Metzeler ME880 Marathon Front Tires
  • Metzeler ME880 Marathon Front Tires
  • Metzeler ME880 Marathon Front Tires

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Metzeler ME880 Marathon Touring Front Tires

The Metzeler ME880 is built to handle the higher loads and handling characteristics of cruisers and touring bikes.


  • Front tires feature rounded tread profile for smooth, neutral steering
  • 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
  • Metzeler tubes available
  • WWW = Wide White Wall
  • NWS = Narrow White Stripe

OE Replacement Tires:

  • 120/70B17 V-rated = BMW K1200LT
  • 150/80R17 V-rated = Triumph Rocket 3
  • 150/80R16 H-rated = Triumph Rocket 3 Tourer 08-10

Model-Specific Replacement Tires:

  • 120/70ZR19 60W-1 = Harley-Davidson V-Rod 
  • 120/70ZR19 60W-2 = Triumph Thunderbird
  • 130/80B16 = 2009 Harley Davidson FL Touring 
  • 120/90S17 (Tube Type) = Honda Shadow 750 Aero/ACE/ACE Deluxe
  • 130/70B18 H-rated = Honda GL1500 Gold Wing
  • 130/70R18 H-rated = Honda VTX1800C
  • 130/70R18 GL H-rated = Honda GL1800 Gold Wing
  • 120/70ZR19 60W = Triumph Thunderbird '10-'12
  • 120/70B21 = Yamaha XV1900 Star Raider '08 

Note: 120/90S-17 tire is a tube type design

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

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Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
MT90B16 NWS 72H 454578 1769800 Out of Stock
MH90-B21 TL 54H 454575 1769400 Available: Requires 1-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
MH90-21 WWW 54H 454577 1769500 Available: Requires 1-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
150/80R16 TL 71H 454536 1705300 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
150/80R16 71H 602899 1936600 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
100/90-B18 56H 454678 1193700 Only 1 Left: Ships within 24 hours
110/90-18 61H 454668 1166100 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
110/90-19 62H 454657 1041100 Available: Requires 1-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
120/70B17 58V 454673 966700/0966700 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
120/70R17 58V 454713 1044700 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
120/70ZR18 59W 454535 1606900 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
120/70ZR19 60W-2 602898 1846500 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
120/70ZR19 60W-1 454706 1420100 Out of Stock
120/70H21OE 62H 454597 1716100 Out of Stock
120/80-17 61V 454667 1124900 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
120/90-17 64S 602901 1733100 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
120/90B18 65H 454655 1040900 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
130/70R17 TL 62V 454531 1624000 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
130/70R18 TL 63H 454533 1679900 Out of Stock
130/70B18 63H 454691 1314100 Available: Requires 1-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
130/70R18 63H 454700 1414900 Out of Stock
130/90B16 WWW 67H 454701 1338700 Out of Stock
140/80-17 69H 454532 1624200 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
150/80-16 71H 454658 1041200 Available: Requires 1-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
150/80-16 WWW 71H 454705 1415200 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
150/80VR17 72V 454526 1335100 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
150/80-17 72H 454596 1705400 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours


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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
2003 Honda VTX1300C
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Excellent Wet Traction
Great road grip and wet weather traction. Also very quiet.
June 23, 2014
2013 Victory Cross Country Tour
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Good tire, great price.
Great product. My wife's bike (Honda Shadow 750 Aero) on stock oem rubber had problem with tar snakes on hot days in that the bike wanted to follow the snake rather than turn. As you can imagine this can be a bit scary on Midwestern roads. This tire has pretty much eliminated that issue.
August 5, 2013
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5 / 5
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Much better than Avon Cobra
These tires replace Avon Cobras and are much better for the kind of riding I do. They are very stable and don't have any of the twitchiness the Cobras had in the corners or on less than perfect pavement.
July 30, 2012
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5 / 5
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Great Tire even if a bit spendy
I've got a Valkyrie, and as soon as I could went away from the Dunlops. Too hard to corner and always felt like they were going to break away in a lean.

