j_squared saidI would NEVER drive scared. But be the passenger? yeah.
And really? I couldnt just... slide off sidways? ahaha or be torn form my seat by the speed and have to cling to the man in front of me to stay on?
Well, I'll tell ya a little secret: I HATE to be a motorcycle passenger. Knowing all the mistakes that other guy at the handlebars can make, I can be very scared. My life is my own to use as I wish, and I trust my own riding skills, but putting my life totally in someone else's hands is not something I enjoy doing.
As for sliding off the saddle, I put a backrest on the motorcycle I owned when I was with my late partner, to reassure him. I knew he wasn't going to fall off, but he didn't know that, so OK, I got him one.
But the best thing is that it's perfectly fine for one guy to hug the other around the waist when they're riding. In fact, I usually request it, not for affection's sake alone, but to help centralize the weight mass, and get him to lean with me. Versus sitting back and holding the grab rails, and leaning as he wishes.
A novice frequently leans AWAY from the turn, in order to remain seated upright, which he shouldn't do, and it throws my balance off. Or he moves around, and that upsets my line in a curve, too. By hugging me closely we move as one, as we should. And I've never lost a passenger yet.