I heard H-D is partly owned by Honda and uses a lot of imported parts. I guy riding a really nice Indian Chief said you have to ride Indian if you want to ride American. I'm American true and blue and I don't mind spending more for quality if American and Quality are together. If I was willing to spend 50% more on a H-D, I would end up with a stripped down 1990 something Sporty which most Harley guys won't even accept.
I know a bunch of guys who -used- to work for Harley around here until they got laid off as more and more overseas parts and labor came into it. They would -love- to talk to someone about how Harleys are "murkin" bikes...
Not to mention, it's a public company; so the 'owners' may include Honda, Arabian oil sheiks, Russian oligarchs, dotcom-billionaire silicon valley whiz kids, etc.
For that matter, Polaris owns Indian, and they're a public company too. So same applies...
I too prefer to buy American & quality when I can. That's a lot easier to do with parts & accessories than with bikes. At least there are still some great gear & accessories companies that really are owned in, made in, sourced in the good ol' USA (and a couple more that are wholly Canadian, which is about as good in my book).
But I'm realistic about what "american" means these days. And the price/quality trade off is too often a big hurdle.
There was literally no HD in my budget range, even had I wanted it. Best I could find was $5K (double my budget) for an older sportster 883. And as you say, all that would do is have a lot of 'real' HD guys asking me why I was riding a 'girl's bike'... (a couple HD friends of mine said exactly that when I was considering it).