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1st July 2024

Royalblack Royal Explorer

Royalblack Royal Explorer

Conquer the Asphalt Jungle and Beyond


Kia ora, fellow road warriors and curious bystanders! Hold on to your steering wheels because we’re diving into the wild world of the Royalblack Royal Explorer tyre. This isn’t just any tyre; it’s your new best mate for all your driving adventures. Whether you’re navigating the concrete jungle or venturing into the untamed wilderness, the Royal Explorer is here to ensure your ride is smoother than a Tui's song on a summer day. As your reliable comedian and part-time tyre tester, I, Leigh Hart, have put these tyres through their paces. Let’s see if they live up to their royal name. Spoiler alert: they do.

Grip: The grip on these tyres is like a weta holding onto a leaf in a Wellington gale – solid and unwavering. Whether you’re cruising down a slippery city street or tackling a gnarly gravel road, the Royal Explorer grips the ground like a kid grips candy. I took these tyres on an adventure through terrains that would make a billy goat nervous, and they clung on tighter than my secret stash of chocolate biscuits. Simply put, the grip is superb – you’ll feel like you’re driving on rails, but with a lot more freedom.

Comfort: Now, I know what you’re wondering – “Leigh, do these tyres make my ride feel like I’m driving over a field of marshmallows?” Absolutely. The Royal Explorer handles bumps and potholes with the finesse of a ballerina, turning every drive into a smooth, enjoyable experience. Even on the roughest roads, you’ll feel like you’re gliding along with the grace of a well-oiled tui. It’s the kind of comfort that makes you want to take the long way home, just for the sheer pleasure of the ride.

Durability: These tyres are tougher than a Kiwi bloke after a hard day’s work. Seriously, I’ve driven over rocks, through mud, and even had a close encounter with a rogue hedgehog (don’t worry, it’s fine), and the Royal Explorer has come out unscathed. If you’re looking for a tyre that’ll last longer than your favorite pair of jandals, this is it. These tyres are built to take a beating and keep on rolling, ensuring you get the most out of every kilometer.

In conclusion, the Royalblack Royal Explorer isn’t just a tyre; it’s your trusty sidekick on every journey. It grips like a pro, rides like a dream, and is tougher than a rugby scrum. So, if you’re ready to take on the open road or just want a tyre that makes your daily commute feel like an adventure, the Royal Explorer is your go-to. Just be prepared – you might find yourself inventing excuses to go for a drive. Happy motoring!

Yokohama Geolandar X-Mt G005

The Tyre That'll Turn Your 4WD into a Kiwi Off-Road Beast


Kia ora, tyre enthusiasts and casual readers alike! Buckle up, because we’re about to venture into the rugged world of the Yokohama Geolandar X-MT G005. This isn’t just any tyre – it’s a beast, a legend, a rubbery wonder that promises to conquer terrains and make your off-road escapades more epic than a hobbit’s journey through Middle-earth. As your trusty comedian and part-time adventurer, I, Leigh Hart, have put these tyres to the ultimate test. So, let’s dive in and see if the Geolandar X-MT G005 lives up to its name. Spoiler alert: it does.

Grip: The grip on these tyres is like a kiwi clinging to a fruit tree during a Wellington windstorm – unyielding and impressive. Whether you’re tackling muddy trails, rocky inclines, or just the driveway of doom after a rainy night, the Geolandar X-MT G005 sticks to the ground like a toddler to a favorite blanket. I took these tyres through their paces in conditions that would make most tyres cry for their mums, and they held on tighter than my wallet at a casino. Simply put, the grip is phenomenal – you’ll feel like Spiderman, but with tyres instead of web-shooters.

Road Noise:Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Leigh, these tyres sound awesome, but do they sound, well, noisy?” Surprisingly, no. The Geolandar X-MT G005 is quieter than my neighbour’s cat when it’s sneaking up on my roast chicken. Despite their rugged, aggressive look, these tyres purr down the road with the grace of a well-trained ballet dancer. Sure, there’s a bit of a hum when you hit the highway, but it’s more of a gentle reminder that you’re driving something that could conquer Mount Doom rather than an annoying drone.

Durability: These tyres laugh in the face of danger. Seriously, I’ve put them through more punishment than a rugby ball in a World Cup match, and they’ve come out looking as fresh as a daisy. I’ve driven over rocks, through mud pits, and even a surprise encounter with a rather stubborn hedgehog (don’t worry, it’s fine), and the Geolandar X-MT G005 has shrugged it all off. If you’re looking for a tyre that will last longer than your New Year’s resolutions, this is it. These tyres are built to last – and then some.

In conclusion, the Yokohama Geolandar X-MT G005 isn’t just a tyre; it’s a trusty companion for your off-road adventures. It grips like a pro, stays impressively quiet, and is tough as nails. So, if you’re ready to tackle the great outdoors or just want a tyre that makes you feel invincible on your daily commute, the Geolandar X-MT G005 is your go-to. Just be careful – you might start planning off-road trips just to spend more time with them. Happy driving!

