Did some work on my 1000RR this weekend....
I cut off a majority of the heat shield and I polished the end tip of the exhaust. IMO it makes the stock exhaust look a lot better, and it only took a couple of hours.
For the heat shield I took off the tail and marked the heat shield with a sharpie. I then dremelled it off and filed down the edges so it was smooth. After that I used the black sharpie marker to mark the edge of the heatshield where I cut to disguise it more... the black marker really hid the heat shield after I put the tail back on!
I had the exhaust tip end polished shiny, but I decided to sand it down with some ultrafine paper to give it more of a brushed aluminum look like the swingarm.
Pics go in order so click left to right to see what was done.