Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - CONTENTS - Scott Red­mond­

We try stuff out.

My TCX boots have been with me now for nine years. They re­ally are my ‘sole’ mate, but de­spite my best at­tempts to ig­nore the fact they’re near­ing the end of their nat­u­ral life, I still pull them on my trot­ters on a daily ba­sis. They are so com­fort­able I’d of­ten slip them on to nip to the shops even when I wasn’t taking the bike! They aren’t the lairi­est look­ing boots in the world, and that’s an­other rea­son why we get on so well. They of­fer me weather pro­tec­tion in win­ter months yet cause me no dis­com­fort on those rare hot and balmy days: they’ve been the per­fect all-rounder. The black leather up­pers have lasted well, and de­spite me never treat­ing them to the ar­ray of weather pro­tec­tive prod­ucts out there, they’ve al­ways looked smart. In the last few weeks though I’ve be­come aware of the odd crack in the leather, and I’ve had the odd soggy sock as a re­sult when out rid­ing in the rain. There’s a part of my brain that wants to blank it out, but I have to face facts, my boots are dy­ing. The soles are still good de­spite the many miles I’ve walked on them. The moulded pat­tern on the oil and petrol re­sis­tant sole is now smooth to the touch in places, and it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore an­other leak zone emerges. I must have yanked the zips a zil­lion times over the last seven years, which is of­ten a weak spot on any bik­ing kit. Th­ese zips still op­er­ate per­fectly; like­wise the vel­cro still clings to­gether. I’ve worn th­ese boots in all weathers and have rid­den all sorts of bikes in them. From the thou­sands of miles me and my CBR1000F clocked up to rid­ing ex­otic bikes like the Honda NR750, or more re­cently the Kawasaki su­per­charged H2 for magazine ar­ti­cles, it’s al­ways been my TCX footwear rest­ing on the pegs and tap­ping away on the gear lever. I might be able to get the rest of the sum­mer from them, but when au­tumn ar­rives I know I’ll have to re­tire them. It’s a no brainer on what I’ll get to re­place them, and I look for­ward to writ­ing a re­view in 2023 about how boo­ti­ful my new boots were.

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