Several years ago, I started taking apart my '99 with the intent of replacing the shift forks and second gear. (When I'd shift into second gear and accelerate, it would skip a tooth, but just once. Like if I rode in second gear for a while, accelerating and braking, it would not skip a tooth more than once. It wasn't a deal breaker, but I wanted it fixed, so I started on it myself.)
Fast forward to the present, and the bike is partially disassembled on a lift in my basement. The swingarm is off and the motor is about ready to be dropped. But since it's been so long since I messed with it, I kind of just felt like paying someone to finish it up. A highly-recommended local guy who runs a small shop came by to take a look at it. I initially wanted to just have it repaired in my basement (since it's on a lift with the parts all around it) but he wanted to take it back to his shop. He got back to me with a quote for $1100-$1300 for labor, and said that he expected it to take about 20 hours. (I'm guessing that the shop rate is around $65/hour. We're in rural southern Illinois, so not paying city prices.)
That number seems high to me. Ten years ago, I had transmission issues on my '01 GSX-R600 track bike. I literally dropped the motor and R&Red the transmission three times before I finally got everything replaced that needed to be. The first time took me about a day and a half--probably 12-14 hours. The third time, I had the whole project done in under 8 hours. I don't feel like the VFR is a whole lot more challenging than the Gixxer was--surely this isn't more than a 10-12 hours job.
So, what do you guys think--approximately how many hours of labor should there be in R&Ring the transmission on a fifth-gen?