Anand Mahindra, the Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra, has confirmed a brand new BSA motorcycle through his personal Twitter account. Here is what he tweeted.
We’re sorry you’ve missed out on your favourite ride for all these years, Santa…We’re working on getting it back for you…A shiny new one, but with all the character of your old steed… pic.twitter.com/lgj0C7staC
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 25, 2017
According to his tweet, Mr. Mahindra has revealed that the new BSA motorcycle will be an all-new bike but with ‘character’ of the older BSAs. This indicates retro styling. It is also expected to feature modern mechanicals such as a liquid cooled engine, high-end suspension and braking bits.
Mahindra acquired British motorcycle brand BSA last year, and has formed a company called Classic Legends Pvt Ltd (CLPL). This company will launch and market the BSA brand of motorcycles in India, and other parts of the world. The exact details on when BSA-branded motorcycles will be launched in India remain under wraps.
In the past, Jakusa Design (Not connected to Mahindra or BSA) has put out renders showing what the new BSA retro-motorcycle could look like. Jakusa Design’s render showed a Mojo modified to look like a street-bike, and with BSA’s badge proudly adorning it.
Currently, the only high-end bike that Mahindra sells is the Mojo sportsbike. The Mojo is priced at Rs. 1.82 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The bike is powered by a 295cc, single cylinder four stroke, liquid cooled engine with 24.5 Bhp of peak power and 30 Nm of peak torque. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard and so is fuel injection.
The bike features upside down front forks, a monoshock rear shock absorber, disc brakes on both wheels, tubeless tyres and alloy wheels. However, ABS is not offered, even as an option. The Mojo has a top speed of 147 Kph, and comes with a 21 liter fuel tank for long range. It weighs 160 Kgs. Mahindra has positioned it as a sporty tourer in the Indian market. If Mahindra does builds a BSA bike based on the Mojo, similar specifications are likely to be retained but with ABS as standard.