I remember my 72 Shovelhead FLH having a hinged rear fender but it wasn't long after that they came with solid rear fenders,Interesting that this came up...Ive been thinking same then adding whitewalls (poor man's dresser). I was gonna try ElectraGlide fenders as i can get em cheap from a friend.
And a note on the rear....it will need to be hinged to be able to remove the rear wheel easily (Harley rears are).
earlier pans and knuckles did have a stand that flipped down from the rear of the frame and lifted the rear wheel off the ground,you were kinda on your own on the front,but back then with the tube type you could break one side of the tire down and repair a tube without removing the whole wheel and every body doing any traveling in those days via two wheels usually carried a bicycle pump and tube patching.Back in the earlier days breakdowns were the norm and you learned to be pretty self sufficient.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.
Depends on your definition of "dresser". Back in my day, a dresser was basically anything with a windshield and bags. What nowadays are called "baggers" we also called "dressers". What are nowadays called "bobbers", were the original "choppers". Extended front ends didnt happen until them Calif custom guys got bored of tweaking cars (thank you Arlen Ness). And a bike can be whatever one wants to make it. There are no rules or standards unless you enter competition. For example, my buddy took his 73 Police Special, stripped all but the rear bags, extended the front end and modded the wheels. He rides from NY to Daytona every year. But "what is it ?"....answer: who cares, as long as it makes him happy. Ultimately, thats all that matters.A dresser needs a much smaller diameter front wheel, much wider front tire, lower bars, and more importantly, a different frame layout.