Quote: HD uses more imported parts than you stated and maybe more than you are aware of.HD won't tell you what they are or what percentage of parts because it would kill the made in USA image they want. Just like they won't give any info on their oil, or at least they didn't used to.I haven't checked in a while.
The difference is the most labor intense operations final assembly, engine production, paint etc are all handled in the US. Wish Triumph could say the same about UK production.
Triumph is just as concerned about their image. Their site has many photos, videos and information inside their UK plants...just try to find any of that on their plants in Thailand.
Harley oil is made to Harley spec by Sunoco IIRC. All Harley cares about is that Harley owners buy it and use it in their bikes. It is what H-D recommends so why bother paying to have it certified for use in other applications. If Mobil or Valvoline want you to use their products in whatever bike you ride then they have to pay for certifications proving it meets your manufacturers requirements.
-------------------- 2011 Triumph America
2012 Harley Davidson 1200C Sportster