Rynox Hawk Tail-Bag: Review

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Rynox Hawk Tail-Bag
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2.5 stars
2999
  • 50%

  • Rynox Hawk Tail-Bag
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  • Last modified: May 29, 2015
  • Quality
    Editor: 40%
  • Utility
    Editor: 80%
  • Mounting System
    Editor: 35%
  • Weather Compatibility
    Editor: 77%
  • Value-for-Money
    Editor: 60%

Summary: The Rynox Hawk tail-bag has tremendous utility. Where it suffers badly is the mounting system and the quality at a few places is not upto acceptable levels.

(Note: Each product is tested for at least 300 km in real world conditions before the review is put up. Also do go through the image gallery at the end of the review to get better visual insights into the product)

The Hawk is the latest luggage system introduced by Rynox. It is a 53 litre tail-bag which can be used as a standalone entity and can be coupled with regular saddlebags as well. Let us see how it fares in the review:

Construction Quality:

The Good:

  • The outer material is made of 1680D polyester with PVC coating. Since this is a tail-bag, the bag needs to largely retain its shape when mounted on the motorcycle. I guess this is the reason why Rynox chose to go for PVC coating instead of the slightly softer and plush PU coating.
  • The bottom of the bag is made up of a stiff PE sheet.
  • Universally recognized YKK zippers and ziplines have been used, so they should last well.
  • The two included Mototech bungee cords are of good quality, and are stretchable to a good extent without the fear of the cords giving way or the metal hooks snapping off.

The not-good:

  • The inner layer of the bag is made up of a plastic lining that could have been of better quality.
  • The stitching is very haphazard at places and the overall construction quality is not upto the mark.
Rynox Hawk Tail-Bag

Haphazard Stitching

Utility:

The Good:

  • Utility is where the Hawk scores really well.
  • The bag has a 38 litre capacity in its normal form, which can be expanded to 53 litres which can easily carry clothes and equipment for a two week ride. There are six compartments in all: the first one is the main compartment, which holds the bulk of your stuff. The front pocket can hold stuff like chargers, papers, etc. The four other side pockets can hold small stuff like biscuits, small bottles, etc. There is also an inner mesh pocket where you can keep your shaving kit or anything else you wish.
  • The fact that this is a tail-bag, means that it can be mounted along with a regular saddlebag. So, say you have the 64 litre Rynox Nomad saddlebags mounted along with the 53 litre Hawk. This gives you a whopping 117 litre storage capacity which should be enough for a really long ride.
  • The bag is suitable for all motorcycles that have a rear seat. Since the Hawk is a tail-bag, it can be used on motorbikes with up-swept exhausts and mono-shocks too.
  • One thing about which I am really impressed with is the handling dynamics of the motorbike not being affected one bit, despite the pretty large size and particular structure of the bag. I did high speed runs, low speed maneuvering in traffic, hard braking, and even tried cornering on quite a few twisties without being wary of the bag destabilizing me: that is how confident I felt even with the bag stuffed to the brim.
  • Another neat touch is having a blue colored interior plastic lining. This helps in finding stuff quickly within the bag (like black chargers or black memory cards)
Rynox Hawk Tail-Bag

The main compartment is 55 lit in expanded mode

The not-good:

  • The two side pockets having zippers, cannot accommodate more than half litre bottles. This is a handicap on long tours where quick access to water bottles is vital. Rynox could have instead provided a simple flap type pocket, which would help accommodate bigger bottles and more stuff.
  • The 3M reflective piping at the front of the bag is obstructed by the shoulder strap and the tail strap when the bag is mounted onto the bike. (Note: The shoulder strap may or may not obstruct the piping depending on where you let it lie on the bag)
  • The reflective piping at the front and on the sides could have been thicker.

Advice:

  • While sitting on the motorcycle, you can no longer swing your leg over the rear seat like you usually do. This is because the bag fits on top of the rear seat. So you will need a bit of practice to sit onto the motorcycle the way a girl would sit on a ladies bicycle.

 

Mounting System:

The Good:

  • The two bungee cords that pass through reinforcement panels at the bottom of the bag do a good job of securing the bag in place. One bungee cord secures onto the rear foot peg holders while the other one secures onto the bungee cord hooks on the rear fender. Note that if your bike does not have bungee cord hooks, you can find alternatives like hooking up the bungee cord hooks together.

The not-good:

  • Apart from the bungee cords, there are two mounting straps (buckle system) that attach onto the rear foot peg holders. The design of this system is flawed: the straps loosen up just after a few minutes of riding. The same gripe holds true with the buckle strap that passes below the rear tail lamp. (Note: A quick hack to fix this is by simply tying up the straps, but this not an ideal solution by any means)
  • The buckle straps need to be completely removed while dismounting the bag, which could result in the misplacement of the straps.
  • After mounting the bag onto the motorbike and securing all the buckles, I see two buckles dangling around, which sure does not look good.
Rynox Hawk Tail-Bag

Quick hack to prevent the loosening of the straps

Weather Compatibility:

Note: Since I could not use the Hawk in the rain, I did a hand shower test: Simply mount the rain-cover onto the bag, and spray water from the top and the sides for about 10 min )

The Good:

  • The seamless rain-cover kept the bag from getting wet, though it did get a bit moist.

The not-good:

  • The rain-cover does not have the 3M scotchlite reflective material. (Note: I have not seen any motorcycle luggage rain-cover so far that has reflective elements)

 

Verdict:

At INR 2999, the Rynox Hawk costs the same as the Viaterra Claw (Review). The Hawk scores brownie points when it comes to utility. However, it seriously lags behind in the overall construction quality and mounting system. If Rynox manage to iron out these issues, they could have a great all round product.

 

Image Gallery:

 

Where to purchase the Rynox Asphalt:

The Asphalt can be purchased here or at their authorized dealers.

Pros

  • Great Utility
  • Can be coupled with a saddlebag

Cons

  • Ineffective Mounting System
  • Quality issues at few places
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  • Mohak Adav

    Hi suraj,
    That was a useful review regarding the tailbag. It may sound funny but I just bought the Rynox Optimus Tank/Tail bag to use as a tailbag on my Mahindra Mojo and i was having hard time getting on the seat with bag mounted. Will need a lot of practice and riding with the bag mounted..(laughs) .
    Bought it especially for short rides and carrying dslr and other things.
    Thanks for the review and advice.