Definately looks better without the bars - helps to make the lines of the X bikes "pop". That said.....I would be concerned about a parking lot mishap and dropping the bike. I dropped mine on a gravel road when I had to stop fast to keep from hitting a dog. I stopped but ended up on an angle and slowly dropped the bike on its right side. Zero damage and I was able to lift myself. W/o the bars I am sure I would have had plenty of damage and would not have been able to lift it alone.
No one plans to drop their babies but.....
Enjoy the miles....we only get so many!