Motorcycle Tires for Cruisers and Touring Bikes

By: On: July 9th, 20091 Comment »Updated: July 20, 2013

Motorcycle tires for street use tend not to last as long as we would like them to.  Most riders look for tires that will give you good performance with long tread life.  Too often, we see motorcycles with tires that are just plain dangerous to keep using.

It’s good practice to check the date code on your tires even if the tread looks fine, especially if you can’t remember how long you have had them.  You may want to think about getting some fresh rubber between you and the pavement if yours are much older than you thought, but choosing a good tire can be a bit overwhelming unless you haven’t heard of the ME 880.

Metzler ME880Over and over, in motorcycle stores, in rider forums, and in talking with many other riders, the Metzeler ME880 comes up as the replacement tire of choice for cruisers and touring bikes.  This tire has one of the best combinations and reputations for tread life and overall performance. The ME880 should easily meet your needs on everything from a Honda Shadow to a Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic.

Online motorcycle parts stores, such as Motorcycle Superstore and Bike Bandit have great selections of tires in stock, shipping is usually free, and their prices are normally lower than you’ll find locally.  Motorcycle Superstore has a huge network of preferred tire installers that you can take them to if you so choose.

I checked out the Metzeler ME880 to try to figure out why so many riders that I meet are saying the same good things about these tires. Honestly, I found it hard to believe that so many riders choose the same tire.  Since most motorcyclists are individuals that tend to like to be different, there’s got to be something special when so many choose not just the same motorcycle tire brand, but the same specific brand and model.  This is something extraordinary in my opinion.

According to Metzeler, some of the best liked features of the ME880 motorcycle tire are as follows: (1) a tread design that won’t follow grooves or ridges that you sometimes encounter on bridges and in road construction areas, (2) a tire compound gives the ME880 less rolling resistance, longer wear, and increased wet traction, (3) comfortable and stable ride.

My old-school style Moto Guzzi motorcycle has an awesome set of chromed steel spoked wheels, just like in the old days, but it can not have tubeless tires like cast wheels use.  Most modern motorcycles have cast wheels and tubeless tires. Anyway, I’ll very likely be switching from the original equipment tires to the Metzeler ME880 when mine wear out since they have them for use with or without tubes.

About John Clay

John Clay is the author of MotorcycleInfo.Org. He and his family reside in North Carolina in the United States. A graduate of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced Rider Course, he enjoys riding his Moto Guzzi in charity rides and serves as a volunteer motorcycle marshal for an annual bicycle charity event in the Carolinas.

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  1. johng77503 says:

    The ME 880 is one of the best tires I’ve every had. I had a friend that was doing about a 100 MPH and had a blow out own his rear tire. You can just think about what happen. He did live through it and the tire was not a Metzeler ME 880. I can’t comment own the tire that it was. ( Sorry ) I’m not looking for a law suit.