- How to get on and off the bike. Will he or she use the peg as a step? Point out that you'll get on first. What is the signal that you are ready for her to mount?
- What to avoid, both while astride the bike and mounting and dismounting. This usually includes hot parts, especially the exhaust system, chain and wheels.
- How to sit on the bike. Show where the feet go and how to hold on. Remind your passenger to keep her feet on the pegs at a stop. The passenger should normally hold on to the rider, even if you are the same sex or it's your best friend's spouse. Determine how this will be done when you both get on the bike. The passenger should hold on to your waist, not around your neck or shoulders. Grab rails give the passenger an insecure purchase and provide them with some leverage to interfere with steering. Grab straps are even worse. Gripping with the knees around the rider's hips can also provide some stability.
- What to do in corners. This is usually the most frightening part of a ride for an uninitiated passenger. The standard advice is to just stay in line with the bike (don't fight the lean), and to look over the rider's inside shoulder.
- What to do during braking, especially hard braking. Will the passenger just lean against you? Or will she use the grab rail to relieve some of the pressure against your back, or brace herself with her hands on the tank?
- You should establish a basic communications protocol for things like "Slow down," "I have a problem," "I need to tell you something," "Please stop," and "Your big manly motorcycle has turned me on. I want you now!" (Jamie gets this last one a lot.)
- That bumping helmets once in a while does not require an apology and is not a problem unless you are super anal. Bumping helmets is always the riders fault anyway. If you're smooth, it won't ever happen.
- Discuss where you are going and what to expect, e.g. a bumpy section of road or a stint of lane-splitting.