Dennis Kirk Inc.
Search Within
Ride Search
Top 3 Product Matches

ME888 Marathon Ultra Tire

1 / 1

ME888 Marathon Ultra Tire

MSRP $152.73 - $560.95

Price: $118.88- $365.88 Up to 51% off!
Make sure this fits your ride
Front Tire
Rear Tire

Ships Today!
Order in the next
0 8
HR
3 9
MIN
3 2
SEC
Metzeler ME888 Marathon Ultra Tire
  • Ultra-high mileage coupled with Metzeler performance and handling
  • Developed in Germany for the roads of America
  • Specifically designed for custom touring bikes
  • Technology offering consistent performance throughout the tires life
  • Outstanding high- and low-speed stability and smooth handling
  • Tubeless/Tube

NOTE:
Dennis Kirk recommends a new tube and rim strip when replacing a tube-type tire


Safety Warning:
Please consult tire manufacturers publication(s) and/or website(s) for information on tire care, safety, installation, maintenance, manufacturer’s warranty and other information. The tires used for your application must have a load index and speed rating equal to or greater than the tires fitted as original equipment.

Specs for Metzeler ME888 Marathon Ultra Tire
Units Each
Tire Classification Cruiser
Type Tube or Tubeless
Balance Dot Yes
DOT Approved for Road Use Yes
Directional Arrow Yes
Front Tire Specifications
Brand: Metzeler
Part #: -
Mfg #: -
Sidewall -
Bias / Radial -
Speed Rating -
Load Rating -
Ply Rating -
Tube / Tubeless -
Rim Size -
Tire Size -
Front / Rear -
Rear Tire Specifications
Brand: Metzeler
Part #: -
Mfg #: -
Sidewall -
Bias / Radial -
Speed Rating -
Load Rating -
Ply Rating -
Tube / Tubeless -
Rim Size -
Tire Size -
Front / Rear -
Reviews & Questions
Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
Browse 52 questions Browse 52 questions and 81 answers
Is this tire OK paired with a Metzeler Lasertec on the rear?
Todd S on Feb 25, 2017
What does the HB mean on the tire size?180/65 HB 16
A shopper on Jun 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: the first letter is the speed rating... H is for speeds up to 130 mph .. V would be for speeds up to 150 mph. The second letter B stands for the type of tire, either bias or radial...In this case HB means speed rating of 130 mph and bias ply.
Can you tell me the range of dates of manufacture on the 6 units you have in stock?
Keith W on Dec 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am unaware as these are not accessible to me for dating.
What is manufacture date on tires in stock ?
Cubby on Dec 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Can be anywhere from 6 months to 1 1/2 years
My HD came with stock rear tire size mu85 b16... I want to know how much wider can I go with this application? Blackline fxs
A shopper on Dec 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It depends on several factors. What bike you are speaking of..... fatboy, ultra what? The most important is that when you widen your tire you could change the balance of your bike. You have to ensure your tire doesn't hit the belt guard so you may have to go to a different model HD belt guard that allows for the width of the tire. You don't want the tire to hit upon the upward and downward motion of the rear portion of the bike.
I'd check some forums to see what others have actually done, not what they think! I personally have placed a wider tie on my deuce but not my ultra. Also remember you may have two of the same size tires but different brands and they WILL be different widths! I can attest first hand. It may not be much but it could be the difference in safety...............
Is 2718100 the wide whitewall?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, that number doesn't come up
Will the 150/80 16 work for a 16x5 rim?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No
why is tire considered non compatible for my 2009 vulcan 1700 nomad?
martin k on Dec 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Normally has to do with differing Load Indexes and Speed ratings for particular machines.
what is the difference of the 67 or 73 designation on the tires 130/90-16 blackwalls?
Gregory B on Apr 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The 67 equals 677 pounds on the load and with the 67 there’s four ply sidewalls and four ply tread

