When it comes to parting with your hard earned cash, it’s nice to know that you’re not wasting it on duff products. And to give you that reassurance, we’re rating everything we can get our filthy mit tts on...
ROCK OIL DIRTBLASTER TESTED BY: Bruce MILES: 6,000 TIME: Ages and ages PRICE: £5.99 (1 litre) WEB: www.rockoil.co.uk TEL: 01925 636191
Cleaning bikes isn’t something I look forward to, but Rock Oil’s Dirtblaster has s helped to ease that otherwise painful exp perience. It’s fantastic at removing dirt, flies, tyre debris and oils with very little effort. Spray y it on, leave it to soak and then blast away wi th a pressure washer. It really is that straightf forward. The only thing to flag up is that if yo ou leave the bike to dry naturally, the spray canc leave some random white marks on your p lastic, so I’ve typically got a rag out and given n the bike a bit of a wipe down – what a marty yr! If you like to keep your bike cleaning time too a minimum, this stuff’s essential.
TCX RT-RACE TESTED BY: Carl MILES: 2,000 TIME: 6 months PRICE: £249.99 WEB: www.tcxboots.com TEL: 01525 270100
Yes, it may look like a ri ival boot but these new TCX kicks are the real deal. Firstly, they look and feel incredibly well made, annd with a choice of colours they are pretty damn snazzy. Fortunately (or unfortunately for testing) I haven’t been down the road in my set yet, but thanks to an absolute tone of safety features they really do feel secure and like a high end boot.
They are comfortable to walk around in, i don’t piss water in like some born and bred race boots and are an absolute steal for the price. Zarco seems to be going well in them, and they brought me my first BSB podium which says it all when it comes to track performance. I really do like them and for that reason I’ve been wearing them on an almost daily basis. Aside from ponging a bit from my smelly feet, they’re wearing really well, with no real sign of damage to the soles, as you typically get with race boots. Fingers crossed they stay that way.
FORCEFIELD TORNADO ADVANCE BALACLAVA TESTED BY: Bruce MILES: 2,500 TIME: 1 year PRICE: £16.99 WEB: www.forcefieldbodyarmour.com TEL: 01933 410 818
That colder, darker and typically more depressing period is headed our way (sorry to bring you the bad news)) and so
I want to share this little gem with you. It was my go-to item last winter, keeping the pesky cold from reaching my delicate skin thanks to its cleever anti-bacterial, wind-blocking thermal fabric which somehow you can still breathe through, preventing youu from passing out – what will they thinnk of next?
It’s perfect for winter riding, bank jobs and many more misdemeanour rs you might have planned. It’s also water-resistant, quick drying – if youy do get caught out in a storm– and bloody comfortable towear, with no irritating seams to crush against your noggin. I can’t recommend it enough.
KABUTO RT3 33 TESTED BY: Carl MILES: 4,500 TIME: 1 year PRICE: £329.99 WEB: www.kabutoeurope.com TEL: +31 (0)70 320 404 14
Yes, it’s a helmet brand you’ve probably never heard of before but in aall fairness, it’s been a decent lid. It’s worth remembering that they are budget compared to your top spec counterparts, but it does put up a good battle against the big names. I’ve found it to be one of the comfiest lids to ever grace my noggin, even though the wind noise is a
li ttle on the loud side at speed. It’s pretty stable, feels the part and I’ve had a pretty big crash at Craner Curves (120mph-ish) in a different Kabuto lid and it really stood up to the job. Surprisingly good, and the money you save will buy a snazzy paint job!