The front tire in particular performed well, turning in with great precision and good feedback under braking. There's little difference in a straight line, but bending into corners the new tire telegraphs front-end traction more directly. The more rounded profile lays down a larger contact patch, but lets you get into corners-slow or fast-easily, allowing more speed than most sport-touring tires. Both front and rear handle patches of dirt or water on the road with more poise than previous Michelin offerings, which had a tendency to slip and fidget over strips of grit or moisture. The net result is good news when you're skirting that 1000-foot cliff.