Because that would be the right way to do it and im to lazy and cheap. Seriously though I may do that over the winter.
Yep..that would be the way to do it.
I don't like 'covers' or 'huggers' myself either...dirt/grit usually gets trapped underneath and even if it's only a small bit....it 'eats' the surface of your swing arm due to the vibration.
I had a Yamaha Fazer 1000 with a hugger fitted (to protect the shock etc) and when I took it off found a 'groove' ate into the top of the swing arm with no way of disguising it unless you refitted the hugger or aggressively buffed it out and had the swing arm re-anodised.
Never had or will have one on any of my bikes ever since.