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I just don't get the appeal of a hardtail, especially if it is done with struts. I admit I like the looks of a real hardtail frame, and am a big fan of the Captain America chopper from Easy Rider. But that is hardly a practical motorcycle. More something to cruise around town on and get looks. I actually prefer the hardtail LOOK of a bike like the Vulcan 800, Honda VLX, or Yamaha V-Star.
 

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^ bit scary that I was going to post the EXACT same thing....:)
I have heard great minds think alike,but so do morons.But that one was too easy.Actually I was kinda surprised you passed on that one ;)
 

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I have heard great minds think alike,but so do morons.But that one was too easy.Actually I was kinda surprised you passed on that one ;)
Well, as you all may have guessed, I flip a coin to decide if I give a smart asss answer or a helpful one. Both are ready to go in my head.... But I let fate pick which I post. In this case, the "helpful post" won. ;)


And I'm with Jerry on this, the "look" of a hardtail is cool, but my spine and kidneys want a suspension.
 

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Well, as you all may have guessed, I flip a coin to decide if I give a smart asss answer or a helpful one. Both are ready to go in my head.... But I let fate pick which I post. In this case, the "helpful post" won. ;)


And I'm with Jerry on this, the "look" of a hardtail is cool, but my spine and kidneys want a suspension.
Are the stars in some sort of strange alignment or what?You ,Jerry and I agree on the same subject!!Oh I get it now,we all aren't as young as we once were :doh:
 

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Denny,
maybe not the alignment of the stars....we can chalk it up to Solar flares :beerchug:

I have to say that I don't see the point in making the frame rigid. but then again...it's the owners choice to do as he sees fit. All anyone can do is try to give sound advice and keep them safe as well as anyone else sharing the road with them...right??

I for one am curious to see the finished mods and what the theme will be in the end.:rockon:
 

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The Vulcan 750 has a fairly beefy swing arm, and the bottom shock mount is right at the end, so it should be structurally sound. Not all bikes are with struts. The Honda Rebel is one of them. It has a very weak swingarm, and the lower shock mounts are several inches ahead of the rear axle. This creates a weak point at the lower shock mount, and most of the forces encountered by the rear tire are fed into that location. The swingarm will eventually crack and break there. Sportsters, like the Vulcan, have the bottom of their shocks mounted at the very end of the swingarm, creating a triangulated structure.
 

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Not that I want to go rigid, I was just curious what my options might be. And I like that this route wouldn't be a permanent decision. Obviously I'm younger because I'm into doing mods that aren't exactly suggested but I'm not the guy who's satisfied with running a stock bike.. I want this bike to have my own style cause those are the only motorcycles that I think are worth having. Glad I could bring you guys together though, I like seeing the comradery from one motorcyclist to another
 

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Not that I want to go rigid, I was just curious what my options might be. And I like that this route wouldn't be a permanent decision. Obviously I'm younger because I'm into doing mods that aren't exactly suggested but I'm not the guy who's satisfied with running a stock bike.. I want this bike to have my own style cause those are the only motorcycles that I think are worth having. Glad I could bring you guys together though, I like seeing the comradery from one motorcyclist to another
I say if you like it go for it,I rode rigid frames back in my younger days and I love to make mine my own. Most on here do have made a bunch of modifications to their bikes, me included.you may want to consider making some lowering brackets,or a set of shorter shocks from ebay. Sportster shocks do fit a VN 7xx.Stock size is 12.5 inches long for the Vulcan,around 11 will give you a good drop and retain your ride if you do want to go rigid with the struts you can usually get a good deal on some or have a machine shop make you a set pretty cheap.

Take no offense at the kidding around we are a helpful bunch and are glad to have you around.Look at the gallery and you can get lot of Ideas for what you may like and what you don't.I have a few pics on my profile page if you want to check it out ,just click on my user name and look at the albums to the right and clic on them ,you may see some stuff you like and some you don't .Have fun with it,I am just too old and beaten up to ride rigid anymore.:)
 

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I would stick with cosmetic mods that change the look of your bike, but do not alter it's suspension, steering, ground clearance, or, if you want the bike to last, the engine, intake, and exhaust system. A custom paint job is a good start, though not cheap. You can use custom grips and mirrors while still retaining the stock bars. You can install an aftermarket exhaust system, which will not damage anything if you rejet for it. You can install an aftermarket seat, or have the look of the stock seat completely changed by an upholstery shop. You can add saddlebags and a windshield. You can do simple little things like removing the reflectors, relocating the horns, removing the license plate bracket/light, put fringed covers on the grips or levers, you can paint or powdercoat the wheels, or even chrome them if you can afford it. There are many options available for personalizing your bike without adversely affecting the handling or engine longevity. I drag the pegs on mine on a regular basis, and have worn off the feeler things. I'd hate to think about having less ground clearance.
 

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These are the ones I used. I got them for $30 off of ebay after I typed in "harley struts" and they pop up all over. I bought it from a seller called "hellbend" I believe. The holes were a bit too small so I got a 5/8 drill bit and put it in a hand drill and drilled it out. the struts drop the bike about 3.5 inches. I think the ride with my seat is actually very comfy despite making the frame a hardtail. I still am waiting on a spring solo seat to come in and a pillion pad to complete the old school look and feel.
 

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Lowering the frame along with the dual exhaust on the right side is going to really cut down your lean angle on that side isn`t it?
You will have to ride like it is a Harley! :)

I like the looks of the lowered rear fender over the tire, but just thinking of the hardtail makes my old back hurt. :(
 

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Lowering the frame along with the dual exhaust on the right side is going to really cut down your lean angle on that side isn`t it?
You will have to ride like it is a Harley! :)

I like the looks of the lowered rear fender over the tire, but just thinking of the hardtail makes my old back hurt. :(
Well im a young buck so my back can take it...for now and i did scrape it a bit leanin in today lol wasnt too bad
 
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