The more popular destinations in Colombia are very much safer than they used to be 20 years ago, and it is a hot new backpacking destination..... everyone says you're pretty safe as long as you keep your wits about you and stick to the tourist areas. You will be definitely travelling off the beaten path and so those words kind-a don't apply.
Traveling solo by motorcycle through remote rural areas is a risky endeavour, and potentially very dangerous.
Australia's foreign affairs department advises against all travel to the provinces of Santander, Putumayo, Arauca, cauca, Caqueta, Guaviare, Valle de Cauca, Narino, Norte de Santander and Meta. Depending on your country of origin that warning might mean you'll have great difficulty getting travel insurance for travel to those regions (so if you get sick or injured it's very unlikely anyone will be able to assist you). IN addition the Australians say you should "reconsider your need" to travel to Cesar, La Guajira and Antiquia (except Medellin) and the cities of Cali, and Popayan. Obviously they're being extremely cautious about recommending travel to those places, as governments do, but still, there's no smoke without fire..... and they have plenty of reason to be worried about foreigners who travel outside to rural areas of Colombia.
If you are determined to go ahead with this ADVENTURE, you'll need to consider special insurance and it might be a good idea to organise security and have a support team to meet you at certain stages. It's not impossible, but it takes careful planning.
So a simple answer to "is it safe?" is not really, not outside the tourist destinations.
Phil almost 8 years ago