Re: It has to do with what you said
Before you come out of your delusions about companies copying other companies, can I enlighten you a little? Companies like Ducati and Harley are not copying as you call it the other companies because they have built up a heritage and style of their own that they either can't really afford to (Ducati) abandon or are too chicken or stupid (Harley).
The "Big 4" make the big V-twin cruisers because they saw a great market segment that Harley seemed to have to itself. The unfortunate thing for those guys and eventually their designs is that the buying public in the good ol Ewe Esse Eh that want cruisers want something like a Harley.
Now when you see Triumph enter the most competitive market segment for motorcycles out there, you accuse them of copying. Why? Because they chose to use the same capacity? Because they chose to use the same engine configuration? These are both the defining factors of this segment. Hang on, it's not because the bike isn't belt drive is it? Oh wait, you are accusing the bike of being Japanese because they sourced some parts from some Japanese suppliers? In that case, I would rather buy a British "copy of a Japanese" bike than an "All American" POS that is going to fail on me every second time I try to ride it.
Then again, I've always liked tinkering with things, maybe I might get to know the insides of a Harley. No Thank you
Ride Carefully folks - They're out there