Benelli TNT 25: 6/10
KTM Duke 200: 7/10
Mahindra Mojo: 8/10
The surprise here, and it is a big one, is the Mojo! The Mahindra Mojo – like the other two – uses a liquid cooled, fuel injected, single cylinder engine that’s mated to a 6-speed unit. But, the Mojo has the highest displacement at 295cc, and as a result, it also has the highest torque output in this test. It develops a gutsy 30Nm, which more than compensates for its less than glorious power figure of 26bhp. But that’s not the highlight of the engine; it’s the refinement, the linear and accessible power delivery, and the lack of vibrations that make it both likeable and exploitable. The gearbox works well too; it’s light but crisp and precise at the same time.
If the Mojo’s engine is like Captain America – polite, righteous, and a bit boring –the KTM Duke 200 is like Tony Stark. It is fast paced, entertaining, but isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. You either like the character or you don’t. The Duke’s 25bhp, 19Nm, 200cc single is only fun right at the top but to constantly keep it there can either be tiresome or huge amounts of fun; and that’s completely down to the way a rider is wired. Plus, after the Mojo, the KTM’s engine feels a little rough around the edges then be it the way it sounds or vibrates. Now, if you want the Iron Man experience by the way, you’d have to get the 390; it completely elevates the game.
Back to this comparison and the Benelli’s powertrain is our least favourite. Its 249cc single isn’t short on power; in fact at 28bhp it is the most powerful bike here. It’s the way the TNT 25 goes about making that power, however, that makes it feel completely lackluster, especially in this company. The Benelli doesn’t have the manic, excitable character of the KTM or the grown up, refined, big bike feel of the Mahindra. It just comes across as a crude and vibey and unexciting 250cc motorcycle. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the shift quality of its gearbox isn’t great either.