BMW G 310 R vs KTM Duke 390 vs Benelli TNT 300 vs Mahindra Mojo
Strap yourself up to your seat guys. Things are going to get wild here. 2017 saw the launch of the brand new KTM Duke 390 that is said to wipe out any competition there has ever been. Later in the year, the German brand BMW Motorrad will be launching its smallest motorcycle, the G 310 R which is manufactured here in India by TVS. These two machines will change the face of the middleweight naked sports segment which until now had the Mahindra Mojo and the foreigner Benelli TNT 300 from Italy.
We will sit down and chalk up a charge sheet to decipher the best machine you would want to invest in according to your needs and wish. Although the KTM is a notch above in all departments, we will have it here just for the sake of comparison. Mahindra is the least expensive of all and the Benelli is the only one with two cylinders and has that Italian flair that no one carries. The Beemer, on the other hand, is built for the world market and will remain to be a neutral contender in both style and performance compared amongst the rest here.
All the four motorcycles will have a condescending effect on the Indian two-wheeler market, and they have the fresh breed of entry-level naked performance motorcycles to blaze the much needed thrilling experience to enthusiasts and purists. Making motorcyclist get into a realm of more content and less bitter, here is all the help you would need to pick one for yourself:
Mahindra opens its first ever exclusive Mojo showroom in Bengaluru.
It might have taken a long time, but then, the segment of naked sports tourers has finally begun to burgeon in India. It all started way back in 2012 when Mahindra previewed the Mojo concept for the first time in a raw form.
Today, Mahindra made headways with this strategy and went on to open its first ever exclusive Mojo showroom that will, apart from sales and service, will push customers to indulge in an all-round experience of owning the bike. In a bid to tap the newfound interests in the sports tourer segment, Mahindra Two Wheelers is on the path to growing its premium motorcycle brand, Mojo.
What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?
In our number of stories, we have repeatedly said that the Indian two wheeler market is one tough field to study. The kind of demands we Indians do ask from two-wheeler makers are quite hard to conquer, as we want literally everything in one product.
Keeping in view of such demands from a very competitive market, the manufacturers too are doing a tremendous job by offering products which are offering a good blend of all the traits in one single package. Out of all these products, some do hit the sales charts with massive popularity, while some of them end up being average or low sellers, despite being a brilliant piece of engineering and design.
In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on the latter category of motorcycles and scooters, ones which are not selling as expected despite being wonderful in one way or the other. Here’s a list of all such unfortunate and underrated motorcycles and scooters, and we seriously wish that they do post impressive numbers for their makers:-
Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Mahindra Mojo
It might have taken a long time, but then, the segment of naked sports tourers has finally begun to burgeon in India. It all started way back in 2012, when Mahindra previewed the Mojo concept for the first time in a raw form, something which still needed a finalised finishing to be launched in a full-fledged manner. Until this year, it was only Royal Enfield which had the presence in the entry level middleweight segment with its range of 350cc cruisers and roadsters.
In 2015, Mahindra finally introduced the Mojo as the only naked sports tourer which had the potential of rivalling the Royal Enfield offerings, with its distinctive styling, excellent engine and top notch hardware. Being the flagship product from Mahindra, the Mojo had to succeed in each and every aspect, owing to the fact that it took a long period of three years in the name of research, development and testing. And then, the end product turned out to be something which was beyond the expectations of enthusiasts, who had little hopes from Mahindra in the premium motorcycle category.
Now that the trumpet was blown by the Mahindra Mojo, how could the competition remain behind? Speaking of the premium sportbike makers, India’s most serious player in this particular segment, Bajaj Auto, had something cooking in its R&D centre. A preview of this process was shown at the Auto Expo 2014 when Bajaj showcased the Pulsar CS400 concept, which was aimed at naked sport tourer lovers. With its premium and unique design elements and the KTM connection in its mechanicals, the Pulsar CS400 generated huge hype around it, with the enthusiasts eagerly waiting it to be unleashed on the market.
