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Metzler ME888 Rear for K1200Lt coming soon

Emailed Metzeler NA about the website not showing the ME880 any longer and the availability of the ME888 for our K1200Lt. Below was their response. Have another question into them on time frame for the release date.

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The new ME888 160/70B17 will be brought in later in the year to replace the ME880. The ME880 front will remain for the present time and can be matched with the new ME888 rear. Please see your favorite dealer to purchase.

Thanks for the e-mail.*
NA Metzeler M/C Tires Consumer Affairs

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Hello,

The latest data we have is sometime between May to July.

Thanks again,
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Is it 79V rated?

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Re: Metzler ME888 Rear for K1200Lt coming soon

Update from Metzler:
The new ME888 will be 79V rated same as ME880.
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To meet the speed and load index needs of a specific application like this motorcycle Metzeler would never offer anything less than the OE tire. So this new ME888 is 160/70B17 TL 79V Rein. And you should note the current tire is readily available and is in stock at the Metzeler distributor warehouses across the US.

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Re: Metzler ME888 Rear for K1200Lt coming soon

Great info. Thanks for doing the research!

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Re: Metzler ME888 Rear for K1200Lt coming soon

The ME888 is classed as a radial
How is that going to match to a ME880 Bias ply?

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ME888 160/70B17 TL 79V with the B indicating Bias should not be a radial


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Re: Metzler ME888 Rear for K1200Lt coming soon

If B and R stands for Bias and radial then it appears this tire will come in two configurations and limited sizes.

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METZELER ME 888 MARATHON™ ULTRA EXPANDS THE RANGE WITH NEW SIZES, INCLUDING THE 23-INCH FRONT, AND WITH A WHITEWALL VERSION
The new custom touring product from Metzeler will be on sale from Spring 2014 in new sizes, including the all-new 23-inch front designed especially for the ‘Baggers’, and in a Whitewall version in 12 sizes; 5 front and 7 rear, dedicated to heavy tourers, V -Twins and metric cruisers



The range of METZELER tyres expands from Spring 2014 . A wider range of sizes and a new version of the ME 888 MARATHON™ Ultra, the new tyre from the brand with the blue elephant, dedicated to all owners and lovers of V-Twins and the custom world. The new product, already nicknamed "Triple 8" from the US public, will be present with new sizes, including the 23-inch front, and with a Whitewall version.

The new blackwall sizes of the ME 888 MARATHON™ Ultra that complement existing ones are 130/70 R 18 M/C 63H TL, MH90 - 21 M/C 54H TL and 130/60 B 23 M/C 65H TL at the front and 140/90 B 15 M/C 70H TL, 140/90 B 16 M/C Reinf 77H TL, 180/60 R 16 M/C 74H TL e 160/70 B 17 M/C 79V Reinf TL on the rear.

Among the new sizes, also a 23-inch front, an unprecedented size in the range of products from METZELER dedicated to the custom world, which demonstrates the desire of the brand to continue on the road that led it to success, especially in the United States, that is the role of best partner for customisers, such as Dirico Motorcycles USA. The new front size is especially dedicated to those who want to transform their motorcycles into baggers and by customizing their own vehicle, do not only want to obtain a motorcycle for exhibition but use it on the road, all this through the quality of METZELER tyres .

In the Whitewall version, which joins the "classic" one, ME 888 MARATHON™ Ultra includes 12 sizes, 5 front and 7 rear, which can fit the most popular models of heavy tourers, V-Twins and metric cruisers offering the same performance of the equal "blackwall" sizes and at the same time a vintage look carefully finished.

ME 888 MARATHON™ Ultra is the appointed heir of the ME 880 MARATHON™, a tyre which is already quite popular with V-Twin owners and customisers all over the world where, whilst maintaining the popular characteristics of grip in both dry and wet, significantly increases mileage. In order to achieve this result the engineers focused completely on selecting the materials to be used and fine tuning every feature of the tyre: compound, structure, tread and profile. Therefore, the goal of increasing mileage did not effect the features which make its predecessor, the ME 880 MARATHON™, so famous: stability, agility, grip and excellent comfort.

The improvement in terms of compound compared to the ME 880 MARATHON™ was achieved by working on the materials used in the process. In fact, the polymers chosen for the compound have a greater resistance to abrasion and are therefore able to ensure more mileage, but at the same time the selection of appropriate resins allowed excellent grip to be maintained, even on wet roads. Another objective which was achieved by the engineers was to make the abrasion resistance properties last for the entire life cycle of the tyre.