So I went to Avon Venom's and loved them, however I had always found that the Metzlers I had on my 81 Yamaha 400RD were the best handling/riding/lasting tires I had ever had. The ME880's give me this same feeling now with my Valkyrie
June 19, 2013
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5 / 5
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The best all around tire for my BMW K1200LT
I highly recommend these tires. I've tried several others and keep coming back to the Metzlers. They are worth the extra $$
August 6, 2012
The standard
This is the standard for mileage tires. Every time I hear of another 10,000 mile plus tire model I try it and find it wanting. The 880s come closest to 10,000 miles of any I have tried. I ride a heavy sport touring bike about 15,000 miles a year. They are noisier than some though.
October 19, 2010
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5 / 5
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Good performance for an unorthodox application
After wearing thru several front tires on my sidecar rig I tried the ME880 thinking a cruiser tire would tolerate extended upright riding (sidecars don't lean) better than the DS tires I'd been using on my R12GSA. I'd also hoped the flatter profile would give me more traction up front. Both of these things appear to be true after 1k miles on the tire.; Haven't had rain since mounting the tire, but it corners well and handles dirt roads better than expected.
August 20, 2012
2007 BMW R1200GS
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these tires are great
love them. good job revzilla.................. tires look great and work outstanding
August 13, 2012
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My cruiser is a bullet bike
Hugs the corners, grinding pipes and pegs with confidence. I ride all year in Idaho, so i will review again in winter.
June 23, 2015
over 2 years ago
2008 Yamaha XV19CX Raider
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Reputation - Past Experience
Willliam S on Aug 11, 2017
Considered most durable for my BMW K1200 LT and is a fair price.
Francis B on Jul 31, 2017
Reputation - Past Experience
Willliam S on Aug 11, 2017
Same tire that comes on my 2009 VMax.
Craig F on Aug 2, 2017
Considered most durable for my BMW K1200 LT and is a fair price.
Francis B on Jul 31, 2017
Simply just great tires. One of 3 go to options I choose from depending on the bike build. My 3 options perform fairly equally. I tend to designate the look of this one to a cruiser only styled build.
Robert L on Jul 26, 2017
MICHAEL B on Jul 25, 2017
good mileage
John N on Jul 3, 2017
These are on my bike now. They are good tires.
Jeremy C on Jun 30, 2017
john stephen o on Jun 29, 2017
hopefully, better mileage
Julieo D on Jun 6, 2017
Replaced Dunops, very pleased with ME880's. 03 Shadow Sabre 1100
Jeffrey W on Jun 3, 2017
Direct replacement for the previous tire. I get 8,000 miles out of the Metzler 880 front tires on my ZG 1000.
Stanley M on May 25, 2017
Price and aggressive pattern.
Andrew G on Apr 18, 2017
because i needed new tires
M I on Apr 17, 2017
good grip.. great for commuting
peter l on Apr 3, 2017
Current tires are worn down and this was the OEM brand.
Gardner L S on Mar 15, 2017
Avoid purchasing, great traction but very low durability.
Chad c on Feb 23, 2017
I'm going on a trip in a couple of months and I was replacing my rear tire so I thought it would be a good idea to go on and replace the front so I'd have a new set on the bike. The front one I have only has about 20000 on it so I'll keep it as a spare. I usually go through 2 front tires to 1 rear tire.
Kenneth on Sep 12, 2016
2nd set great long lasting tire I have about 8 thousand miles on these tires and I ride about 6 thousand miles a year
Frank G on Sep 6, 2016
Excellent tires!
Nathan B on Aug 19, 2016
What can i say, all the user reviews live up to the hype! 5k miles, still look new!
Taimur A on Jul 18, 2016
great tires good in wet weather.
Joe M on Jun 28, 2016
no better tire
D A on Jun 11, 2016
I like the ride and the 10,000 mile life I've been getting with these.
Dan C on May 22, 2016
My experience with Metzeler had been great.
Jose F on Apr 29, 2016
I have a Metzler 880 on the rear and a Bridgestone on the front on a Honda V65 Magna. Time to replace the front and wanted to match them up.
Brent F on Apr 4, 2016
Works, Well, Fits my bike as this is the factory tire. Looks nice. I only just had them put on a cruised about 600miles so i can;t say how they hold up long term but they are sticky enough for my riding and I haven't had any issues thus far. I ride a Yamaha Midnight Warrior.
Cody F on Mar 21, 2016
$50 rebate with purchase of pair of tires. Would have chosen the Mich. Commanders II if it was not for the rebate.
Tires feel great. Bike rolls much smoother, and turns and steers better.
Dan G on Feb 24, 2016
Been running Metz 880 for years and now I wanted a little more meat on the front
Ray M on Oct 22, 2015
Very good tire for the K1200Lt
jeffrey s l on Oct 11, 2015
Never owned them before, but they are highly recommended by others with the same bike.
Gary M on Sep 10, 2015
I tried them once did not last long at all, never bought them again.
knight rod rob on Aug 22, 2015
new bike!
Benjamin L on Aug 14, 2015
George C on Aug 14, 2015
I ride a BMW K1200LT and this tire comes factory on this bike. This tire rides nice and has great grip.
John W on Jul 18, 2015
Matches my ME888 rear tire.
David G on Jun 29, 2015
Great reviews, the right performance, AMAZING price, and fits the bike I have.
Jeremy W on May 28, 2015
"information given to me by individuals who use this brand."
George K on May 28, 2015
My front tire is shot, and I wanted this particular brand/size
Nathan B on May 26, 2015
Reviewing the video it seemed like the best choice.
David C on May 9, 2015
great price, free shipping, no tax and extreamley frindley people (easy to work with)
Richard M on Feb 24, 2015
price and my last purchase was shipped very fast
trophy on Oct 23, 2014
