Ok, instead of being pissed that my bike is down, I'm gonna try to look at this as a opportunity "to meet new people." So here's the deal, Last Friday I bought a new bike. It's a '00 Yamaha R6. It's got 22,xxx miles on it. Since I bought it, I haven't touched a car. LOL. I've been riding everywhere. Went on a ride yesterday out hwy 20. Noticed that I was having trouble shifting. I thought that maybe I was missing a shift because I had new gear that hadn't been broken in yet. I had one of the guys in the group take it for a quick spin to see what they thought. He stated that it was indeed missing gear and not shifting properly. He suggested it that it might be the shift forks (proper term?). And he tried to explain how they work. I'm a newbie, and didn't understand much of it, but the basic concept is that the shift forks help slide the gears in and out of place to engage/disengage as you cycle through the gears (did I understand that right?). Sooooooooooooooooo...... I took the bike to the shop this morning. They said in their best guess they think it is probably 1st, 2nd, and maybe 3rd gears need to be replaced. As well as the all 3 shift forks. BUT, they can't tell me for sure until they drop the motor, crack it open and look at the transmission. Not a big deal, I thought. EXCEPT, they want to charge me 1,300 dollars just to drop the motor and open it up. Once I pay that 1,300 for them to open it up THEN they will tell me how much it's gonna cost to fix and what needs to be replaced. Does anyone on here know how to work on R6 motors/transmission that is willing to help me? I can tow/carry/haul/push/pull the bike to wherever you are. I can pay for time, and all parts and shipping. I'll also pay for beer and pizza. And if it's not to much of a hassle, maybe you can show me what is what, so I can learn about my bike and not have to rely on shops raping me to keep my bike running. Long and short is, I'm hoping someone can either repair/rebuild the problem or do a motor swap for me cheaper than a shop, and can show me what's going on as they do it so I can learn about it and be more knowledgeable about bikes (my bike in particular). Like I said, I'll cover parts, labor, shipping, beer, and pizza (or burgers.) I just want to get it running soon so I can enjoy riding this season. I don't want to spend another season bike-less. HELP!!!!