Not trying to stir the pot, but I'm trying to understand why folks are so hard on Harley Davidson products. Yes, they're expensive! But that comes from the fact that they have to pay an American labor force while the overseas force makes a lot less...this narrows profit margins. And before folks say "yes, but HD has products made overseas," I agree, but overall the management and a majority of their labor force is here in the USA. You may want to note that there were many more U.S. employees when folks were more "made in America" conscious, but that trend has shifted. You should also note that Harley products are, for the most part, made better. This quality if mostly worth the extra cost. Harley chrome is better than most of the after-market manufacturers. Heck, I have Harley t-shirts that will outlast any of my fruit of the looms by a year or two. Also, Harley products are designed and engineered for Harleys and not a general "one size fits all" product. You should also note, that the U.S. Dollars that leave the country don't come back and affect our economy as a whole. In a day when unemployment has reached an all-time high, we owe it to one-another to buy American cars, bikes, and products. I don't fault anyone for trying to save a dime and shift blame, but at some point, we have to support our own. For me, I'll spend the extra change to keep our dollars from going abroad...my values run deep and just thought I'd share my thoughts for what they're worth.