V, if they were easy to take on an off, they might come in handy for long trips as you could put pegs on them. I've got pegs ordered for mine, as I need to stretch these short legs of mine on occasion
The VROD does look better naked, but riding unprotected can beat you up pretty badly around here...those big a$$ed bugs hurt when they hit you at 80MPH!!
With regards to the previous posts, somebody needs to take a chill pill this evening...this forum is open to all those interested in ALL CVO bikes, and knee-jerk reactions are unwarranted. I must have been reading a different post, 'cause I don't see what caused that kind of reaction. That's just one man's rational opinion though, and they're like buttholes....
Like rjob said, take a deep breath....it ain't worth it, man.