Metzeler ME 880 Marathon Touring Rear Tire

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Metzeler ME 880 High Mileage Touring Rear Tire

With a design specifically built to handle the higher loads and handling characteristics of cruiser and touring bikes, the ME 880 Marathon rear tire is engineered with a flatter tread profile and larger contact patch to give that perfect balance of traction and mileage.

  • Computer-designed tread pattern with offset central groove alignment gives uniform wear characteristics throughout the life of the tire
  • Tread pattern has excellent water displacement ability and stability over rain grooves and under hard braking, even under heavy loads
  • Low rolling resistance and noise delivers increased riding comfort
  • Tube Type "TT"
  • Tubeless "TL"
**Notes:
  • 150/80B-16 (77H), 150/80HB-16 (71H)
  • 170/60VR-17 tire features a 0° steel belted radial construction.
  • 150/80B-16 tire reinforced.
Model-Specific Tires:
  • 170/80HB-15 = Honda VTX1300S & VTX1300R & VTX1800S
  • 160/80B-16 = Honda GL1500 Gold Wing
  • 180/70HR-16 = Honda GL1500C Valkyrie & VTX1800C & VTX1800R
  • 180/60HR-16 = Honda GL1800 Gold Wing
  • 180/55ZR-18 = Harley-Davidson V-Rod
  • 210/40R-18 = 2008 Yamaha Raider
  • 200/60VR-16 = 2006-08 Kawasaki VN 2000
  • 200/55R-17 = Harley Davidson Fat Boy
  • 180/65B-16 = Harley Davidson '09-10 FLHTC, FLHTCU, FLHRC, FLHX

OEM Replacement Tires:
  • 160/70VB-17 = BMW K1200LT
  • Item # 6127
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  • Mfr. Part #

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Metzler 880

Great Tire, Better life then the Dunlops it came with. The handling is great.

Charles S - March 15, 2017

(Castle Rock, CO)

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metzler tires

except for original tires that came with my vulcan 900, i have used nothing but metzler tires very happy with handling and wear, i have doubt that you can find a better tire.

James - January 30, 2017

(Hastings, NY)

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Replacement tire.

I can't speak for this tire as I am replacing the existing tire. I can say at 10,000 miles the original tire was thread bare. Handling is much better with 2 new tires. Time will tell.

DKR - January 30, 2017

(Florence, AZ)

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Metzler Tires

I think these r the best tires to use on your Motorcycle. the wear good and are great handling wet or dry

Michael - December 12, 2016

(Swartz Creek, MI)

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Marathon? I don't think so.

I live in central Australia and going for a ride means doing a 4-6000 km trip. Everywhere is 1500- 2000 kms away. I have a Thunderbird Storm which is a perfect bike for doing the job. The bike had a set of Michelins on it when bought 2nd hand at 18000 kms and rode it for a further 11000 kms before needing new tyres. I don't speed and have been riding long tours for years. I decided to put a new set of Metzler Marathon ME880's front and rear on "as recommended". Also the "Marathon" label made me think it was a good long wearing tyre. Couldn't have been more wrong! The rear tyre has been stripped to the wires after 5,700 kms on a trip from Alice Springs, around Tasmania and back. I was lucky to make it home. The roads were great, didn't ride hard and took it pretty easy. Thats a worry when you are in the desert 250 kms from your next stop. The front tyre is fine. It seems to have plenty of tread left but the rear is gone. I feel very ripped off. Tyres aren't cheap here and another decent rear will set me back close to $500 ($350 for tyre plus fitting).

Jo - November 7, 2016

(Alice Springs, NT)

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ME-880 GL1800

I am very disappointed in the tread life of this tire, it is the first set I installed on a GL1800, have replaced several sets of Dunlop E-3's on GL1500's and have gotten far better tread wear, all were bias ply. I bought the ME880's to replace a set of bias ply Dunlop E-3's that were on my 06 GL1800 when I bought it, I ran those for about 12,000 miles and don't know how many miles were on them when I bought the bike. I have about 9,000 miles on these ME880's and the handling went away 5-600 miles ago, most of my riding has been 2 lane highways with some mixed interstate as needed, riding solo and approximately 3500 miles pulling lighter weight tent trailer Have to replace tires next spring, the bike is already parked for winter, will not buy Metzler ME-880's again!

