I joined Michelin for a press ride that originated in Los Angeles, headed over the Angeles Crest Highway and ended at Big Bear Lake. Prior to the ride, our 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 long-term bike was fitted with a fresh set of the standard Road 4s, replacing the original fitment tires that had been used for approximately 3,000 miles. With the new Michelins, I immediately noted a significant improvement in steering lightness and neutrality. Stability, both in a straight line and while cornering, proved superb, and I found the level of dry cornering grip very well suited to the Ninja's sporty chassis. Because it was an unusually windswept day in the mountains, we encountered several very dusty and dirty corners along the way, and even a few with fallen rock in the road. Yet my confidence in the tire's grip was never rattled. And when I left the lodge the following chilly morning, my confidence immediately returned as the rubber between me and the road stayed pliable and left me in good control.