I put over 7000 klms on my 03 last year without any problems other than the infamous base gasket leak.
My brother-in-law and I have a 4000 plus klm trip planned this summer from here in NS through New Brunswick,Quebec,Labrador and NFLD and back home.
I have absolute confidence the two little TW's will make the trip without a hitch.I am more worried about my old bones than the bike.
These little engines are tried and true tough.Keep them well maintained with frequent oil changes and valve checks and they will suprise you with their reliability.
Have your friend read this post from r80rt:
A friend sent me this today, I thought I'd share it.
Lightweight Motorcycle Travel:
Riding a bike long distances in a manner familiar to our dusty predecessors.
Meaning relatively simple equipment and just enough horsepower to get the job done.
It means crossing state lines on far less than a 500cc worth of propulsion.
It means riding for the sake of riding---almost anything--without worrying about 'keeping up appearances' or having the latest and greatest.
It means going places they haven't. It means having a certain amount of grit, ingenuity, and self-reliance.
It means doing things that some folks sneer at. It means going places they haven't.
It means refining a personal system of travel based on hard experience. It means having a twinkle in your eye. It means being the Gasoline Stranger.
All the 'in front of the bar' posing in the world on a chrome-encrusted-what-have-you, is a sad substitute for surveying a vista you've never seen, or even fixing a decrepit bike in a rainy ditch with a strange creek nearby. Or having to wait overnight for the only gas station to open because it closed at five 5PM.
Lightweight unsupported motorcycle travel means riding a 13 horsepower, 280 pound motorcycle, on a multi-day road trip, without a supply vehicle following behind.
Motorcycles like this encourage a routing bias toward Dirt roads, and two-lane secondary roads when neccessary. In addition to matching their speed capability better, back roads provide a more interesting mile by mile riding environment.