With the 73 that equals 805 pounds on the load. On the side walls there’s three plies and 3 plies on the tread
Will this tire fit a 3.5 x 21 inch rim?
Mike V on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I doubt it the rim I put it on was 2.15+
`
Will it fit a Honda shadow vt1100 c2?
A shopper on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes-It fits very well it looks good and is wearing better than the dunlops i had on
I have a 21 X 3.25 wheel - will this Metzeler 120/70-21 fit on it?
A shopper on Aug 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That's what I have on my front
I have a 2003 ultra classic with factory sidecar and want to know which would be the best choice for a high mileage rear tire?
Ted P on Mar 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I installed the Marathon tires on my 02 ultra and they have been great ! , the feel of the road I excellent in addition to giving a very supportive feel . I would do these again once they wear out , in addition the wear has been good , I regularly check the air and keep them at max pressure ..
I have a Metzeler 150/70 B18 M/C 76H ME 880 on my bike now what is the difference between the 880 and the 888?
A shopper on Oct 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 888 is the long mileage version, as stated will attain more mileage and slightly harder compound tire.
I have a wide glide, going across country this summer, have been running pirelli night dragon do not wish to have to change tires every 2,500 miles. Would I get fair performance out of Metz me 888 in all weather conditions?
robert l on May 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I’m on my second set Meltzer 888 on my Ultra Limited. I got 11K plus out of the first set with no issues to speak of. I don’t really do too much wet road riding so I can’t comment on the wet road handling. To me, it’s just as good as most of the big name tire manufacturers without their big price....I’ll be buying another set when it’s time.
My super glide has cast wheels. Do I need tubes?
fatcatfred on Sep 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. Your wheels are for tubeless tires if they are cast. Put a new valve stem in also.
Does it have a balance dot?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not that I'm aware of. But it did not require a lot of weight to balance the wheel as I recall. These tires are awesome in my opinion. A great tire for traction in the rain. One of the best. Hope this helps. Guy
You do not make a Metzler rear tire to match the front me888 ? Or m I not seeing it??
Ron on Jul 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I recently purshased front and rear me888's from Kirk i would contact Metzler directly for info..keep in mind Metzelers' run higher pressure than Dunlops..Harley got mine wrong.
tube size for this tire ?
A shopper on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine is tubeless
What size tire do I need for a 21x3.5 wheel?
A shopper on Mar 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Denis Kirk offers the best tire comparison chart.
how much wider can i go on the rear tire for my 2016 softtail slim? stock is mu85-16.
harold(butch) h on Dec 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You might have to buy a new swimg arm and fender to go wider. I'm not real sure but i would check with a shop builder. I'm sorry i wish i could be more help.
Can I use a 180/60/17 V for the rear tire on my CBR600?
Amanda S on Sep 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We don't recommend anything other than stock size
Can I use a 180/60/17V on a 1989 CBR600 for the rear.?
Amanda S on Sep 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We don't recommend anything other than stock size
I have a CBR600. I aquired a 180/60v17 tire a while back. Could this tire b safely used in place of manufacturers specs.?
A shopper on Sep 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We don't recommend anything other than stock sizes
is there a difference in the handling and ride on a rear radial from a bias belted?
kevin w on Sep 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Radial may be a little smoother riding
Can you tell me when this tire will be back in stock?
Louis V on Jul 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We usually get new stock within 30 days unless you put it on back order which will expedite the process (usually 7-10 days).
Can I put a bias belted tire on the front and a radial tire on the rear? That is all I see in my tire size.
Bob G on Jul 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes
What does the MT mean on the tire size?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: MT is equivalent to a 130/90
I have a 2011 ultra limited and this is my first set of tires. Do i need to buy tubes for the tires or not?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No they are tubeless tires
