You misunderstand, or maybe I wasn't clear. I noted that some items like brakes and cables are inspected, but no service is performed if not needed (and I'll bet you pay extra when it is). I do not consider inspection to be service, since it requires no adjustments or parts.
Hell, the 28-point (or whatever) inspection you get FREE when you take your car in for a $25 oil change is vastly more comprehensive than the one the OP's Suzuki dealer wants $250 for. Am I the only one to note this?
Perhaps so. Without seeing it my first impression is that $250 is a lot without seeing some other justification for it. I would be shopping around.
I think until there is a Jiffy Lube for bikes you're not going to see a lot of change in how its done. I'm not sure I want to see a Jiffy Lube for bikes, a lot of those 'inspections' they do are designed to find something that they can sell you a service for, I'm sure you're quite aware of that. Its also a fact that they have it down when it comes to being able to inspect something on a car, such as an air filter, right out there on a car, usually buried on a bike.
Most people who have been riding bikes for a long time, I have over 40 years in at it, are going to do a lot of their maintenance or find someone who will do what they don't want to do.
There is a vast difference between someone who has never owned a bike and may not be particularly mechanical trying to do their own maintenance. The idea of people just taking to their new bike with nothing more than a the manual it came with or a service manual that may or may not be clearly written makes me kind of nervous.
Its unfortunate that there is not something like a basic motorcycle maintenance course offered to owners of new bikes. Its kind of critical stuff, even such a thing as understanding that tires need to be checked regularly, more so than a car. Understanding what 'free play' in your clutch cable is and should be like.
In case you're wondering I'm not trying to argue with you about the cost of the service, I think it sounds high as well.