This may be a bit late, but here are my experiences with that model in comparison with the XT travelling ZA NA BO Moz were.
The rear shock did not take kindly to the added weight and I would recommend a beefier spring. My shock disintegrated within 2000 km and I was left to see saw on the spring alone. Eventually the rear wheel went out of round too.
The gearing was all wrong for typical cruising. I put a 15 tooth in front and a 42 at the rear....but....The rear sprocket / hub doesn't have the dampers as found on the XT and I had a chain snap on me causing major damage to the crank housing.
The tolerance level of the piston / sleeve is much higher and I seized the motor a number of times. Eventually I just replaced the sleeve and piston with the cast iron affair from a XT600 and no more issues.
The 6V lighting issue is such a PIA, if you get caught in the dark and carry on riding you gonna kill yourself.
The bike can do the trip without doubt, but it would not be fair to compare it to a XT for this, the TT although superficially very similar, was modified more for competition. The higher tolerance spec and softer suspension make this a weaker choice. On the 6V issue alone, I would seriously recommend that you reconcider your options.
BTW, if your bike has Cookies stamped on the back it was mine. Bought it from a Freestate farmer who thought it was his gf. Avoid like the plague.......it must have been made on a Friday.
Last edited by bruken; 11 Jul 2008 at 11:32.