A lot of my friends are Harley owners and they keep their emblems on because they are proud of what they ride and want people to know it's a Harley. I feel the same way about my VTX so the emblems will stay on. I think they look good too. Just my 2 cents.
Nope....I used an Xacto knife and some brass balls. FYI....since alotta peeps have taken entire emblems off, just get one of their sets and do the tail removal.....or take urs off first then fool with the hassle of using 3M adhesive to get em back on.
On my 1800 Retro I kept the tank emblems but removed the side cover emblems. I don't mind emblems on the bike, but the dorky rectangular "HONDA" emblems on the side covers were a bit bland and had to go.