Don't mean to start a scrap here oldhack, but why would you suggest that these guys are lying to themselves or others? Seems like everyone's just expressing personal taste and/or preferences. In my case, the badge got in the way of the pinstripe design I wanted (unless, of course, I'm being self-deceiving or disingenuous). :stirpot:Even more than what I suspect are disingenuous (or is it self-deceiving?) reasons for removing the badges, I'm somewhat amazed that so many of you WAX your bikes!
Heck, I've only ever waxed my CAR once or twice in 50+ years, and wondered why I was doing it during the process!
Don't get me wrong -- I keep my VTX pretty clean (because, you know, I SIT ON IT!). I even use an old toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas. But, wax?!...
I just don't see the point -- as long as I'm going to wash the grime off anyway -- unless you're into showing the bike at meets, et al.
I can see already I'm an oddball on this forum -- but I wouldn't buy a bike in the first place I didn't like the look of stock. I DON'T WANT TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY CUSTOMIZING IT. The bike's a toy, not a necessity -- I want it to work well as cheaply as possible! I don't mind no stinkin' badges!..