Mahindra Mojo UT300 vs Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X - spec comparo
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
With the new Mahindra Mojo UT300, Mahindra has improved the affordability of its potent touring range. Royal Enfield has launched an urban-centric cruiser, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X. Let’s see how they perform against each other, spec-wise.
Though the Mahindra Mojo UT300 is less expensive than the XT300, it does retain the Mojo’s highway-centric essence. The bike carries the same design language as the normal Mojo, and also gets the same 21-litre fuel tank. However, the bike misses out on certain features like LED DRLs, dual-exhausts, Pirelli tyres and upside down front fork. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X on the other hand is essentially a more urban-friendly version of the standard Thunderbird. It gets a flatter handlebar for a slightly forward-biased riding stance. The seat is a single piece ‘Gunslinger’ unit with split grab rails at the back. The bike bears an all-black theme with brightly-coloured fuel tank. In a first, it comes with alloy wheels and tubeless tyres.
|Specifications||Mahindra Mojo UT300||Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X|
|Engine||294.72 cc single cylinder DOHC mill with liquid cooling and carburettor||346 cc single cylinder twinspark engine with air cooling and carburettor|
|Maximum Power||23.1 PS at 7,500 rpm||19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm|
|Peak Torque||25.2 Nm at 5,500 rpm||28 Nm at 4,000 rpm|
|Front Suspension||Telescopic fork with fork brace||41 mm Telescopic fork|
|Rear Suspension||Offset gas-charged monoshock||Twin gas-charged shock absorbers|
|Front Brake||320 mm petal disc without ABS||280 mm disc, no ABS|
|Rear Brake||240 mm disc without ABS||240 mm disc, no ABS|
|Front Tyre||110/70 – 17 MRF Nylogrip Zapper||90 / 90 – 19? – 52 P MRF Nylogrip Zapper|
|Rear Tyre||140/70 – 17 MRF Nylogrip Zapper||120 / 80 – 18? – 62 P MRF Nylogrip Zapper|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||21 litres||20 litres|
|Weight||163.5 kg (dry)||195 kg, kerb|
|Ground Clearance||165 mm||135 mm|
|Price||INR 1.39 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi (till March 2018)||INR 1,56,849, ex-showroom Delhi|
Thanks to liquid cooling, Mahindra Mojo UT300 is superior to the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X in terms of performance, despite sporting a smaller engine. Though the Thunderbird 350X has better torque output, its high kerb weight affects the bike’s deftness. The UT300 will also be capable of a relatively better cruising speed, thanks to the 6-speed transmission.
Both bikes are equally good long-range machines, but lack ABS. The Thunderbird is apt for a Royal Enfield enthusiast who wants something modern but has a flair of a traditional cruiser. The Mojo packs a lot of tech in an affordable package, and undercuts the 350X by around INR 7,000. Royal Enfield on the other hand, has a relatively better service reach in the country than Mahindra.