At nearly 2 lakhs, the Mahindra Mojo might be a "Premium" motorcycle in India.. but what kind of motorcycle is it (to ride)?
Mahindra Mojo, the inspiration:
A small dance routine just before the Mojo was unveiled on to the stage, probably explains the inspiration behind the Mojo. Just as the electronic screens on the stage started to beam images of colorful flowers, some exotic dancers appeared on stage dressed in attires that definitely reminded of the 70’s. The motif at the launch was clearly Flower Power / Free Love / Hippie Culture of the 70’s.
Mojo being brought on stage amidst flowers..!!
As the colorful jig ended, a black Mojo was brought on to the stage quickly followed by Mr. Anand Mahindra himself.
Mr. Mahindra made a speech about how he christened the bike, Mojo. According to him, the name was inspired from a song from the Blues group, Muddy Waters.
1970’s = Flower Power = Hippie Culture = Blues = Mojo..!!
Ok, Now I get it. Actually the Mojo will not look out of place with a Hippie riding it.
But the problem that I see here is that, unlike Mr. Mahindra, for most of my generation (and ones born after me), the only connection with "Flower Power" and the "Hippie culture of the late 60's & 70's is from the song "Dum Maro Dum" from the Bollywood movie Hare Rama Hare Krishna.
And I don’t really see any hippies around me. Maybe, I should go on that forever postponed vacation to Goa..!!
Anyway, what kind of motorcycle is the Mahindra Mojo?
The 30 sec. teaser ad prior to its official unveiling, showed the Mojo being tested on an international race track in Italy. This suggests that the Mojo would a bike suited for the track. So a naked street bike, sharp enough to be taken to the track. Which basically should mean that the Mojo might be a Street Fighter motorcycle..!!
The wide handlebars, front set foot pegs, slightly kicked out front suspension makes the Mojo anything but a street fighter motorcycle..
That definitely was my notion of the Mojo before the official launch. i.e a Street Fighter. So is the Mahindra Mojo a Street Fighter?
Nope.. Nada.. Definitely no. Why?
On a street fighter motorcycle, the rake angle of the front suspension is aggressive enough for sharp turns. The rear set foot pegs and the handlebar are positioned such that it allows for the rider's weight to be transferred to the front when one wants to get into a corner with his knee down. This makes street fighters ideal for street use and sharp enough to be taken to the track for the occasional track day.
A member of xBhp.Com checking out the riding position of the Mojo
I had the opportunity to sit on the Mojo and get a feel of its riding stance/position. Astride the Mojo the first thing that one notices is that the handlebars are very wide. The foot pegs are set in a comfortable feet forward position. The handlebar-seat-foot pegs relationship is set up in such a manner that once astride the Mojo, it feels like one is on a Cruiser Motorcycle. The wide handlebars, front set foot pegs, slightly kicked out front suspension only corroborates it.
My first impression of the Mojo was that it is a contemporary motorcycle like the Royal Enfield thunderbird minus the chrome.
So how do I like the Mahindra Mojo?
I appreciate the engine specs and the cycle parts used on the Mojo but honestly speaking, the Mojo fails to excite me. Even the discussion on the Mojo on xBhp.Com has gone rather silent post its official unveiling.
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