My last trip to the factory they said that they where at "92% out sourcing" (as of Sept/2007). One the heads are being finished in the factory currently. I know most or the electronics come from Korea and the frames are being make in France. The mirrors are being made in Italy by a company called FAR.I currently dont own a Ducati but I own a HD XL1200N. I test rode a HM last week and had a blast. Im curious of what % of parts come from Italy and what % come from other countries.
+1 Sold the Nightster after owning the Hyper for about 3 months. No regrets. The HD was great around town but after that it's Hyper all the way. I actually didn't plan on selling the HD but after a couple of months I found that every time I went to the garage the Hyper was the bike leaving the driveway.I sold my XL1200N for my HM. No regrets. I only incurred one problem with my 1200N in 6000 miles, an oil leak and the HM has incurred one problem in 3600 miles and oil leak.
I have to say the few things you will really like over the Harley is being able to stop and your ass won't hurt after a 50 miles of riding.
Too me Ducati is the Italian Harley.
State farm wouldnt insure me unless I insured my car with them. I switched to Foremost and saved $600 over Progressive and even got a lower deductible.Where do you live? You should try State Farm - I saved quite a bit when I switched from Geico to them. A lot of people have also raved about Foremost but in NY they weren't competitive.