The Mahindra Mojo is powered by a 300cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine, and it is an excellent motor. This engine develops 26bhp of max power and 30Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The refinement, smoothness, linear power delivery and the ability to cruise at 110kmph with ease makes the Mojo an excellent choice for highway. The gearshifts too feel light and offer precise shifts. Within city limits, the Mojo performs well thanks to the low-end torque, which is handy from as low as 1500rpm. Overall, the Mojo’s engine is well mannered, friendly, and the power output is accessible and practical.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan gets a 411cc engine, which like the Mojo’s unit uses a single cylinder. However, this one is oil-cooled and carburetted, and, it isn’t as refined as the Mahindra either. Vibrations aren’t so much of an issue here, but the noise the engine makes leaves you with an impression of it being an old and rackety unit. And the harder you rev it, the worse it gets. It’s best then to ride the Himalayan at around 90kmph, which honestly, isn’t good for a bike meant for touring. The clunky gearbox and the heavier clutch pull only add to the Himalayan’s woes.
The Himalayan engine produces 24.5bhp and a peak torque of 32Nm, which puts it more or less level with the Mojo on paper. But, on the road, the Mojo is faster under flat out acceleration and it outperforms the Himalayan in the ride-ability stakes as well. The Himalayan also runs out of steam earlier than the Mojo recording a slower top speed. And it must labour to get there.
Royal Enfield Himalayan:7/10