I've staked out the Comfy Chair in the Starbucks across from my gate at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Headed home after two days on Pirelli's brand new Angel ST sport touring tire—successor to the Diablo Strada—in Asheville, North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Mountains are green, which means the roads winding through them are mostly wet this time of year. The locals don't mind. Me? I'm not so sure. If you're not so keen on carving corners in the rain – everybody who leaned to go fast on a Yamaha RD 400 wearing PZ2-compound Michelins raise your hand – the new Angels are a minor miracle. Speaking of miracles, do not miss the blueberry chipotle ribs at 12 Bones Smokehouse at 5 Riverside Drive in Asheville. Take my word for it.Confronted with everything from heavy rain and road construction on the Blue Ridge Parkway to some more technical twisty pavement near Bat Cave NC out in Henderson County, the Angels refused to flinch. Maybe a little fidgeting cranked over in a few of the soggiest corners. But still grippy enough to put a sliver of daylight under the rear if you're smooth…and brave.