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Metzeler ME880 Marathon Rear Tires
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Metzeler ME880 Marathon Touring Rear Tire

The Metzeler ME 880 is built to handle the higher loads and handling characteristics of cruiser and touring bikes

  • Rear tires feature flatter tread profile and larger contact patch for better traction and mileage
  • Computer designed tread pattern with offset groove alignment for uniform wear characteristics, low noise
  • Tread pattern has excellent water displacement ability and stability over rain grooves and under hard braking
  • H-rated for speeds up to 130 mph, V-rated for 149 mph, or Z-rated for 149+ mph
  • WWW= Wide White Wall

OE Replacement Tires:

  • 240/50R16 = Triumph Rocket 3
  • 180/70R16 = Triumph Rocket 3 Tourer 2008-2010
  • 160/70B17 = BMW K1200LT 1999-2009

Model-Specific Replacement Tires:

  • 200/55R17 = Harley Davidson Fat Boy
  • 170/80B15 = Honda VTX1300S & VTX1300R
  • 180/70R16 = Honda GL1500C Valkyrie
  • 180/70R16 = Honda VTX1800R
  • 170/80B17 = Honda VTX1800S 
  • 200/60R16 = Kawasaki VN2000 2006-2010 

Please Note: Check your manufacturer's specifications for required load ratings when replacing OE Tires.

