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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.
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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