I really like the look of these Schwinn cruisers:
Walmart.com: 26" Schwinn Landmark Men's Cruiser Bike: Bikes, Scooters & Skates
Walmart.com: 26'' Men's Schwinn Landmark Cruiser: Bikes, Scooters & Skates
Walmart.com: 26" Men's Schwinn Point Beach Cruiser Bike: Bikes, Scooters & Skates
(They are arranged from most expensive to least - and I think the only differences are color and a few bells and whistles - also it looks like a couple people have posted pics of their motorized versions in the reviews
I am wanting something that is a comfortable ride - that I can sit upright and not have to lean much or at all. I'd like it to have some amount of shifting available in case I screw something up and need to use it as a normal pedal bike (because the area around here is somewhat hilly). The ones I picked above were because I like the style and because they all have at least 7 speeds.
I am much more concerned about how functional and comfortable the bike would be than the look of it though. If I can sit upright and be able to handle hills if I can't use the engine - that is about all I care about for personal preference. I do like the look of the cruisers - but that is not all that important to me at this time.
The prices for the above may be okay if I don't need to purchase much else to make them "safe" for motorizing. Would the wheels on these be the single-walled ones? And how much do double walled wheels cost?
I've also been wondering if I would need better brakes or not - but from the sounds of it the normal brakes are usually fine?