I love the way the bike looks without the bags. I took them off a while ago and road around town for a bit. It wasn't long before I put them back on. I use them to much. Function over looks.After 1400 miles on my black CTX 1300, I took off the bags to see how it looked. Looks sharp but the ride is even better. More responsive, better handling. Feels like a different, sportier bike. I'll be riding this way for a while.