Not wanting to sound 'preachy' but have you considered taking any advanced rider training? All aspects of riding are covered, explaining the benefits of lifting your vision, road positioning, gear selection, acceleration etc.IPSGA
, which stands for Information, Position, Speed, Gear and Acceleration.
You say you have been riding high powered bikes for a while now, but how much torque have they had. The grunt when you apply throttle is what will be lifting your front end.
Although the SX has about 60 less HP, it has close to the same torque as the ZX1000r (111 vs. 114) but applies it much earlier in the curve