Any small to medium sized motorcycle can be a safe first bike, or it can kill you on your first ride. There is nothing safer or more dangerous about a small shadow, a small rebel, a grom ( they only come in one size) , or a small ninja. It's all up to the rider to get the proper training and then carefully learn to ride well. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that a small motorcycle can't hurt you...Huh. Neither one of these are as cheap as some of the Kawasaki Ninja's I've seen on Facebook Marketplace. But if it's safer for beginners than the Kawasaki, guess I'll have to save up a couple of extra months. Won't be able to ride til next spring the way this is turning out. By the time I get everything together, it'll be almost winter again.