I once owned a hardtail harley... my dad and I were working on it. it was chopped out, very mean looking. It could sprain your ankle trying to kick it.
I wanted to get it registered, but as a novice bike rider, the raw power, chopped front end and lack of shock... well...
everyone kept asking me if I'd ever had my kidney's shaken so hard I'd pissed blood..... that did NOT sound like fun.
They might have been saying it, just to scare me away from the bike, which I agree with. But that rotten hog would kick you back, and hard, if you didn't get the kick just right.
I learned to lace up a boot, real tight before trying to start it. avoid the sprain or worse, a broken ankle from an unstarted bike. that's as embarassing as anything moped-related could ever be.
of course, my faux -OUI/DWI on a moped was pretty embarassing too. All charges dropped, but I still lost my license for 18 months. Ouch!!!!