Mahindra is gearing up to launch updated Mojo 300 with ABS
Mahindra launched Mojo 300 in October 2015 after teasing the bike for half a decade. Mojo 300 was touted as a touring motorcycle but never picked up the sales momentum. The main reason for the same was uncomfortable riding position. Cutting back to 2019, new safety norms are now enforced which makes it mandatory to equip all bikes above 150cc with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Mahindra Mojo ABS has been spied by certain motorcycle enthusiast.
Mahindra Mojo 300 is seen testing with ABS, images of the same were uploaded on Instagram by iamabiker.com. You can clearly see the ABS rings on the image, here the bike is Mojo UT300. It is unclear whether Mahindra will launch Mojo XT300 with ABS or we have to just go with UT300 ABS.
Powering the Mojo is a 300cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. The state of tune of this engine is different on Mojo UT300 and XT300. On premium XT300, the engine pumps out 26.5bhp at 8000rpm and 30Nm torque at 5500rpm. Whereas on the UT300, the engine is fed by a carburetor which makes 22.5bhp at 7500rpm and 25.2Nm twisting force at 5500rpm.
Could the safety tech change the fate of Mahindra Mojo ABS?
With Bajaj holding its position firm with the launch of new and more powerful Dominar 400, it is quite difficult for Mojo 300 to make space for itself. The XT300 variant which came with fuel-injection, golden USD forks, and dual exhaust mufflers carries a price tag of Rs 1.7 lakh ex-showroom. With the addition of ABS, the bike will only more expensive to about Rs 1.83 to Rs 1.85 lakh ex-showroom.
However, if Mahindra decided to go with ABS variant of UT300 then it would come at a cheaper cost. But fuel injection is required to comply with upcoming BS6 emission norms. Only time will tell the tale what Mahindra has in mind. The spied bike was equipped with Pirelli Angel CT tyres which are good for touring purpose.
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When we talk about touring motorcycles, they are required to be comfortable for long distance traveling. But Mojo suffered from this shortcoming, the seat is too soft for medium to heavy riders. The exhaust mufflers are so wide that during cornering they tend to touch the asphalt before the footpegs. And scrapped muffler would look uglier than the footpegs, Right? Another problem was the position of footpegs, they weren’t comfortably rear set.
On the other hand, Royal Enfield Himalayan 400 alone can subdue the Mojo due to its sheer off-road prowess and better brand image. Upcoming Gixxer 250 which is expected to launch at a price tag of Rs 1.6 lakh (with dual-channel ABS) ex-showroom, could also become a better alternative to Mojo.
But was Mojo 300 that bad?
No Mojo 300 is really a good touring machine if you consider. The sweet 300cc engine can hold 120 kmph for all day long. Furthermore, the Mojo returns an average fuel efficiency of about 27-28 kmpl. Hence, you can easily get a real-world range of more than 500 km. That’s a boon for touring.
Ride Safe, Ride Hard, and always wear a helmet while riding. Stay Tuned for more from the world of motorcycling.