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post #196 of 201 (permalink) Old 12-20-2013, 09:16 PM
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It handles surprisingly well but you aren't going to be dragging knees.

It even handles well enough for that on the right tires. Get rid of the OEM Bridgerocks and put on a set of Pirelli Sport Demons. Go one size wider in the rear. Pay attention to tire pressure (cold 36F 35R worked best for me; YMMV). The bike is perfectly capable of scraping the pegs in a fast corner.

Also ditch the stock brake pads. They fade under aggressive riding. Put in a decent set of sintered pads and life gets much sweeter.

The Ninja 500 is an outstanding bike and an exceptional training tool.

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It even handles well enough for that on the right tires. Get rid of the OEM Bridgerocks and put on a set of Pirelli Sport Demons. Go one size wider in the rear. Pay attention to tire pressure (cold 36F 35R worked best for me; YMMV). The bike is perfectly capable of scraping the pegs in a fast corner.

Also ditch the stock brake pads. They fade under aggressive riding. Put in a decent set of sintered pads and life gets much sweeter.

The Ninja 500 is an outstanding bike and an exceptional training tool.
Suspension is too soft after 18 years and 24k miles and my targa fairing scrapes. If I addressed both of those, I'm thinking I could.

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Suspension is too soft after 18 years and 24k miles and my targa fairing scrapes. If I addressed both of those, I'm thinking I could.
No doubt.

Try simply changing out the fork oil and seals. That alone might give you a decent improvement.

I put 32k miles on my 2006 before it was stolen back in July. Truly an outstanding starter bike. Fast enough that it's a true sport bike, but you have to rev it to make it go. It's quite docile at low revs. That makes it easy for beginners to ride, but still fun for experienced riders. It's light, well balanced, and very flickable.

I thoroughly enjoyed that bike. Limitations came from my own capabilities, not the bike's.

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Well again it looks like I'm looking at the ninja 500r for my first bike.
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I'm taking the MSF BRC next weekend, I wanted to buy a cheap, good bike like a Ninja 500R or a GS500 BEFORE I take the class(I have a learner's permit). I've already bought all my protective gear, but I think I'll wait until after the class to buy my first bike. I have a friend who works in a Honda/Yamaha dealership and his boss told me he has a used 2013 Honda CB500F coming in (4500 miles)when a customer picks up his ordered Yamaha FZ-07 at the end of the month. My course ends on the last weekend of the month as well. Anyway he'll sell me the CB500F for $4500. Does this sound like a wise first bike deal? I haven't read here what people think of the Honda CB500F as a first bike.
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It's ok. It's a little expensive for a first bike in my opinion. A Ninja 500 will perform better and will be cheaper. But the CBR500F itself is a great first bike.

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