Cams for touring bikes...
I guess my question is are there any of you out there who have a more lively cam than the 203/204/37b (Andrews) cams that everyone seems to think are touring type cams. I don't understand why everyone seems to think that these are "touring" cams and that baggers need to avoid anything more radical-in terms of lift and duration-than that.
My thinking is that since I do actually tour on my tourer, I am operating at-relative to street operation-high rpm, and when I pass I am at high rpm, and when I merge I am at high rpm. Don't I want the power at high rpm? Yes, you say, but you really want the broad torque band that these listed cams will give you, not some peaky curve that will have you reaching for a lower gear, etc.
Well, when I look at curves of the moderately exotic cams, expecially if we are talking also about 95 inchers, the torque is STILL better than stock, and is comparable to the "touring cams". Plus, as I said above, a lot of true touring activity doesn't occur at 2500 rpm anyway and you do want the upper end power.
And, if you pick your parts right, you can have a lively cam and torque too. One of the best looking torque curves listed in the SE section of the accessories catalog is a 95 incher with high torque heads and a 211 cam. It has a big fat torque curve that doesn't go below 90 ft-lbs. and a full and steadily growing hp curve. I want that power. Can't we baggers have fun too?