Don Sundahl - November 4, 2016

(Spokane, WA)

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Former Dunlop customer.

My Honda mechanic at Otto Brothers in Lyons, Illinois recommended Metzler for my 1998 Goldwing after I decided to start riding it after a three year hiatus. I can't believe how QUIET the Goldwing is. I bought my Goldwing new and it was equipped with Dunlops. However, a few years ago at a Honda Hoot in Knoxville, I decided to replace the Dunlops with Dunlop Elite Iii tires; perhaps the worst motorcycle tire designed for use on a Goldwing. The Dunop Elite Iiis are so loud, you end up being miserable on your bike. Metzler have TERRIFIC road handling. From now on, Metzler homes on my Goldwing.

Keith Lutz - November 4, 2016

(Chicago, IL)

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So Far So Good

First time I purchase a tire other than what came from manufacturer....So Far Satisfied.

Jim - October 17, 2016

(Tipp City, OH)

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Metzeler 200/55/17

Great tire on my '06 Yamaha Stratoliner 113 Cubic Inch. I run nothing but Metzeler's on all my bikes, including my '13 Yamaha VMAX. Great tire!

Daniel - September 28, 2016

(Ukiah, CA)

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Terrible

They don't grip when they new, they don't grip when they old, and they don't grip when it is wet. And they don't last when it is hot. Metzler uses very interesting form release compound, so until it wears out it is like riding on thin ice. Problem is that unless you feel comfortable with bike stepping out you will have hard time to get it off the sides, so your best bet is to sand it down prior to putting back on the bike. And wet grip is non-existant when compared to modern tires. And they don't grip in cold either! They suppose to be long lasting, and if you live in moderate temperatures and your rides are <1h they will go the distance. However if you find yourself in the desert on loaded bike, it will melt off your wheel before you know it.

Cyclo - September 16, 2016

(MD, WA)

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Great tire

Great tire. This is my 10th one on my 2003 ultra. Customer service was awesome.

David - July 25, 2016

(23832, VA)

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Me880 misery

Put on a fresh set for a trip around Nova Scotia. About 1500 miles later the rear delaminated or blew a belt at speed. It was hot weather riding 2 up loaded for vacation. The bike wasnt quite sidways but close. The RCMP Cop tailing me said he thought we were "goners". Friggin nightmare ensued to get back traveling with a donated used tire on a saturday afternoon. When I got home I bought another Me880 figuring it was a fluke. Last week we ran up the maine turnpike to Bath then backroads home. Bike felt sqirrely. Just now found chunks of rubber missing and delaminated. Front tire not half worn yet. Time for something safer

Ken - July 20, 2016

(Manchester, NH)

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Metzler marathon 880

Ok tyre not for the committed corner speed knee down type More your going for a long lazy ride Unless it rains or if you meet rain wile your out then you want to be slowing down and keeping your distance like say it's not rained all summer then it throws it down and all that diesel comes up. That's what it's like in any rain You look at the tired pattern and it makes you think that they will be a good all round tyre but no there not. Sorry metzler I'm sure there good on distance but you have got to get to do that distance first.

Ben - July 20, 2016

(Wickford, ESS)

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Love em

This is the third or fourth set on my 06 v-rod. Never had too many issues with these. Once I start hitting the higher mileages they start to flat spot in the center (lots of hwy miles), which doesn't affect it too much, just have to coax it over a little more when cornering or leaning. I've never had one separate, but I also don't take the chance of running them down to the cords. I swap them when I hit the wear markers, as the wet traction begins to decline dramatically. They can also slip a bit if you're being an idiot in the rain, but I like that they're hard so when I lock up the rear to communicate I need more following distance, they don't flat spot. :-) I've ridden 40k miles on this bike, with these tires on there for almost all of those miles. My bestie prefers Avons on his, but he also pays more, and doesn't get quite the mileage I do. I'm not sure what kind of mileage I get, but it's a torquey bike, and I'm on the throttle a lot. Maybe this time I'll keep track.

Phil - July 12, 2016

(Hillsboro, OR)

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Terrible tire

Always out of round. Production problems and should all be recalled. Don't waste your money.

Casey - June 10, 2016

(Spokane, WA)