Affordable and quirky

K Shivraj
Saturday, 11 August 2018

Averaging 30kmpl in the city and 37kmpl on the highway, the Mahindra Mojo UT 300 feels more frugal than the XT 300 but could perform better 

Mahindra has launched a new variant of the Mojo. It is called the Mojo UT 300, and is cheaper than the XT 300 (Xtreme Tourer) by approximately Rs 25,000. 

With the letters UT standing for Universal Tourer, the bike looks quite similar to its costlier sibling. Retaining most features of the Mojo, including the silhouette, the UT 300, compared to the XT 300, packs a good deal of changes. The single-tone colour scheme of the UT 300 is distinctly different from the two-tone colour scheme of the XT 300. A twin-beam head lamp marks the front. The LED daytime running lamps that the XT 300 flaunts are missing. Even the front mudguard is simpler. 

Single muffler
The UT 300  has its engine painted in a shade of black. The belly pan and the 21-fuel tanks are also finished in a shade of black. If this hints at an effort to add a sporting touch, the bike’s upswept muffler has aluminium finish. There is only one muffler on the right. The UT 300 misses the twin-muffler setup of the XT 300. If this provides a clue as to how the price was reduced, the rear section of the bike is also finished in black. The 23bhp, 294.7cc single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine breathes through a carburettor unlike the XT 300, which is fuel injected. The six-speed gearbox is the same as on the XT 300. 

0 to 100kmph in 11 secs
If the UT 300 feels a touch less refined than the XT 300, especially as the revs rise and the vibrations make themselves felt through the tank and the foot pegs, it performs well. The bike exerts a good pull as the revs rise past 5000rpm. The run from 0 to 100kmph is accomplished in 11 seconds. 

With a wheelbase that is five-millimetre less than of the XT 300 at 1460mm because of the reduction in fork length, the UT 300 is easy to ride in the city. With a ground clearance that is 8.5mm less than the XT 300 at 165mm, the bike does feel a bit slower than the XT 300 on an open road. If the longer seat,  especially the rear — courtesy an increase in the bike’s length by 15mm, contributes to a comfortable ride for the pillion, the UT 300 is comfortable to ride over longer distances and durations. This is made possible by the change in cushion, which is firmer. 

A firm edge to the ride
On the highway, the UT 300 simply does not feel as smooth and as responsive as the XT 300. Good speeds are attained, but seem to take longer. The detuning of the engine is most felt on the highway. Averaging 30kmpl in the city and 37kmpl on the highway, the UT 300 is more frugal than the XT 300. Emitting an exhaust note that is not much different from that of the XT 300, the UT 300 has a firm edge to its ride. Soaking up the irregularities well and over a variety of surfaces, the bike however does not deliver as plush a ride as the XT 300. The difference is small though. 

Riding on MRF Zappers rather than the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres, the UT 300 handles well. The MRFs may have a lower speed rating but they exert good grip and contribute to the good handling of the bike.

Cornering is as much fun as was the case with the earlier model. Long sweeping turns are well executed, and at good speeds. A feeling of disconnect does make itself felt when the bike is pushed hard around corners. 

Verdict
The brakes of the UT 300 display a good bite. It could do with some more feel however. Priced at Rs 1.49 lakh ex-showroom Delhi, the Mojo UT 300 retains the quirky yet likeable feel of the original. It crimps on a number of features, the most prominent being one of the two mufflers, but in no way allow the big bike to slip. 

Pros: Quirky yet likeable styling, price, comfortable riding position, longer seat
Cons: Loses a bit on refinement and performance over the XT 300

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