Now that I'm doing more off road work, there have been a few cases where I have had to walk the bike up steep sections with roots and could really have used this. The bike is pretty heavy when your footing is questionable.
That is a bummer! I think this feature would also come in handy when loading on the ramp style bike racks (Thule makes one) as a back saver. I hope they find a workaround for Yamaha Sduros. Thanks though.