I agree with Wolf, unfortunatly the money just isnt there for guys (or gals) to make a career and decent living fixing bikes.
I worked in bike shops for several years way back when, loved doing it, but the time came when I had to move on to a profession that would pay a decent living and provide a secure future. In otherwords, when the fun was gone, so was I.
Mechanics spend piles of loot on hand tools and even some special tools. You never recuperate the costs.
With the complexity of todays machines, techs dont stay around long enough to become proficient in proper diagnosis and repair.
Many shops are hesitant to spend money on training, only to have personel leave, often to another shop that might offer a buck or two an hour more.
Often there isnt enough work to keep a mechanic employed over the winter, so they get laid off.
Here are my suggestions:
1. Buy a manual for your machine and some basic hand tools. Learn to do as much of your own maintenance as possible. I derive great joy in doing all of my own work.
2. Only take your machine for actual warranty related issues to a dealer. Repairs or service that you will have to pay for yourself, check around.
3. Try to find a small repair shop that has been in business for a long time. Generally an owner/operator of a small shop is still in business because they have provided good service in the past. You might pay abit more for parts or accessorys (or maybe not?), but good service is always, always worth paying for.
4. If you actually find a good shop, support it as much as you can, by having work done there, or buying parts and accessories.
5. Join a local club, they often have "work nights" and the exchange of information and experience is priceless.
6. Own a Suzuki