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Tyres What are the best road handleing and braking tyres for the front and rear of a 1998 Softail Custom..many thanks

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Hi .... Tyres are one of those things that every rider you speak to will have a different favorite. Depending on your riding style try Avon Super Venoms, Avon RoadRider or a dual compound rear like a Bridgestone BT45 ............... Let us know how you get on.

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