The Kratos R offers the same seating ergonomics as a 160cc motorcycle – the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, for example. The saddle height is easy to access. Once on it, the wide handlebar is easy to reach. The foot-pegs are slightly rear-seat and that means, you get a sporty but comfortable riding position. But there’s one weird feeling on this bike – the lack of a rear brake pedal. It takes a while to get used to the braking experience.
Now coming to the most important bit. How is the Kratos R to ride? Well, there are two modes – eco and sport. The Kratos R behaves like a 125cc commuter motorcycle in the eco mode. The power is there, but not so much to overtake vehicles quickly. It takes a while to reach high speeds, and the effort is much more with a pillion. And in case there’s an uphill, the eco mode will definitely make you reach your destination a little later than expected. But on the upside, the eco mode will give you the maximum riding range. Our bike showed 102km at the time of picking it up. The sport mode, however, is interesting, fun, and engaging. The torque delivery can be felt instantly, and the power delivery continues to surge aggressively till it hits the limiter. But in this model, the range began dropping excessively, which clearly indicated that the sport mode should not be used too often. The reverse mode works fairly well too. Not too quick to engage and nor does it reach high speed.
The Kratos R is one agile motorcycle, and we believe this is a result of the great frame geometry and weight distribution. Be it at the commuting time or going aggressively on corners, the Kratos R behaves extremely well and stays planted. However, the ride on the Kratos R should have been slightly better at the back. It is comfortable, but should have been a bit plusher. Now coming to the brakes, the low-speed performance is apt but at high speeds, the brakes tend to show their weaknesses. That said, the CBS system works better only in city riding conditions.