Well yeah, for one thing the bike doesn't even need a "primary drive" cover, it's just a "dress up" part, like the non-functional plastic "engine" on the WalMart bicycle.
What's the "cod piece"?
Have you pulled it off though?
Underneath there are two covers. One, covers the left side of the engine and holds the stator, the other is a cover over the front pulley that helps keep road debris from getting up and marring up your pulley or breaking the belt. That chrome 'primary' cover goes over each of those two covers nicely and, IMO, looks better than if the two covers were seperate. If you don't like it just take it off. It isn't a mechanically necessary part. Take it off and have the alternator cover and pulley covers chromed. (Or if you wanted them painted black, well good news, they already are!)
I'm not bothered by the plastic chrome. My bike was $5,000. If I bought it brand spanking new, current model year, and didn't negotiate the price or have a trade in or anything I STILL wouldn't break $10,000 out the door. That means I get plastic chrome, and I'm fine with that. With the right chrome polish it can look really really good. "Cheesy" never comes to mind, in my opinion. I would love a way to remove the ignition cover and re-locate it. Saw that done on a V-Star and it looked good. But even that doesn't look bad and there are LOTS of aftermarket options out there.
Not trying to be mean but it is a sub-$10,000 mid-sized cruiser. You'll be disappointed if you are expecting more than what it is. If you want real chrome, (Although most V-Twins have an ignition cover and the ignition mounts in that spot), and so on and so forth, you'll need to fork out some money. Either to do some custom parts for your bike, or to just go out and buy a Harley or another 'real chrome' bike. As for me, it looks the same going down the road, looks fine to me, and I'll gladly trade real chrome for fake chrome (that doesn't pit or rust, mind you. There are some ADVANTAGES to plastic chrome), for a reliable, fun, comfortable bike that I spent peanuts on...
But that's me!