This winter I plan on replumbing the VR to another location far away from the exhaust--not sure where yet, but it won't be sitting above the exhaust collector.
I even had my pipes Ceramic Coated while I was away on travel this summer to cut down on radiated heat but it is still really hot--I have the 2>1 setup.
Not sure what the reasoning was by KTM engineering, but anytime I see a heat-sink sitting next to a major source of heat causes me some concern.
I've got a few days ride planned for this weekend and will wrap the collector area with header wrap before I go.
I guess, to make a long story short, it is piss-pore positioning of a critical device.
BTW--This is probably the funnest MC I have ever ridden or owned. It has its quirks, but damn, it sure is a blast.
09 KTM 950 Super Enduro
07 Husky TE610
06 Yama WR450F