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Metzeler ME880 Marathon Rear Tires 4.7 5 59 59
Mearly Average I installed these on my Victory Cross Country Tour. I got about 10,000 miles out of the rear tire and it is worn flat with lots of good tread left on the sides. The OEM Dunlops got about the same mileage. I am going to try the Shinko on the rear next. If I get 10K out of them then I will be happy as the price is great. December 28, 2014
I could not be happier with these tires I bought my 2000 Vulcan Nomad in 2013 with only 8500 miles on it but it had been previously owned by a tire dealer who had a stable of bikes and maintained it extremely well. Despite that, it inexplicably came to me with a pair of pretty inadequate tires. I suspect he had put better tires on it when new then put the original Bridgestone back on the front when he sold it. The tire had plenty of tread but was clearly far from new. It was extremely noisy on turns and in no way inspired confidence in its handling. I forget what the back tire was but it didn't match and even though it had some tread it was prone to breaking away on turns at low speed under acceleration and it locked up on me more than a couple of times under moderately hard braking. When I put these Metzler Marathons on the Vulcan the transformation was nothing short of astonishing. It was like the bike lost 200 pounds. Everything about the way it handled became sportier and more comfortable and it has allowed me to ride with much more confidence than I ever thought I'd have after the first couple months struggling with those old tires. I was able to find another online dealer who offered a better price on them but there were other items I wanted from Revzilla at the same time so I inquired about their price matching policy and just a half hour after my inquiry it was approved. The local shop who installed them was impressed enough with that price that they now get their tires through Revzilla. I should mention one of the other items I bought at the same time was a pair of riding pants that didn't fit, and the return process was super easy. I'm out the $11 return shipping but you pays your money you takes your chances. Still cheaper compared to rip off prices at local stores with way more options available. September 2, 2014
Handles well. I can say the ride is smooth, handling is good. Have not had a chance to ride in rain so can not rate that and since just installed - can not speak on tread life. August 30, 2014
Make handling the bike a dream....... When I purchased my 2003 Honda VTX1800C four years ago, it had the Metzeler ME880 on the front and rear. Before the purchase of the Motorcycle, I did a test drive. I was so impressed with how a 750lbs Motorcycle could handle, even at low speeds. I was in need of tires after 4 years and I didn't hesitate to purchase the ME880's. Very Nice Handling! :) August 13, 2014
Great Tire This is stock rubber for my bike and it performed well enough for me to seek it out as a direct replacement after it wore out at about 12k miles. Tire tracks great and performs pretty well in the wet. August 4, 2014
Excellent Wet Traction Great road grip and wet weather traction. Also very quiet. June 23, 2014
Good front tire Works great and for a good price, if only it would have installed itself May 12, 2014
Good tire. I rode the last one about 15,000 miles before it was shot. I figured best to not try to fix what ain't broke. My '03 Roadstar loves this tire. March 17, 2014
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Metzeler ME880 Marathon Rear Tires
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
James L: Right size (hard to find) and good reviews. Jan 20, 2015
Saul S: The reviews on this tire were good. Also, with the help of your videos, I did research. Jan 2, 2015
Edina G: I recently purchased a used 2009 1200LT, I wanted to put the same tires. Plus I watched your video and it sounds like a great tire. Sep 21, 2014
Jason L: why not? Sep 8, 2014
Lon T: highly recommended by others Aug 30, 2014
A s: Lasts many miles and fits my BMW Jul 8, 2014
Doug R: Did not order this. May 1, 2014
William B: Replaced stock Harley Davidson Sportster tire. Revzilla sales team recommended the ME880 Marathon for the longer highway miles that I ride. Apr 15, 2014
jacob M: needed new tires and forums said go for these Mar 9, 2014
michael h: great tires Dec 6, 2013
David G: Best wear of any tire we have ever owned. Dunlop and others get about 7K. ME880s got 20K on a 600VLX, 18K on my 750ACE. This is a hard rubber tire which gives you hi miles but won't be suitable for crotch rockets carving curves. Amazingly, fronts and rears wear at exactly the same rate so we always buy them in sets. Oct 23, 2013
Carlos D: On my bike now Sep 10, 2013
DAVID W: Same size tire that is on bike now Sep 4, 2013
M L: recommended by my riding buddies Sep 1, 2013
Tyler D: Have always used metzler tires good life and plenty of grip Aug 17, 2013
JESUS G: Recommended by friend. Aug 15, 2013
Edward W asked: I have a vintage motorcycle (a 1980 XS850SG) and, as I understand it, I should only run tubeless bias ply tires on it. Are these tires tubeless and bias ply? Feb 19, 2014
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Karl B: Yes they are tubless and bias ply. The specific Metzeler ME 880 tire that I use on my BMW K1200LTE are one of a few tires that I can mount and safely run on my BMW. I need to have a tire with a V rating. This is because I need a side wall that is stiff and will not collapse and/or separate due to the high weigh load carrying requirements of my bike. I like the way the ME 880 allows me to handle different roads and road conditions. The ME880's provide the grip and traction to allow a motorcycle as big as the BMW K1200LTE to handle to be ridden aggressively on very twisty roads like the "Dragon's Tail" 311 hair pin turn in 11 miles safely and in full control even when the Tail was wet. Get a set of ME 880's and you will never want to mount any other tire on your MC. Others might not agree with me, but I have been riding since I was in elementary school and that was somewhere back in the 1960's. Good luck and enjoy! Feb 19, 2014
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Robert F: There are bias ply tires in the line I believe that the bias ply have a B in their designation. Feb 19, 2014
