I picked up a used silver and black '99 Ace Tourer last week as my "re-entry bike". I have owned 5 bikes prior to this one, but had not done much riding for 15 years. Previous bikes were smaller (550cc was the largest). This is my first Honda. As a 50 year old, my interests were primarily in middle distance two-up touring with at least some level of comfort. This bike seems to fit the bill quite nicely. The ACE is sort of like a Golden Retriever in the way it is large and strong, but has a very gentle disposition and is a pleasure to spend time with. I had certain expectations based on reviews I had read, both here and elsewhere. Expectations that were met would include Honda quality (they really do seem to make the nicest bikes for the money - I say this in spite of a long standing Yamaha bias), good wind protection, supple ride and nice-but-not-too-loud exhaust note. Expectations that were exceeded would include the smoothness of the engine at all speeds (mirrors are absolutely clear even when accelerating), power delievery which I would describe as being like an old V-8 powered Buick (smooth and powerful, but especially smooth). Also, the overall comfort level is much better than expected, including the seat which seems hard at first, but really isn't. Most reviews I read tend to speak in absolutes, or they compare a bike to some other bike of which the reader has no knowledge. If you have the same problem finding meaningful information about a bike, I hope this information will prove to be helpful: I would say that the bike is at its best when running 65-70 mph on secondary roads. It seems ideally suited to two-up touring for trips up to 200-300 miles in a day. No doubt, one could ride it across the country, but a Gold Wing would be a better choice for that. The ACE Tourer is, however, the better choice if you don't necessarily plan to spend most of your time on the highway, as it is fairly nimble around town. The locking hard luggage is so handy you quickly wonder how anyone gets by without it. I live in AZ where you don't have to go far to find changes in elevation that translate into different weather conditions, so being able to pack extra layers even for a day trip is quite a nice feature. Being able to lock up the cell phone and other valuables when getting a bite to eat is also very nice. To sum it all up, if you are a somewhat "mature" rider looking for a versatile bike that can also comfortably do an overnight trip to somewhere 300 miles from home, this would seem to be an unbeatable choice. Too bad Honda discontinued them for 2002, but there are good used ones out there.