Re: Bikes without front suspension?
If you really wanted a front suspension for your old bike, keep in mind that some of those old bikes had front suspension. The best known are Schwinn and Monark. Old ones come up for sale now and then and reproductions are commonly available. How good the new ones are is a question worth asking. Old ones were pretty well made, worked and you can still get parts for them. If you research "springer forks" you'll find some information. I have had a number of motored cruisers without any suspension and now have one with and I do like the suspension forks on rough roads. Tom is right on about the fatter tires and riding position... nice on a cruiser. Try it without and if you don't like it, investigate the old ones.
Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...