And finally, towards the end of the year 2016, Bajaj surprised us with the all new Dominar 400, a product completely based on the Pulsar CS 400 concept. What was more astonishing is the fact that the motorcycle, more or less, is exactly the same machine as the Pulsar CS 400, barring a couple of changes. With a positively shocking starting price, the Dominar is all set to join the Mojo to expand the naked sports tourer segment. However, given the spirit of competition, we need to find out which one of the two emerges out to be the better machine, keeping all the aspects in mind.
In this feature story, we are going to compare two motorcycles in an all new segment of naked sports tourers – both coming from home-grown manufacturers, but do possess a lot of internationalism in their design and engineering. Here’s our comprehensive comparison between the all new Bajaj Dominar 400 and the Mahindra Mojo:-
Renderings of BSA and JAWA have landed
Last week we had featured an interesting piece of news about the Indian auto major Mahindra and Mahindra’s subsidiary, Classic Legends Pvt Ltd. (CLPL) purchasing the iconic British biker BSA Motorcycles and rights to the JAWA brand to launch new products which “will capture the character, DNA and ethos of these brands”, and that it will “develop products that are in sync with the DNA of the BSA and Jawa brands”. Check it here.
While we know that it would take at the least a couple of years to see their first iterations of what is touted as ‘The grand revival’, rendering artists across the globe have already started letting their imagination run wild. They say that ’Imagination is a place where all the important answers lies’ and I guess we have started to get ours.
An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi and is also famously called as OBIBOI, has sketched some impressive looks of concepts which might be expected from the Mahindra stable in the future. They include desert runners, scramblers and street build concepts. Let’s have a look at these:
Mahindra purchased the iconic BSA and Jawa
Indian auto major Mahindra is the newest player in the two wheeler business and is making headlines in the right directions. Like on a shopping spree, Mahindra is on a roll. It entered the market after buying out Kinetic is 2010 and since then it has acquitted SSangyong in 2011, controlling stakes at Pininfarina (people who have designed Ferraris, Maseratis and Alfa Romeos), Reva Electric Car Company and recently 51% stake at Peugeot motorcycles. Anticipations of it buying BSA and Norton were running high for quite some time now.
Bajaj Dominar 400 Vs Mahindra Mojo
Bajaj Auto is almost on the verge of launching their upcoming power cruiser which they will most probably call Dominar400. This motorcycle will be their flagship offering for the Indian market but won’t be launched under the Pulsar sub brand. This will be the production variant of the CS400 concept which was showcased almost 2 years ago at the 2014 Auto expo. The motorcycle when launched has plenty of rivals to locks its horns with, some of the biggest names of this entry level performance motorcycles includes KTM Duke 390, Mahindra Mojo, Benelli TNT300 etc. While there will be plenty more entrant as well launching next year from the likes BMW and Suzuki.
Now because KTM already introduced the new Duke390 in the International market there is still some more time to actually wait and find out what changes will be made to the Indian spec variant when it finally launches here in 2017. The second biggest rival right now for the Bajaj Dominar is definitely Mahindra’s flagship offering the Mojo which too became an instant hit since its launch because of its touring capabilities.
So today we have decided to provide you all the details of the upcoming Bajaj Dominar 400 and the existing Mahindra Mojo and find out which provides a better deal.
Click past jump to read more about the Bajaj Dominar 400 and the Mahindra Mojo
Schemes and offers going on for 2016 festive season
No matter how much the Indian two wheeler market may be suffering from ups and downs in the entire tenure of one year, the one particular period which definitely sets the cash registers ringing for all of them is the festive season of Diwali. If we dig out the history of automobile industry, the performance of all the manufacturers during this particular period of time always goes on exemplary, with all of them playing in profits more than what they usually collect in other months of the year.
Like every other year, the festive season of 2016 too has witnessed all the major players of the tow wheeler industry of India coming forward with their lineup of schemes, offers, limited edition models and new variants of the already existing models. Following is a list of all the schemes which are being offered by all the two wheeler majors of the country. Here they are.
