what tips would you give your passenger riding on your bike for the first time. Also whats the hardest part of riding someone on your bike
Tips for passenger:
1. Pay attention to the road (not very likely, since they can't see over your head).
2. Pay attention to you (best accomplished by them holding onto your sides...NOT around your stomach)
3. Relax and don't lean. I know that may sound wrong on the surface, but it's pretty important that they don't lean before you do. By holding onto your waist, your passenger can match your movement by feel. If your passenger anticipates and moves first it can really mess up your line.
4. When slowing down, your passenger should squeeze her legs against your hips and press her hands into the small of your back. The higher she presses, the worse it is (see below).
Tips for you:
1. Factor in a significantly increased braking distance. Your passenger will likely be looking around at the scenery instead of the road (probably won't be able to see the road anyway). This means she won't be prepared for slow downs and stops, and she'll end up sliding forward on the pillion. This will press you into the tank and force you over the bars. This will make it feel like you're "going over," which will make you let up on the brakes and possibly overshoot your line. The higher on your back she presses, the more pronounced this is.
2. Communicate with your passenger whenever you can if she's doing something wrong. Something as simple as her sliding her butt forward to get more comfortable can have a major negative impact on your riding position and maneuverability.
3. Be patient. Even if she's looking around enjoying herself, eventually she'll learn to follow your movements and lean with you. Don't be hard on her, and just mind your pace until she adjusts.
4. Factor in the extra weight when accelerating and passing. A passenger won't affect you much down low, but at freeway speed at higher RPM's, a passenger will hinder the acceleration you're used to.
I'm sure others will chime in, but for me, those were the key points. Everything else seemed to fall into place once those bases were covered.