Experts say a big part of the reason we're in such dire straits is Americans' overdependence on foreign imports, inability to manufacture competitively and dependence on credit and false wealth to maintain our high standard of living. Ouch! Reading between the lines, you can see how motorcycles have contributed to this. Many are imported from Europe or Japan, Harleys are overpriced and under-developed, and we've probably all taken out a loan to buy a bike at some point in our lives. The Japanese, who are nothing if not excellent manufacturers, say Americans "make paper money," and there's a lot of truth to that. But when that paper money is derived from $50 billion pyramid schemes, it's no wonder we're in the mess we're in. That wasn't the sky falling, Chicken Little; that was the Dow.