The only advice I can give you on riding the Multi offroad without a bunch of off road riding experience is....don't. Although I think the Multi is a capable offroad bike, it is way too expensive for me to fix. I just got my 2011 back from a 3 month hiatus because I crashed it in the rain. Nothing horrendous, but it did a tank slapper that threw me off and broke the fork stops on the frame. Final bill? $11,300.00 Thank goodness I had good insurance. Right now, I'm nervous about riding it over a dusty spot on the pavement.