A riding partner and I are planning on riding to Alaska in July (I may get bumped from the trip due to work situation, but right now the plan is to go). We both have R1200RT's.
Because of the potential for riding on gravel (construction, etc.), we decided to start practicing on gravel. We live in Omaha, NE, so there are plenty of gravel county roads just outside the city. Two types of gravel here. The big limestone pieces about the size of a marble (from quarry's) and the pea size river gravel from sandpits.
Pretty much going well, except for one case. On one road, the county had just put down a new layer of thick, pea sized gravel. No car tracks yet. The bike was pretty squirrely. I almost lost it once.
My riding partner suggested keeping my head up and looking far down the road. Sounds like a good idea.
Any other suggestions for dealing with this type of gravel on an RT?
(Thank in advance for suggesting I buy a GS, but no, I'm not going to buy a GS for a couple hundred miles of gravel. I just need to learn to ride better. ).