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Rivals Face Off: Dominar 400 vs Mahindra Mojo

Mahindra Mojo might face tight competition from Bajaj Dominar 400 from January 2017

With the arrival of all new Bajaj Dominar 400, the lonely Mahindra Mojo has atleast got a company. Mojo was the lone player in 300cc club for more than one year. After all we have various models from Royal Enfield family in this category, but this retro classic and cruiser models are no match for the new Bajaj. The only place where Dominar to be compared with RE would be their pricing. Other than that, both the motorcycles are from two different segments, with nothing to be compared or talk about. KTM Duke 390 is another strong contender in this segment, but it is Austrian made and priced higher. So, for the time being, Mahindra Mojo stands as the only rival for Dominar 400.



Mojo was launched in October 2015, as the flagship model of Mahindra 2 Wheelers. The company has took more than 5 years to develop their flag bearer. All the major technical components of this motorcycle are imported from foreign countries and assembled here.

Powertrain


On paper Dominar 400 is the clear winner in terms of facts and figures. It uses the 373.2 cc engine from the KTM Duke 390, with some minor cut down in rated torque and power. Still it is capable of drawing a maximum power of 35 bhp and a peak torque of 35 Nm. Six-speed gearbox transmits this power to rear wheels with the help of slipper clutch for precise delivery.

 Dominar's DTS-i Engine

Meanwhile Mojo uses 295cc, liquid-cooled engine delivering a power output of 26.45 bhp @ 8000 rpm and a peak torque of 30 Nm @ 5500 rpm. Mojo too uses a 6-speed gearbox with a normal wet multiplate clutch assembly.

 Mojo Engine

Chassis and Dimension


In Mojo, engine sits in between a twin tube exposed frame with shining golden paints. This exposed type chassis gives an aggressive styling to the bike. With a wheelbase of 1450mm and seat height of 820mm, it is one large motorcycle with an overall length of 2100mm. Kerb weight of this bike is 160kg.

Mahindra Mojo

Bajaj Dominar 400

For the first time, Bajaj has used a beam type perimeter frame in Dominar, which gives ambient protection to the engine and subsidiary components of the bike. It weighs around 182 kg and overall length is to be 2156 mm with a wheelbase of 1453mm. Dominar 400 weighs heavier and measures longer than Mojo.

Suspension and Braking


Mojo uses USD forks at the front, which is quiet familiar in premium sportsbike, whereas Dominar 400 uses telescopic forks at the front. At the other end high pressure gas charged monoshock suspension is featured in Mojo, while Bajaj has used multi-step adjustable monoshock for their new bike.

One of the most exciting feature of the new Bajaj Dominar 400 is the usage of a dual channel ABS in the high end model. This will enable a smooth and efficient stoppage to the bike from high acceleration. The base model features 320mm disc at the front and 230mm at the rear. Bajaj has done a really good job in the braking department.

Dual ABS Channel

Mojo too features disc brakes at both the ends. But it uses a 280mm disc upfront and 230mm disc for rear wheels. Considering the engine capacity and rated power, it is optimum for Mojo.

Both the bikes uses 17-inch alloy wheels with tubeless tyres.

Performance

Dominar 400 is the fastest Bajaj on Indian roads. With a top speed of 148kmph, it can hit 0 to 100 kmph in 8.23 seconds. The central cowl and low-sit saddle will enhance a good riding experience and supreme road control. Cornering ability of Dominar 400 is strong.

The smaller Mojo can hit a top speed of 136 kmph and can cruise from 0 to 100 kmph around 9 seconds. As Mojo weighs less than Dominar, it can put some competition to the Bajaj atleast for some seconds.

Mojo's fuel efficiency is 25kmpl whereas Triple Spark, DTS-i Dominar's mileage is yet to know.

Features and Pricing

Dominar 400 is studded with some amazing features like, dual channel ABS, slipper clutch, full LCD instrument panel, LED lit head lamp and rear tail lights and all new auxiliary display over the fuel tank. Here instrument panel is divided into primary and secondary for user friendly.

LCD instrument Console

LED Headlamp

The standout feature of Mojo is in upfront. It uses a multi-reflector twin, halogen headlamps. It gives a distinctive looks to the bike from a distance.

Twin Halogen Headlamp

Digital Instrument Cluster

The exposed golden frame is another good looking feature from Mahindra in Mojo. It also uses a fully digital console, like the Dominar. The twin exhaust of Mojo is golden plated.

Twin Exhaust Kits

The base model of Dominar 400 is priced at Rs 1.36 lakhs and full option is available at Rs 1.50 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).

Mojo is available from Rs 1.63 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).

Verdict

Dominar 400 is considered to be the best 350-400cc class bike we have. It competes in mid naked sportsbikes category. The stats and figures of Dominar 400 is astonishingly better than Benelli TNT 250 and Kawasaki Z250 both are priced higher in India. So, Dominar falls to be the better option by considering service and maintenance costs. It has more engine capacity, rated power and torque, filled with advanced features and technology and it is cheap. But appearance wise, there is a large scope for improvement in many areas. Mojo is priced higher as compared to Bajaj, as the parts used to built the bike is imported and of high quality. Mojo looks better than Dominar in terms of visual beauty. It looks more sharp and aggressive from all sides.

Spec Comparison of Bajaj Dominar 400 and Mahindra Mojo

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Last updated on 20-12-2016. Published on 20-12-2016.
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