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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-28-2015, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Default V92TC - Metzler ME888 Marathon Ultra - Positive Results

Just wanted to relate my experience with switching to the newer ME888 series tires. For many years I have run the ME880 Marathon on my '02 V92 Touring Cruiser. But Metzler seems to be discontinuing the ME880 series and replacing it with the ME888 series.

Last Fall I replaced my front tire with the ME888 tire in the stock MT90B16 72H size. The tire feels good and grips the road well. No problems at all.

A few weeks ago I needed to replace the rear tire. Problem is that the ME888 was not available in the 160/80B16 75H size. The choices were a 150/80B16 or a 170/70B16 size. Both these sizes are about the same diameter and are both slightly smaller diameter than the OEM 160/80 tire. Even though the wider 170/70 tire looks like it would have fit inside the swingarm, it would have pretty much filled that space. So I went with the slightly narrower 150/80B16 77H size.

I must say the ride is GREAT! The bike is much more responsive to lean into a turn and stay there. Traction in the turn is very solid. I know that new tires often feel like a big change since the old tire wore out slowly, but this is much more noticeable than other tire changes have been. I have well over 500 miles on them now including a couple days in the Smokey Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway riding 2-up with full luggage as well as commuting to work.

I'm not sure if the improvement is due to a narrower rear tire or the ME888 design but these are good tires for this bike. We will have to see how the tire life goes - time will tell.

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Keep us posted. I know someone that has them and loves them on dry road. He said wet roads, even a slight drizzle and it's a completely different story.

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I have the 880 on the rear and the 888 on the front, they both handle well in the rain and dry. I've put probably 3000-4000 miles on them so far and you can't tell at all

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