Anyone here actually shelled out the big $$$ for these babies? All the test data I've seen at Tire Rack says they're very good, but typically just behind most of their competitors. Any first hand experience here?
I just don't think you get what you pay for when you buy Michelin street tires. You get a good tire, but they just cost too damn much. Michelin makes excellent motorcycle tires at reasonable prices, though. 
If you want excellent wet traction, you're basically looking at more void space. That's the trade off between excellent dry grip and excellent hydroplane resistance. The Goodyear Eagle GS-3s are definitely good tires. I've driven on them in a friend's SVT at a lapping day, and I was fairly impressed with the level of grip they generated in the dry. Of course, they're inherently grippy in the wet, so that may be a good choice (still a little pricey I think).
I personally can't wait to try out the Falkens since I think their sidewall will be stiffer than the Kumho's.