For the past 7 months we have been running Penrite Oils and Lubricants in our 2014 Suzuki RM-Z250, with the Australian owned and produced keeping our bike running perfectly over the course of the year.
While Penrite Oils have been around since 1926 when the company was founded by Les Mecoles and manufacturing of high quality lubricants from Pennsylvania base stocks started in Australia, the companies Motorcycle oils have been some what off the radar until recently.
However Penrite has been producing motorcycle oils since the early 1980's after Les sold the company to John Dymond, Lubrizol's Australian National Sales Manager, a mechanical engineer by trade and a car enthusiast at heart, who rapidly expanded the Penrite range of products in 1979.
John's technical background and commitment to quality ensured that Penrite continued to produce the highest quality product for every application and this philosophy, implemented by John in 1979, remains a core value of the company to this day.
Establishing Team Penrite in the early 80’s, John was able to complete all the R & D requirements for his products on the race track, not only with cars, but also bikes, karts and trucks!
Driven by his “every product, every application, every customer” philosophy John expanded and developed the capabilities and capacity of the business to produce specific products for any market, effectively ensuring Penrite has every industry segment covered including the motorcycling industry.
For 85 years Penrite has been family owned and managed. In 2011,Toby and Nigel Dymond manage this World Wide business from Melbourne Australia, taking John's technical knowledge, his passion and his philosophy forward into the future.
For more of a background on Penrite Oils head to the bottom of this feature.
Penrite have made a big push into the motorcycle market in recent times, with the most noticeable push being Penrite's involvment with the Honda MX Racing team that is now know as the Penrite Honda MX team ran by Yarrive Konsky, with some high profile riders currently associated with the team including multiple time MX and SX champion Jay Marmont and two time SX2 champion, American, Gavin Faith.
So why did we choose to run with Penrite Oils in our 2014 Suzuki RM-Z250? To be honest it was mainly due to curiosity of seeing a brand that we reconised from the world of automobiles and car racing, but had not seen to much of in the Motorcycle world.
What Products are we running?
First of all keeping our engine and gear box running smoothly Penrite have recomended their MC 4ST 10W-40 oil.
MC4ST 10W-40 is a premium, 100% PAO & Ester, full synthetic, SAE 10W-40, non-friction modified, modern 4 stroke engine oil. It contains a superior anti-wear package of engine wear and cleansing package of FULL ZINC + (exceeding 1800+ ppm levels) for ultimate engine gearbox & clutch protection and special synthetic detergents and dispersants for protection in the harshest of on and off road conditions. It the exceeds the requirements of API SN/CF and JASO MA.
MC4ST 10W-40 is designed for use in most modern four stroke road and sports bikes, dirt and enduro bikes, ATV’s/Quad bikes and 4 stroke scooters that require a full synthetic engine oil. It is also equally suitable for use in transmissions with wet clutch systems where engine & gearbox oils are combined. It has optimum clutch slip prevention in these systems and exceeds JASO MA requirements. Available in 1ltr, 2.5ltr, 4ltr, 20ltr, 205ltr
After seven months of use, we are more than happy with the the Penrite MC4ST oil. Like most weekend warriors we are looking for an oil that does the job we are looking for and that is simply to keep our engine and gearbox and all moving parts internally well lubricated and running like clock work.
We have changed oil every five to eight hours and with around 35-40 hours now on our bike, it is still running as strong as ever and gear shifts have always been smooth.
The real test will not come until later this year when we pull the bike down to put a fresh piston and rings in, but as of now we are 100% happy with our choice to run Penrite oils in our Suzuki RM-Z250.
We have also been running Penrite's Motorcycle Foam Filter Oil and Foam Filter cleaner and have found them both to be outstanding products.
The filter oil is listed as a solvent based, super tacky Foam Filter treatment which effectively stops the ingestion of sand, dirt and dust into the engine.
To be honest the only thing that is probably not 100% spot on with the above statment is the colour, with the oil being more of a green / brown colour and looking a lot like engine oil. The oil it self is quite thing when pouring it out of the container, which we found made if very easy to massage the oil through the filter.
