The thing that will really allow youre skills to develop faster is to put taller handlebars bigger footpegs and much lower gearing like 12-55. I say rhis with thousands of alaskan trail miles. my own trail riding skills only blossomed once I had turned my bike into a real trail bike. I went way beyond this but those are the simple and cheap things that will cost like $180. also having a full set of armor will increase your confidence alot.