Loose gravel/sand/dirt is not an uncommon site on back roads, especially during the winter/spring months. Gravel normally lives in the center of the road, the center of the lane or on the shoulder. In other words, debris lives where the car tires do not travel. Stay in the tire tracks, especially around blind corners to avoid gravel surprises.
Gravel/sand is also not uncommon in parking lots or driveways. Stay off the front brake, be very conservative on the amount of throttle you give, keep your speed slow, and don’t make quick erratic moves and you should be fine. The bike will wander a bit as the gravel moves under the tires do don’t panic.
For questions, comments, or suggestions on safety tips please contact Rob 'Throttle' Capozzi.