Canadian Tire motorcycle oil

Discussion in 'Canada' started by TonyT, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. TonyT

    TonyT Been here awhile

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    Went into the Smith's Falls, ON, CTC store today to pick up some Castrol Gran Prix, but none on the shelves.
    So I looked at the house oil, Formula 1. Two different bottles on sale, the older one I'm familiar with and a new one with more purple script on it.
    Here's the thing, the older bottle refers to the contents as "Premium motorcycle oil" and lists conformity with SG, SF, etc.
    The new bottle makes no mention of "Premium" and lists NO conformity to standards, I don't remember it even stating that it met warranty requirements.
    Both bottles say "Made in Canada" and both are the same price, of course.
    Would you buy the new stuff? I won't.
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  2. Weldit

    Weldit Been here awhile

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    the grand-prix motorcycle oil was also available at wallymart and was a bit cheaper than ct
    are you sure that ct didn't just put their motorcycle stuff away for the winter to make room for
    snowmobile stuff ?
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  3. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    All CT stores should have these 2:

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    T6 is JASO MA rated, both are popular in motorcycles, fine for wet clutches, no molybdenum-type friction reducing stuff. It is all I have used for the last 5 years.
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  4. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    Do you think that Shell (who makes Canadian Tire's MotoMaster motorcycle oil) would sell an oil that doesn't meet the requirements of any manufacturer? Does any oil company do this?

    Sounds like new packaging, not new contents...
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  5. outsidein

    outsidein Been here awhile

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    I purchased some oil labeled as motorcycle specific 10W-40 semi-synthetic with added Teflon at Canadian Tire. Cannot remember the usual brand name but my bike shifts smoother than it ever has and it was not terribly expensive for a motorcycle oil. I've also used the Shell but it did not seem to shift as smoothly with it.
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  6. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    For the amount of oil by bikes use, I use Amsoil. I shop at CTC for other things. I don't bargain hunt for oil.
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  7. FlyingDutchman

    FlyingDutchman Dirt Biker

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    I picked up 13 bottles of synthetic on closeout for 1.03 /L.

    My receipt read total savings $130...total paid $15

    It will be an upgrade from the $2 10-40 Motomaster car oil I was using.

    It worked fine at the Cord.

    When I tried Motul, it came out black too...ymmv
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  8. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    You just didn't look in the right place. I bought 8 liters of it from that store on Friday. Picked it up in the Snowmobile section, the one where they keep the Motorcycle stuff, in season.
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  9. Sunday Rider

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    I think it is the time of year. Everyone is putting their bikes to bed and changing the oil. It was sold out where I was last week, but yesterday the shelves were full of both MotoMaster and Castrol. Wish they made 4 liter container for M/C oil.

    I
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  10. Cal

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    They do its called Castrol 10/40 GTX been using it for 4 years in my f650:D
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  11. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Some stores stock only the 1L.
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  12. Sunday Rider

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    Is that the M/C oil or car oil?

    If it is the M/C oil I will keep hunting for it, Thanks.
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  13. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    My single has 76000kms on this car oil....I guess my motor doesn't know the difference. Sorry if this has become an oil thread.
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  14. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Became an oil thread? Isn't that how it started?
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  15. Sunday Rider

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    Hey if it works that's good. I've been running the Shell T6 synth for the last couple of years, because it was on sale in Buffalo ($18) couldn't help myself:lol3

    Ran well with the Motomaster M/C oil as well.

    For long trip I use synthetic, so I don't have to change it during the trip.

    Let the flames of an oil thread ignite.:clap
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  16. TonyT

    TonyT Been here awhile

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    was that CTC seems to have "dumbed down" their bike oil. My only evidence for this is the change in packaging and my experience that retailers usually like to point out that their product meets industry standards. Maybe I'll get off my butt and ask CTC about it.
    If it is Shell that makes the CTC oil, I'm quite sure that they'll make whatever CTC asks them to. If you did go back to Shell and complain, they'd just point you to CTC. Kinda like going to Whirlpool to complain about the Sears Kenmore washer you bought and they made. I did that once and they just sniffed and told me that while they made the Kenmore machine, they didn't make it to their standards.
    Anyhow, Perth CTC had plenty of Grand Prix for me, so the girls will all be oiled up.
    Cheers,
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  17. Sunday Rider

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    pre-ignition bucket of water noted.


    I would have to agree to your original post, if it didn't say meets warranty or at least some standard I'd pass, but on the other hand if it was the same product number......
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  18. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    The big issue with car vs moto oil is the friction modifiers (moly usually) that can be added. They can be too slippery for the wet clutch. If you ride a gutless wonder like say a KLR it probably would never matter, but it's possible to slip the clutch in higher hp applications. If in doubt look at the API logo on the back if it says energy conserving that's the bad one, if that field is blank fill your boots.
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  19. GreatWhiteNorth

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    Is this the no-name stuff?

    http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brow...Master+Formula+1+Motorcycle+Oil.jsp?locale=en

    The MSDS is available on-line... made by Shell too. I've been running Castrol GTX 10w40 automotive in my Goldwing GL1500, and GTX motorcycle oil in my KLR. Lately started blending in a little Shell T6 synthetic on the KLR (adding during top up - it's an oil burner) to restore the viscosity as it wears (not to extend oil change intervals).

    Good article here on automotive vs motorcycle oils - you decide! :rofl

    http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Oils1.html
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  20. FlyingDutchman

    FlyingDutchman Dirt Biker

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    CTC realizes that most bikers are dumb enough to pay extra for oil in a bottle with a motorcycle on it. Just Marketing 101
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