5. Stay Loose
This is easier said than done—especially if riding off road makes you nervous— but nothing good comes from excessive muscle tension. It inhibits balance and fluid maneuvering. Try to sit with your body slightly forward to allow your arms and torso to stay loose. Lightly clamp your legs against the tank to stabilize your body and allow your arms and upper torso to move freely. Depending on the surface, the bike may move around underneath you more than usual. Staying calm and getting used to the feeling will go a long way in building confidence and improving feel.