I've never seen a springer seat on a soft-tail. I get it though. Even with a rear suspension, the ride/comfort is what I describe as the biggest compromise with these bikes.
There was a bit of hard-tail VS soft-tail in the 330 Ridgeback thread........I can't imagine a hard tail even staying on the road. How could you even keep it under control when a pothole or RR tracks come up ? I've had mine unintentionally offroad through 2' of water and mud holes you could put your foot into and kept going. (Can't believe I didn't get a picture of it)
Is a hard tail just not that much worse than a mere 3" of rear suspension ?