Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Saskatoon, Canada
It's pretty easy to do your own basic service check ups and maintenance, even if you aren't a great mechanic. You might have to invest in some tools too. At least for the DL1000 the steps are all outlined in the owner's manual. Not only that, you'll probably do a better job than most mechanics for this straightforward stuff. It's your bike, so you will take care to get things exactly right, whereas for most mechanics this basic service stuff is boring and they are under time pressure to do it right. The first time might take you a bit long, but once you get the hang of the steps it goes pretty quick. The most troublesome part (at least on the 1000) is checking the front spark plug, just because the thing is so hard to get at.
There's also a certain satisfaction in doing it yourself, and I think it ultimately makes you a better rider too because you become much more familiar with all your bike's little quirks.
For the more advanced mechanical work, it is better to use a mechanic unless you are very certain of your skills, and especially the electronic stuff can involve diagnostic tools you may not wish to buy.