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A place called Seeger Cycles makes raked trees for some bikes, and they are DOT approved. However, they do not make them for the Vulcan 750. When it comes to more than some bolt on accessories for the VN750, you're pretty much on your own.
If you do have the steering head cut and rewelded, make sure it is done by a professional, and stay as conservative as possible. Not only will more rake (in the steering head) result in sloppy handling, and the tendency for the front wheel to "flop" to one side or the other, and a much larger turning radius, it will also put more stress on the steering head area of the frame (a professional should add some extra reinforcement), and also on the forks themselves. You can only go so far with conventional forks, beyond that, you will need to use girder type forks, to handle the extra stress. A really raked out chopper, even if properly built, will not be a safe bike to ride, compared to stock. It may be fine under normal conditions, but if you need to make sudden evasive maneuvers to avoid an obstacle that just appeared in front of you, you are going to be in a world of hurt.
Having said that, I would love to have a bike just like the Captain America chopper from the movie "Easy Rider", only with a drum front brake. The Easy Rider bike didn't have a front brake (can you say "suicide"), and a disc looks totally wrong on a chopper. And I would ride it, I would just be really careful "where" I rode it. Definitely NOT a practical motorcycle. Jerry.
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