The increase in mileage was obtained in part by focusing on the structure and carcass with the choice of designing the geometry of the plies larger and wider compared to the one normally used in conventional construction.

The geometry of the ply’s reduces the amount of deformation in the tread contact area with benefits in terms of uniformity of the contact pressure and less heat generation, all to the advantage of mileage and consistent performance of the compound.

Deformation is therefore concentrated more on the sides where it is dissipated without interfering with the area that comes into contact with the road.

But the increased mileage was also obtained by working on the tread pattern, thanks to more even wear of the entire tread. In order to improve even wear, the new tread pattern is more solid, thanks to the particular alternation of the land/sea ratio, and the compound itself is less stressed in the tread contact area, thereby reducing the transmission of the tread's stressing forces on the belts and plies of the carcass. The new tread pattern not only gives the ME 888 MARATHON™ Ultra higher mileage compared to the ME 880 MARATHON™, but it also provides better water drainage in favour of safety and the prevention of aquaplaning.

Last, but not least, the contact area of the ME 888 MARATHON™ Ultra is 5% shorter and 15% wider than that of the ME 880 MARATHON™, thanks to its profile which has been entirely redesigned and the technical solutions in the carcass and structure area described above. This solution was sought in consideration of the fact that the longer the contact surface is, the greater the wear on the tread will be due to the deformations the compound in contact with the road surface is subjected to. On the other hand, a shorter and wider tread surface like the one on the ME 888 MARATHON™ Ultra helps to better distribute the force necessary for transferring horsepower to the ground, reducing overheating of the tyre surface due to sliding effects.

Metzeler ME 888 MARATHON™ Ultra is therefore at the top of its category for all intents and purposes in terms of mileage, allowing the biker to enjoy typical Metzeler performance such as agility, stability, safety and comfort, for the entire life cycle of the tyre.

The new ME 888 MARATHON™ Ultra in new new sizes, including the 23-inch front, and in Whitewall version will be on sale from spring 2014 as a complement to "blackwall" sizes already on the market. This is the full range of available sizes (in bold the new ones):





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130/90 - 16 M/C 67H TL

140/90 B 15 M/C 70H TL

130/90 - 16 M/C 67H TL Whitewall

170/80 B 15 M/C 77H TL

MT90 B 16 M/C 72H TL

170/80 B 15 M/C 77H TL Whitewall

MT90 B 16 M/C 72H TL Whitewall

130/90 B 16 M/C 73H Reinf TL

130/80 B17 M/C 65H TL

130/90 B 16 M/C 73H Reinf TL Whitewall

130/80 B 17 M/C 65H TL Whitewall

140/90 B 16 M/C Reinf 77H TL

130/70 R 18 M/C 63H TL

140/90 B 16 M/C 77H Reinf TL Whitewall

110/90 - 19 M/C 57H TL

150/80 B 16 M/C 77H Reinf TL

100/90 - 19 M/C 57H TL Whitewall

150/80 B 16 M/C 77H Reinf TL Whitewall

MH90 - 21 M/C 54H TL

180/60 R 16 M/C 74H TL

MH90 - 21 M/C 54H TL Whitewall

180/65 B 16 M/C 81H Reinf TL

130/60 B 23 M/C 65H TL

180/65 B 16 M/C 81H Reinf TL Whitewall



MT90 B 16 M/C 74H TL



MT90 B 16 M/C 74H TL Whitewall



MU85 B 16 M/C 77H TL



MU85 B 16 M/C 77H TL Whitewall



160/70 B 17 M/C 79V Reinf TL

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Re: Metzler ME888 Rear for K1200Lt coming soon

Since it is the only bias tire in the list , it is probably just the same old tire in that size and the name changed.


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I see 21 bias ply tires.
same size new tire

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I see 21 bias ply tires.
same size new tire
That is the point, I was being fecitious. {(:-))

More bias than radial, for a tire labeled as Bias?


