"I saw a used Honda CB160 that had low mileage and was in my price range. The owner didn't have a garage and was keeping it in his living room. It was red! Aside from needing a new battery it was perfect, so I bought it. "As mentioned, I was fairly clueless. Nobody told me that a 160 wasn't suitable for touring, so I went touring. I rode it from Berkeley, California, to Bakersfield. It was about 270 miles by the most direct route, but I thought the trip through the flat Central Valley would be boring. Instead, I looked at a map and decided to take the 101 Freeway south to Santa Margarita, then turn east on Highway 58 to Bakersfield, making it more like 350 miles. I was pretty sore after that trip! I learned that the 160 was great for getting to school, going shopping or running into San Francisco, but it was no touring bike. I caught the bug from it, however, and replaced it with a Honda CB350 after a year."