@ADV Grifter: for the most part I agree with what you say about larger adv bikes. I just recently completed the Great Divide ride (2200 miles in 6 days) with 2 friends on 990s---with me on my GSA wishing I was on a KTM...the only problem with the 990s was they kept running out of fuel and my GSA became the tanker.. It's ironic since I learned the same lesson the summer I completed the Alcan 5000.
So now I've got the 690 and I feel it would be even more fun to do that trip from Montana to New Mexico again. In preparation, I have developed a unique fuel system that will give my 690 a 300 mile fuel range. My design includes an integrated rack to tie down all my gear: tent, Giant Loop bag, and Rotopak water tank...all the while retaining the passenger foot pegs for around the town trips with the wife.
I can only hope that KTM starts downsizing their V Twins to have a small light weight bike combined with the power and smoothness of their V Twins.