There are code readers and diagnostic tools available to the independent shops and general public, but it's not cost effective even for most independent shops. $3 to 5 thousand for the device, 200 to 500 each for the connecting cables (different for each brand and different between models offered by each brand, then a thousand or two annually for the software update subscription. For $10,000 to $12,000 a shop can get fairly comprehensive coverage for the American, Japanese, English, Canadian, German and Austrian market. But there is nothing for most of the Chinese produced vehicles.
TEXA is the company that writes the software for Polaris and offers it to the public using their proprietary devices.
MAC Tools had the ET8100-HD for $9,999 and the ET8200-HD for $11,499 which included 4 cables and a case, but they are discontinued and no longer available (technology has already made them obsolete). There is a Snap-On P1000 motorcycle scanner available on Ebay for $1899.
I have my own shop and it's more cost effective to pay the nearest dealer $150 for the diagnostic and then I perform the repair. Usually I just tell the owner to to take it to the dealer. I will work on carbs and point type ignitions while the dealers are increasingly turning them away.
Shop Owner and Mechanic with over 50 years experience