Paul, those are Mikuni carb valves that are part of the canister system on some later model 950s (like mine). They're not worth shit which is why they need to be yanked. Some canister systems have them, others don't.
The simple facts of the matter are that Rome fell for at least four reasons: A decline in moral values and political civility at home; an overconfident and overextended military; fiscal irresponsibility by the central government; and an inability to control one’s borders. Sound familiar?