Comparison – Hero Passion Pro i3S vs Honda Dream Yuga vs Mahindra Centuro vs TVS Star City Plus
Gone are those days, when the basic entry level commuters were meant to be monotonous, mere functioning, boring motorcycles, whose only job was to ferry people from point A to point B. In today’s world, however, to match up with the changing times and perceptions, even the entry level motorcycles are becoming premium and rich, apart from performing their very best in their core aim which we have mentioned in the first line.
Speaking of the brigade of premium commuters, Hero (the then Hero Honda) started the trend with its ultra popular Passion, which has written numerous records, owing to its ease of ownership and handsome looks (for the segment). The brilliant fuel efficiency and simple mechanicals are the reason why the Passion has found more than a crore of buyers till date, a chunk of which comes from Tier-II and Tier-III cities.
And unlike most of the common low-priced commuters, the Hero Passion brand has withstood the tide of changing times, as the parent company has regularly given the periodic upgrades to the motorcycle, both in terms of styling and performance. Over the last fifteen years of its life till date, the Passion has received a number of upgrades, starting from Passion Plus and its updates, Passion Pro and its updates, a mild off-roader in the form of Passion Pro TR and a 110cc variant in the name of Passion X-Pro. Now, in its latest update, Hero has equipped the 100cc Passion Pro with the i3S technology, which claims to enhance the performance of the motorcycle.
But going for the new Passion Pro i3S is not so easy. The main reason why Hero updated the Passion Pro was the fact that it was facing stiff competition from other competitors in terms of design and novelty. Majority of that competition has been coming from Hero’s erstwhile partner Honda, which launched the Dream Yuga with the intention of dethroning Hero MotoCorp from being the numero uno among commuters.
The competition has only become spicier with the refreshed avatars of two more motorcycles – Mahindra Centuro and TVS Star City Plus. While the Centuro has tried to lure the consumers with its very premium car-like features, the new Star City Plus has upped the game with its premium upgrade and solid build, which has shown that TVS has still not lost the steam. Which motorcycle among the four emerges out to be the best semi-premium entry level motorcycle, let’s find out:-
List of limited edition two wheelers launched for festive season of 2016
No matter how much slowdown the Indian two wheeler market will be facing, the one time period which brings a smile to all the automobile majors is the festive season of Navratri and Diwali. All the two wheeler manufacturers of the Indian market try their best to make their products as best as possible, by either introducing sweet and tempting deals and discounts, or to increase their profits and margins by launching limited edition models.
Out of these two moves by the two wheeler manufacturers for the festive season, the latter one seems to be more interesting, as it somewhat makes the already existing products a bit more desirable and value for money. These limited edition models do ask a slight premium (sometimes, they don’t ask that premium as well), which we feel is worthy given the fact that they do look a bit different and eye catchy on the road.
Following is a list of all the limited edition models by various two wheeler manufacturers of India for the festive season of 2016, which range from a puny 110cc scooter to a mighty middleweight naked roadster. Here you go:-
2016 Mahindra Mojo Tourer Edition
Mahindra has been attracting quite a lot of attention with their newly launched Mojo. They are trying to enter a segment which has very little competition specially keeping the price point in mind. The Mahindra Mojo seems to fulfil dreams of those who want to get their hands on a well equipped yet powerful motorcycle which they can use for some serious touring purposes besides the well renowned Royal Enfield Cruisers.
Recently Mahindra have launched a special edition Mojo which is called Mahindra Mojo Tourer Edition. This particular motorcycle has been equipped with many additional accessories which definitely will help if you are planning long trips on your motorcycle.
The Mojo is the flagship offering from Mahindra two wheeler and is powered by 295 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled fuel injected engine which produces about 27 bhp of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 30 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
Although nothing actually has changed but the additional accessories definitely will attract the attention of those buyers who wants to get their hands on a well equipped touring machine.
Click past jump to read more about the Mahindra Mojo Tourer edition
2016 Mahindra Centuro Mirzya Edition
Mahindra hasn’t been able to replicate the success of the SUV/MUV segment into the business of two wheelers. While the sales of half of its product lineup have been lukewarm, the sales of the other half have actually bombed in the market. However, the one product on which the company has been riding smoothly and has trust upon is its first ever premium 110cc commuter motorcycle, Centuro.
