Mahindra Mojo’s tale has been a rather interesting one. The year was 2010 when Mahindra surprised us all with the Mojo concept. The funky looking motorcycle had twin, bug-eyed, circular headlamps, dual exhausts and several premium parts unheard of in the Indian market before. However, Mahindra missed the bus as it took 5 long years to launch the bike. Yes, it did look a lot better than its concept form, but till then the market had moved on with premium offerings like the KTM Duke 390.
While 1 April 2019 was the deadline to switch to ABS-enabled brakes, Mahindra did not launch the new Mahindra Mojo ABS till July 31, 2019. The bike still forms a handsome package but faces stiff competition from the Bajaj Dominar 400. The latter is not only more powerful than the Mojo but also has more sales and service points. You can read all about the differences between the Mojo and Dominar by clicking on this link. For now, let’s talk about how the 2019 Mahindra Mojo ABS differs from the old 2015 Mojo.
The outgoing non-ABS Mahindra Mojo was retailed in 2 variants. One was An all-out tourer, the XT300, with upside-down front fork and golden paint studded chassis and Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres. This variant was offered with a fuel-injected, more powerful engine. The more affordable, UT300 variant with a carburetted engine, single-sided exhaust and MRF sourced tyres was introduced later. The suspension system used a conventional fork in the front.
Design changes: Subtlety is the key
Mahindra 2Wheelers has this time taken a safer route this time. The Mahindra Mojo ditched the eyebrows with the ABS upgrade, and no, we are not exaggerating that! Gone are the LED daytime running lights. However, the 35-watt, twin halogen headlamp has been retained. We would have loved to see an all-LED setup here to add a premium touch. After all, halogen headlamps are so 2015!
The existing radiator shrouds have been retained and the seat continues to be a single unit. Besides that, the new Mojo ABS gets black paint on the twin piped frame and box-swingarm. Also, the twin-sided exhaust has been replaced with a single-sided unit as seen in the old Mojo UT300. The LED tail lamp, alloy wheels and engine cowl have been retained. Instrumentation console too is largely unchanged.
So far, the Mojo ABS has been spotted only in Black shade. Mahindra 2Wheelers may introduce more colours options later. Also, Mojo ABS has a wheelbase of 1,460 mm which is the same as the UT300 and 5 mm less than XT300. The bike has a ground clearance of 165 mm, just as the UT300 but 8.5 mm less than the USD fork-equipped Mojo XT300. The seat height is 815 mm, which is the same as XT300.
|Model||Mahindra Mojo 300 ABS||Mahindra Mojo XT300||Mahindra Mojo UT300|
|Displacement and Type||294.72 cc, DOHC, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled with fuel injection||Fuel injected, 294.72 cc, DOHC, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled,||294.72 cc, DOHC, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, carburetted|
|Bore x Stroke||76 x 65 mm||76 x 65 mm||76 x 65 mm|
|Max Power at RPM||26.30 PS at 7,500 rpm||27.19 PS at 8,000 rpm||23.11 PS at 7,500 rpm|
|Peak Torque at RPM||28 Nm at 5,500 rpm||30 Nm at 5,500 rpm||25.5 Nm at 5,500 rpm|
|Length||2,115 mm||2,100 mm||2,115 mm|
|Width||800 mm||800 mm||800 mm|
|Height||1,150 mm||1,165 mm||1,150 mm|
|Wheelbase||1,460 mm||1,453 mm||1,460 mm|
|Seat Height||815 mm||814.5 mm||818 mm|
|Ground Clearance||165 mm||173.5 mm||165 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||21-litres||21-litres||21-litres|
|Weight||181.5 kg (wet)||165 kg (dry)||163.5 kg (dry)|
|Suspension, Brakes and Tyres|
|Front Suspension||Conventional Fork||Upside Down Fork||Conventional Fork|
|Rear Suspension||Adjustable Preload Monoshock||Adjustable Preload Monoshock||Adjustable Preload Monoshock|
|Front Brake||320 mm (Petal)||320 mm (Petal)||320 mm (Petal)|
|Rear Brake||240 mm||240 mm||240 mm|
|Safety Net||Dual-Channel ABS||Absent||Absent|
|Ex-showroom Delhi||INR 1,88,800||INR 1,79,520||INR 1,49,520|
Cycle Parts: We shall miss thee USD
The 2019 Mahindra Mojo ABS uses conventional fork setup up front to save on costs. That’s the same as the one seen in the UT300. When first introduced in prototype stage, the upside-down fork was a major feature, previously unseen in any Indian made two-wheeler. Suspension travel in case of the conventional fork is the same 143.5 mm. Also, the rear continues to get a monoshock assisted by a gas-charged canister. The setup has the same 135 mm of wheel travel as in case of the outgoing version.
Braking duties in the 2019 Mahindra Mojo ABS are administered by a 320 mm petal disc up front with a radially mounted calliper. The rear brake is a 240 mm disc with an axially mounted floating calliper. ABS is a dual-channel unit and it is nice to see Mahindra has not cut corners in this case to save on costs.
The older version sourced the front calliper from J.Juan, a Spanish parts manufacturer. However, the progressive feedback provided by the front brake was not appreciated by many. In fact, that’s the only gripe I have had with the Mojo other than the lack of LED headlamps. The new version uses a front calliper sourced from Bybre.
Tyres: Pirelli is the way!
Unlike last time, Mahindra is not advertising the tyre brand seen in the Mojo ABS. Test units spied so far has been seen to be shod with Pirelli Angel CiTy tyres. The XT300’s Pirelli Diablo Rosso II was focused towards a sporty ride. However, riders were not able to utilise the true potential of the tyres due to the bulky twin-sided exhaust canisters.
Pirelli Angel CiTy tyres are based on the Angel GT series. The Italian tyre maker has revised the tread patterns and construction materials. Besides that, the Angel CiTy can also take on uneven road as well as on wet. In fact, the Pirelli website claims Angel CiTy features a new compound mainly based on carbon black with a calibrated percentage of silica. This allows the tyre to deliver excellent grip on both dry and wet, tear-resistance and mileage.
The 17-inch wheels are shod with a 110/70 section up front and a 140/70 unit in the rear. That’s the same spec unit seen in the more affordable Mahindra Mojo UT300.
Engine: The best part of the Mahindra Mojo
Powering the Mahindra Mojo ABS is the same 294.72 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC engine. Coupled to a 6-speed gearbox, the engine produces 26.30 PS of power at 7,500 rpm. The peak torque output is 28 Nm at 5,500 rpm. In comparison, the discontinued Mojo XT300's engine made 27.19 PS at 8,000 rpm and 30 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The UT300's powerplant delivered 23.11 PS at 7,500 rpm and 25.5 Nm at 5,500 rpm.
The Mahindra Mojo engine has been a gem of a machine and is great for touring. The low and mid revs have ample amounts of power. Besides that, Mahindra engineers have also reduced the rake angle which will make the handling improved during city riding.
Price: Small jump for safer braking
The 2019 Mahindra Mojo ABS has been priced at INR 1,88,800. In comparison, the Mahindra Mojo XT300 and the Mahindra Mojor UT300 were priced at INR 1,79,520 and INR 1,49,520.
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