7. Make sure they are prepared.
This part might employ a little tough love, but it’s important. When I’m teaching a first-timer, one of the first things I do is I knock the bike over and tell them to pick it up. My friend looked at me in disbelief and said, “Why? You think I’m going to crash?” I responded, “I know you’re going to crash, and I want to make sure you can pick the bike up.” Make sure they know how to put it in neutral, start it and get going again. Make sure they understand the basic moving parts of the bike, where the fuel goes, what to do if they get lost, etc. If you’re going on a trail ride, make sure they have water, ID and a phone. They may never need these things, but as experienced riders well know, many things can and do happen on a ride. Even when you’re in a group, always be prepared.