The thing we like most about the filter oil was how quickly it would tack up, while it had a very thin consistency out of the can, it quickly became tacky allowing filters to installed near instantly into our bike and with no excess oil dripping into the bottom of the air box then through onto the swing arm then floor.
It was probably the best filter oil I have come across to date.
The Penrite Foam Filter Cleaner is a specially formulated product, for cleaning motorcycle foam filters. It is a ready to use, non caustic and water soluble cleaner that effectively removes trapped dirt, tacky filter oil, grease and other contaminants from foam filters and washes away thoroughly.
Its advanced formulation cleans effectively and prevents deterioration of the foam ensuring longer filter life. It does not leave harmful deposits or residue that could rust or corrode engine parts or damage the engine via inhalation.
The Penrite foam filter cleaner like the filter oil proved to be a great product and made cleaning filters a breeze. It is a matter of simply cleaning your filter in the product, rinsing with water then allowing to dry and your filter is ready to go again.
The fourth product that we have been running from Penrite is their Motorcycle Chain Lube.
The chain lube we had mixed feelings about, and if we were using it for Road use we would have been more than happy, for off-road use there was a minor issue.
The lube certainly did the job of lubricating the chain and keeping it running perfectly. It went on easily and you could litarly see the coating on the chain itself, and if you ran your finger across the chain you could feel that the layer of protection.
The minor issue came when it was time to clean the chain at the end of the days riding. The lubricant protected the chain a little to well and we found it hard to clean the coating off when it came time to wash the bike.
I guess this could be seen as both an advantage and disadvantage depending on your view, there was no doubt the lube was providing great protection and would do for more than just a single day of riding, but at the same time it did leave a sticky coating on the chain and the only way we found to clean it off was with a heavy duty degreaser.
Overall we could not be happier with the Penrite range of oils and lubricants that we have used. We also have Penrite fork oil that we will use next time we have the forks on our Suzuki RM-Z450 serviced by Grant at Bike Tune.
For more information on the Penrite Oil Company read the below article regarding the company, it heritage, what it stands for and the teams future endevours, or head to the Penrite Oils website for a full run down on the latest Motorcycle products by Clicking Here
Penrite Oil – A Great Australian Champion
When thinking of success stories in the Australian automotive industry it’s hard to come up with a more impressive one than that of lubricant company, Penrite.
From humble beginnings almost 90 years ago, the company now boasts more than 1500 formulations across 200 products that are sold in more than 30 countries around the world. The Penrite Oil Company was founded in 1926 in Melbourne by Les Mecoles, who began producing manufacturing high quality lubricants from Pennsylvania base stocks, regarded at the time as the best in the world.
Les ran the business for 50 years before ill health prompted him to sell Penrite to John Dymond. At the time, John was Lubrizol's Australian National Sales Manager, a mechanical engineer by trade and a car enthusiast at heart, and he rapidly expanded the Penrite range of products.
Today, the business is managed by Toby and Nigel Dymond from the company’s head office in Melbourne Australia, taking John's technical knowledge, passion and philosophy forward into the future.
Penrite General Manager Sales and Marketing, Toby Dymond said the company has changed greatly since 1926.
“Under Les, Penrite sold to a lot of farming and manufacturing businesses around Victoria and when the railways and the highways expanded, the company moved into New South Wales and South Australia,” explained Mr Dymond. “The business focused on agricultural and industrial markets, we didn’t service automotive in those days. In the early days, Penrite also sold batteries and filters, however those products were later discontinued when my father, John Dymond, acquired the business in 1979.
“John really expanded the distribution network into other capital cities of Australia, including Hobart. We also opened a second blending plant in Brisbane and we started introducing more products into the range.”
Driven by his “every product, every application, every customer” philosophy, John expanded and developed the capabilities and capacity of the business to produce specific products for any market, ensuring Penrite had every industry segment covered.
Supported by the largest range of speciality products and backed up with a 100 per cent product guarantee, John established a product range and brand that is a widely regarded as an Australian leader.
