Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Before embarking on a career change 4 years ago, I was a car mechanic, mainly at Ford dealers, and I can confirm that some "mechanics" have very little idea what they're doing!
If it's at all possible, I think it's a great idea to do your own maintenance, particularly the simple oil and filter changes. Not only do you know it's done right, you also save some $$$$.
For the bigger jobs though, or if you don't have the skills/confidence to tackle it yourself, ask around other riders, they will soon point you in the direction of a reliable grease monkey. Fortunately there are some good ones out there too!
DL650 K5, Staintune pipe, topbox, Powerbronze bellypan, Givi E21's, Suzuki handguards