Honda PC800 Pacific Coast Reviews from United States of America

1994 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Vulcan 1500SE

Summary:

Best motorcycle I've owned so far

Faults:

Choke cable needs adjusting.

45 mph wobble remains annoying (when hands are off bars).

Wheels are hard to keep shiny.

General Comments:

Love this bike for sport touring in the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, & Georgia. Good acceleration for a 800cc v-twin. I've logged 19,000 miles so far in the year & a half I've owned it, and plan on easily that many again in the next year.

I added highway pegs for super slab comfort, plus a GPS. Love the trunk space & seat comfort, and the smooth handling on curves when I ride with my sport bike & cruiser friends, and the 45-50 mpg I get while riding about 180 miles before fill up.

People stop to ask about the bike everywhere I ride, because many have never even seen one before.

The '94 is the black & silver model, which is my favorite color. For the price (I bought mine for $3,000), I don't know of any other bike that can match the value & performance of the Honda Pacific Coast.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2010

30th Sep 2011, 12:39

One of the reviewers with a 1996 PC800 put highway pegs on his bike. Where did they get the highway pegs? I just bought a beautiful 1997 PC800 and am having a hard time finding highway pegs for it.

alintruder@yahoo.com

1989 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 1 / 10
Braking marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired2300 miles
Most recent distance12455 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB550 Four

Summary:

Not a beginner bike, but it looks like one

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong, only falling over.

General Comments:

I wanted to add my comments that it's not a really good beginner cycle, and it's not a scooter. I have owned many bikes, and though I would love to love this bike, my opinion has changed as I have ridden a lot more bikes.

There is something that is so unbalanced with this bike when stopped that it makes owning it a scary experience. You will go down. I don't care how big or how long you have been riding, the PC will bite you in the ass. It corners just OK.

The hassle of getting to your engine and the plastic tabs is a horror...

If you're serious about a PC, look at an ST instead. Now looking back at it, I'm glad I sold it. Won't get another.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2010

9th Aug 2012, 13:27

I have a 1990 Honda PC800. I agree that the handling can be strange, but some of this can be attributed to incorrect tire pressure. You need to have at least 38 PSI in the front and 40 in the rear. Counter steering helps (push the bar) for the direction you want to turn. The bike IS heavy, but not as unmanageable as the reviewer suggests.

1996 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson Sportster XL 883C

Summary:

Great low maintenance touring machine

Faults:

Water pump at 8,000.

Tires at 10,000.

General Comments:

Wonderful motorcycle for cruising or two up touring. Replaced the wind screen with a lower custom Rifle fairing. Does everything well.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2010

1989 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R90/6

Summary:

Perhaps the all around perfect bike for the road

Faults:

In the seven years that I have owned it, I can't think of anything that has gone wrong other than gunked up carbs from letting the bike sit.

The Metzler tires started coming apart, but they were over 12 years old.

I also have a Shadow Aero, and they both are bulletproof and reliable. If my beemer were like this, everyone would ride them...

General Comments:

It's not the most attractive bike or the fastest, but it sure is an all around pleasant bike to own for the long run. The only negative is that when stopped, this bike is very very top heavy. I think everyone who owns one will drop it a few times till you get used to it. It's over 640 lbs with your stuff in the big trunk..

I get constant 45-50 MPG at 70-80mph, which with 2 people it can handle all day. Water cooling is great when you get stuck in traffic.

The bike does not make you want to go fast, just cruise and enjoy the ride. Perfect riding position, it's ruined me for any other style of sitting.

Stock screen stinks as does the stock seat. Most go with a Clearview with the goldwing vent.

It's very hard to get to the motor with the maze of plastic panels that are difficult to figure out how to take off.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2009

1990 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R 80

Summary:

Great practical all around bike for in-town or road touring

Faults:

Stator went at 50000 miles. Also had heavy oil use, a qt for 400 miles, found the stupid previous owner had removed the air filter to increase performance. Found a nearly new engine from a '94, now has 21000 flawless miles.

General Comments:

Good handler, comfortable, has a unique trunk that can eat a grocery cart.

Fine touring bike, although not for those who like to cruise all day at very high speed (80+). Will do it, but mpg normally about 50 goes to upper 30's. At legal speeds, range is about 180 miles.

Most owners replace the stock windshield with Clearview, passengers report a lot of buffeting.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2009

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 5 reviews