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The ME 888 or Triple 8 tires represent an Ultra High Mileage offering from Metzeler that couples long life with Metzeler's performance and handling. These tires are made for the GL1800 models.
I purchased a set of 888's and after just 914 miles I started getting a vibration and buzz noise on all road surfaces. The dealer says bike is prefect it's a tire issue. Metzeler wanted me to take the tires off, send them in and they'd determine if the tires are defective. Living in northeast were 4-5 months is the riding season, that was not a option for me. I decided I'd just get another brand, but Wingstuff contacted me, sent out another set, said they'd deal with Metzeler for me. They went above and beyond anything I expected and although I was already a customer, now I'm a customer for life. I do own 3 bike now, but my wife only rides the Goldwing....Thank you Wingstuff, I'll promote you to all my riding freinds.
I now have 6K miles on the ME888 Marathon Ultra tires on my 2006 GL1800. When I first got them put on, I rode home in the rain, and they were GREAT! Fast forward to now with 6000 miles, and it's time to replace them. Very disappointing on the mileage...
Put a pair of 888's on last spring, and absolutely love them. This is my 4th set of tires, starting with Dunlop 250's that came on the bike, that were less than satisfactory in the wet. Then came a set of E3's that I liked even worse when it rained. After that I switched to Bridgestones that were no better, or worse, but the rear was down to the cord in under 10K. Having ran Metzler tires on a couple of BMW's in the past, I knew they might have what I was looking for, and sure enough, they stick like glue, wet or dry. No, they haven't worn as well as the others, but at least I feel safe when it rains, and that is far more important than tire wear. I've got right at 10K on these, and they are getting close to the wear bars. No cupping, no crazy wobbling, just stick to the road and go. I'll probably run them a couple more thousand, then buy another set. Some complain about the noise, but it isn't all that bad. I just ignore it and enjoy the ride.
Put the new Metzeler's on just as I was getting ready to go to L.A. from Edmonton, AB.. I have a 2006 Honda Goldwing with about 30,000 k.m.'s on it. Replaced the original tires. I would call myself a "fast/hard" type Goldwing rider.
The trip took me through as many twisty roads as possible on the way down to San Fran. & L.A.. The old footpegs were constantly grinding! On the flat straight parts I usually did about 130km/h. Temps. were quite warm, usually in the high twenties to mid thirties, in Canada and northern States. In Oregon & California it was record heat! In the 40's celcius. Corners were gone through as fast as possible. The tires were very quiet for the first 10,000 k.m.'s of their life. But, after 10,000 they started making noise when I took them off of the center part. When just going straight, no noise. The noise is compareable to the Dunlop's I removed. It is present, but not really that noticeable. Sometimes if a person decides they don't like something, then all the bad points of said items seem to come to the surface. In the corners these tires are simply amazing! Very confidence inspiring, both wet and dry. Had a few days of rain, and they did not disappoint. I don't think that I'll get 20,000 k.m.'s out of these tires, but I will buy another set. I'm surprised at just how good they are in the corners, the Goldwing just lays over and carves! The one thing stopping me from leaning more is the clearance issue. I'm not even to the edge of the tire yet.
For me, I've found a new tire. They haven't worn out, yet, but I'd guess I'll get 15,000 hard kilometers out of them.
Expecting to ride more mileage this year due to attending Wing Ding in Montana, and with previous good experience with ME880's several years ago, I had the new ME888's installed in June. From Day One, there was a high frequency vibration in the handlebars with significant humming. I thought perhaps the vibration and humming would go away after several hundred km, but no such luck. The high frequency vibration developed into a significant wobble at low speeds (almost felt like the tire was coming apart or the wheel was coming off) and a head shake that had the mirrors vibrating at highway speeds. The Centramatics that worked wonders with the Bridgestones over the past few years didn't help with the ME888's at all.
I had just over 20K km (12.5K miles) on the ME888's when I gave up on them this past weekend and had Elite 4's installed. For about 15K km on the ME888's I was pulling a utility trailer (about 300lb) to Prince Edward Island from my home in Ottawa and out to Billings, Montana via Alberta. The rear ME888 was at the wear bars but not much cupping whereas the front ME888 had lots of cupping but also lots of rubber left. The cupping wasn't much different than any other tires I've used, so I don't know where the vibrating/shaking was coming from. The shaking did get worse when I disconnected the trailer after my return home from Billings. I was vigilant at keeping the pressures up: 39psi front, 42psi rear.
The good: tires lasted (at least) until I returned home from Billings. They had good traction on both wet and dry roads.
The bad: Significant humming/noise and vibration/shaking that only got worse.
My bike: 2003 GL1800 I bought new, currently with about 303K km (190K miles). I've tried most brand tires over the years with my favourites being Bridgestone for annual mileage less than 20K km and Metzeler ME880's for annual mileage between 20K and 30K km. The ME888's are the worst tires I've experienced.
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