^^^ agreed on the right helmet thing. street noob here (been riding off-road for years) three things i got:
1.) buy the BEST helmet you can afford! $800 is cheaper than a big hospital bill
2.) WEAR THE DAMN HELMET (and maybe a tough jacket too)
3.) get some cheap *orange* cones (you can get some at a sporting store *color needs to be visible*) and a friend, go to a parking lot (empty or close to it), set up an obstacle course and have your friend throw in some unexpected situations like kicking cones in front of you etc. my dad did this with me before i got my license and i also got some gravel training in too.
its cheaper than a training course and you can do it anywhere and often as you like.
This Turkey, don't jive.
09 Yamaha FZ6 in Faster Blue