Mahindra could have styled the Mojo better..
The Mojo has its front suspension a bit more kicked out than what's pleasing to the eye..
There are riders who like to stop on a lonely stretch, just to park the bike and admire at the piece of industrial art
After awarding bouquets to Mahindra for brining a decently powerful engine, with the latest tech and putting some exotic cycle parts on the Mojo, its time for some brickbats!
The only problem that I have with the Mojo is the styling. Actually I don’t fancy the name either, but then I guess a name is not much of an issue for most Indians for whom English is a second language.
Coming back to the styling, the following sentence will summarize it all from my side. At the press launch, I was struggling to find an angle to photograph the Mojo from which I could make it appear glamorous!
What is the problem with Mojo’s styling?
Some thing definitely seems to be out of place with the Mojo in terms of styling. To make it clear one just needs to look at a concept model from Malaguti called the MR 250, which was displayed at an Auto Show a few years back.
Engine’s Engineering, the company which Mahindra owns also did work for the Italian brand, Malaguti and the styling of the Mojo is very obviously just copy-pasted from the Malaguti MR 250 Concept, with a slight tweak.
Apart from putting alloy wheels and twin retro styled headlamps and a slightly different seat, the Mojo has its front suspension a bit more kicked out than the Malaguti MR 250. And that’s where according to me spoils the proportions and the aesthetics of the Mojo.
In fact one of the angles from which the Mojo looks good is from the rear three quarters, i,e. from where the from suspension is not visible! Or from the front three quarters from where the rake angle of the front suspension is not visible. What a difference, a small change in proportion has made.
Oh.. by the way, I later realized that the Mojo doesn't look as bad with a rider astride on it!
But then there are many riders like me, who like to stop on a lonely stretch, just to park the bike and admire at the piece of industrial art.
Examples of such beautiful creations: MV Augusta Brutale, Ducati Street Fighter, KTM Super Duke, Kawasaki Z750/Z1000. Even our very own Yamaha FZ16 and the Pulsar 180 UG IV/220S are beautiful bikes with perfect proportions.
With such a decent engine and exotic components, Mahindra had a good opportunity to make its mark with a beautiful motorcycle. Mahindra could have left the styling of the Malaguti MR 250 untouched and copied it exactly the same in the Mojo, never mind the twin headlamps.
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