Trying the Metz for the first time since my front bridgestone didn't last very long and I was very disappointed with it, for how much these tires cost they should last a long time. So I am hoping the metz is better than the bridgestone.
A J on Oct 15, 2014
highly recommended by others
Lon T on Aug 30, 2014
I've had this tire before and it performed very well in all conditions. It had about 4000 miles on it and just wore out, but the back tire looks great!! So it just might be one of those things no big deal.
James C on Jul 16, 2014
Replacement front tire for 2002 BMWR1200 Cruiser
Jonah C on Jul 10, 2014
Because I like Bavaria !
T L on Jun 15, 2014
popular tire and it fits my bike, good wear on treads.
Stephen C on May 9, 2014
I have the back tire and my front tire has dry rot ,, If you can please send me a code for a discount ,Will soon need the back tire ,Thank you .
Kenny L on Apr 19, 2014
Good people to deal with, called many times for information and have always been treated very well, they want my business, that alone will keep me coming back. Good price Fast service Replace front tire due to date age Run nothing but Metzelers on my road bikes and love them.
Richard F H on Mar 11, 2014
needed new tires and forums said go for these
jacob M on Mar 9, 2014
Same tire that comes on my 2009 VMax.
Craig F on Aug 2, 2017
Simply just great tires. One of 3 go to options I choose from depending on the bike build. My 3 options perform fairly equally. I tend to designate the look of this one to a cruiser only styled build.
Robert L on Jul 26, 2017
I have a 2003 Harley VRSCA. What is the difference between the Metzler 880 120/70 ZR-19 and 120/70 ZR-19 (60W)?
A shopper on Jul 23, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The Metzeler ME880 Marathon Front Tire in size "120/70ZR19 60W-1" is the OEM replacement for the Harley V-Rod and the size "120/70ZR19 60W-2" is the OEM replacement for the Trimuph Thunderbird. Both tire sizes are Z rated and have the same 60W weight rating.
Will this fit on a m109r suzuki?
A shopper on Apr 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes... It's on mine right now.
I bought a 880 metzeler marathon 150/80/16 H71 for the front of my 2006 Vulcan 2053 cc LTD classic. There is a rotation arrow with the note on the sidewall that is for rear mounted position. The bike shop mounted this tire on the front with the rotation same as noted for the rear position. Is this right, or right tire, is this tire just for the rear or can it be mounted on front of bike? Will the rotation be the same way on rear as front? It only has a rotation written on one side for a rear position. Joe
A shopper on Jun 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Logically the tire rotation direction would apply for the front as well as the rear. Hers is a note from Metzeler website - Tyres are only to be used on vehicles for which motorcycle tyres were originally approved by the manufacturer. Any other use
can be dangerous. Check if the tyre has directional arrows. If it does, you must mount the tyre so that the arrow points in the
direction of rotation. Some METZELER tyres have a red dot on the side wall. This indicates the lightest point, and should be positioned
next to the valve.
I'm considering switching my front 07 Shadow Spirit VT750DC oem tire to the metzeler 110/90-19 62H. Does anyone know if this tire can be used with a tube?
Marc H on Aug 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Most tires can be used wit a tube you just have to make sure spokes (it you have them ) are covered with a rim band to protect the tube form nips while riding.
My Wife's 2012 Victory Vegas currently has a Dunlop Bias-ply D417, 180-55B-18 on the rear and a Dunlop Bias-ply Elite-3, 90-90-21 on the front. I would like to swap them out to the Metzeler 880's. Metzeler makes a 180/55ZR-18 for the rear and a 90/90H-21 for the front. 1) Are the above Metzelers OK for fitment on her 2012 Victory Vegas? 2) Can you tell me if both of these Metzelers are Radials and if they would create any issues to her Bike such as going from a Bias-ply to a Radial tire? 3) How does the Bike handle when you go from Bias-ply to a Radial on a Bike? 4) I appreciate that you don't want to mix tire make-ups on a Bike (example, front = Bias-ply, rear = Radial)... but what happens if you go from both of them being Bias-ply... to both being Radials? Lots of questions... Thanks.
A shopper on Jan 20, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I can answer some of your questions. I also went from bias to radial some years ago and I like the difference, if you look up on the net under bias ply versus radial you will see a link from Michelin that will describe the differences better than I can. The Metzeler 880 are great tires for you machine and if you follow the size on your rims now and use the same size they will fit, some have gone larger but not sure where the limit is. Handling will be better with radial tires. Hope this helps.
Is there a difference between the Metzler 120/70H21 and the Metzler 120/70H21OE?
A shopper on Apr 16, 2012
BEST ANSWER: No, there is no difference. The "OE" designation denotes that this tire is an Original Equipment tire, i.e. the same tire that certain bikes were equipped with from the factory.

For example, the 120/70-21 size was the original equipment tire for the 2008 Yamaha XV1900 Star Raider.
I was wondering what the difference is between the metzeler 130/90-16 nws, 130/90H16 and the 130/90HB16 WWW
A shopper on Aug 23, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The sizing of the tires are all the same. NWS is the designation for the Narrow White Stripe (thin stripped white walls) and WWW is the designation for the Wide White Walls (thick stripped white walls). All other without any designation are going to be regular black wall tires.
Do I need to tell the year of my varago, if so it is a 1996?
A C on May 27, 2017
Do you carry a 130 60 B 21 in the 880 Metzeler tire?
A C on Apr 24, 2017
Do you carry a 130 60 B 21 in the 880 Metzler front tire?
A C on Apr 24, 2017