sorry, should have looked. I've owned multiple kawi's all with the exact same instrument cluster. While its annoying the first month, after that I find myself looking at the tach very rarely. Not while ridings, not while tearing corners, not at the track, and not while pulling wheelies. I just know my bike, and not what RPM its at. Plus there is a handy shift light that comes on 2k before redline and tells me I need to get to next gear soon.
If you dont like the tach from an astetic (sp?) view point, I can certainly understand that, but I dont have any comlaints about its usefullness.