5 Used Motorcycles That New Riders Should Never Buy

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When it comes to rider safety, the most dangerous factor is the rider, not the bike. Even a Honda Shadow 750 is dangerous in the hands of a reckless rider, and an inexperienced-but-conservative new rider can probably do pretty well on some incredibly powerful bikes.

Learning to ride motorcycles isn’t just about what’s possible to handle while everything is going right, however, and unfortunately, even new riders with their egos in check don’t have the experience to avoid making mistakes. On a forgiving bike, it can be bad enough, but on a bike built for expert riders, making mistakes can be disastrous.

While there are certainly more than a few bikes new riders should avoid, RideApart put together a list of 5 bikes that it considers the worst ones for new riders.