I already know I am going to regret this....I'm definitely willing to consider something else, i just always like the naked bike look and the cafe racer bikes.
if you want to stay old SOHC cb750, this is the one you want:
Honda CB750F super sport 1978
It has external wiring (not the earlier internally run stuff), the brakes are upgradable to the later dual piston calipers, and it has the factory performance mods to bring it back up to 75hp (claimed factory). No you can't swap the wheels out of spokes because somehow I know you are going to ask. Downside to this bike is because of the bigger valves honda put in the engine the valve guides wear at some point, but that is probably a point much further than you are actually going to ride the thing. As a newbie rider I wouldn't even try to ride the old SOHC cb750s with the single disc front brake and swing caliper setup - it's just not good.
Mods I would do are: dual piston caliper conversion, K&N replacement filter in the factory airbox (no pods!!!!I mean it), avon roadrider tires, braided brake lines, superbike handle bar (no clubman or clipons), and hagon shocks. It will feel heavy at slow speeds because it's 500lbs, but it isn't a slouch and you can easily get in over your head with it if not careful. The best part is that all the "custom" parts that fit SOHC cb750s will fit this bike so if later on you want to build a CR750 replica you can use the tank and seat that fits all SOHC cb750s.
If you are going to consider a DOHC cb750 (1979-1982) this is what you want:
1981 Honda CB900 F
CB750F supersport. It's a heavy bike for sure but it feels modern. The bodywork is inspired by old tracy bodies and was made famous in racing by freddie spencer so don't fucking touch it for a plank seat and whatever the fuck brat styling is because you can't get more cafe racer than this. It already has the dual piston calipers and a cut down seat and superbike bars and 4-1 header so it's pretty ready to go, the only thing I would do is put the stock airbox back on and maybe better shocks. Later on maybe a cbr 600 wheel conversion.
but really what you should buy is this:
2014 Royal Enfield B5 , 3900 or BO
Its new, there is dealer support, they are super simple, light, easy to operate, its fuel injected, and there is an active members forum. They also get 72mpg if you are light with the throttle.
you could also go with this:
because somehow I get the feeling recommending a proper beginners bike like a ninja 250 is not going to sit well with you. It is still one of the good ones in that it is a metal tank and better quality than the 2005+ bikes.
YOu have one job as a newbie rider - that's to learn to ride and not get killed by an inattentive woman on a cell phone driving an esclade. You don't really know how difficult that is on the Long Island/NYC area till you start doing it. This is why old bikes will suck for you, because you need all the brake and suspension you can get and not to be distracted by old broken shit. After you have been riding for 2 years and not killed yourself, get an old bike as a second bike. capiche?
Nassau's a big place, they have names of towns in Nassau?I'm out in nassau LI