So I have been considering the 450 cam swap for my 426 very heavily. I've read a lot about it and can't seem to find any reason not to do it...until today... I have a buddy that has never ridden a motorcycle before come over while I was just finishing up replacing the air-filter. He decided that it wouldn't be hard to teach himself to ride and he jumped on my bike and said he was going to take it for a spin I was horrified! I had agreed that I would help him learn to ride, but I told him that my 426 was not a good idea for his first lessons (if you knew my friend, you would definitely understand). I had a little chinese bike for a few months to scoot around campus and told him that if he was serious about getting into this, that may be a good opportunity for a first bike for him. ANYWAY, back to my original thought... In my state of shock I quickly came up w/ a claus for him. Since I wouldn't be riding the bike for the rest of the night I wasn't too concerned about it being flooded (and I figured I could drain the gas later), plus the fact that the gas was not even on and my friend didn't realize that...This being said, I told him that if he could start it, I would let him take it for a spin around the block. I gave him only one hint, don't give it any throttle. Anyway, he doesn't understand what the decomp lever even is and he only gave it three tries before he realized that it wasn't going to kick over and that maybe he didn't know that much about motorcycles. So maybe I shouldn't do the 450 cam swap...(hey, it offers me a little theft AND friend protection) I feel kind of rude for doing it that way really, but he has been doing similar things to try and force me into letting him take my bike for over two months now. Every time, I try to explain that he needs to get on something smaller to start with (like I said before, if you knew my friend, you would definitely know that this is not the right bike for him right now). My other riding buddies have been telling him the same thing. We talk to him about 'how you ride a motorcycle' properly (as best we can anyway w/o letting him trash one of our bikes). Any suggestions as to how to get him to really realize that he needs to learn to ride before he gets on something so big? Biggest problem is, he feels like if he could get on one he could be pulling wheelies and such, but he can't even wheelie his mountain bike w/o going over?!?!?!