Just like in politics you have hardliners (Democrats and Republicans) and rest assured you're never going to change their minds so save your breath. In regards to the whole "Buy American" theme I just assume those that really push it don't fully understand the whole global economy concept and trying to explain it to them will likely only start another argument.
My purchase decision was mostly monetary. Since this was my "first" bike in decades I wasn't even sure how much I'd like it. I took my MSF class at a HD dealer(great class btw...) and tried(well sat on) a lot of bikes. Started with the sporties and while the 1200 custom fit nice with the forward controls it's a smaller frame and riding 2-up would have been a challenge IMO. Looked at various metrics and bounced all over. Almost got the vstar 950 and then like in Blues Brothers "I saw the light" and it was pointing at the Stryker 2 bikes over. Came home and got the spousal OK for the extra dough and living happily ever after. The Harley that is most comparable for me is the Dyna wide glide. Nice bike but 7K more
Technically I got the Stryker out the door for probably a little less than the HD sporty 1200 custom.
Give HD credit for exploiting and nurturing a marketing niche. Apple does the same thing and both companies are pretty darn popular and profitable!!
Now I'm sure I'll get jumped on for this comment but it also appears some of us are hardliners as well. I know getting challenged about your decision to purchase X instead of Y is annoying but sometimes the replies just seem to continue to fuel the fire.
I just wish we could all just get along and ride without the silly squabbles. I would hope that if I was stranded on the side of the road that anyone passing on a motorcycle would stop to offer assistance regardless of the brand they/I ride. Maybe I'm just naive but that's always how its been for me with snowmobiles, boats and the like...
Of course I still believe in the Easter Bunny if that sheds any light on mm state of mind