Re: Newbie here
J, you might look at the Schwinn cruiser bike series. The ones with linear pull front and rear brakes, a decent seat, and shifter gears.
I have a Schwinn Southport, and am pleased with the strength of the frame.
Improvements can be made to it easily, for motorized bicycle use.
My goal is cheap, reliable, personal transport, below the tax collector radar. Fun counts for a lot!