Hi - Two months I bought an '08 TW200 (big fat knobbies!), took and passed the basic MSF course and I'm getting pretty comfortable riding around town and in traffic. I'm a new rider and I'm having a little difficulty overcoming an irrational fear of riding on dirt and gravel roads. Since the TW was made to go off road too, my buddy and I go on the back roads so we can make it to the woods. Of course this means dirt and gravel roads. Here's the problem, as soon as I leave the pavement and start on dirt or gravel I feel the slight difference in how the bike is handling and I go white-knuckled on the handlebars. I don't wanna go much above 30 or 40 and I take it really easy on the turns, almost to the point that I don't have to lean the bike at all. I seem to be afraid of the front wheel kicking out on me in the dirt or gravel. In my teenage years I dumped a moped in exactly this manner and got a little road rash. Maybe that's why I'm skittish now. My buddy, who is a much more experienced rider says not to worry about it, that I'll be comfortable in no time. Are there any words of wisdom out there? How much can I count on the front-wheel traction to keep me from dumping it?