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I asked my local Metzler dealer what he wanted for a new ME 880, and he told me that it has been discontinued in favor of the ME 888. Definitely longer lasting, possibly better MPG. $210, mounted and balanced on my carry-in wheel. I checked for the latest info here before saying yes. I'll will get the rear done tomorrow, and the front done as soon as I save up for a Bridgestone.
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I asked my local Metzler dealer what he wanted for a new ME 880, and he told me that it has been discontinued in favor of the ME 888. Definitely longer lasting, possibly better MPG. $210, mounted and balanced on my carry-in wheel. I checked for the latest info here before saying yes. I'll will get the rear done tomorrow, and the front done as soon as I save up for a Bridgestone.
Why would you use a ME888 rear & a Bridgestone front tire ?. Just wondering.

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I asked my local Metzler dealer what he wanted for a new ME 880, and he told me that it has been discontinued in favor of the ME 888. Definitely longer lasting, possibly better MPG. $210, mounted and balanced on my carry-in wheel. I checked for the latest info here before saying yes. I'll will get the rear done tomorrow, and the front done as soon as I save up for a Bridgestone.
Better check for that load rating before you jump in. I don't think the 79Vs are around yet.


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Dean you are correct. When I took my wheel in to have the new ME888 tire mounted, the supplier told me that his book, and his online ordering process showed the new tire, but when he placed his order by phone, they said the ME888 was not yet available. So I have the old style tire. Maybe next time I'll be able to get the ME888.

As to the question about the Metzler on the rear and Bridgestone on the front, that seems to be consensus of this forum as to the best configuration. It is also the combination that was on the bike when I bought it. Have I been reading those threads wrong? Have I made a mistake?
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...As to the question about the Metzler on the rear and Bridgestone on the front, that seems to be consensus of this forum as to the best configuration. It is also the combination that was on the bike when I bought it. Have I been reading those threads wrong? Have I made a mistake?
I think so, I believe that the general consensus is Bridgestone on the back and Metzler on the front. Personally I like the handling and feel of the stones better but the bridgestone front tire comes 'pre-balded' and just doesn't seem to have the longevity of the Metzler.

I switched to Bridgstone front and back when I needed new shoes, and the front was gone after 9k - really should have replaced around 7k but since it never rains in AZ i figured I was okay to run it out. Put a Metzler back on the front and the Bridgestone rear is still looking good at 10k+, just starting to show the initial signs of some minimal cupping but still plenty of tread left.

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My understanding is that the 888s will appear as the supply of 880s currently in the supply chain runs out. My best guess is probably late this year. I bet they exist, just not for sale yet. It would be foolish of them to offer the new tire when they still have plenty of the 880s. Have to give them credit for that, I suppose.


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Dean you are correct. When I took my wheel in to have the new ME888 tire mounted, the supplier told me that his book, and his online ordering process showed the new tire, but when he placed his order by phone, they said the ME888 was not yet available. So I have the old style tire. Maybe next time I'll be able to get the ME888.

As to the question about the Metzler on the rear and Bridgestone on the front, that seems to be consensus of this forum as to the best configuration. It is also the combination that was on the bike when I bought it. Have I been reading those threads wrong? Have I made a mistake?
I think you have it backwards. I am pretty sure it is Stone on the rear and Metz on the front. I hope so as I bought a new Stone last fall for the rear! Just need some temps above freezing to mount it!

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I think you have it backwards. I am pretty sure it is Stone on the rear and Metz on the front.
Well, I hope it doesn't go down the road backwards. It tried to with the last owner when the completely worn out rear Metzeler's side walls separated from the thin tread. I think things got very exciting very quickly. I would not have wanted to leave my driveway with that bald tire, but he was over 700 miles from home. I'll probably go with a Metz on the front now too. At least that will be half right.
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Current issue of Motorcycle Consumer News says only tire available for LT is Bridgestone. "Coming soon" tires aren't much use, but they'll probably print a correction next month.

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I'm sure the ME880 I bought is load rated for the rear of my K1200LT.
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I'm sure the ME880 I bought is load rated for the rear of my K1200LT.
Don't count on it… I have a Metzler 880 rated 73H on my LT now, and have a new Bridgestone 79V-rated tire sitting in the garage that I'll put on before my next longer trip.
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It says 160/70 B17 M/C 79V REINF. I think we're OK.
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Current issue of Motorcycle Consumer News says only tire available for LT is Bridgestone. "Coming soon" tires aren't much use, but they'll probably print a correction next month.
They must have stock in Bridgestone. Avon has tires rated for the LT, but they are radials. Perfectly okay on '04 and older, but if you put them on a newer bike be ready to incur the wrath of the almighty forum gods.
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They must have stock in Bridgestone. Avon has tires rated for the LT, but they are radials. Perfectly okay on '04 and older, but if you put them on a newer bike be ready to incur the wrath of the almighty forum gods.
It isn't "the forum" who says the Avons aren't suitable for the later design LT. It is BMW and Avon. But since you are obviously smarter than both the bike maker and the tire maker, why would you even care about any comments from "the forum?"

