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.