Great bikes! I have a 97 Honda Nighthawk 250 that is basically the same drive train, just less cruiser and more standard in style. The bikes are a bit under powered but mine has been nothing but reliable... and easy to work on! Its a twin with only 1 carb! (I know that hurts performance but darn if it isn't easy to work on.) My advice, gear it up a bit from stock, the low end will still be decent but it will give you a bit more highway speed... mine struggles to hold 70 even after the regear.
Hope he wears a helmet and enjoys it!