Ok the nonsense and wishful thinking start.....er resume. With a little help from rider33 in a land far far away I now have the secret to the different gearing between V7 and V9. Primary drive ratios. 18/23 gears V7 1:1.277 21/25 gears V9 1:1.190 Some road testers seemed to think that the V9 had a higher 1st and 6th. But in fact it is 1st through 6th because of the primary drive variation. I wonder if they can be changed over and more importantly if I can lay my hands on the bits for reasonable rates. Anyone want a faster V7? Something to discuss with the local dealer or online bike wreckers? Now don't all shout once will you. More paving for now.