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Old 03-20-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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Oils available in canada

Valvoline vr1 not available in Canada. What works best on flat tappet engines and is available in Canada. Napa or Canadian tire.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:32 PM   #2
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I expect Lucas do something suitable.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:54 PM   #3
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Castrol GTX or V Twin 20w50
Amsoil Synthetic - if want to pay big bucks

Both available at CTC

I like Motul lube products available at most motorcycle shops...they make dino, semi synthetic and full synthetic and cover most requirements for an airhead i.e. engine oil, gearbox, drive shaft, final drive and fork oils..all in viscositys needed

Some further reading here if you're concerned about ZDDP levels for old flat tappet engines - you may just drive yourself crazy :)

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=871700
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:28 PM   #4
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I have been using Castrol GTX 20/50 with the SG rating for the past 40 years on all my bikes, including many airheads. It is available just about everywhere. As far as I am concerned, it is the oil of choice.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:45 AM   #5
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I have been using Castrol GTX 20/50 with the SG rating for the past 40 years on all my bikes, including many airheads. It is available just about everywhere. As far as I am concerned, it is the oil of choice.

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Available at Walmart, Canadian Tire, buy extra when it's on sale.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:50 AM   #6
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Lots of it in Alberta
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:57 AM   #7
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I meant to post this here but put it in the 'Additive' thread instead:

On the advice of this forum, I quit using Castrol GTX and switched to Spectro 4 for my airhead. It was stated that the Castrol product is formulated differently than in Europe and Spectro 4 was the way to go. This was from one of those dreaded oil threads of several years ago.
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:14 PM   #8
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I wonder if the Canadian BMW dealers get the same oil we do in the States? BMW 20/50 mineral oil is Spectro oil down here but a couple of buck cheaper per quart than Spectro. Last time I saw it tested it has more of the good stuff than regular Spectro and that had way more of it than about any oil you could get at a Auto parts store. I use BMW oil. Good oil at a great price. At least here in the States.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:00 PM   #9
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Two BMW Dealers in Vancouver - owned by the same company supposedly. One stocks Spectro, the other stocks Motul products. I've never seen a BMW specific oil in my seven years of ownership, up here in Canada. I just buy a whole bunch of Spectro gallon jugs and keep it handy on the shelf.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:33 PM   #10
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I see no reason whatsoever to buy anything for my old airheads at the stealerships here in Canada. I find that the majority of stuff they carry is way over priced.

But, if you have lots of money, then go right ahead and buy your oil there. Don't forget to get your tires topped up with official OEM BMW air while you are there.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:48 PM   #11
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Now that's just crazy talk. I don't know how stuff is priced up there. Down here, suggested retail for BMW oil is a real good deal. Cheaper than the Spectro equivalent anywhere else that I have seen. Granted, prices have been going through the roof lately but part of that is for BMW keeping the same basic prices for 20 years up till a few years back but those day are for sure over now.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:33 PM   #12
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please show me a pic of what you use. i want to make sure i am getting the right thing.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:40 PM   #13
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Oil is cheaper than parts - I'll pay a bit more in this area. On the whole the bike costs me very little - one of the cheaper hobbies that I've ever had. Who would have thought - a Canadian oil thread all on its own.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:48 PM   #14
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In a comparo a long time ago Castrol GTX had pretty much the same additive package as the BMW branded Golden Spectro, but it had around half the amount. It was also around half the price

So it seemed that if you changed the GTX at half the recommended intervals you would get the same protection as using the correct oil, at pretty much the same cost.

But oils change all the time, even 40 year old formulations like GTX, and a 20 year old comparo probably isnt worth much.

Best to ask the same question over on Bobistheoilguy forum - these guys actually know something about oil and will pick up on a change in formulation within a week.
And when they ask why the answer will come from the guy who makes the oil, not from someone quoting from a twenty year old amateur comparo.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:53 PM   #15
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We use full synthetics at work - I'll go through a case per day doing oil 'uplifts' to the aircraft doing the many flights that we have. This isn't cheap shit. So I'm assuming that there might be $500 bucks worth of oil in a case - (my guess here). Maybe I'm therefore blasé to the cost of my own oil and springing the extra bucks for the better kind doesn't register too high on the concern scale. Don't worry, I'm usually a fairly frugal fella....
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