It all depends on how responsible you plan to be on it. Any bike can be safe if ridden gently. First and foremost, TAKE THE MSF COURSE! I've seen many times over the good habits that it instills. Then you're going to need to resist the temptation to "see what it will do" for a least a year or so of regular riding to build some experience. If you're not willing to wait until your skills catch up with the capabilities of the bike, then I'd advise a different bike. Otherwise, be careful and be smart.