Turns out, my assumptions were incomplete. “Approximately 44 percent of Explorer owners take their bikes ‘off road’,” said Triumph’s head of product development, Simon Warburton, at the launch of the Explorer XC. According to Triumph’s research, “off road” means “unsurfaced roads with occasional potholes.” “And this is just for Explorer owners in the first year of ownership,” continued Warburton, slyly suggesting that some owners hadn’t yet figured out they could get their bikes dirty while still under warranty. (When is there a better time, I have to ask.) So, not exactly the Baja 1000, more like a quick side trip up that fire road in the distance, or a detour over that snaky bit of road the locals call “sketchy.” Okay, good to know.