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Metzeler ME888
« on: May 14, 2018, 05:29:24 am »
Throwing it out there for group to dicuss.
After reading about new version of ironclad tire ME880, I got curious. What about ME888.
Has anyone given a thought of running such tire on Connie?

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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 11:00:42 am »
I looked at the Metzler website and they do not offer a 190/50/17 in the ME888. I have always been told that the ME880 is a very "hard" tire and not for sporty  bikes. And as you can tell from the replies that not many people run them. Unless you live in Kansas (very few turns)  :??: I would not try them. Just my .02 cents.

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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 07:15:24 pm »
Unless they have changed over the years HARD is why most don't run them.  Feel great till you hit a stripe or water or cold or...
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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2018, 10:02:12 pm »
Touted as designed for custom bikes...

Interesting that there are 200/50 and 200/55 r17 options available.

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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2018, 10:26:32 pm »
One of the absolute worst as far as hard to mount with my tools tires. Very hard and stiff, good for a C*** but not a bike tire. It was easier to put a car tire on a Goldwing that the 3 or 4 ME888's I have mounted.

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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2018, 01:37:04 pm »
Is this a belted or radial tire?
I have a 888 on my C-10, but (16") was only available as belted.
I think on a 17" it is available in a radial, which may be a softer tire?

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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2018, 12:57:10 am »
I ran the wing size Metzler 880's, I got over 20,000 miles out of them, they were a harder tire yes.
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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2018, 05:21:14 pm »
Im running the ME 888 on my Vmax. I have burned through a few of the older ME 880 in years past. As others have said, they are a hard rubber. Couple this with the torque of the Vmax, and it easily spins.
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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2018, 05:22:05 am »
Im running the ME 888 on my Vmax. I have burned through a few of the older ME 880 in years past. As others have said, they are a hard rubber. Couple this with the torque of the Vmax, and it easily spins.
Pardon me dear, my curiosity got the better of me. Do you still ride V-max?

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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2018, 01:57:27 pm »
Im running the ME 888 on my Vmax. I have burned through a few of the older ME 880 in years past. As others have said, they are a hard rubber. Couple this with the torque of the Vmax, and it easily spins.
Pardon me dear, my curiosity got the better of me. Do you still ride V-max?
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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2018, 01:49:43 am »
JD, I share the same feelings about the Gen 1 Vmax. I bought my '06 used in '07 and have been through a lot of great times, and some not so good times with this bike. It handles like a turd, and the brakes are mediocre, but the sound of the exhaust and arm stretching torque when twisting that throttle are simply amazing. Guaranteed to put a smile on one's face! So in response, yes I still have this bike, and it will easily smoke the ME888 tire. Like the saying says..... Vmax, keeping tire companies in business since 1985
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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2018, 02:06:03 pm »
JD, I share the same feelings about the Gen 1 Vmax. I bought my '06 used in '07 and have been through a lot of great times, and some not so good times with this bike. It handles like a turd, and the brakes are mediocre, but the sound of the exhaust and arm stretching torque when twisting that throttle are simply amazing. Guaranteed to put a smile on one's face! So in response, yes I still have this bike, and it will easily smoke the ME888 tire. Like the saying says..... Vmax, keeping tire companies in business since 1985
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Everything stated in your comment is true! It does handle like a turd, although cruising down the highway, I remember I could dance atop that thing while riding with no hands at 130 km/hr, steady as a rock, straight like an arrow.
The max in my opinion is as "I bought it out of love, not practicality" type of bike as it gets! A tank that goes 220km if you are lucky, brakes that are quite poor, bakes your parts when you get stuck in traffic (then again, a bunch of bikes do), and that seat...that seat is a separate chapter altogether; the pain I felt after riding for an hr on that thing, I'll never forget it. Thank God for the VMAX Corbin seat; otherwise I would've never kept it as long as I did.

Sometimes I still browse the ads, trying to find a nice 06 with not much use... someday I'll get another one! Hope your shoulder is better Nicole! Mine, after 2 surgeries this year, I still cannot lift my arm past my hip :(
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Re: Metzeler ME888
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2019, 08:44:45 pm »
I have had two 1998 C10's with >145K miles on each before retirement.  I tried many tires over the years, and landed with the mettzler ME880 many years ago.  I ride 70+ miles daily, and these are definitely a hard tire, but for freeway riding work well.  I have gotten over 20,000 miles on them. I went with the ME888 when they offered one in the C10 sizes (only back available for the ME888). 
I now have a 2009 C14.  I just bought a ME880 for the front, radial.  Stock size.  I am putting it on this weekend. 
I have not yet ordered the rear for this bike, but will also be a ME880, but I have to go a little wider and taller to find a size to fit this bike.  Will give feedback once I get this tire and try it out.
Bottom line is that I have been very satisfied with the ME880/888 for well over 250K miles now.  They do wear flat in the middle, but that is due to my freeway riding almost exclusively. 
I buy mine from Revzilla, and have for years.  They seem to have the best prices and deliver to my door for free.