“We started focussing on performance oils and automotive, including motorcycle and marine oils,” said Mr Dymond, “though we continued to manufacture industrial and agricultural products.” All of Penrite’s products are proudly Australian made, something Mr Dymond said is both a company passion and strength.
“Australia has the toughest environment in the world and our oils are developed to withstand the pressures of Australian conditions. Australian quality is well regarded around the world and that puts us in good stead as we are seen as manufacturing very high quality products. That’s emphasised because we are both 100 percent Australian owned and managed. Some companies are Australian owned but they are not Australian operated, or their products are not Australian manufactured. We are Australian operated, made and owned.”
While many manufacturing organisations have gone off shore in recent times, Mr Dymond said Penrite wouldn’t think of manufacturing anywhere else, even if that comes at a price disadvantage.
“In some sectors, manufacturing is moving offshore but we certainly see strong, healthy future in not only manufacturing in Australia but also in the automotive sector here and abroad. We understand we may not have the cheapest product out in the market but we believe you get what you pay for and we will continue to manufacture and market Australian made goods, tested and proven under the harsh Australian Sun.
“I think the key is to understand the points of difference and focus on what we bring to the market compared to others,” said Mr Dymond. “We understand the strengths and weaknesses of all of our competitors, whether they are from Australia or overseas. We may not have the marketing or sales budgets of some others but our core business is about focussing on delivering customer benefits, value and solutions. We understand that if the customer is satisfied with the product they will keep purchasing it. We’ve been successful for nearly 90 years now and that has always been our philosophy, and that will continue into the future.”
Mr Dymond reinforced the importance of high customer satisfaction by describing it as ‘the one big decision that has made the company what it is today’.
“I think it’s important to understand the customer value proposition and ensure there is a constant win-win opportunity,” he said. “We have never lost focus of our ability to deliver good products, deliver product on time, and having a good distribution network to support our customers. We are a very customer focussed organisation.
“We also offer excellent support services to all our customers, including seven days a week technical phone advice, product and industry training, as well as monthly business representation.”
“The other key factor for us is a focus on manufacturing, which for us is a strength, both in terms of logistics as well as quality. We have more than 1500 variants within a range of 200 products that we manufacturer locally and there is no way that we could import that many products - our supply chain would be an absolute nightmare if we were to import all of those products. We are proud of our Australian manufacturing, but it is our strength as well.
Despite marketing so many products, Penrite also understands the business maxim, ‘If you’re not going forward, you’re going backward,’ so don’t expect the company to rest on its hard-earned laurels. “We will continue to look for new markets in Australia and abroad,” said Mr Dymond. “We will work with our customers on identifying where the opportunities are, not only in automotive but also in other markets that we are looking to expand and revise our product range.”
Naturally, past success doesn’t guarantee future success, so Mr Dymond and the Penrite team keep a keen eye on developing trends and challenges.
“A constant challenge for us is the market - the car park mix. Australia markets around 60 car brands with more than 1000 variants, so our biggest challenge is to consolidate our range while covering the complete car park, meeting consumer demand and within our own philosophy of the right product for the right application. We are constantly asked why we have so many products and we explain that Penrite is not driving the increasing range of products, it’s the car manufacturers. We are not in the industry to make products for the sake of it.
“The other challenge relates to saving fuel and reducing the carbon footprint. There are great external pressures that are driven by car manufacturers and international governments, so we make sure we comply with all of the overseas regulations and specifications.”
Of course, another key to success is membership of AAAA – something Mr Dymond said Penrite values greatly.
“For us, being part of the AAAA gives us a great opportunity to work with members who have like interests and challenges,” he said. “AAAA provides a platform for us to talk to like companies that face the same challenges as Penrite. “AAAA also presents industry challenges to local bodies and governments and being part of the association helps us work with those people.”
Mr Dymond thanked AAAA members who had supported Penrite, adding
“If you are looking for an Australian made lubricant, give us a call.”
For further information visit www.penriteoil.com.au
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