Tork Kratos R road test: photo gallery

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Tork Kratos launched in January 2022 after six years of setbacks and obstacles. The electric motorcycle comes in two variants: Kratos and Kratos R and prices for the same start at Rs 1,32,499 (ex-showroom Pune). We’ve finally hit the roads and here’s what we think.

The Kratos looks good and there’s no denying that. It has a sporty appeal with sharp, bold body panels that have been revamped from its original form as the T6X. However, the fit and finish levels need a little improvement.

Although it looks like a single unit with its flowing design, the electric motorcycle is supported by a split trellis frame and gets a split seat configuration. The triangle-shaped LED headlight configuration with DRL completes the sporty look.

With a relaxed body posture that you won’t find cramped anyway, even for tall riders, the bike gets sporty ergonomics and strikes a balance between a commuter bike and a sporty naked. Safe to say, the bike handles very well.

Moving on to the heart of the e-bike, the Kratos is powered by a 4kWh Li-ion battery that replaces the placement of an internal combustion engine and is mated to Tork’s Axial Flux Motor.

The company claims a range of 120 km in Eco mode, however, in Sport mode it will give you a range of just 70 km, which should be fine for commuting around town.

The battery placement of the Kratos works great for bike handling providing more control to the rider.

The Kratos is powered by the 4kW continuous motor, producing 7.5kW of peak power and 28Nm with a top speed of 100km/h on the standard variant. The Kratos R, however, produces 9 kW of peak power and 38 Nm, with a top speed of 105 km/h.

The Kratos is not quick to deliver power like the Ather 450X or Ola S1 Pro, however, after 20-25 km/h it accelerates quickly and reaches speeds of 70-75 km/h quite easily .
We couldn’t reach the top speed of 105 km/h, because the roads were not long enough, but we managed to reach 85 km/h.

The bicycle’s thermal management system, installed to prevent overheating, triggered earlier than necessary, which consequently reduced the performance of the electric motorcycle. We had to let the engine cool down before we could continue our test, which was not a particularly pleasant experience.

The Kratos comes with basic equipment which, compared to other electric two-wheelers in the price range, seems less. It has a monochrome LCD unit instead of a TFT color digital cluster, and we weren’t able to test its track mode and smartphone functionality during our ride. Other than that, the bike gets a safety feature, collision alert, ride analytics, regenerative braking, and reverse assist.

Suspension duties are handled by a conventional telescopic fork up front and a monoshock in the rear. The suspension setup is stiff and tight which gives control and confidence while riding, however, it reduces the ride quality of the bike making the broken road felt.

The bike’s braking hardware includes discs at both ends, which provide definite stopping power in the rear, but not enough to slide. On one of the units, however, the bike veered side to side after applying the front brakes.

In conclusion, the Tork Kratos has its good qualities and some that need to be worked on. We believe the bike has immense potential if the few issues are ironed out and could prove to be the bike that will divert ICE customers to electric motorcycles.

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