The Mahindra Centuro, when launched, instantly gained a huge and positive response for showcasing a lot of useful and premium features, which were usually only seen in cars and not in scooters or motorcycles. Adding to it, the decent engine and ride quality ensured a good recipe for success in its favor.
Ever since its launch, the Centuro has been the best selling product of Mahindra Two Wheelers. Not only this, the motorcycle is also exported to a lot of countries. Witnessing its increasing popularity and positive response, Mahindra launched two more basic variants of the motorcycle, named as Centuro Rockstar.
For the year 2016, to keep the momentum of the sales going, Mahindra has quietly introduced a limited edition version of the motorcycle, with the name Mahindra Centuro Mirzya Edition. The quirky name is due to the fact that the manufacturer has collaborated with a soon-to-be-released Bollywood movie, with the motorcycle basting some cosmetic variations depicting the fantasy theme of the movie. Here’s our quick review of the all new limited production model of the Mahindra Centuro Mirzya Edition:-
Comparison – Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo vs Honda CBR 250R
It might have taken a long period of time, but finally, Royal Enfield has come up with an all new generation motorcycle which completely deciphers the pre-conceived notions attached with Royal Enfields. With the Himalayan, Royal Enfield has carved out a very niche segment of motorcycles, which is indeed a special and exclusive one, yet is the most practical one for the Indian conditions – that of adventure tourers. The segment which was restricted only in the higher end segments with Triumph and BMW Motorrad being the only major players has now become much more accessible, affordable and practical with the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a much more refined and practical motorcycle to live with when compared to the other Royal Enfield motorcycles. It is a motorcycle which promises a lot with its ability of off-road as well as long distance touring, without compromising on the daily duties as well. It indeed is a one-of-its-kind motorcycles currently in the price band to which it belongs right now, but then, some of its attributes are being shared with some other motorcycles. Here in question is the ability of touring, which are already being accomplished by two other motorcycles in its class (apart from the entire Royal Enfield lineup, which will not be discussed here) – Mahindra Mojo and CBR 250R.
Last year, Mahindra did finally put up an end to all the anticipations and doubts revolving around its Mojo project, by launching the much awaited Mojo, which has received rave reviews for its mechanical prowess and long distance touring abilities. Not to forget the Honda CBR 250R, the only fully faired sports tourer in this price, which was the first motorcycle in this price bracket to trigger the want of touring motorcycles with its punchy and refined engine as well as comfortable ergonomics.
In this story, we are going to compare the Royal Enfield Himalayan, Mahindra Mojo and CBR 250R, and find out which motorcycle emerges out to be the best of all the worlds, with the touring abilities being the topmost priority. Here we go:-
2016 Mahindra Gusto 110 Special Edition
If you have been keenly observing the scooter market in the country, you must have seen that Mahindra has been trying to be a serious player in the segment. Till date, the manufacturer has been selling a range of scooters which do have the potential of being good sellers for their value for money quotient, but then, they have not been able to crack the code and are not churning up decent numbers for the manufacturer.
With high hopes, Mahindra did launch the Gusto 110 in 2014, with which it tried to revive its fortunes in the 110cc scooter segment. Designed and engineered as its first grounds up scooter, the Gusto was a good improvised product over the erstwhile scooters from Mahindra. However, considering the cut throat competition in the segment, the Gusto ended up as an average selling product, despite being good on several aspects.
Now, to boost the sales and its impact in the 110cc segment, Mahindra has come up with a limited edition version of the Gusto 110, which boasts of a couple of cosmetic advancements, while keeping its mechanical credentials intact. Here’s our comprehensive review of the Mahindra Gusto Special Edition:-
Caught Testing Is This The Cheaper Variant Of The Mahindra Mojo
According to the latest spy image and reports Mahindra has started experimenting with their recently launched motorcycle already. Recently from what looks like an early prototype of the upcoming reasonably priced Mojo was photographed while it was being tested in Maharashtra. The motorcycle looked like the existing Mojo but there were actually certain changes made to the test mule. From what it looked like the test mule was fitted with conventional telescopic forks towards the front instead of the upside down telescopic suspension setup finished in golden colour usually found in the standard Mojo which is on sale in the Indian market.
