With bellies full of burritos and many miles behind us, our adventure bike test took a turn for the trailhead. A quick urination vacation and a bike swap, and I was back on the Triumph Tiger 800 XCA, moving onward, through some fast, sandy, and silty hills. Soon I found myself cresting a rise to find something other than the gradual dirt descents I'd gotten accustomed to. Instead, there was a steep downhill granite grade topped in silt. This was a technical section. I was not going at a technical pace. As soon as I applied some rear brake, my pupils dilated and I took a big bite out of the seat, my request denied. I added front brake instead; the front wheel loaded up, found a crack in the rock, slammed the bars over to the steering stop, and the change in momentum promptly tested my aerodynamics.