Welcome to the club.
The XT is a brilliant bike but like everything, it has one or two issues.
Like all XT's, the 4th and 5th gears are prone to wear. This is only the case on high milage machines though and usually restricted to those whos owners dont know how to use a gearbox properly.
Its certainly not a reason to avoild them.
The wheels are chromed steel which although isnt always great, they are very strong. Just keep an eye out for sharp flaking chrome on the inside of the rim.
The non adjustable suspension lets the XT down but what do you expect for a cheaper bike. Stiffening up the springs will help if you going to be carrying heavy luggage. I only changed the rear spring on mine which is all it needs.
The standard exhaust is an absolute horrible piece of heavy crap you will ever see on a bike. Get it changed asap for a road legal aftermarket one. You will save 10kg easy.
Before buying an XT (or any bike really), check the exhaust studs in the head. Take a spanner with you and make sure the studs arnt sheared or impossibly siezed. The studs are too small really and rust solid into the head making them VERY prone to snapping. I changed mine immediatly and applied plenty of copper slip.
All in all, the XT600E is a reliable, strong and easy to maintain bike. Its not going to break land speed records and the components arnt the highest quality but thats not what you want in an overland bike.
I bought mine with 2000 miles for £1800 and spent £2000 to make it a complete overland bike with all bells and whistles.. It was still cheaper than buying a BMW with 20x the mileage and no extras and ya know, its a way better bike !
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Last edited by *Touring Ted*; 23 Oct 2007 at 07:34.