Yes. Well.... On the bike in the thread you posted, they ended up fabbing a beak extension out of sticks and duct tape because the beak didn't protect them well enough. There are people who have deleted the hugger and kept the stock beak though, and while they say it's definitely dirtier, it's not too bad.
If you do choose that route though, make sure you put on the rear part to protect the radiator. You can cut down the one from a F650GS Dakar, and use that. With any of these options, a radiator guard is also a must.
CaseJeep, no, that isn't the one I have. And after seeing LukasM's picture, it's definitely too short! Go with one like LostRider has, or the one Bartron and I used, which is from a KTM 690.