A few years back, it was almost a sin to look for an affordable and reasonably powerful tourer in the market under 2 lakhs. There were not many options – you had to settle for the CBR250R or there were few motorcycles under that 20 hp mark.
But things have changed today. In this space, we now have the very potent Mahindra Mojo which is a wonderful tarmac eater and the the latest Royal Enfield Himalayan, which adds to the versatility of what you can do with a motorcycle.
So apart from the added off-roading prowess of the Himalayan, what are the other differences between these two motorcycles? Let us list them for you…
Himalayan vs Mojo: COMPARO
- Engine: Royal Enfield has developed an all-new 410 Long Stroke air-cum-oil cooled carburetted engine which gets a single overhead cam. This is an all-new engine developed from scratch after decades. In comparison, Mojo gets a more modern 295 cc unit which is liquid cooled, fuel injected and has dual overhead cams.
- Power & Torque: Despite its small size, Mojo churns out higher power output and comparable torque but Himalayan’s peaks a lot earlier. In figures, Mojo produces 26.8 bhp at 8000 rpm and Himalayan’s motor is good for 24.5 bhp at 6500 rpm. Peak Torque numbers for Mojo are 30 Nm at 5500 rpm whereas Himalayan churns out 32 Nm between 4000 to 4500 rpm.
- Tyres: Himalayan is shod with off-road centric Ceats but we are not sure how do they perform since we have not tested the RE. On the other hand, Mojo gets premium Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres which are super-sticky on the roads.
- Suspension: Both Himalayan & Mojo are first bikes by the respective manufacturers to come with monoshock rear suspensions. Owing to its added off-road-ability, Himalayan gets 200 mm travel of the front suspension.
- Fuel Tank: But where Mojo decidedly outshines the Himalayan is the very impressive 21 liter fuel tank capacity presenting a much longer range. In comparison, the RE’s off-roader comes with the conventional 15 liter capacity (considering that both the motorcycles return fuel economy in the range of 30 kmpl). But the side panniers and front jerry can options make the Himalayan a great option for loaded touring.
- Price: While Mojo was priced decently well, Royal Enfield surprised when they announced Himalayan’s prices. At Rs 1.55 lakhs, it is cheaper than Mojo by about Rs 10,000 on the ex-showroom prices.
Mojo vs Himalayan: Spec & Price Comparo Sheet
We have ridden the Mojo and are really impressed by its touring credentials on the road and hence, we believe, it will be a better choice if you intend to cover your journey remaining on decent to good roads (Read Mojo’s Review). We haven’t tested the Himalayan yet but it appears purpose-built for tours which involve on-road and off-road trails. It may not be as good on tarmacs as the Mojo but it probably can go to places where the Mahindra may not be comfortable!
Mahindra has increased the availability of Mojo now to 19 odd cities whereas Royal Enfield has already started dispatching Himalayan to most of the bigger cities. So, if you are in the market for a tourer – which one will be your choice?