this is a terrible situation
you guys need to find a mechanic you can trust without having to look over his shoulder
or you need to read the book: Zen and the art of motorcycle maintaince
and then goto Sears and Sawbucks a get a set of metric wrenches and do all the work on your bike that you can by yourself.
A motorcycle mechanic is not just some kid that use to tinker with lawn mower engines. These guys go to at least 2 years at a technical college, and many have further training on the specific bikes they work on. The mechanics at dealers and large shops are professionals, and they do deserve your respect. If that is not what you are experiencing then something is very wrong.
If you have no respect for the people working on your bike (for any reason) then how can you possibly let them touch your bike?
Its your bike, and if something gets screwed up on it, then its your ass on the asphalt at 80mph.
I know there are some people who cannot work on machines, because they have to protect their hands, like doctors, musicians, dentists... But for the average person, if you can take the wheel off a bicycle and change a flat tire, you can change your own oil and filters and spark plugs.
I know how you feel. For most of my life I had to fix my own cars, because it made no sense for me to pay a shop $60 an hour when I was only earning $30 an hour. That is no longer the case, but I am very selective on who I let work on my vehicles - and that trust has to be earned.
Life is too short to be upset or paranoid about things like this, and there are way too many people on Earth to waste your time with people that are nothing but grief.
I have seen signs in repair shops:
$50 an hour
$75 an hour if you watch
$100 an hour if you helpd
some of my best memories are helping friends and family working on cars together - swapping out a transmission, replacing a clutch on Halloween, figuring out why an engine was not running well, and making it like new again. It is a genuine sense of accomplishment, and it builds your confidence to know you can do it yourself.
Last edited by KCW; 07-12-2018 at 09:40 PM.