I agree with the OP, it is a goofey set up. I always feel kinda like a scooter rider when I pull up some where and have to pop my seat in order to secure my helmet. It's a minor issue IMHO, the bikes got enough good going on to make me forget the bad! However, if it gets to bothering me too much I just look at the mud flap rear fender design and forget all about helmet lock issues. That kinda looks like something off a scooter too. Wait. What the hell have I done, I think I'm riding a scooter.
[SIZE="1"]2006 V-Strom 650, 2005 KLR 650 (Sold), 1998 KLR 250 (Sold), 2000 Kymco Cobra Racer (Sold, it was a scooter - does that count?), 1978 YZ125 (Sold), 1989 KX 125 (Sold), 1984 DR 125 (Sold), Misc Mopeds (Sold)[/SIZE]