METZELER Celebrates 20 Years Of Custom V-Twin Tires

METZELER celebrates 20 years of Custom V-Twin tire manufacturing with the new ME 888 MARATHON™ ULTRA 120/55R26 65H TL Triple 8 Custom Bagger tire


Rome, Georgia (USA), March 2, 2015 –METZELER, the world reconized leader in the Custom V-Twin tire market is launching a new 26 inch front tire size to its ME 888 MARATHON™ ULTRA line, the touring tires popular with V-twin owners and customizers all over the world. As of April 2015, the following size will be added:  120/55R26 67H ME 888

This expansion of the ME 888 MARATHON™ ULTRA line highlights Metzeler’s ongoing support of the custom bike builder, starting with its famous ME88 200/70B15 launch in 1995, followed by the even more famous 240/40R18 radial ME880 XXL in the 2000’s that has since grown to include over ten other custom sizes.

This new front tire size has been designed specifically for baggers and custom bikes, allowing customizers to enjoy an aesthetical upgrade, paired with the performance and handling that Metzeler and the ME 888 MARATHON™ ULTRA line is known for – characteristics include excellent feel and grip in wet and dry conditions; stability, agility, and the best mileage in its category for the entire life cycle of the tire.

The unique size and construction of this new tire has been created using a 55 aspect ratio, delivering a carcass shape and ply geometry to help provide the higher load index needed on heavier custom bikes. Metzeler combines these key design features to give the rider improved handling and feedback with excellent bump absorption; other benefits include enhanced rider comfort not seen in other low aspect ratio custom tires.

Given its unique size, checking clearances will be important for customizers to ensure the tire fits on their bike. This new ME 888 MARATHON™ ULTRA 120/55R26 67H TL is designed for a 3.75 wide 26” rim but a 3.50 or 4.00 width rim is acceptable too. Metzeler reminds riders that when fitting any tire to a motorcycle to verify that there is at least ¼” clearance from the side of the tire to the forks/fender, then a minimum clearance of ½” is needed from the top of the tire to the bottom of the fender to prevent paint burn and fouling when riding.

The first shipments of these new tires will start arriving in April. For availability in the US, see your favorite US Biker’s Choice, Drag Specialties, or Hard Dive dealer. In Canada, visit Drag Specialties/Parts Canada, Fullbore Marketing, or Importations Thibault dealer for pricing and availability.

For more information on the Metzeler ME 888 MARATHON™ ULTRA, please visit or contact the press office:

Metzeler Moto Press Office

Ph. +1 706 368 5823


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