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http://www.solomotoparts.com/Metzele...tra-Tire-Rear/

Rear is now available from this vendor, 191.05 with free shipping


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I think you have it backwards. I am pretty sure it is Stone on the rear and Metz on the front.



I ordered them backwards the last order. The rear Metzler has over 12k on it and it looks like it has at least 5k more to go. The front 'Stone only has 7k, is cupping on the left and howling in the turns, and I'm not sure I will make it to 10k. Replacements waiting in the garage Metzler front/Stone rear. With the life of the 880 I'm seeing (and that the 888 may give more) I may switch back to Metzler on both ends just to placate my anal retentiveness.

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Re: Metzler ME888 Rear for K1200Lt coming soon

I've run multiple sets of Metz E ler on the rear and Bridgestone on the front over 240K on two LT's. It's my preferred current set up since the front Bridgestone is stickier than just about anything else I've tried. It is vastly better in wet conditions and tends to wear out in about 5K. I have not tried Avons yet, and doubtful that I will bother.

Bridgestone had a series of catastrophic failures of the rear a while back - hopefully corrected by now. I had one that left me stranded in Wyoming for 3 days. They would not replace the tire and never acknowledged there was an engineering flaw. They claimed I had the bike overloaded (my ex-wife weighed in at a whopping 120 lbs.) and should not have been towing a trailer. OK.

Tires don't cup - they scallop - and it has absolutely nothing to do with the brand, type of tire, balance, road crown or make of bike. It is 100% due to physically spending more time in the arc of left turns versus right turns. You simply scrub off more rubber on the left side. Most riders are more aggressive in left turns in the twisties as well.

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Re: Metzler ME888 Rear for K1200Lt coming soon

Okay guys, I'm really confused now on this as I'm looking to replace both the front and rear tires on my 2000 LT. I've run the Metzler M880s as a set for quite a few years without any real problems. I just checked on ordering new tires from my local dealer and was told about the M880 being discontinued. The Metzler web site doesn't show that they have any tires to fit my LT. I live in the middle of the US where mileage is very important so what is suggested that I should order?
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Re: Metzler ME888 Rear for K1200Lt coming soon

http://www.swmototires.com/

I just ordered a pair of 880s, at my door in days

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Okay guys, I'm really confused now on this as I'm looking to replace both the front and rear tires on my 2000 LT. I've run the Metzler M880s as a set for quite a few years without any real problems. I just checked on ordering new tires from my local dealer and was told about the M880 being discontinued. The Metzler web site doesn't show that they have any tires to fit my LT. I live in the middle of the US where mileage is very important so what is suggested that I should order?
Last week I got a new rear Bridgestone (CAN'T beat the price for mileage compared to Metzeler) in a local motorcycle only tire shop. I asked about the Metzeler "situation" and was told that the current supply of 880 is "plentiful" and that an 888 for the K1200LT is forthcoming.

If the prices were closer it'd be a coin toss as to whether a Bridgestone or Metzeler goes on the back (I've used both) but I'll only put the Metzeler on the front and not the Bridgestone unless I absolutely have to (and again, I've used both). The front Bridgestone just wears out way too fast.

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So what are your mileage numbers for the rear Bridgestone? Do happen to have a part number?
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So what are your mileage numbers for the rear Bridgestone? Do happen to have a part number?
I just got 14,674 miles on the rear Bridgestone I just replaced. The shop owner said there was probably another 1,000 (I figured 500) or so left on it but we'll be going on a trip next week and I wanted to go ahead and replace it. The Bridgestone was $151 for the tire and the Metzeler 880 would have been $225.

It's the Bridgestone Battleax BT020 BIAS 160/70 17" R (reinforced NOT radial) with the 79V rating. Most places list it as an OEM replacement. Stamp shows production in the 45th week of 2013.

Most of our riding is two up on curving state roads and some interstate when needed on long trips.

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