The other odd thing about the test mule was that it featured a single exhaust canister instead of Mojo’s signature duel exhaust canister setup on both side of the motorcycle. Now we are not too sure what exactly Mahindra is planning but it seemed like they are actually trying to launch a low priced Mojo as well which will be sold alongside the existing motorcycle.
The above noted changes point to that direction only because the conventional telescopic suspension setup and a single right hand side exhaust canister will help bring down the pricing of the motorcycle by a fair margin. And if we are not too wrong then Mahindra might even strip the more reasonably priced variant of the Mojo from its Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres as well and will perhaps replace them with standard MRF tyres. The other change might include the replacement of the twin DRL equipped headlamps with a single unit headlamp.
List of quarter liter (200-400cc) motorcycles available in India: PART 1
If there is one segment which is witnessing the fastest growth in the two wheeler industry, it has to be the quarter liter segment. This category, which consists of motorcycles ranging from 200cc to 400cc engines, has been in a solid action in the past 3-4 years, witnessing the arrival of new kinds of motorcycles, which were almost unheard in the market before. This segment is the new stepping stone for all those riders who have a craving for performance and wish to upgrade from their100-150cc commuters.
In this feature story, we are going to have a look on each and every single motorcycle which falls under this space of Indian two wheeler industry, which ranges from naked roadsters to adventure motorcycles. Here you go:-
Suzuki Access 125 vs Mahindra Gusto 125 vs Honda Activa 125 vs Vespa VXL 125
The scooter segment in the Indian market has come a long way from being almost dying to being a hotly contested arena. There was a time, when in India, the scooter segment was limited to two or three options, and the rising popularity of motorcycles over scooters was causing the slump in sales in the scooter segment. Then came the Honda Activa, which in true sense, revolutionized the entire scooter market, and paved the path for the future of scooters in India.
And after 15 years since the launch of the first generation Activa, much has changed in the Indian two wheeler market. It is much vast than before, much competitive than before and much desirable than before. The market now has a range of 110cc scooters to choose from, which caters to a larger audience who prefer utility and fuel efficiency over everything else.
Though, there exists a category of customers, who want more from a scooter - more performance, more features, better ride quality and riding dynamics and better desirability. For such class of customers, the segment of 125cc scooters has been a saving grace, as every scooter which falls in this segment provides you the extra dash over the 110cc scooters on sale, in almost every possible aspect.
It all started with the Kinetic Flyte and Suzuki Access 125, and now the segment has dwelled into a variety of options to choose from. While Honda has taken the finesse of the brand Activa to an altogether new level in the face of Activa 125, Mahindra has come up with a much more refined and contemporary scooter in the form of Gusto 125, and has moved over its mistakes which it did with the Rodeo UZO 125 and Duro DZ. Vespa, on the other hand, has spiced up the game by launching the all new Vespa VXL 125, a scooter which has increased the desirability of the already most desirable Vespa brand.
And now, the pioneer in this segment, Suzuki Access, has finally received its first comprehensive facelift, which looks promising and a game changer. With these four aforementioned scooters, the segment of premium 125cc scooters has become hotter than ever before, and we are going to zero on a decision about the best all rounded package in the segment. Here we go:-
The executive commuter segment has easily come a long way from being confined to only a couple of motorcycles, which too were not as premium in their heydays as the commuters are today. In the yesteryears, the segment of premium executive commuters was initiated by the Hero Honda Passion, which instantly made goodwill for itself for being a more premium and stylish motorcycle over the monotonous Splendor.
