Metzeler ME 888 Marathon Ultra Rear Tire

Item # : 136945
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          Metzeler ME 888 Marathon Ultra Rear Tire

          Item # 136945


          Metzeler ME 888 Marathon Ultra Rear Tire

          The new Metzeler ME 888 or Triple 8 tires represent a new Ultra High Mileage offering from Metzeler that couples long life with Metzeler's performance and handling. Expect the ME 888 Tire to be rolled out in a myriad of sizes for families of bikes over its lifespan.


          • Bias-belted cross-ply carcass construction for ultra high mileage coupled with Metzeler performance and handling
          • Tire compounds offer better abrasion resistance and an improved grip on wet surfaces
          • Tread design with variable inclination in the grooves walls improves wear regularity and provides increased mileage and performance consistency
          • Tread gives increased mileage and better water drainage over the Metzeler ME880 cruiser tires
          • Profile features a wider and shorter footprint area for reduced wear and increased mileage and stability
          • Contact patch is 5% shorter and 15% wider than the Metzeler ME880 tires for better transfers of engine torque to the ground
          • Profile and geometry prevents overheating and keeps structure and compounds properties unaltered for performance consistency
          • Developed in Germany for the roads of America
          • Specifically designed for custom touring motorcycles
          • Technology offering consistent performance throughout the tire's life
          • Outstanding high and low speed stability and smooth handling
          • This motorcycle tire is tubeless
          • These cruiser motorcycle tires are H rated for speeds up to 130 mph
          • Tire size 160/70B-17 is V rated for speeds up to 149 mph.
          • Note: Alpha sizes provide higher load capacity and increased mileage over their corresponding metric sizes (MH90 is 80/90, MT90 is 130/90, MU85 is 140/90)
          • Note: Tire size 180/60R-16 is a radial cruiser tire
          • Tire sizes 130/90B-16, 140/90B-16, 150/80B-16, 180/65B-16, 160/70B-17 are reinforced.

          Comparison Chart

          Model Shinko 777 Michelin Commander III Avon Cobra Chrome Metzeler ME 888 Marathon Ultra Dunlop American Elite H-D
          Affordability Most Affordable Affordable Affordable Less Affordable Less Affordable
          Construction Bias Bias, Radial Bias, Radial Bias, Radial Bias
          Size Count 30 27




          Rim Sizes 15-26 15-21 15-23 15-26 16-21
          Type TL TL TT / TL TL TL
          Notable Features Aramid belted for extra stability and load capacity, improved traction Excellent traction in wet conditions
          Touring Version available
          Great wet braking and handling, larger footprin t, improved life Made for distance, stiffer tread design, abrasion resistance Multi -Tread rear-tire technology for great handling and high mileage
          Speed Rating H, V H, V H, V, W H, V, W, S H, V
          Warranty 2 years from DOT or 1 from purchase 6 years 7 years Lifetime 6 years



