I'm OCD, so having holes remaining after removing the stock V-Rod Muscle backrest would have driven me nuts. Solution? New rear fender, factory painted in Charcoal Pearl, from the mothership. $412. Got to keep the original fender and backrest in case the next owner wants it.
Took off the passenger pegs and pillion strap as well for a cleaner look out back. I guess "Less is more" is my mantra.