So this morning I ended up picking up a friend and taking him along as a pillion as I went to do some twisties in the area. I had been riding quite a bit lately, as well as reading up on proper technique and felt much more comfortable taking curves faster than the last time I'd been out there.
Nothing particularly hairy happened on the ride, but when we got home and I asked how it was for him, he mentioned that it was nice and fun, except for the rear wheel sliding out on some of the turns(!). This wasn't something I had noticed while riding (I was mostly doing delayed apex turns while rolling on the throttle) and somewhat took me by surprise.
So, is this normal? Does the pillion passenger just have more acute sensation of what's going on back there? Am I not paying attention? Should I be tightening something? I would think that the extra weight in the back would increase traction.