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Ah, seems like Harley was innovative way back then. A hinged fender. Interesting. To bad they never put centerstands on their old bikes (or new ones) with tube type tires to make it possible to fix a flat beside the road. People crossed the country on old Knuckleheads and Panheads, Indians, etc. with tube type tires and no centerstands, and I know they had flats. I have never found out how they dealt with them.
Back in the late '90s, there was a company called Hard Krome, or something like that, that made steel Indian type fenders for various Japanese cruisers, I was just looking through my collection of Motorcycle Cruiser magazines and found the ads.
I have an '85 1200 Goldwing, and the front fender is nothing like an Indian fender. It has a little bit more coverage, but I don't think it's the look your after.
IMO, the Vulcan 750 would not make a good dresser, the overall look is wrong. A dresser needs a much smaller diameter front wheel, much wider front tire, lower bars, and more importantly, a different frame layout. Also consider the Vulcan's weight limit. Kawasaki did make a "Tour Pack" for the Vulcan 750 once, but the price for all the parts was like over $2500, and my guess it weighed so much that there was not enough load carrying capacity left for a single large person.
If you want a real dresser, that doesn't break the bank, then look for an '80-'87 Goldwing. I have seen several converted to "baggers", with whitewall tires, cut down windshield, removal of the fairing lowers and rear trunk. A solid color paint job, and you have to look twice to make sure it is not one of those machines from Milwaukee. Those old GW engines have been known to go past 300,000 miles.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike