I just picked up an '05 Kawasaki ZX6R 636. It's my first bike, so I have a couple of questions that have arisen in my first couple of weeks riding.
1. Am I supposed to be able to see my gauges while in a normal street riding position? The windscreen blocks the gauges, such that I can only see the gauges through the windscreen glass (which is nearly impossible on sunny days when there is glare), or by craning my neck backward and down (which is cumbersome and dangerous). I'm 5'8", and I'm assuming that my riding posture is okay--crotch close to the tank, knees hugging the tank, elbows down and bent, forearms almost parallel to the ground, back relatively straight, head up. Is there something I'm missing, or is this just the nature of the beast (i.e., sportbikes)?
2. My mirrors offer me a lousy view of what's directly behind me. No matter how I adjust the mirrors, the best I can do is to get a decent view of what is at my 5 and 7 o'clock positions, but whatever is in my 6 o'clock space is obscured by my elbows. I've resorted to lifting my arms up a bit (a la funky chicken dance) to see what's behind me. Is this also a "normal" thing for sportbikes?
Thanks for your insight. And sorry for my longwindedness.