Tork Kratos R
- Sharp and modern looks with good road presence
- Perfectly tuned suspension setup for city rides
- Indigenous tried and tested powertrain
- Usable front storage space with a 2.4A USB charging port
- Linear acceleration with excellent throttle response
- True range of 120KMs on Eco
- Stable and grounded at high speeds (90-100 kms/h)
- Fairly accurate DTE predictions
- High beam is non-existent
- Minor niggles here and there
- Seat starts to feel uncomfortable after 30-40mins of continuous riding
- No fast charging yet
- No ABS
- No portable charger yet
- Low ground clearance (165mm)
- Multiple advertised software features still not available
NOTE : The 2023 refresh has some additional cosmetic changes and charge port location changed.
The design is sharp and geometric and is a head turner for sure, and the color which I opted for is Magic Black. It's a matte finish which looks dark blue when you throw enough light on it from an angle. There are multiple minor panel gaps here and there as seen in photos and the whole body is fibre. Front(90/80-17) and rear(120/80-17) tyres are MRF Nylogrip Zapper FY1 with Advik disc CBS, no ABS for now but the bite is decent. The indicators are very fragile and break even on the slightest unintentional nudge, they've promised new indicators with the flexible design by march end. Mirrors are okay, could've been better. The controls in front right include: mode change & kill switch and the controls in front left include: indicators, headlight & horn(adequately loud).
Some comparison shots with Yamaha FZs v3:
Powertrain & Ride Quality :
The Kratos R is powered by a 9kW actively cooled axial flux motor pushing out 38nm of torque from the get go(0-40 km/h in 3.5 secs) with a top speed of 105 km/h. There are 3 modes to choose from :
- Eco : Max Speed - 50 km/h and True Range - 120 kms
- City : Max Speed - 70 km/h and True Range - 100 kms
- Sports : Max Speed - 105 km/h and True Range - 70 kms
The throttle response and acceleration curves are different for all of them, personally I've been using the sports mode for most of the time and I easily get a range of around 70 kms in sports mode and after that the bike will force you to use the eco mode when the battery SOC falls below 20%. It gets upside down telescopic suspension in the front and a mono shock absorber at rear which is tuned for city riding conditions and provides excellent ride quality. I did scrape the bottom once on a sharp speed breaker when riding with a pillion. It also has a reverse mode which is very handy in tight spots. The installed battery capacity is 4kWhr(not sure about the usable capacity) and takes around 7.5hrs to fully charge from 0-100 on the provided 750W home charger. Slow charge port :
The bike is connected to internet via 4G and there are no charges for the initial year, after that they'll start charging ₹250 per month to use the connected features. It has a limited warranty of 3 years or 40,000 kms. For now the features available on the app include :
- HUD mode with live sensor data displayed on smartphone
- Alerts when battery is 100% charged or when the battery SOC falls below 20%
- Live GPS tracking
- Theft/Tow alerts
Personally I did not encounter any serious issues due to heating, I did notice a small dip in performance when I was with a pillion in sports mode for extended periods. We'll have to wait for summers for the true test, while the motor is actively cooled, the battery still relies on passive cooling via it's aluminum enclosure. The acceleration curve is tuned in a way that the peak power is delivered only after 40 km/h. There's no signs of regen for now, it is unclear whether it will be coming with a software update, also there's no fast charging on this bike for now but there's a placeholder port. There are talks that they will fit it for around ₹3-4k once available which sounds quite disappointing as it was included in the features list, I think they should offer it FOC as it is an integral part of the vehicle. Having said that the build of wall mounted charger is solid, and the cable length is adequate :
Due to unavailability of fast charging network/portable charger I've not been able to plan any long rides. The ODO stands at 534kms and the most distance that I've covered is 75kms in a single day with 19% charge left when I reached home. Overnight charging is supported as the charger automatically cuts off once battery reaches 100% and there's no trickle charging. There's also a secondary12V battery used for powering the headlights, brake lights, horn and indicators. The internal cable management is impressive as well :
Their service team is called the Pitcrew, it also consists of a mobile garage which houses all the necessary tools and can even charge the bike in case of emergencies. There have been 2 service camps till now, one on 17th November 2022 which comprised of initial checkup and software updates. Second one was on 19th January 2023 which comprised of BMS update and chain cleaning+lubrication. The experience has been good overall, their team is friendly and have the proper technical knowledge regarding the product. Both the services were FOC, I paid ₹98 for the accessories in second service.(₹50 for front mudflap + ₹48 for front indicator cover)
Battery Drain (Fixed) - The battery was draining around 8-10% overnight, which was way too much for just sending data to their servers. This resulted in multiple wasted charge cycles since I use the bike mostly on weekends. They mentioned that the compander remained active even when the bike was idle which was causing the drain, this was fixed after the update in second service. Now the drain is around 2-4% overnight which is much better.
High Beam - For a bike that is capable of doing 100+ speeds the high beam is a crucial part for night rides. The low beam is excellent and gives good close range visibility without blinding others, but the high beam needs some serious improvements.
Display remains on even when key is removed - One of the minor issues:
Saree guard was making contact with the frame (Fixed) - I noticed this metal on metal sound whenever I was with a pillion, upon close inspection found this :
The saree guard was bent a bit in transit which caused this issue, was fixed in the second service.
My Verdict :
Tork Kratos R is a fun to ride city bike which packs some serious punch but as with all electric vehicles they'll need to back it up with a robust charging infrastructure in coming years. It has been an absolute joyride after the initial delivery hiccup, the team is easily reachable and is eager to fix the issues and have delivered on their promises till now. They've got most of the basics right and I hope that they iron out the issues and scale up well.
As always, wear proper safety gear and Live To Ride.