20th June 2024

Yokohama Geolandar X-Mt G005

11th May 2024

Hankook K415 Optimo

Hankook K415 Optimo

The Tyre That'll Make Your Commute a Breeze and Your Road Trips Legendary


G’day, my fellow Kiwi road warriors! Leigh Hart here, ready to take you on another tyre-testing adventure. Today, we’re diving into the world of the Hankook K415 Optimo – a tyre that promises to turn your daily drive into a smooth, gripping experience. But does it really live up to the hype? Well, I’ve put these tyres through their paces so you don’t have to. Buckle up, grab your favourite cuppa, and let’s see if the K415 Optimo is as optimal as it sounds.

Grip: Let’s start with the grip. The Hankook K415 Optimo clings to the road like a possum to a power line. I’ve driven through rain, shine, and even that one time a surprise hailstorm hit – and these tyres handled it all with the grace of a champion ballroom dancer. Whether you’re zooming around corners or navigating the chaotic streets during rush hour, the grip is nothing short of impressive. It’s like having a trusty sidekick who never lets you down, even when you’re trying to beat the traffic to the fish and chip shop before it closes.

Road Noise: Ah, road noise – the bane of every peaceful drive. But fear not, because the K415 Optimo is quieter than a mouse in slippers sneaking through the pantry. These tyres glide along the road so smoothly that you might start to think your car is floating on a cloud. I once drove past a herd of sheep, and they didn’t even look up from their grazing. It’s a whisper-quiet ride that lets you enjoy your favourite tunes without the background hum of tyre noise. Perfect for those long road trips or sneaky late-night drives when you don’t want to wake up the whole neighbourhood.

Durability: These tyres are tougher than a two-dollar steak. I’ve driven over potholes, gravel, and even a rogue nail (don’t ask how), and the K415 Optimo has come out unscathed every time. If tyres were in a survival competition, these bad boys would be the last ones standing, holding a trophy and a smug look. They’re built to last, giving you peace of mind that you won’t be visiting the tyre shop anytime soon. You can trust these tyres to keep rolling long after your sense of direction has given up.

In conclusion, the Hankook K415 Optimo is a tyre that delivers on its promises. With excellent grip, whisper-quiet road noise, and durability that would make a cockroach jealous, it’s a fantastic choice for anyone looking to upgrade their driving experience. So, if you’re ready to hit the road with confidence and style, give the K415 Optimo a go. You might just find yourself taking the scenic route more often – just for the sheer pleasure of the ride. Happy driving, and watch out for those rogue nails!


Pirelli Cinturato Rosso

The Tyre That'll Make Your Car Feel Like It's Gliding on Kiwi Clouds


Kia ora, tyre enthusiasts and casual readers! Leigh Hart here, ready to roll with a review of the Pirelli Cinturato Rosso. Now, tyres might not be the first thing you think of when you’re looking for a laugh, but bear with me. These rubbers are so impressive they might just bring a smile to your face – and a smooth ride to your car. So, grab a cup of tea, put your feet up, and let’s dive into the gripping world of the Pirelli Cinturato Rosso. It’s going to be a wheely good time.

Grip: Let’s start with the grip. The Pirelli Cinturato Rosso grips the road like my Aunt Gladys grips a bingo card – with unyielding determination. Whether you're navigating a wet, winding road or simply cruising through the neighbourhood, these tyres stick like a possum to a power line. I put them to the test in all sorts of conditions – rain, shine, and even a surprise hailstorm that had me questioning my life choices – and they performed brilliantly. It’s like driving with superglue on your tyres, but without the mess.

Road Noise: Ah, the sweet symphony of road noise. Or, in the case of the Cinturato Rosso, the lack thereof. These tyres are quieter than a teenager sneaking back home past curfew. As I glided down the motorway, I could almost hear the wind whispering, “Nice tyres, mate.” Even the local sheep didn’t look up as I drove by – they were that stealthy. So, if you’re looking to enjoy your favourite 80s rock anthems without the background hum of road noise, these tyres are your new best friends. They make your drive sound like a symphony – well, a very quiet one.

Durability: Now, let’s talk durability. These tyres are tougher than a $2 steak from the local pub. I’ve driven them over potholes, gravel roads, and even a rogue Lego piece (apologies to my kids), and they came out looking fresh as a daisy. If tyres were superheroes, the Cinturato Rosso would be the invincible one with a charming personality. They’re built to last longer than your latest fitness resolution – and probably with less effort. So, you can drive with confidence, knowing these tyres are in it for the long haul.

In conclusion, the Pirelli Cinturato Rosso isn’t just a tyre; it’s a driving experience. With a grip that holds on tighter than a limpet, road noise quieter than a library mouse, and durability that laughs in the face of danger, it’s the perfect companion for any journey. So, if you’re ready to hit the road with style and confidence, give the Cinturato Rosso a go. Just don’t let Aunt Gladys near them – she might never let go. Happy driving!

16th April 2024

Pirelli Cinturato Rosso

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