riding my bike around without any airfilters -- Ouch! I sure wouldn't risk it with those carb slides being so precision of a fit, even the smallest of road dust (most of which was at one time sand) is going to muck things up in short order.
Without the stock airbox setup you'll end up running lean and the carbs won't respond normally. The CV carbs used on many bikes such as ours aren't very forgiving of not having a set amount of resistance in the intake path. Simply installing a K&N in place of the stock paper element is enough to upset things, so is getting the snorkel tube facing any way but towards the rear.
Pods may look cool but even if you're properly rejetted they'll shorten the life of the bike. The stock air box intake was strategically placed where it would receive the cleanest air possible. They really put a lot of thought into the design of these engines and as stock they're already pretty maxed out on horsepower with a smooth torque band.
People have tried a lot of intake and exhaust mods on these engines and I haven't heard of one yet that really gave much of a return other than sounding & looking different.