I am sure there several that tour with their Ultra Classic. The purpose of this review to give some some input on what to expect if considering this route.
I have a 2007 Ultra Classic with 30,000 miles. I was disappointed it the lack of ability to pull 6th gear in my hilly and mountain area where I live. Not to mention when loaded 2 up and with gear for a few week ride-touring the struggle (at times) the bike had when taking off in first gear.
I went with a stage 1 first. Rode the bike some 20,000 miles like that. Although the stage 1 was a big improvement When in 6th the engine would labor on long hills (fuel mileage was effected also). At my 30,000 miles I decided to change cams;that way I would save a few bucks. They had to inspect the cam chain shoes any way. I decided to go with Se 255 cams. The reason I picked the SE 255 cams was I am using a fuelpak by V&H. I am quiet sure there are better choices and with a pc111 there were more options.
I rode home and put 100 miles on the bike doing so. I could tell a big difference in tq... Since I was solo and and had no baggage I did not feel it was a good test. Today my wife and I rode about 100 miles. I noticed that as soon as I let the clutch out there was a big difference, no haggling at all.
Since I live on a mountain there are lots of curves and hills. I pulled up 65-70 mph in 6th. Again I noticed a big difference. No laboring at all at any speed on hills. The real test was coming home back up the mountain. It is about 15 miles, at least, constant incline. The bike took it in stride and did not labor. I stopped at a fuel station to check my mpg. I had rode 100.2 miles and used 2.14 gallons which is 46.7 mpg. An increase of 2 mpg at least.
It pulls strong up to 4,000 rpm's. As a tourer not after that much hp or tq for that matter. I am very happy with my results.
Again I do think there are better components that will better together. I simply wanted like this; KISS-keep it simple stupid.
I hope this may help some that is thinking of the same thing.
I was looking a a gear reduction- whether it be off the crank or clutch- big bore kit. I went to the cams first because I really did not want to go 103 or 110. I tour period. Mpg was important to me.
thanks for allowing me this grand oppertunity to share this.