Metzeler ME888 Marathon Ultra

Posted on: January 27th, 2013 by Road Rider MCA 2 Comments

Metzeler has one-upped the ME 880 Marathon with the ME888 Marathon Ultra. Metzeler’s “Triple Eight” delivers longer lasting performance, and is called by Metzeler marketing director Christopher Wall “the only ultra mileage V-Twin tire with Metzeler performance and handling”.

Thanks to a redesigned tread pattern and deeper tread depth, the Triple Eight handles better in wet weather and retains an outstanding level of stability and smoothness at high and low speeds, even over the course of a significantly longer mileage life.

The ME888 will gradually replace all sizes of the ME880, but for now both tires will remain current, with more sizes of ME888 becoming available as time goes on.

Please call our expert Tire Technicians if you would like more information about tires or our tire services, and visit our Tire Shop information page here.

Metzeler ME 888

  • Ultra high-mileage coupled with Metzeler performance and handling
  • Outstanding high and low speed stability
  • Smooth handling
  • Specifically designed for custom touring bikes
  • Maintains consistent performance throughout the tire’s life
  • H-rated for speeds up to 130mph
  • Available in four sizes for the front and six sizes for the rear


Road Rider prides itself on having some of the most competitive prices on tires in the industry. For the most recent Road Rider pricing, visit or call us! Our expert Tire Technicians are always on hand at the shop if you would like more information about tires or our tire services. You can also visit our Tire Shop information page HERE.

2 Responses

  1. I have a 2003 Honda VTX1800Retro with these size tires:
    front 150/80R17
    rear 180/70R16

    I have been using Dunlop Elite III on Hwy 17 and the front tire needs to be replaced every year (about 4000 miles) and the back tire every other year. Maybe there is another tire I should try.

    • Road Rider MCA says:

      Thanks for the comment. You are right to look to Metzeler for another good option for your bike. Unfortunately, the ME888 is not made in your sizes but the ME880 is, which is also a fantastic tire. But the Elite 3 is an excellent choice as well, and I really don’t think the 880s would get much better mileage than the Dunlops. I suspect the reason for the low mileage and uneven wear your finding with the Elites is due to high speed cornering and braking on a relatively heavy motorcycle. A “fun” commute on Highway 17 will tear up tires, period. And you might just be having too much fun out there :-) But if you’d like, please give us a call (408-227-6936) and ask to talk to Phil, our Tire Manager, or to one of our excellent tire gurus in the Tire Department. They’d be happy to lay out all your options and maybe give you some other hints as to what might be going on there. Best of luck!