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          Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great wear, no surprises I put 10,000 kms on these tires in 13 days, from New Brunswick to Devil's Tower, Wyoming and back, on a loaded down Goldwing. I saw just about every kind of road and every kind of heat. I thought I wouldn't get through 30 miles of dirt mud highway construction insanity in the Bakken shale country of North Dakota and it was 40 degrees C in the South Dakota Badlands. Now, the tires are 2 months old and they have about 12,000 kms on them. They hardly look broken in. Maybe that's because I run with Centramatic wheel balancers, but whatever the case, these ME 888s look like they're a 30K+ touring tire.
          Date published: 2015-10-17
          Rated 5 out of 5 by from great tires Put these on my 06 Electra Glide last year to replace the oem Dunlops I'd been running. What a difference! Compared to the stability of these tires, the Dunlops always made me feel like I was riding in a rut. Road an hour to and from work every day as well as a couple of long mountain trips in the fall and these 888s are showing hardly any wear. I'm sure they'll far outlast the Dunnies. Highly recommend.
          Date published: 2015-04-09
          Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent tires Just completed a 15,000 km trip across the US and Canada on these tires. They did excellent on a fully loaded touring bike two up. Handled above my expectations in all weather conditions. The tires still have lots of life left on them and did not developed a flat spot. I ran both the front and rear at max pressure shown on the tire for max weight. These will be the only tire I use in the fiture for touring
          Date published: 2015-08-01
          Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding!! Purchased before a 6500km trip to the Rockies and hit wind, rain and 8 degree weather. Thruout all conditions the tire performance was amazing giving total confidence with two riders a 850 pound bike and full load. 8000 km's later and tire still looks like new with minimal wear. Would definately purchase this product again!!
          Date published: 2015-08-09
          Rated 5 out of 5 by from great tire replaced stock dunlops on 08 ultra with set of these tires..just completed 5300km trip and they were outstanding...rain,heat,lots of mountain twistys,high speed,braking...good looking tire also
          Date published: 2015-07-13
          Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth Ride. Great in Rain I bought these tires at the beginning of the season for my 2006 Goldwing. I already have 4000kms on them , and there is no sign of wear. Handle well in heavy downpours as well as gravel.Great for leaning into the curves as well.
          Date published: 2015-06-04
          Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tire I've used Metzeler tires on my Harley's for quite some time. I have the 888s on both my road king and ultra. I had previously used the 880s. I find using the 888s I get almost double the Mileage that I use to get from the 880s
          Date published: 2016-05-07
          Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these tires!!! I have tried dunlop, avon, michelin and metzler 880's and these tires handle better than them all. I ride a 07 harley bagger and been through rain and hail and stuck good going fast in the corners. will see how long they last.
          Date published: 2016-03-26
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          Where can I find tech specs on this tire? Overall Diameter, Overall Width, Full Tread Depth. For the MT90B16 & the MU85B16

          Asked by: Turbo Diesel
          Hi, You can find all the information at Metzeler's site: ~Emily, Customer Representative, Canada's Motorcycle
          Answered by: Emily
          Date published: 2018-04-28

          I have 2013 Street Glide and want to know if there is any problem going to radial tire vs the stock bias the bike came with?

          Asked by: Dale
          The manufacturers always recommend to stick to the stock tire sizes and specifications to ensure optimal performance and safety. ~Emily, Customer Representative, Canada's Motorcycle
          Answered by: Emily
          Date published: 2016-03-08

          I am replacing my rear tire with a me888 However I have a Perilla night dragon on the frt that I do not need to change can I mix the 2 Thanks

          Asked by: Bobcat
          Hi bud. I put this tire on a 07 roadking harley davidson last year. The bike is decked out with bags and trunk. Since putting it on I've driven aprox. 5200 kms. The tire still looks like new and it has incredible traction on both wet and dry pavement. I replaced both front and back last year and am impressed with them in every regards. I would highly recommend putting on a set. They are the best choice you could ever make.
          Answered by: Bert
          Date published: 2016-08-04

          Currently ha ve an me 888 on the front but fear tire is out of stock any idea on timeline till 180 55 18 becomes available or is 880 in same size compatable?

          Asked by: Craig
          I use these tires on my BMW K1200LT...they are one of the few choices for this bike...I've only used the 880 series, the 888 series is a newer design, apparently developed for Harleys, with a different tread and compound. Not sure I would put an 888 on the front and an 880 on the rear? see:
          Answered by: doublebeemer
          Date published: 2016-08-18

          Can i put a tube in this tire

          Asked by: johnny
          Yes, you can run a tube in a tubeless ME888 Marathon Ultra rear and front tire if required by the type of wheel, for example a spoked wheel.
          Answered by: Simon Canadas Motorcycle
          Date published: 2018-07-26

          2010 streetglide flhx rear tire me888 180 65 b16 should i use the me888 130 70 r18 or 130 70 b18 on the front

          Asked by: don k
          Hi Don, You should use the 130 70b 18 for the front tire. Sam | Customer Service | Canada's Motorcycle
          Answered by: Charlie
          Date published: 2015-02-11

          Is the 100/90 19 a radial or biased

          Asked by: Tomwrangler
          The 100/90-19 tire is biased. If the tire is radial, it will have a "R" before the rim size
          Answered by: LeeH
          Date published: 2019-09-04

          Is it not possible to get the WW rear tire in 180/70/15?

          Asked by: Ryan
          No. Metzeler do not currently make the WW version of this tire in that size.
          Answered by: LeeH
          Date published: 2020-03-16
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