Look, I understand that India has had its own manufacturing base of many products for some time now. The difference though is that Indian produced bikes/cars have typically been solely for the Indian market.
I just wonder how European customers are going to react if certain corners are cut. Like or example, does the European Street 750 get the same Michelin Scorcher II's as US bikes...
Yes from what I read , all export bikes get michellin tyres. If I were you however , I wont worry about tyres but the engine itself. If any fault are to arise , it will be primarily from the motor . No need to worry about the frame etc , those jobs if executed by good technicians will be top notch. BMW , mercedes etc etc all try to fabricate as much as possible here so we can do those jobs. I get your doubts though , indian unlike most of europe is behind when it comes to industry standards and if I were in your place , I will prefer a localised product as well.
But we are moving into the era of outsourcing , china already rules most of the market , I was told that the range rovers and jags sold in britain these days are made in china. Another 3 decades , rolls royce will join the club
, the manpower and infratructure exists here to do a quality job. However if the person handing out the contract is corrupt and willing to cut corners , it is more than possible and reason why armed forces(especially navy , air force is fine , army is good) are in the state they are. What I'm trying to say is if HD is intent on quality , they can deliver that but if they are willing to cut corner/take a shortcut , they will be able to do that with ease as well. Since you know the company better than me , do you think that is a possibility ?
One personal experience I will like to share -
Mercedes has been present here for a long time and now source many engine parts from indian vendors as well . I happened to visit one such facility which manufactures crank for both merc(4 and 6 cyl engines) and tata(and other indian brands) at the same place. Tata vehicles normally cost a fraction of a merc , I'm not sure if this is merc cutting corners or tata having high standard but both have very strong reputation in india(different customer base) so you get the idea.