Hi where are the Mettler 888 manufactured what country?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Germany
4.6 / 5.0
198 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
155
27
5
1
10
Adhesion/Grip
4.7 / 5
Mileage/Wear
4.5 / 5
Performance
4.6 / 5
Value
4.6 / 5
Wet Weather Performance
4.6 / 5
Would you recommend this product?
Yes (135)
No (6)
Performance
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
ME888
I HAVE RUN METZLER ME880 TIRES SINCE 1990 AND HAVE FOUND THIS TIRE THE BEST FOR ALL WHEATHER RIDING. ME LIVING IN SOUTH DAKOTA MUST PEOPLE WILL STORE THEIR MOTORCYCLES NOT ME I RIDE IN THE RAIN SNOW AND OF COARSE THE SUN. WHEN I ME888 WAS INTRODUCED I TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE FACTS THAT THIS TIRE WILL GIVE ME GREATER MILLAGE ALONG WITH THE BEST ROAD ADHESION OF THE ME880. BELIEVE ME THIS TIRE PASSES THE TEST. I HAVE CONVERTED MANY A BROTHER TO THIS WITH ALL HAPPY AND PLEASED WITH THEIR RESULTS.
October 1, 2015
Performance
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Cures the Wobble
I've had three different bikes that I've put Metzlers on, each one rode better, handled better and felt safer after putting the Metzlers on. And yes, they all had the oem Dunlops. I was a little disappointed when the guy at the local shop told me they quit making the ME880, these ME888s seem to be the same tire tho, same great performance and handling. They do not follow cracks and the wobble is gone.
March 17, 2015
Performance
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Love this tire
So far, this tire handles very similarly to the ME880. Been brand loyal for quite some time. This tire is doing well in Oregon- through rain, and all the twisty-turnies...
April 28, 2016
888
These tires so far have out performed the Dunlop's I had on my super glide, with only 500 miles on them so far. They stick better to the road and just handle great in corners. If I get the mileage out of them my brother does I will be very satisfied. as for right now I will by these tires again. Great service at Dennis Kirk as always, I got everything to change 2 tires in 3 days. And DK had the lowest price on everything that I ordered. Thanks DK
July 31, 2015
Performance
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
The New "Triple 8"
I own a 2011 Victory Cross Country with a hot motor by Lloydz Motor Workz. #115 HP, 118 Ft Lbs# Metzeler 880's on the rear would give me 6,400 miles. The new ME 888 Marathon Ultra gave me 9,350 miles. That is 46% more mileage! The handling and stick in the corners is amazing. It gives me superior stability at high speeds and pinpoint accuracy in the corners. I've been riding for 40+ years and this combo of bike and tires is the best I've ever thrown a leg over. You gotta have 'em!
July 10, 2015
Performance
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Long Lasting Cruiser Tire
I just installed a pair of Metzeler ME888's on a Yamaha V Star 1100. The old tires I replaced were Metzeler ME880's. The ME888 is Metzelers replacement for the ME880. I have no doubt the ME888's will perform as good or better than the ME880's. They are a great tire that performs well hot or cold, wet or dry, and they are long lasting. I've used numerous pairs of Dunlop D404's (the OE tire) on the same bike. The Metzelers last three times longer. They cost more, but are worth every penny because of the long lifespan.
June 3, 2015
Adhesion/Grip
5 / 5
Mileage/Wear
5 / 5
Wet Weather Performance
4 / 5
Would you recommend this product?
Yes
Willy D
I put the ME888's on both front and back of my 09 Electraglide and I really like them as opposed to the Dunlops that were on. The ride is great as well as handling aspects. Even good grip on "tar snakes". Haven't had to ride in any rainstorms yet, but handled very well on wet pavement after a rain. I got a GREAT price from Dennis Kirk and super fast delivery.
September 5, 2016
Adhesion/Grip
5 / 5
Mileage/Wear
5 / 5
Wet Weather Performance
5 / 5
Would you recommend this product?
Yes
SmoothEd riding, great in all weather, great on long trips.
August 9, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Performance
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
metzeler 888
I bought these to replace my Dunlops. What a difference! I like the ride better and the handling is better also. The price from Dennis Kirk was excellent, the lowest I could find. Thanks
January 21, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Performance
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Awesome Tire
This is the smoothest riding tire I have ever purchased.The people at Dennis Kirk are very informative and willing to answer all questions,the price was much cheaper than other vendors and the shipping was very quick.This is a great place to save a lot of money on quality products !!!
February 26, 2016
Augusta, GA