Originally Posted by PeterW
There's your problem right there. Get a smaller bike for off-road, get a 250 and embarrass your friends instead of the other way around.
Yes, you can ride a 990 fast off road, but it's going to be a hard learning curve starting out that way.
I agree. Try something like a 250 or if you have more money to spend the Husky 310. Work on your overall body conditioning especially your core with yoga and situps and things like that and you can have a great time out there. They make dual sport and pure enduro models BTW: