Re: Strengenthing my new cruiser
Your bike should be fine just keep an eye on the seat stays, those are a definite weak point on huffy cruisers.
No need to spend a bunch on brakes, just get a set of caliper brakes and mount them up if you feel you need some extra stopping power.
V or cantilever brakes are nice but I just can't see justifying the expense of buying those adapter plates, for the price of a pair of those you could have gone with a cruiser with those brakes on it already.
Be sure to go through and grease the wheel bearings and go through the coaster brake. Make sure everything is well greased and properly tightened. There are quite a few here that have thousands of miles on those wheels so don't worry about that.
Not everyone likes MTBs, some love the look and ride of a cruiser. Saying that A MTB is the best platform for a motorized bike is like saying dirtbike is the best choice for a motorcycle.