I've thought about hacking off that bottom part as well, as it's a pain to finagle the rear stand around it when lifting it up every time I have to clean the chain, which I'll be doing today. We'll see if it enrages me enough today to take action. (probably not, I'm all talk)
I like the idea of the fender eliminator kits, but they put the turn signals back so far you can't see them due to the side cases (Givi E22).
You can't judge a book by its cover, but I know a coloring book when I see one.