Thanks for sharing your thoughts. As far as I know, there are three different rally kits available for the KTM 690E/R:
- Rally-Raid Products in UK (http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/
- Alberto Dottori in Italy (http://www.albertodottori.net/ktm%20...ica%20race.htm
- Mecasystem in France (http://www.mecasystem.fr/ca/72/kits-...nduro-r-09-10/
The Rally-Raid tanks are the smallest (2 x 5 liters), which I consider an advantage because 22 liters (including the stock tank) is more than enough for the kind of rallies I want to do. I was also thinking along the lines of your friend, i.e. two small front tanks and a bracket for the roadbook roller and tripmeter, no fairing (to save weight and make the bike less bulky).
I wasn't aware the EXCs are so maintenance intensive. I rode a 450 EXC for 3 days at a KTM adventure tours event in Tuscany for about 5 to 6 hours a day. The bike was rented from KTM, and it seemed they didn't do any maintenance on the bikes during the event. In any case, I'd be interested to get in touch with your friend who builds the 690E/R rally bike.