Over here we have, in most states, Learner Approved Motorcycle Schemes. Any 250 with the exception of half a dozen of the later 2 stroke twins - RGV, Aprilia, TZR, KR1 & KR1S - plus, bike less than 660 & with a power to weight limit. KTM has managed to get the 530 EXE on that list! :eek1 I'll stand corrected but all of the RDs & RZs, except the 500, are learner legal. I reckon an RD350, 400 is a great learner bike. For all of the reasons mentioned above. Rider's don't tend to get themselves into trouble except by mis-adventure or stuffing up something they've done deliberately. If you get something wrong, through unintentional loss of control - something like holding the throttle open & dumping the clutch would be a fairly common novice error mainly caused by freezing on the controls, legs flying all over etc - it probably doesn't really matter what you're riding. Excessive power isn't really the problem. If you get yourself into trouble trying to do something, that's another matter. I'd also suggest that, in a large number of cases, the power available still isn't a huge causative issue. You're going to try it at whatever speed the thing your riding will go. More power just means you'll stuff up at a higher speed. Just going faster doesn't necessarily determine the consequence. Yes, there is a correlation. The need for restrictions is political, IMHO. It says that the government & authorities are doing something about the 'terrible' collision rates. It's very easy. Costs almost nothing. Is simple to enforce - but enforcement is always after the event. I'd be much happier seeing a novice on something that has sufficient torque to carry their weight properly in the situations they intend to ride than something that is far too small, engine &/or physical size wise. If you can live with the different issues that come with an RD350, they are all getting around 40 years old for a start, then I reckon they are a good place to start. And they go round corners fantastic. I will admit, the brakes on mine are a bit so-so. And the effect of that? I have to be aware of ALL of it's performance.