Rider: Lester Dizon
How time flies when you’re having fun! We didn’t really notice it but our long term 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has now been with us for the past two years. When we first got it from the Kawasaki Leisure Bikes dealership in Libis, Quezon City on March 15, 2013, we were excited to have the most powerful liter-bike in our stable. Having a 200-horsepower motorcycle in our long term test fleet also elicited some fear among the staff, more so since our Ninja was dressed in a sinister shade of black.
Of course, our Editor-in-Chief Lester Dizon got first dibs on our black Ninja (lucky bastard!) but he eventually relinquished the keys to our other riders. Our long time contributor, Bam Olivares did the break-in of the Ninja’s 16-valve, double overhead camshaft (DOHC) inline 4-cylinder motor but he found the super sport bike’s size a bit small for his 6-foot-plus frame.
Weapon of Choice
Contributor Iñigo Roces rode the Ninja to the first California Superbike School (CSS) in February 2014 and held on to it for over a month. Our Subscription and Distribution Specialist, Michael “Mike the Bike” Segui also had some short stints on the ZX-10R, riding it to Laguna for quicker deliveries, but he complained that the clutch is a bit too stiff for stop-and-go traffic and the riding position isn’t ideal for the Metro Manila duck-and-weave gridlock.
Because of the number of motorcycles in our test fleet, including the media demo units that we are often lent for reviews, the opportunities to ride our black Ninja were few and far between. Thus, the mileage of our Kawasaki remained low and it was almost always under a bike cover when it sat parked in the office. However, when the ride called for a fast romp around town or a quick trip to Clark, Subic, Laguna, or Batangas, the Ninja was always the weapon of choice.
Track Day Fun
Sometime in November 2014, the battery of our Ninja was discharged and Lester, assisted by his 9-year-old son, Chevy, did a quick and easy job of fixing it and turning it into an impromptu start for future father-and-son projects. We realized that the cost of maintaining our bike was quite astonishingly low because of its low mileage and limited use. That it was never involved in an accident or spill is another plus factor.
In February 8, 2015, Lester rode the Ninja to the Clark International Speedway, where he took the Level 1 course of the CSS. Our black Kawasaki performed admirably on the track, which made us realize that we haven’t really explored its full potential in an environment that it was designed for. Lester vowed to join more track days in the future just to enjoy the performance of our black track terror. We just hope he doesn’t crash and damage it.
But of course, all things must come to an end, and our long term test of this 200hp machine has come to its fruition. We’re happy to report that the Ninja ZX-10R performed flawlessly during the two years we rode it and we’re seriously thinking of keeping it. Lester, who used to be crazy about BMW motorbikes, sold his 2003 Randy Mamola R1100S and chose the ZX-10R instead, citing its light weight, exhilarating power, and excellent maneuverability as the key reasons why he wants to keep it.
Lester is also happy that the liquid-cooled Jap bike can stand the Metro traffic unlike his air-cooled Bavarian status symbol. When he is not riding his red 2013 Stella 150 scooter around the city, you will find Lester on our black Ninja, even in hot, heavy traffic. That’s saying a lot in favor of the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R!
Post Script: Our intrepid EIC Lester took the Ninja to Tagaytay City and joined Ropali, Kymco motorcycles, FDR tires and History Channel in breaking the Guinness Book of World Record for “the most number of simultaneous motorcycle tire burnouts”. Lester and the black Ninja registered as No. 277 among the 300 participants who broke the world record. Our Kawasaki is now officially part of history!
Price : P770,000
Category : Super sport bike
Engine : Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 16-valve inline-4
Displacement : 998cc
Horsepower : 207hp@13,000rpm with Ram Air
Transmission : 6-speed manual
Wheelbase : 1425 mm
Curb weight : 198 kg
Kawasaki Leisure Bikes
2nd Floor, SRK Bldg., E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Libis, Quezon City
Telefax: (632) 687-4334
Current odometer reading : 3,456 km
Mileage since last report : 705 km
Mileage since acquisition : 3,449 km
Average : 13.33 km/L
Best : 20.50 km/L
Worst : 7.55 km/L
FUEL COST PER KILOMETER
Average : P3.90/km (A)
Best : P2.06/km
Worst : P5.20/km
Service expenses : P2,725.00
Parts expenses : P0.00
Repair expenses : P0.00
Total expenses : P2,725.00
Service costs per kilometer : P0.79/km (B)
Parts replaced: Regular PMS parts – oil filters only
Acquisition costs : P770,000.00
Estimated resale value : P550,000.00
Depreciation : P220,000.00
Depreciation costs per km : P63.78 (C)
Notes: Depreciation cost per kilometer is unusually high because of the bike’s low mileage.
TOTAL OWNERSHIP COSTS : P68.48 (A+B+C)
PLEASE INCLUDE FUEL MILEAGE TABLE