Very soon, the segment was fueled up by TVS’s very first home grown motorcycle, the Victor, which not only positioned TVS as one of the most significant players in the Indian two wheeler industry, but also gave the likes of Hero Honda and Bajaj a run for their money. It was the Victor which gave some serious nightmares to Splendor and Passion, the top two motorcycles of those times, as far as sales are concerned.
Witnessing the growing interest of customers towards the bikes like Passion and Victor, other manufacturers too jumped into the bandwagon and started playing serious in this space. And today, we can see that almost all the domestic manufacturers (except Royal Enfield) have tried out their hands in making a deep impact with their very own significant products.
Today, the top of the line segment of premium 110cc segment (yes, the capacity of the premium executive segment too has moved up from 100cc to 110cc) has an offering from all the manufacturers. While Honda and Mahindra have brought in their best till date in the segment, the Livo and Centuro respectively, TVS too some time ago brought back the Victor nameplate with an all new 110cc Victor, which has set new benchmarks in the segment as far as value-for-money is concerned.
And now, Hero, after maintaining a long silence, has finally launched its self-developed 110cc motorcycle, the new Splendor iSmart 110. The Splendor iSmart is an altogether different 110cc motorcycle from the Passion XPro, for the latter has the Honda-sourced 110cc powertrain. Ditching the dependency on Honda for powertrain, the Splendor iSmart 110 is also the second model from Hero to feature its now-famous i3S (Idle Start Stop System). But the going for the Splendor iSmart 110 will not be so easy, as the other three motorcycles do have their own special and unbeaten traits. Here’s our comprehensive comparison between Hero Splendor iSmart 110, TVS Victor, Honda Livo and Mahindra Centuro, to find out which one emerges out as the best bet for your money:-
Feature – List of 110cc motorcycles available in India
Not long ago, when the commuter segment of motorcycles were discussed in India, the discussion was confined to only 100cc motorcycles from the likes of Hero Honda, Bajaj and TVS, which used to sell bare basic 100cc motorcycles which were low on features and were priced extremely competitive. However, come 2016, and the market has moved forward, thus giving birth to an all new segment of commuters, that of 110cc categories.
For starters, the 110cc category of motorcycles does offer a bit more power, features and technology over the regular breed of 100cc ones, without compromising on fuel efficiency and maintenance a bit. Featuring the best of both the worlds of 100cc and 125cc, the 110cc segment is now the new in-thing, thus offering the most value for your well spent buck.
In this feature story, we have listed down all the 110cc motorcycles available in the Indian market from almost all the major manufacturers of India, thus giving us a proof that this is now the most hotly contested category of motorcycles in India. Here is the list of all the 110cc motorcycles which have been listed price and category wise.
Feature – List of 125cc scooters available in India
Since the last fifteen years, we have been witnessing an ever-increasing popularity of the scooters in the Indian market. Amidst the worsening conditions of city traffic, the scooters are proving to be easier to commute, with their effortless-to-use transmission and added practicality, thanks to flat floorboard and underseat storage.
Though the majority of the scooters being sold belong to the 110cc segment, the category of 125cc scooters too have seen a rapid rise in the last couple of years, thanks to the broadening mentality of Indians towards the scooter segment. With the added performance and slightly more sophisticated mechanical setup and features, the 125cc scooters do manage to prove their worth and the extra premium which they command over the 110cc scooters available in the market.
In this feature story, we have tried to list down all the 125cc scooters which are currently available in the Indian market, with all of them having their own trademark quality and fortes. Here they are.
List of 110cc scooters available in India
The Indian two wheeler market is riding on a rapid pace like never before, and unlike the previous generation and bygone decades, the scooters are contributing the most in this growth. With almost 35 per cent share in the Indian two wheeler market in today’s date, the involvement of scooters in the growth of automobile industry of India cannot be ignored.
Currently, the Indian scooter segment is divided into two categories – 110cc and 125cc. While the 125cc segment is targeted to a more niche buyers who value performance over everything else, it is the 110cc class which happens to be the volume bringers. In this feature article, we discuss about all the classifications of 110cc scooter segment, which comprise of all the scooters falling in this bracket, from the most economical one to the priciest of the lot. Here we go:-