which has slightly reduced the power on paper. But in the real world the difference is hardly felt.
In fact the tuning is really good and you have increased bottom end torque thanks to the all new BS6 ECU and a larger sprocket at the rear. Despite of the reduced power on paper, I (97 kg rider) managed to hit a top speed of 157 kmph on speedo. The bike just like it’s previous versions, happily cruises at 110-120 kmph and it’s strong mid range always has enough juice for the quick overtakes.
Acceleration isn’t brisk as the power is delivered in a very relaxed manner. But this makes the Mojo very versatile. It’s not frantic like the KTMs that always want to be pushed hard, nor is it like the RE’s that prefer being in lower revs and feel stressed at higher revs. The Mojo can cruise happily at lower speeds and if you wring the throttle it’s got enough juice to have some good fun.
High speed stability on the Mojo has always been impressive as the bike felt rock solid at triple digit speeds and this aspect will be highly appreciated by touring oriented bikers. The versatile nature of the Mojo makes it really suitable in our Indian conditions. Peppy in the city, rock solid on the highways and off road.
Handling & Ergonomics
The seating posture on the Mojo is just perfect given it’s touring DNA. The upright raised handlebars, the centre set foot-pegs, the new improved well cushioned larger rider and pillion seat make the Mojo extremely comfortable for long tours and city riding.
The new telescopic suspensions with the revised rake angle & raised steering geometry (introduced last year in Mojo ABS BS4) make the bike feel a lot lighter and nimble. The 186 kgs of curb weight is hardly felt, making it extremely fun to maneuver in the city traffic, on corners and yet remains extremely stable at high speeds.
The telescopic suspensions come with a fork brace that gives really good stability while braking hard and doing off road. The revised steering geometry and lighter front end feel makes it extremely easy to even stand and ride off road.
Handling is one department where the Mojo 300 ABS has improved majorly. The older Mojo XT with the USD forks made the bike feel front heavy which all though gave good stability, made it difficult to maneuver with the given weight of the motorcycle.
One might argue as to why the USD forks were given away, this includes myself. But after spending some good time with the Mojo 300 ABS, I was all smiles and laughing with joy inside my helmet with the way it handled especially in city, corners, off road and no roads in the forests around Valparai which I did last year with a pillion. One must ride the Mojo 300 ABS to experience this improved handling. The bike is heavy and sturdy. Yet feels very light and nimble.
This is another aspect where there’s been a major improvement on the Mojo 300 ABS. It retains the same 320 mm petal disc brake and 240 mm rear disc brake. But the Bybre set up makes a world of a difference compared to the J Juan units that the XT had before. You now have better braking but most importantly better feel and feedback out of the brakes that inspires a lot of confidence.
Dual channel ABS comes standard adding to the safety net and works really well with the right amount of intrusiveness on road and off the road. Mahindra along with Bybre and Continental took a lot of time to develop the braking and ABS system and the outcome is simply superb. It’s now easily one of the best braking system in the segment. One must try it to believe it.
The massive muscular 21 L metal tank is the biggest in segment and bigger than a lot of bigger touring bikes too. You’re looking at a range of at least 550 km or a lot more depending on your riding style. While the other bikes will have to stop frequently for fueling up, the Mojo can happily tour. The tank capacity clearly indicates what the bike is made for. The Mojo goes everywhere.
The Pirelli Angel CT tyres are good urban tyres that provide a good trade off between tyre life, grip and price. These are biased tyres which means that they can take some good beating off the road as well. The more affordable Black Pearl color scheme though gets the MRF Zapper tyres.
Tyres though can always be changed based on your personal riding preference. If you’re somebody who’d love to do high speed touring and are a cornering junkie, you can always switch to good W rated radials tyres.
And if you’re somebody who’d like to go everywhere and do some serious off road, you can always slap some good dual purpose tyres.
Mojo has easily been the best sounding single cylinder motorcycle. Whether it was the Dual exhaust set up or the Single exhaust set up. There’s an option of pulling off the db killers or even adding custom DB killers to personalize the beautiful exhaust note.
The bike now comes with a single exhaust set up that’s been raised up to provide better cornering clearance. The addition of pre-catalytic converter for the BS6 variant has made the exhaust note a bit mild but still retains the distinctive DNA.
A few might miss the dual exhaust set up. But the dual set up had to be given away due to really high production cost. What many don’t know is that these are premium exhausts designed specifically for mojo and imported from Italy.
However the dual exhaust set up can be added at an additional cost.
A few riders have successfully added the dual exhaust set up on the Mojo ABS BS4 variant which worked really well with the stock BS4 ECU.
It’s possible on the BS6 variant too but needs a bit more R&D and testing.
IMO the Mojo BS6 with DB killers removed delivers the best note. It has a mild bass with just the right amount of sound that’ll get attention. But keep the revs low and it won’t get the unwanted attention. Earlier set ups without DB killers could get annoying during long tours. But now on the BS6 it some how feels just right.
Limp home mode
This feature isn’t available in any bike of this segment. Due to overheating or any sort of cooling related malfunction, the ECU restricts the bike at 5000 rpm and you can easily limp to your home or the nearest service station. Most of the other bikes in the segment would simply shut off in this scenario and you’d have to wait for them to cool down.
What’s new on the BS6 Mojo 300 ABS?
- Pre-catalytic converter to meet the emission norms.
- Change in the position of the lamda sensor to behind the radiator which earlier was prone to water and dust.
- All new BS6 ECU which has improved the fueling in lower revs. The ECU now is also square in shape, compact and mounting has been revised to make it better during water crossings.
- All new attractive colours which I personally love a lot.
- Pearl Black Comes in the good old all black finish which was seen earlier on the Mojo ABS BS4.
- Garnet Black Primarily black in colour. But gets a red frame, swing-arm and red rim stickers which I personally love a lot. Gives it a Ducati’ish kind of look.
- Ruby Red Dual tone scheme of Red & black. Grab rails and Rim stickers in red give it a very interesting touch.
- Red Agate Dual tone paint scheme of Red & White which have always been the flagship colors of Mahindra and the Mojo but this time with a different design.
What else can be tried in the Mojo?
Mojo is one such bike that can be personalized really well to suit one’s preferences. Apart from the huge range of accessories and custom kits, a few tweaks can be done to enhance it’s performance.
Lluvia custom sprockets
Adding the performance sprocket can further increase the initial pick up. Adding the touring sprockets can increase top speed and have higher cruising speeds at a given RPM
Manta Racing Air Filter
It’s a stock replacement air filter made of premium material which helps the bike breathe better, resulting in slight bump in power but more essentially a better throttle response.
Overall the Mojo has always been solid product that didn’t get enough attention due to the lack of marketing. Mahindra wanted the bike to speak for itself and word of mouth marketing is what’s helped the most.
Seems like the top management at Mahindra has slowly realized that the Mojo deserves more attention. The immense love from the Mojo tribe for the Mojo for the superb product that it is helped the Tribe grow bigger and stronger.
A lot of Mojo tribesmen have done over 1 lakh kms on the Mojo covering the lengths and breadths of our country. A few have even covered 2 lakh kms and raced in one of toughest rally’s on the planet, Raid de Himalya and successfully completed 3rd in their class multiple times.
Now with the BS6 version coming in and a lot of options to tailor make the Mojo, things are only going to get better.