I had one brand new in 96,rode it hard for about 4 years,the forks were an issue,magnesium lower legs would pick up metal bits from the bushings disintegrating,then the embedded and loose metal bits would frag the seals and the rest of the bushings. I had em apart many times,once I used a brake hone to smooth out the insides of the forks,one or two passes was all I did,then I polished the insides of the lower legs with rag and polishing compound on the same brake hone.
It worked pretty good.
Jetting was a long drawn out event,went through many needles and jets till I got it close,it ran great on top but was hard to jet off the bottom. Various small parts fell apart regularly,pipe hangers,etc. The stock Ohlin's rear shock is a good thing,I put on an eibach spring to match my weight and that was all it needed,worked great then!
These bikes weight about 249 dry so not a real lightweight,but they work just fine once fettled.
I have an 04 300 now,its just a put gas in and go sort of bike,good right out of the box.
Some bikes around at times