The Mahindra Mojo is a motorcycle which barely sells a few units a month. Leave alone setting the sales charts ablaze, the Mahindra Mojo still being sold is a great thing, as Mahindra two-wheelers would barely be making any money from this product. The poor sales performance can be attributed to a number of things, including the Mahindra Two-Wheelers brand being relatively unknown.
The Mahindra Mojo though has become a cult icon, and those who own it, swear by its reliability and build quality. Sarath Shenoy, a Mahindra Mojo rider, who was also a rider for Mahindra during the testing phase of the Mojo would be able to testify for its build quality. He and his Mahindra Mojo have covered more than 90,000 kilometres in just two years, and that too on some of the worst terrains one can imagine, in the Himalayas, and the northeastern parts of India.
Now, a video posted on the Himalayan Bikers Adventure Tour Group on Facebook further goes to prove the motorcycle's build quality and reliability. A group of bikers saw a live demo of the Build Quality of the Mahindra Mojo when they were on a road trip in Nepal. The bikers were en route to Upper Mustang, a region located in the upper reaches of the Himalayas at an altitude of around 12,500 feet.
It is a rocky, mountainous region, and there literally is no road for several kilometres while riding up there. The 'road' which exists, is a rocky, bumpy surface with steep drops of hundreds of feet. Now, with such a surface, riding itself is a difficult task. The region where this video is shot was shot, was a rocky incline, with a steep drop on the other side.
The group of bikers saw an oncoming tractor, and decided to give it maximum space, so they lined up on the left side of the road. The tractor driver however misjudged the road and the space available for him to pass, and ran over the first motorcycle in the group, which was a Mahindra Mojo. After the Incident, the tractor driver claimed that he did not know if there was enough space on the other side and that the brakes weren't working.
We do not know whether any action was taken against the tractor driver or was he let go, but we do know this, that the Mahindra Mojo survived. Now, you have to remember that, this was a huge, heavy duty, 4WD tractor, and the uploader of the video also claims it was carrying 12 large 250-litre cans of fuel, and it ran straight over the Mojo.
So, one would easily assume that the Mojo was crushed, and would have to be sold for scrap, but that was not the case here. The rider picked up the motorcycle, and thumbed the ignition. Voila, the 294.72cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine comes to life, with its deep bassy exhaust note, coming from the twin exhaust pipes. Yes, the exhaust system was still in place after being run over by tonnes of tractor.
What makes it better is, the bike was in riding condition, and the rider took it for a short spin on camera, to show the build quality of the bike. Yes, the throttle did seem a bit sticky, and it does sound like the FI system is revving the engine a little too much. But hey, it survived with just a broken, but not shattered headlamp and a few dents here and there.
Even after such a big mishap, the Mahindra Mojo was in a good condition, and we wouldn't be surprised to hear that the bike was ridden back home in that condition with just a few minor fixes.
This however, is not the first time that the Mojo has aced the build quality test given to it by the cruel world. It was only a few months ago that, a similar incident happened in Chennai. Mahindra Mojo owner Vishwanath was riding his bike when a truck exiting from an office premises onto the road rammed into his bike.
The rider was thrown off the bike, but the Mojo was was held on to, by the front bumper. In this scenario, most would expect the motorcycle to be totaled, but seems like the build quality of the motorcycle did not like the idea of being totaled. The bike was pulled out from under the truck in almost the same condition it went in.
Further praising Mahindra, the rider was quoted as saying, the Mahindra Road Side Assistance showed up in half an hour and towed the motorcycle to the service centre. Given that the Mojo in Nepal could be ridden after the accident, the Mojo in Chennai too could have made it to the service centre under its own power, but the rider may have decided not to risk it.
The Mahindra Mojo is a great motorcycle. It feels stable, it feels comfortable at highway speed, it would not shy away from off-road riding and it gave the rider a delightful experience overall. The highlight of the Mahindra Mojo though, is the excellent build quality and the exceptional reliability The very fact that there was no leakage of petrol from the fuel tank, and no leakage of engine oil from the engine casing is mind-boggling.