Hope the bike has less scuffs than mine. My bag bars worked on the left but the bike landed on me; I was sitting next it trying to find a rattle an bumped the shifter into gear. The right side got it worse when it was backed into; it went over far enough to scuff the top outside edge of the saddlebag.
Sounds like your buddy made the same mistake my daughter made. Too much focus on where she was going and not enough focus on where she was...
Retired USAF, IYAAYAS!
2008 V-Star 1100 Custom Bobber project
2011 Crimson XR with Forged Highway Bars / Hard Bags / Passenger Backrest, Ness parts including Smooth Layback Plate Frame/Mount / Rad 3 Mirror / deep cut grips / drivers floorboards /shifter peg / brake peg / passenger pegs. Witchdoctor black rack, Lloydz filter / timing wheel / VFC III, 7Jurock windshield, Drag Specialties seat.