Bonjour, from B.C.,mpstudioplus! A very nice bike! Crummy front brakes seem to be pretty common on these bikes-( I'm not the guy that can help here!)
I'm with murray on this-it would be a shame to chop that up....I hope you have merely mis-posted to the customisation thread...sighnot that I hate mods but on this bike...well! That looks to be a new seatcover!
If you do have uncontrollable urges, see what you can do with just a wrench. No Cutting-argh.. Swap the bars and unbolt the rack...stuff like that.