Mahindra’s assault on the Indian two-wheeler market commences with the unveiling of the Stallio and the Mojo. Here’s a photo feature and full dope on the two motorcycles
Amidst dazzling fanfare and gaiety, as befitting the entry of a leviathan into alien territory, Mahindra took the wraps off its two new motorcycles in Mumbai yesterday. While the majority of the country waited with bated breath for the first pieces of news on the Ayodhya Case verdict, bikers in India were tuned in to a different frequency for the dope on what is reportedly one of the biggest and most powerful Indian bike ever. Let’s start with the smaller one and save the better for latter.
The Mahindra Stallio is an executive commuter, powered by a horizontally-opposed 106.7cc single cylinder SOHC engine, with a peak power of 7.3PS produced at 7500rpm and 8Nm of peak torque@8000rpm and a four-speed transmission. As with its engine, the styling is deliberately conventional and toned down. The bike bears a resemblance to many others in its category, especially in the detailing of its rear body panels, the contours of the fuel tank, panels covering the battery and air-filter and the exhaust shroud.
The bike features fully digital instrumentation that is reminiscent of the one on Mahindra’s Rodeo scooter, but with chrome surrounds this time. LEDs are used for the tail-lamps and pilot headlamps, however the former looks jaded already. The single-bar grab rail does not help matters either. The front is slightly better in that department, with an ‘inverted arrow design’ bikini fairing and the aforementioned twin LED pilot lamps. Another aspect of the Stallio worth mentioning is the pass-light switch which is still a novelty amongst Indian commuter bikes although the bike does lose out on bar-end weights which would have reduced the vibrations at the handlebar. The fuel tank cap is also fully flush with the tank itself, which is done up in matte black, lending the bike a sporty appeal.
The Mahindra Stallio will be available in two variants – self start/cast alloy wheels/digital console and kickstart/spoke wheels which are available at Rs.44,699/- and 41,199/- (ex showroom Pune), respectively and inDerby Red, Colt Black, Equus Blue, Buckskin Yellow and Ranch Green colours.At this price point the bike will look at ruffling the feathers of the likes of Bajaj Discover 100, Hero Honda Splendor / Passion, TVS Star City and the recently launched Yamaha YBR 110, when it goes on sale in the coming weeks to make the most of the festive season.
A lot has been speculated and written over the Mojo ever since Mahindra announced their intention of producing a motorcycle that would move the goalposts far forward for Indian biking. And it’s finally time now. Based on the Italian Malaguti MR250 concept bike, the Mojo is powered by a four-valve DOHC 292cc single-cylinder engine, churning out a peak power of 26.3PS@8500rpm and peak torque of 24Nm@7000rpm. Despite the single-cylinder engine, Mahindra has seen fit to include dual exhausts on both sides of the bike in keeping with the rest of the bike’s character. Transmission is via a six-speed gearbox while the Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system has been developed by Ducati Energia of Italy. In the flesh, what first catches your attention though, will be those massive inverted front shock absorbers done up in brushed golden and the twin headlamps reminiscent of the Triumph Speed Triple. The tear-drop design coupled with the gold-painted exposed twin-tube diamond frame lends the bike a sexy side profile in conjunction with the slash-cut rear. RVM-mounted indicators are another standout feature. Instrumentation is comprehensive, consisting of an analogue tachometer, digital speedo and and tell tale lights for ECU malfunction, engine overheating, gearshift indicator etc.
The front suspension is courtesy Italian specialists Paioli, and is complemented by a horizontally mounted monoshock at the rear. Radially-mounted calipers and discs (the stylish 320mm petal disc at the front has the largest diameter amongst Indian bikes) handles the braking duties at both front and rear. When it launches, the Mojo will also be the first ever motorcycle in India to sport Pirelli tubeless radials as standard – 100/80 and 150/60 medium compounds at the front and rear respectively. The Mojo (we wish Mahindra would have kept the codename they used in the developmental stages – Diablo) will go on sale early next year, for approximately Rs 1.75 lakh (ex showroom Pune) and be available in two colours – red and black. Customers also have the option of customising their bikes with a range of decals from the showroom itself and both bikes will come with a comprehensive four year warranty. With big names like Ducati Energia, Paioli, Pirelli, J Juan (Spanish manufacturer of brake calipers) and Engines Engineering behind the two motorcycles, expect them to deliver the best of both worlds during that period.
And oh, expect to see Aamir Khan plugging the Stallio on your television set very soon.
Words: Saeed Akhtar