Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo – Comparo
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The Himalayan and the Mojo are the most recent products that have carved a niche for themselves. Their common denominators are their price points (expected around INR 1.6-1.8 lakhs in case of the Himalayan) and their market position as tourers. Though the motorcycles have no direct competitors, especially in each other, the said denominators make them the closest alternative for one another.
The RE Himalayan is powered by a larger engine that produces lesser power and higher torque than the Mojo, but the net power-to-weight ratio is lower than the Mojo. The 411 cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine with SOHC and oil-cooler on the 182 kg bike, produces 24.5 PS at 6,500 rpm and 32 Nm at 4,000 – 4,500 rpm, thereby offering a power-to-weight ratio of 134.61 PS/tonne. The 165 kg Mojo is powered by a 295 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with DOHC, that develops 27.2 PS at 8,000 rpm and 30 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The former gets a five-speed gearbox while the latter has a six-speed transmission with the last gear designed for cruising.
The Himalayan has a higher ground clearance (of 220 mm) and a shorter seat height (of 800 mm), while the wheelbase is the same as Mojo’s. The latter has 173.5 mm of ground clearance and 814.5 mm of saddle height.
With Ceat Gripp Bias-Ply dual-purpose tyres of sizes 90/90-21 and 120/90-17, the Himalayan is better suited for off-road riding or adventure touring, while the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II-equipped Mojo that rides on 110/70 R17 and 150/60 R17 sizes of (Radial) tyres is designed for the city as well as long rides on highways.