All the four motorcycles are different, in terms of the design approach to what category they serve. The CBR250R is the only faired motorcycle, while others are naked. All these bikes may not be the flashiest or coolest bikes available, but when around, they do make their presence felt. The Thunderbird 350 still follows the old muscular Royal Enfield styling, while the KTM Duke 390 is all about lightness and chiselled looks. The Mojo is distinct. Its styling – particularly the bikini fairing design - might not be to everyone’s liking, but at least it helps the motorcycle stand out. The Honda CBR250R meanwhile is your old-school fully faired sportbike which has now started to look a bit jaded.
However, looks are subjective and what matters next is what is at the core of these motorcycles. The CBR250R has the smallest engine here. It displaces 249cc; has a single cylinder; is liquid cooled and fuel injected. This motor churns out 26bhp of power and 22.9Nm of peak torque. Next up is the Mahindra Mojo. Powered by a single cylinder, liquid cooled 292cc engine, it too is fuel injected and pumps out 27bhp of power and 30Nm of peak torque.
But, it is the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 which is the least powerful here, and it is also the only one that’s air cooled and breathes via a carburettor. It displaces 346cc and only produces 20bhp of max power. But, its long stroke design helps it pump out more torque compared to the Honda and the figure for the Thunderbird stands at 28Nm. The KTM Duke 390 is at the other end of the spectrum. Single cylinder, liquid cooled, 373cc, but with engine output figures that are nothing short of sensational! It produces 44bhp and 35Nm of torque.