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Old 10th February 2023, 15:03   #1
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Tork Kratos R | Initial Ownership Review

Prelude:
I had already switched to an electric 2W back in 2021 (Pure EPluto 7G Electric Scooter | Ownership Review | EDIT: 8 Months and 1,364 km later) but after some bittersweet experiences had decided to switch to a different brand. I have been following Tork Motors since 2018, and the prebooking for this bike had started way back in 2016. They had actively started promoting the Kratos R from the last year, but since there were no actual deliveries I had never considered the Kratos as an option. They had delivered around 20 bikes in a mega-delivery event in July and I prebooked the bike on 28th July 2022 after confirmation that the next lot will be delivered in 3-4 months.

Booking Experience:
They have a portal dedicated for the booking process, the flow was straightforward and hassle free. While pre-booking there was no option to select the normal variant(discontinued now) or to select any color other than white. I got a call from their team on 12th September and they mentioned that if I pay the entire amount then I will get the bike by Diwali. I did ask them for color options before making the payment as I did not want a gloss white color, finalized the magic black(matte) color and completed the payment on the same day and sent the required documents. Got a call from them after a month to confirm and pay for the comprehensive policy, they mentioned that the bike was ready for delivery and if I want I could pick it up from Pune next week itself, since their HQ is 145kms from my home and the bike's true range is around 120kms I asked for the home delivery.

Delivery Experience:
The bike was delivered to me on 23rd October and it was undoubtedly one of the worst delivery experience I've ever had. The bike was home delivered in a tempo without any ramp, the delivery guys removed the protective packaging and unloaded the bike and upon inspection found that 2 of the indicators were broken and one was slightly cracked and the bike was not even clean. They said that it was the same for all other deliveries, there was a small sheet in it which had 4 phone numbers printed on it, tried calling on all of them but all of them were switched off. The factors that led to the bad experience were a combination of :
  • Damaged indicators.
  • All phone numbers switched off.
  • Not a single piece of documentation apart from the phone number sheet.
  • No quick start/charger installation videos.
  • No helmet provided.

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Aftermath:
I tried calling the provided numbers again after Diwali holidays and they did answer the call and asked me to send the photos of damaged indicators over whatsapp. They assured me that the damaged indicators will be replaced FOC in the next service and that they will provide the necessary documentation in their app itself(They added it 1-2 weeks later). I used some super-glue as a temporary fix for the indicators, which were replaced FOC in the first service camp as promised. After the initial hiccup their team has been proactive, I received multiple calls for feedback regarding the bike and suggestions for accessories.

Pricing:
Ex-Showroom : ₹‎2,07,499
FAME II : (-)₹‎60,000
MH State Subsidy : (-)₹‎10,000
RSA & Other Charges : ₹‎4,750
Insurance : ₹‎10,707

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Re: Tork Kratos R | Initial Ownership Review

Tork Kratos R



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Pros :


  • 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

Cons :


  • 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

Exteriors :



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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).

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Some comparison shots with Yamaha FZs v3:

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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.

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Slow charge port :

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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
  • Geofencing

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 :

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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 :

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Pitcrew :



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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)

Issues :



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:

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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 :

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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.

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Accessories and more :



TPMS :

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Before purchasing this I asked the service rep if Tork had any plans to release a TPMS add-on, he replied that they plan to release a portable tyre inflator and had no idea about TPMS, so I purchased this from eBay. Took around a week to arrive and the setup was hassle-free, not sure if the solar panel actually works, time will tell.

Amazonbasics Cover :

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Bought this from amazon, does not fit the mirrors properly but covers the bike well and protects it from dust and bird droppings.

TW Ceramic+Graphene Inside Job :

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This is the only plastic+matte surface cleaner and protector that I could find, so far this has been working well. Cleans the surface without leaving any streaks or residue.

Miwings Mobile Holder :

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Purchased this from amazon, can rotate 360 and is completely made up of aluminium.

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Re: Tork Kratos R | Initial Ownership Review

If you may permit me to ask few questions:


What is the purpose of having such a wide spread tank when the power train is right below? Does it act as additional storage, while I'm thinking of extending the power on the battery instead!

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Cons :

  • No ABS
If there's no ABS, then why did Tork provide dual channel feed to the front disc caliper kit?

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Does it act as additional storage, while I'm thinking of extending the power on the battery instead!
Yes, it does act as an additional storage:

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If there's no ABS, then why did Tork provide dual channel feed to the front disc caliper kit?
I think it might have something to do with CBS? Quote from Advik:
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The uniqueness of the combination brake system is that it applies load to the brake pads of both the front and rear brakes simultaneously.
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Just saw the new teaser on their channel, the fast charging port looks very similar to that on Ola S1 Pro scooters.

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If there is a collaboration I think it will be a step in the right direction, hoping for the best.
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Exceptional, unbiased & detailed ownership reviews of bikes have started going to our homepage reviews box. It's the ultimate stamp of trust from Team-BHP (as a platform) because lakhs of visitors every month check out reviews from there & make purchase decisions.

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I've been using the bike mostly for weekend rides, on 4th March while riding towards Navi-Mumbai the motor cut-off mid-ride and the bike was not responding to accelerator inputs. It was not switching to any of the Eco, City or Sports mode and there was no warning before the cut-off; fortunately I was on the left-most lane so it was a tad easier to handle the whole situation. Initially I thought it might be stand sensor or the cut-off button causing the issues, it was peak afternoon on a very hot day so I physically inspected the battery(it was cool to touch) and motor(very warm), called the Tork Motors toll-free and explained the issue to them, they took a while to call-back, meanwhile I tried turning on the bike again and it was able to switch to the ride modes so I started the ride back home after waiting for 30-40mins. I encountered the same issue 2 or 3 times but reached home safely, called them up again to inquire if it was a software issue or a hardware issue, since it was almost late evening and the bike was safely parked I did not push for RSA.
Called them back on Monday to inquire about the same and they mentioned that I'll need to RSA the bike to Pune service center, called the RSA toll-free and arranged for a pickup. They came to pick the bike around 3-4hrs later:

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They mentioned that it was a temperature sensor issue and that it has been replaced, the bike was delivered back to my home after around 5-6 days. While the issue was rectified in 3 days the unavailability of RSA from their side caused further delays. The entire process : Pickup > Replacement of the sensor > Delivery was FOC and handled professionally but the turn-around-time can definitely be improved.
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