Published on 10/05/2020 1:43:53 PM | Source: Zigwheels

All You Need To Know: Mash Desert Force 400

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Here are some interesting facts about French bikemaker Mash Motors’ latest offering

Mash Motors, a French two-wheeler manufacturer, has launched the 2020 Mash Desert Force 400 in Europe. Vintage themed motorcycles seem to be the talk of the town these days. The Mash Desert Force 400 delivers it in spades and how! Going by its design, specs and features, it looks like an ideal alternative to the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Desert Storm. Here are some interesting facts about this motorcycle:

Looks tastefully retro:

The Mash Desert Force 400 totally looks the part of military motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s. These motorcycles were not utilitarian, but also had some off-road ability to help them go over rough terrains in the battlefield. After all, they were primarily used for reconnaissance missions as they were more nimble and agile than their four-wheeled countarpats. The Mash Desert Force 400 incorporates all those elements seen in vintage military motorcycles in the form of a pannier bag, jerry can, sprung seats and block pattern tyres.

Loaded with unique features:

Despite looking old-school, the Mash Desert Force 400 packs a modern circular full-LCD instrument cluster. The halogen headlamp comes with a grille and the telescopic fork is gaitered for additional protection. There’s a vintage-themed fender-mounted number plate holder up front too. For added practicality, it also comes with a small leather pouch on the fuel tank to store small items and at the rear, it gets a canvas pannier bag on the right and a 10-litre jerry can on the left. The jerry can should considerably improve the bike’s touring range.

The rider’s seat is sprung a la the Royal Enfield Classic range of motorcycles. But the more interesting part of the motorcycle is its pillion seat. It features a unique monoshock setup, with a loop up front serving as a grab rail. This may look vintage but the pillion seat may not be all that practical as it appears to be way too high.

Gets an old-school motor:

The Mash Desert Force 400 is powered by a 397cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that generates 27.37PS and 29.9Nm. Comparatively, the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Desert Storm produces 27.5PS and a generous 41.3Nm from its 499cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected engine. Another unique aspect of this motorcycle is that it gets a twin port exhaust like the Jawa. The exhaust pipe is quite low-slung, which makes it prone to getting damaged when going over really bad roads.

No-nonsense underpinnings:

Mash Motors has equipped the Desert Force 400 with a telescopic front fork and twin rear shock absorbers. The additional springs on the seats should help improve the ride quality even further. For braking, it uses a disc on both ends. The company says the dual-channel ABS can be “disconnected” on the handlebars. To go with the character of the motorcycle, the spoke wheels also get a proper desert brown finish and they are wrapped with block pattern tyres. At just 151kg dry, the motorcycle is reasonably light compared to the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Desert Storm’s 195kg kerb weight.

Pricing and availability:

The Mash Desert Storm 400 will set you back by 4,995 Euros. This translates to around Rs 4.13 lakh. More importantly, it is a limited edition motorcycle with just 103 units available on sale. In comparison, the Royal Enfield Classic 500 Desert Storm is a regular production motorcycle and in France, it retails at an equivalent of Rs 4.79 lakh.

Mash Motors offers a two-year unlimited mileage warranty and the bike will start reaching European dealerships from mid-May 2020.


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