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If you lower the rear with struts and make a hardtail out of it, you will run into a couple of problems. One is obviously a very rough ride. The mushy rear suspension and super comfortable seat are two things I like about the Vulcan. Another issue is going to be lack of ground clearance. I regularly drag the pegs on mine with the stock ride height. The last problem will be stress on the frame, shock mounts, and swing arm. These parts were designed to be used with shocks, and if you make it solid, with no shocks to absorb impacts from bumps, potholes, etc, it will drastically increase the stress placed on these parts, possibly to the point of bending or breaking them. Real hardtail frames have a very strong triangulated structure designed to handle these forces, the Vulcan doesn't.
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