This is not my personal experience but a friends. My friend has been off a bike for a few years now;rode a bike many years before. He started to get that itch for a bike and wanted to buy my bike, I said no. He looked and looked and looked finally found a bike. He was lucky enough that the guy wanted to do a square even trade for his 95 chevy blazer in good condition. My friend traded. He ended up with a wicked clean 97 Honda Nighthawk 1100 (I think its a night hawk. Its Night something or other) This bike is clean! Brand new fresh all black paint. Frame freshly powder coated black, rims painted black. Looked like it was brand new. Not a scratch no where. Bike ran perfect and had a wicked sounded and looking exhaust. One of those 4 to 2 pipes. The pipes were stacked on top of eachother. They looked mean. He bring the bike home and takes it for a spin, no problem. 3 hours later he is grinning ear to ear and wanted to tell all his friends. (mistake number one) We all meet at the garage that one of his buddies own to show it off. There is a Cadilac (NICE!!) in the shop getting ready for repairs. He pulls up to the caddy and gets off. Friends gather and look on with jealousy. Can I Ride? They all ask one after another over and over again. At first he denies them but they soon get the best of him. (mistake number 2) He agrees to let a buddy of his take it around the block. Mind you this guy has never been on anything with two wheels. He asks how to ride and my friend generously teaches (most fatal mistake of all) He pops the bike in gear and suddenly we hear the engine scream and SMASH!! We look to see the nice bike standing straight up against the NICE Cadilac. Cadilac suffered a caved in door panel and a busted glass. No one was physically hurt. The bike was still screaming at this point and the tire is just burning away. The guy was still on the bike. Finally we got him to let go of the throttle and get away from the bike. The bike never fell down so we all helped him get it back on its wheels. Bike suffered a busted headlight, busted nose fairing, busted windscreen, and a twisted fork. And I mean twisted. Place the handle bars in the straight postion and the wheel is pointing left. My friend was so depressed at that point. He was about to cry. Finally he gets a bike after a few years and then 3 hours later, it is busted up and cant be riden. Now that bike is sort of a teaser in the driveway. It says to him all the time "HAHAHAHAHA Im right here and you want to ride me but NO WAY" I feel bad for him but he made the mistake of letting someone who have never been on anything with 2 wheels before try and ride it. He plans on fixing it and I told him I would buy it AS IS for $1000 hopeing he would take it because I want that bike so bad. I know Im wrong for trying to take advantage of my friend but its a nice bike and I would love to fix it. Moral of the story is.....Dont let no one else ride your bike.