It does not bother me because it is the only rotation feature I ever had. I got used to reaching under the vise and pull the handle towards me and away.
I am at the point that I am curious about true rotation vises, but at $150 and up, I do not really need one.
Bimini, the Regals have beautiful workmanship and generally materials ( though we do hear rumors of this jaw chipping theory here and there splattered over the forums), they are a great vise. They just don't fit a habit of mine, that is to quickly and steadily rotate ( I'm coming short of saying spinning) the rotary head around to apply dubbing to thread and form a noodle ( ala- Norlander style). I can do this if the handle is at the back of the vice and not too long or heavy but not when in the way. If you only rotate your vise to access the other side of your tie, then it absolutely won't matter to you and you have one of the best vises available out there in terms of fit and finish etc. This is why I said an inline would suit me fine but it needs to spin freely and smoothly and not be out of balance when doing it. Most true rotary vises will pendulum to the bottom if set free of any drag because they are out of balance.. And if there is drag you can't turn it up fast enough to form this noodle.
Ultimately I'd like to own a Nor-Vise or a Regal Revolution but I don't want to pay the cost of admission, when I can do this on my Indian vise, if a bit more clunky ( I'd love to bore out the head and fit a set of bronze bushings in there).