On my way to work this morning I saw a column of black smoke coming up on the opposite side of the road which turned out to be a bike in flames. I stopped and joined the rapidly gathering crowd, and being the only other biker there went over to the very agitated rider to see if there was anything I could do, there wasn't of course, but I just couldn't stand there and watch the poor bugger as his bike went up in smoke. A guy in a ute soon pulled up with a fire extinguisher, and hosed the bike which appeared to go out, but then flamed up again within less than a minute. The rider was a young bloke in his 20's who had only had the bike a few days, and he was devastated. It was a silver Honda cruiser of some kind, I don't know all the cruiser models, but it was a 750 I think. The rider said he was dawdling along in traffic when he smelled something electrical and the bike started to misfire. He pulled over to the kerb and when he got off he saw first smoke coming from under the seat, and then flames. It took about 2 minutes to become a ball of flame and for the tank to go up. I have been riding 40 years and that is the first bike I have ever seen catch fire outside a race track, I found it quite profoundly disturbing. The worst thing is that the poor bugger only had third party insurance, so he has lost the lot.