Hardpacked dirt is easier than gravel. If you're going to be on dirt/gravel a lot, well, the vn750 isn't the best choice. It can do it though!
For longer sections (more than a few miles), drop tire pressure to 25 or so, pump back up when you reach pavement. (It helps to have a small battery-powered pump; lacking that, use a hose at the next gas station.) Lower pressure really helps the tire "feel" dirt and gravel.
Main thing: Ride. A lot. When you get done riding, ride again. It's the only way to get better.
Edit to add: The above posters are right. On dirt/gravel, your front brake has ceased to exist. That means of course, that slowing down will take longer than usual; plan ahead and avoid having to make sudden stops.
On pavement of course, the front brake does 80%+ of the work. Barely use the rear brake at all, on pavement.
The journey is the destination.
2006 VN750 (SOLD)
Red spark plug wires
Stainless Steel brake lines
Stiffer fork springs
Givi bags, Wingrack mount
Last edited by EQPlayer; 10-16-2012 at 10:19 AM.