It's hard to glean any sort of sense from the media because they tend to report only the facts that support their conclusions and often lack objectivity. It's nice when you come across a statistic that is clear and informative. Take for example:
From 1998 to 2007, 16 to 25-year-olds made up 86 out of 341 motorcycle deaths. They account for only 2.4 per cent of licensed riders, but their fatality rate is about 1,200-per-cent higher than those over 25.
In clear english: 2.4% of licensed riders, 25% of fatalities.
This isn't to suggest that there are no skilled 16 to 25 year-old riders, or that these riders all lack caution but it is food for thought.