My girlfriend sometimes asks me if it’s the same riding or being the pillion. Nothing feels like riding… and if you’re a rider you’re normally a bad pillion.
The reason is simple, I always tend to be in control, and as each one of us has a way of cornering unique to ourselves… I would think the rider is crashing the bike and try to move it myself. Something absolutely wrong as only a rider must take the balance of a two wheeled vehicle.
What I do love is taking a pillion out with me… especially if it’s my girlfriend, mostly the only person to ride with me.