Why the relatively "short gearing"? Aerodynamics. The fully faired CBR is geared to take advantage of it's better aerodynamics, while unfaired (yes, even the CB1000) bikes suffer from a case of diminishing returns as speed goes past 110 or so. The air just can't get out of the way, and drag increases to the point of making it impossible to ge much past 150 or so regardless of the amount of power produced. That said, it would be beneficial to go to a 17 tooth countershaft sprocket to help keep the front end on the road.
Roadracing teaches that regardless of where you are on the tach the power produced is a function of how much throttle you are giving it. In other words when exiting a corner you should turn the throttle just enough to maintain an optimum rear slip of ~9% which will give the best drive out while not unloading the front wheel enough to compromise steering.
The rear brake is invaluable in controlling power delivery to the rear wheel if you want to get dogmatic about holding 100% throttle, but it will benefit you to develop the instincts with the throttle to keep the front tire in contact with the road. That's called "feeling traction" and once you have the basics down you will find you will accelerate faster and more smoothly.
Aditionally, as stated in previous responses the engine really doesn't have to be wrung out all the time -- if you keep it between 6 to 8 grand that's right in the fat part of the torque curve and the most controllable region.
One last thing: I absolutely agree about the awful trend of blue lighting instruments -- they might look trick, but human eyes have several undesirable reactions to blue light that in the short term cause a general decrease in visual acuity, and in the long term can cause retinal damage. Worse, in even relatively low levels it also significantly decreases scotopic (night) vision by washing out the retina. Personally, I know that the headlights that trend more toward the 400nM end of the spectrum make seeing detail at night very difficult despite their subjective brightness. The proliferation of blue LED's used as indicators on home electronics is getting quite irritating to many people, and there is a growing movement to convince manufacturers to curtail their use of them. An article on the subject: Artificial Lighting and the Blue Light Hazard
Frankly, I would look into replacing the blue lights in the instruments with a different color such as a yellow / green (the colors the eye is most reactive to) or red, though if it's an ELD it may not be possible.