Metzeler ME888 Review: Is It The Best Cruiser Tire For You?

Metzeler has been a leader in the motorcycle tire industry for many years, and their latest offering, the ME888, also known as Triple 8, is no exception.

In this Metzeler Me880 review, we will provide a detailed breakdown of this tire, highlighting its key features, benefits, and any changes from its predecessor, the highly popular MEA 280 tire.

But the main question I will answer in this review is: Are these the best cruiser tires for you? Let’s find out!

Metzeler ME888 Review



  • Consistent performance
  • Low-speed stability and smooth handling
  • Deeper tread depth for vastly increased tire life

The Successor to the MEA 280 Tire

The ME888 is the successor to the MEA 280 tire from Metzeler. The MEA 280 was a long-running, long-wearing heavy bike metric Cruiser Harley-Davidson big bike touring tire that offered a comfortable ride and a great lifespan.

The ME888 has taken things to the next level, incorporating some key changes that make it an even better option for riders.

Key Differences of the ME888 Tire

The ME888 has several key differences that make it stand out from its predecessor. One of the most significant changes is the new rubber compound. This compound is longer-wearing and has a higher hysteresis rating, making it more resilient.

This resilience allows Metzeler to create a deeper channel and tread pattern design, resulting in longer running wear, even in wet weather handling conditions.

The tire is designed to perform well in both dry and wet grip scenarios while maintaining its hypermiling rating.

Groove Pattern and Road Harmonics

Another significant change in the ME888 is the groove pattern, which has been modified from a V pattern to a U pattern.

Metzeler has also made subtle tweaks to improve road harmonics, which results in a more comfortable and quieter ride.

The tread pattern comes towards the middle of the tire and is staggered by a sixteenth of an inch towards the contact patch, further breaking up road harmonics.

Heavy Bike Touring and Replacement Options

The ME888 is an excellent option for heavy bike touring and makes for a great stock tire replacement.

With over 100 sizes expected to be rolled out over time, the ME888 will be a fantastic option for many different types of motorcycles. It is also a great hypermiling tire, comparable to the Michelin Commander 2.

Riders can also mix and match the ME888 rear tire with the ME880 front tire if the front tire is not ready to be replaced.

Other Metzeler Options

If you’re looking for sports touring, the Metzeler Z8 is the tire for you. For adventure touring or off-road dual sport, the Metzeler Tourance is the recommended tire.

Features and Benefits

New rubber compoundLonger-wearing, higher hysteresis rating, more resilient, deeper channel, longer running wear even in wet conditions
Modified groove pattern (U-pattern)Improved road harmonics, quieter and more comfortable ride
Excellent for heavy bike touringLong-lasting, comfortable, great stock tire replacement
Hypermiling ratingVersatile for different types of motorcycles
Hyper-miling ratingGreat fuel economy
Compatible with ME880 front tireMix and match options for riders whose front tire is not ready for replacement
Great for dry and wet conditionsRiders can expect a great riding experience in different weather conditions
Recommended tire for heavy bike touringPerfect for long-distance rides and provides excellent handling, stability, and control for heavy bikes

What We Like and Don’t Like

I really liked the handling and grip provided by these tires, especially in wet conditions. I had the tires on my Harley for about three months and managed to rack up 5000 miles with very little wear.

However, I have seen a few reviews from people who didn’t have the same experience I had, especially with the mileage they got from their tires.

I noticed that the tires felt a little hard, so they transmitted too many bumps from the road.

Overall, taking all things into consideration, the Metzeler ME888 cruiser tires are a good choice for those looking for long-lasting, high-grip tires.

However, as with any product, individual experiences may vary, so it is important to consider your own needs and preferences when selecting tires for your motorcycle.


What Is the Weight Rating of the Metzeler 888?

The Metzeler ME888 Marathon Ultra 200/50R-18 82H Rear Radial has a load rating of 82, which is a maximum of 1047 pounds.

The Metzeler 2318900 ME888 Marathon Ultra Rear Tire has a load index rating of 77.0, which is a maximum of 908 pounds.

The Metzeler ME888 Marathon Ultra 180/55ZR-18 74W Rear Radial Motorcycle has a load rating of 74, which is a maximum of 827 pounds.

What Is The Metzeler Me888 Tire Pressure

The recommended tire pressure for the Metzeler ME888 tire varies depending on the source. Some riders suggest a pressure of around 44 PSI for the rear tire1, while others recommend not inflating motorcycle tires to more than 40 PSI for safety reasons.

One rider reported that their ME888 tires heated up to 42-44 PSI depending on temperature and speed. The maximum pressure marked on the tire is 40 PSI3. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for tire pressure to ensure safety and optimal performance.


In conclusion, the Metzeler ME888 is a fantastic tire option for riders looking for a comfortable and long-lasting tire for their heavy bike touring needs. With its new rubber compound, groove pattern, and road harmonic improvements, it is a significant improvement over its predecessor.

Riders can expect a great riding experience in dry and wet conditions while maintaining a hypermiling rating. The ME888 is a tire that will surely please riders for many years.

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2 thoughts on “Metzeler ME888 Review: Is It The Best Cruiser Tire For You?

  1. Tried the Metzler 888 on my ultraclassic hoping to get more than 5000 miles out of it, and I am very disappointed that I didn’t. There was definitely an improvement in cornering and smoothness, but the bike just seemed way to loose. I also ran into issues with the bike fish tailing when I pulled my trailer. Never had that issue with the stock dunlop.


    1. I’m sorry to hear the Metzler 888 tires didn’t work out for you on your Harley Ultraclassic. It’s disappointing when you try a new product with high hopes and it doesn’t meet expectations.

      Fishtailing when pulling a trailer can be really scary. It makes sense you want to switch back to a tire that gives you more stability. The Dunlops have a good reputation for being sturdy and reliable.

      Switching between tire brands and models is always a bit of trial and error to find the right fit for your particular bike and riding style. I hope you’re able to get many more miles out of your next set! Let us know if you find something that gives you the performance and longevity you’re looking for.

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