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100,000km milestone on 300cc commuter bike

Kawasaki Ninja 300 100,000 mileage
Lyann's high-mileage Ninja 300 at Uluru

When Canadian immigrant Lyann Duxbury bought a Kawasaki Ninja 300 in February 2013 for commuting she never dreamed she would clock up 100,000km in just 38 months.

It’s not unusual for a big touring bike to rack up 100,000km in three years, but when it’s a 300cc learner bike that’s been all the way to the Red Centre, it’s worth noting.

Her 100,000km, which she clicked over last month, included a trip from Sydney to Uluru with the Black Dog Ride.

Lyann, 45, grew up riding snowmobiles in Canada and has been riding on the road for about 3.5 years.

“I’ve always been a fan of Kawasaki motorcycles after owning my very first snowmobile back in Canada which was a Kawasaki,” she says.

“After settling in Australia, my place of work moved and public transport wasn’t available in that particular area so I needed a way of commuting and that is how I got into motorcycling for commuting.”

When she bought the 2013 Ninja 300 from Bikebiz Kawasaki in Sydney, she was stepping up from a 125cc after acquiring her Ps.

She was actually looking at the Ninja 250 as she had an affinity with the brand and always wanted one.

However, when she learnt of the coming Ninja 300 she thought it looked amazing and fit her requirements for only a little more money.

Kawasaki Ninja 300 100,000 300cc
Ninja 300 at Lithgow

Lyann describes her beloved Ninja 300 as being superior in comfort and reliability.

“I’ve never had any problem what so ever. It’s always started and got me where I needed to go, even after dropping it a few times. The only modification I’ve made is adding adjustable leavers and a Yoshi exhaust.”

Commuting, weekends rides and her epic trip to Uluru accounted for the impressive amount of kilometres that Lyann and her Ninja 300 have conquered.

Kawasaki Ninja 300 100,000 300cc
Lyann at Uluru

“To and from work for me is around 25km a day but I do a lot of riding on weekends. An average weekend trip for me is around 600km a day. I love history so I’ll find an old historic town, ride to that, check it out and come back home. I’ve ridden a lot through Putty Rd, most of the Blue Mountains, down south and beyond.” 300cc Kawasaki Ninja 300 100,000

Riding for pleasure isn’t Lyann’s only objective, the Sydneyite also racks up numerous kilometres in the name of worthy causes and charities.

“I do a lot of charity rides. The Wall to Wall ride for Police Remembrance took me from Sydney to Canberra recently. I also made it to Uluru with the Black Dog Ride which was definitely my most memorable ride. There were about 400 other riders and my Ninja 300 was the second smallest bike on the trip!” she says.

Lyann describes reaching 100,000km in April as a major achievement.Kawasaki Ninja 300 100,000 300cc

“It was absolutely amazing. I felt really good about it. I calculated the exact distance I needed to get to a pivotal point around my area. The house behind me in the picture I took at 100,000km was actually the house from A Country Practice which is an icon.

“Reaching this many kilometres is really exciting. It’s gotten to the point where I want to keep going. It’s a big achievement. Especially when you see older bikes that have travelled less kilometres.

“I can’t see myself getting another bike at the moment because my Ninja 300 has been so reliable but my dream bike is the new 2016 Ninja ZX-10R. I sat on one at my local Kawasaki dealership (Black Top and Dust Motorcycles, previously Kelen Kawasaki) and it felt amazing even just to sit on.”

Kawasaki Ninja 300 100,000 300cc
Lyann at the SA/Vic border
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  1. It is unusual for a small bike to hit the 100000 mark in Australia (unless it’s a curior bike)
    I’m sure there are thousands of bikes and scooters running around Europe and Asia with many more Ks. Some have probably had three new engines and four new frames and the clock gave up after the second frame.(broom joke three new heads four new handles is it the same broom?)

  2. How about my shovelhead 38 years always used and registered, burnt down twice
    3 frames 6 engine rebuilds, 2 sidecars

  3. I doubt there are many small bikes and scooters in Europe that have done 100000 kms in 3 years.

    The ninja 300 is a fairly new model. I wonder if there’s any anywhere that have done 100,000km.

    This is pretty impressive and makes me give Kawasaki a second look whereas I never really liked them before that.

    1. In places where cars are rare and a 500cc is an exotic for the wealthy there are scooters and postie bikes and the like that rack up to a million kilometres before they die of old age if not in the first three years of their life. In wealthier countries like Australia and North America where riding is a hobby for most people it is rare to keep a bike with more than thirty thousand kilometres on it so a hundred thousand on a 300cc Kawasaki sounds impressive but it’s a rarity here only because the majority of us would not stick to such a small bike for that long.
      I have racked up over a 1000000 km on a 900cc Yamaha in less than a year with commuting to work and long trips here and there and I couldn’t imagine doing it on something so small, except for dirt bikes the smallest thing I have ever ridden is a four hundred cc Honda sports and I killed that six times before I got a bigger bike.

      1. “rack up to a million kilometres before they die of old age if not in the first three years of their life”

        I don’t think anyone disputes that a bike can do long kms if kept long enough :p

        “I have racked up over a 1000000 km on a 900cc Yamaha in less than a year with commuting to work and long trips here and there”

        Aside from the fact that anyone can rack up long kms if commuting a fair way every day. Your claim of 1000000kms in less than a year just cannot true. Basic maths says its impossible :p

        1. It’s totally possible… even on a Ninja 300:
          1,000,000km/365 days in a year is
          2739.73 km/day
          Ninja 300 can do about 180km/h which equals to
          17 hours if he maintains the top speed 17 hours a day, even giving him to fuel up and sleep.

          Unless he spends the entire 24 hours in a day on the bike which comes to about 115km/h in a permanent drive state in which case he needs to have someone drive up next to him to give him fuel, and do 115km/h wheelies while changing the front tire and 115km/h stoppies while changing the rear tire.

          You can also unscrew the oil change bolt at the same time as pouring the oil into the engine. Not the safest but not impossible.

          Totally doable. I don’t know why people are so sceptical nowadays.

  4. Good on Lyann for getting out and seeing more of Australia than many locals have.

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