As for the PodMod...I had the same thoughts as you. Seeing that hacksaw blade chomping through the airbox lid made me shit bricks for a while (make SURE!!!! of taping/strapping/cable-tying etc that throttle grip to your brake lever on the bars!!!! to prevent any crap/ sawdust dropping into an open intake-butterfly). In hindsight it was THE most essential and effective fix ever done on that bike (riding a lot of dirt and dust over here in OZ).....apart from the factory ECU recall. As an urban "roadie" in Europe/US? I wouldn't bother... But being a Kraut, I'd still do it "to make things right and proper".