After showcasing the final production form at the 2014 Auto Expo, Mahindra's two-wheeler arm is finally ready to launch its 300cc quarter-litre challenger in the Indian market. We have just had a quick technical briefing about the Mojo and you can expect a first ride report soon. Meanwhile, here is all the technical stuff you need to know.
The Mojo maintains most of the design cues that we saw on the concept, but has a more refined design now
It's no secret that the Mojo will be powered by a 295ccc engine, but the official output is claimed to be 27PS at 8,000rpm and 30Nm at 5,500rpm, which is higher than its immediate rivals - the KTM Duke 200 and the Honda CBR250R. The latter is the primary target for the Mojo as Mahindra is pitching it more as a long-distance tourer than a street fighter like the Duke. The torque is said to have a flat curve between 4,500and6,700rpm, which should make theway the bike behaves very interesting. Mahindra hasn't revealed any performance figures yet, but ishinting that the top speed could be well over 150kmph.
The headlamp housing looks rather large for the rest of the bike. The Mojo's twin-tube chassis is the attention grabber
The rear is the prettiest angle on the Mojo with the twin exhausts, the LED tail light that comprises ofa total of 20 LEDs and the floating fender
The multi-function instrumentation of the Mojo has read-outs for 0-100, top speed recorded and best RPM achieved among the regular read-outs
The engine is a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder petrol mill with double overhead cam shafts. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The clutch isn't the slipper-type, and it shouldn't be confused with the slipper torque mechanism used for the starter motor (something that Mahindrais likely to highlight inthe showroom brochures). Mahindra says the slipper torque mechanism is required to manage the engine duringstartup, because the torque, even at idle, is very good. Someone managed to crank up the bike for us and it sounded rather nicefor a single-cylinder motorcycle. The twin-exhaust system is specially designed to produce a unique note and the system comes from an unnamed European manufacturer. The engine runs 10W50 oil and the radiator mechanism comes with a hot air defection system to avoid the heat from flowing on to your legs.
The radiator comes with a heat-deflection mechanism
The engine and gearbox are mounted in a coaxial configuration from a twin-tube chassis. Thesuspension comprises ofa pair of inverted forks at the front and a monoshock rear. There seems to be plenty on travel on the front suspension (143.mm), necessitating the need of a rigid triple clamp unit. The rear uses a box-type swing arm with the monoshock unit mounted at an angle of 25 to the ground and can travel up to 143mm. The bike weighs 165kg dry and hasat a ground clearance of 173.5mm. The wheelbase is 1,465mm. Pirelli Diablo Rosso II rubber is standard on the Mojo - 110/70-17 for the front and 150/60-17 for the rear.
Rear disc brake
The Mojo uses Pirelli Diablo Rosso II road tyres at the front and back
The petal disc brakes - 320mm at the front and 240mm at the rear - are from a Spanish brand called Jjuan and run sintered brake pads. No ABS yet, but it's on the anvil and expected in the next couple of months. Mahindra says that the brakes are designed to be more progressive than sharp. Apart from the brakes and tyres, some other components are also being imported. This is an interesting approach that Mahindra is taking, where it is importing key components like tyres and brakes rather than localising these like most other manufacturers.
The inverted forks at the front get 143.5mm travel
The reason Mahindra took so long to bring the bike was because the R&D wanted to focus on making the product, its manufacturing and servicing procedures as simple as possible before releasing itinto the complicated 200-300cc segment. Stay tuned for ourride report which comes in today.