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John S: Depends on the tire size. Tire size will show i.e. 150/70B18. B=bias; R=radial Feb 19, 2014
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Edward W: Thanks. Feb 21, 2014
Yarvis T: They are definitely tubeless but am not sure if they are bias ply, I believe they are radials? Feb 20, 2014
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Edward W: Thanks. Feb 21, 2014
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A shopper asked: Looking for the best tire for a stock rim on a 2007 yamaha VMAX? Jul 18, 2014
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Raymond G: I found the tire to be too flexible for aggressive riding. If you are riding like an old geezer you would be OK. My tire cupped and went bald before it hit 3,000 miles. I stopped doing burn outs a long time ago. Jul 18, 2014
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Aly Hassan Aly H: Metzler me 880 marathon are perfect tires and stays for long long miles I made 10000 miles by them Jul 18, 2014
Daivd H: Great mileage. I got almost 9K on a 2001 R1200C. Sep 9, 2014
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A shopper asked: I have an 82 GL500 Silverwing Interstate. Would these be suitable on a lighter bike, like mine? I do a lot of dirt, gravel, and cottage road riding, plus highway. Minimal city riding. Thanks for your thoughts! Apr 28, 2014
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Brad C: I use this tire on my BMW K1200LT. This USA heavier fully kitted luxuary touring bike built for spirited 2-up riding. This tire is capable of handling the higher weight load and a higher speeds without any issues for me. This is my second set of tires. I have riden limited gravel but for dirt road / gravel / single track / mtn / desert type riding I takemy F800 GS and ride TMC 80s or Heidi Scouts or Kenda Big blocks.
Personally, I wouldn't take a heavy load street tire to a dirt fight. I don't know your bike but there are lots of 50/50 tires for almost any wheel size/bike weight. Only one I won't buy again is the trail wing...
Good luck
Apr 28, 2014
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Randal S: I have used this tire on a Harley V Rod which is under 700 pounds for about 5 years and have been satisfied. It has great grip on city and highway roads. The ME880 is what I consider a medium soft tire, which is great for paved roads, that grips good and rides good but does`nt wear as fast as a softer tire and does`nt slide like harder tire. I do very little gravel and dirt riding but have`nt had a problem,however no street tire is really suitable for for off road. Only knobby tires get good grip on dirt and gravel. Hope this has helped.Safe Riding!!! Apr 29, 2014
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A S: Thanks Randal, I was hoping for dual sport/adventure touring tires actually, but it's slim pickings for the sizes I need. I should have mentioned it's all roads, not trails, just most are not paved. I was thinking the 880 or 888 might be tougher/more durable than the average tire. Apr 29, 2014
A shopper asked: How many miles does the Metzler 880 Last? Dec 1, 2013
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Michael H: I've always gotten 10K to 12K from mine, with the center tread being the only real area of wear. I drive a 1100 Vstar, and 2-up about 50% of the time. I do search out the twisties as often as I can, but I would say most mileage is on 2-lane blacktop. Dec 1, 2013
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Yarvis T: It's hard to say how long they last because in MY case I have two bikes and don't ride either hard. Granted I put miles on them just not hard miles. I got 13k out of a set and would have gotten more if not for the nail I picked up. Dec 1, 2013
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Trevor N asked: I ride a Triumph Speedmaster and have had ME880s for 6 years (2 sets) and have had no issues, but triumph forums are full of negative comments on how dangerous these tires are in the wet. Anybody have an issue with these in wet conditions? I never have, but maybe I've just been lucky. Aug 27, 2014
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Daivd H: I never had problems. R1200C. Use common sense. Slow, better yet, stay out of the rain. I got great mileage also, 9K. Sep 9, 2014
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A shopper asked: What does the 80H mean for tire sizes and why does is cost extra? Oct 9, 2012
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RevZilla: The "80" is the tire's aspect ratio. This is the ratio of sidewall height to width of the tire. To calculate the aspect ratio of a tire, divide the sidewall height with the tire's width. The larger the aspect ratio number the higher the profile of the tire. For example, a 90% aspect ratio is a higher profile than an 85% aspect ratio.

The "H" in 80H refers to the speed rating of the tire. An H rated tire is for speeds up to 130 miles per hour.

On our product pages, tires are priced by size. This is done to help simplify our product offerings. Typically, the larger the tire the more expensive it is going to be.
Oct 9, 2012
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Rear / 170/60R17 78V (Reinforced Radial) 454522 1862200 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 210/40R18 84V (XV900) 454546 1808200 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 140/90B16 NWS 77H 454580 1539700 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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Rear / 240/40R18 79V (Zero Degree Steel Belt Radial) 454670 1568300 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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Rear / 160/70B17 79V 454674 966800/0966800 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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Rear / 200/50R18 76W (Fury) 454688 1619600 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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Rear / 180/60R16 74H (Gold Wing) 454696 1422500 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 180/70R16 77H (Valkyrie) 454699 1042600 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 130/90B16 WWW 73H 454702 1338900 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
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