All of the above is pretty good advice. I would add to that a farkle. If you get yourself a Scotts Stabilizer you will find offroad a lot less intimidating. I love to offroad my strom but it really is not a bike for learning to offroad.
When I was a kid there as two kinds of serious offroad riding we did. It was the balls to the wall two stroke crazy or the exploration on the strong as hell 250 (usually fat cats). Riding the strom offroad is a combo of the two different types. There are times when balls to the wall is awesome, and truthfully you should be able to do that in the loose stuff (sand and pea gravel causes the tank slappers and unsteady feelings a stabilizer will fix which will allow you to speed up comfortably). When you approach the larger obstacles (rocks, ruts, creeks) it is time to use your balance and your torque. Take it slow and use the power of these machines to get through the obstruction. We have plenty of power that you don't need speed when the going gets really tricky.
If you can pick up a CRF or something pure offroad DO IT. Not only will it make you more comfortable on your strom offroad but it is so much FUN! And I have found where you have buddies who do not ride its much easier to get them on a dirt bike first. Call it a gateway dru... err.. bike.
Take it easy out there and have fun. Ride your own ride.
"I wouldn't take a million dollars for the experience, but I sure wouldn't give a red cent to go through it again" -Chester Russell
2005 DL650 "Maelstrom"
2003 KLR650 "Lou"
1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 "Boomer"
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Last edited by GrayWolf; 03-31-2008 at 12:35 AM.