You can almost crash it like I did leaving the dealership parking lot. It does take a lot of practice to learn the bike's throttle and clutch quirks. The Friction Zone is almost nothing compared to other newer bikes. The throttle will stop being so heavy after awhile.
You'll probably want to invest in some high quality Kangaroo Hide gloves. Kangaroo Hide can be split thinner than Cow Hide yet still be more abrasion resistant. The plus side is total feel of the controls. I can feel the texture of the grips through my gloves very easily. And they've already been crash tested and still hold up well.
I've got Held Steves touring gloves. A bit pricey, but I consider it a safety item and so far I've been not proven wrong by them being an inferior product. (Again, crash tested by me)
The other thing that I can't live without now is a "Throttle Rocker". Makes a world of difference in throttle control, and wrist pain if you plan on using your bike for extended trips. Not the "Cramp Buster" that's different... the one with the velcro strap is better in my opinion. The down side to these, is if you plan on riding off road and standing on the pegs, you'll probably need to rotate it down out of the way or just put it in your pocket. Once you get used to it, you will feel naked without it.
About the clutch thing... if you can lengthen the lever arm that comes out of the top of the crankcase, you will get more "Friction Zone" back. However, that requires a bit of welding or brazing. The other thing you can do is get a Hydraulic Clutch from Fred. Gives you more feel and touch with your clutch, as well as the ability to move the lever in really far. (How I like it) Downside, it's kind of pricey, and on the bottom of my list of upgrades.