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Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil #4749525
05/06/18 05:58 PM
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Anyone here ever use the Castro Actevo 10W40 motorcycle oil? It's a semi-synthetic blend. Meets JASO MA2, and can get it for about $6.50/qt.

I'm debating using either Valvoline 10W40 4-Stroke M/C or Castrol 10W40 Actevo. I've used the Valvoline M/C in the past and seems to work fine (non synthetic), but wondering if the Actevo's semi-synthetic blend might help a bit with making the transmission shift better. The Actevo sounds like it's kind of like Castrol's Magnatec as they say it has "Actibond Molecules" that cling for start-up wear protection.


Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: ZeeOSix] #4749621
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We sell this at my CT store for $15.79 a bottle! We don't sell much of it.

Agreed it sounds like the same chemistry as Magnatec.


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Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: ZeeOSix] #4749663
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I've used it a few times and have four cases of it left,. A friend uses it in his triumph and Yamahas. For me it works as well as any other mc oil.


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Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: ZeeOSix] #4749686
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Last year I found it on sale a few times at Amazon. 15 to 20 percent coupon. Paid less than 5.


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Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: tomcat27] #4749761
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Originally Posted By: tomcat27
I've used it a few times and have four cases of it left,. A friend uses it in his triumph and Yamahas. For me it works as well as any other mc oil.


Notice any difference good or bad compared to the other motorcycle oils you've tried? I always use how the transmission shifts and how many miles it shifts good without becoming "notchy" as a way to judge the oil.

Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: ZeeOSix] #4749937
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I just put this oil in my 800 Tiger yesterday at its 500 (580) mile initial oil/filter change. Triumph calls for semi syn or full syn for the bike and I didn't want to go full syn at 500 miles. $6.17/qt at local Walmart. They also have Valvoline 10w40 full syn at $6.67/qt. I'll use that next..

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Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: ZeeOSix] #4750109
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I've tried the Catsrol Actevo in the past, (possibly an older formulation) and wasn't overly impressed. It was okay, but not as good IMO, as Redline M/C oil or my long time favorite Motul 300V 4T.

Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: ZeeOSix] #4750707
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I change at or before 3k. Overkill, I know.the only oil that went notchy on me was Amsoilo. My friend runs his triumph and Suzuki 7k on octave with no complaints.


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Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: ZeeOSix] #4750885
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Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
Anyone here ever use the Castro Actevo 10W40 motorcycle oil? It's a semi-synthetic blend. Meets JASO MA2, and can get it for about $6.50/qt.

I'm debating using either Valvoline 10W40 4-Stroke M/C or Castrol 10W40 Actevo. I've used the Valvoline M/C in the past and seems to work fine (non synthetic), but wondering if the Actevo's semi-synthetic blend might help a bit with making the transmission shift better. The Actevo sounds like it's kind of like Castrol's Magnatec as they say it has "Actibond Molecules" that cling for start-up wear protection.


This oil was really very good in my 2016 650 Versys LT. I did try other very expensive MC oils that in my opinion were nothing special at all. You can ask all the opinions that you want, but what runs great in my bike, might not be good for yours. It is very reasonable in price. Give it a try for yourself. Like to hear your opinion.


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Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: addyguy] #4754312
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Originally Posted By: addyguy
We sell this at my CT store for $15.79 a bottle! We don't sell much of it.

Agreed it sounds like the same chemistry as Magnatec.

I hope you are mistaken and it's the Castrol full synthetic MC oil for that price. OK, and perhaps exchange rates but still never seen this specific oil for near that price.

Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: ZeeOSix] #4754545
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20w50 will fix your shifting notchiness... or that is my hope after buying this beautiful stash of Valvoline dino across the border today:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3wf1zpjyx3ornr9/AABb7h9vo2-DQY2XIr-XEMmxa?dl=0

After witnessing a regular pattern of significant shearing with 40 weights in wet clutch bikes, I decided to start with a 50 weight and within a few hundred miles a 40 weight through the rest of the OCI.


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Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: webfors] #4756407
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Originally Posted By: webfors
20w50 will fix your shifting notchiness... or that is my hope after buying this beautiful stash of Valvoline dino across the border today.


I was considering the 20W50 Valvoline M/C oil for the XSR900, but I will probably go with the Valvoline 10W40 M/C oil instead and see how it does.

One thing I noticed is the NOACK is much lower on the Valvoline 20W50 than the 10W40 per the spec sheets on Valvoline's website.

Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: ZeeOSix] #4757974
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I use the 10w-40 in my dirt bikes, change it every ~5 hours or so. Seems to do a great job. Engines run smooth and trans shifts fine.

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Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: ZeeOSix] #4758000
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Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
I was considering the 20W50 Valvoline M/C oil for the XSR900, but I will probably go with the Valvoline 10W40 M/C oil instead and see how it does.


I've run both the dino and synthetic Valvoline 10W-40 M/C oils in my FZ-09 and they're very good. The dino especially considering you can get it for less than $5/qt at Walmart. I've got a stash of 20W-50 but haven't run it yet.

Re: Castrol Actevo 10W-40 M/C Oil [Re: jeff78] #4758411
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Originally Posted By: jeff78
Originally Posted By: ZeeOSix
I was considering the 20W50 Valvoline M/C oil for the XSR900, but I will probably go with the Valvoline 10W40 M/C oil instead and see how it does.


I've run both the dino and synthetic Valvoline 10W-40 M/C oils in my FZ-09 and they're very good. The dino especially considering you can get it for less than $5/qt at Walmart. I've got a stash of 20W-50 but haven't run it yet.


Agree, if Valvoline would just double the price on their excellent MC oil then everyone would want to buy it ... :o)
(most underrated MC oil in this forum)


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