1990 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast from United States of America


Excellent bike for its intended purpose



General Comments:

This bike is excellent at almost everything, even though it doesn't reign supreme at anything. It's easy to find sportier sport tourers or more dedicated touring bikes.

At 57 years young, it's my favorite choice for everything from around town, to touring short or long distances.

Not the ungainly behemoth I found in a Gold Wing, yet not the compromising ride position I found this aging body can't tolerate any longer from a sport tourer. The best balanced lightest 600+ lb bike I've ever felt.

Fast enough and smoother over bumps than any of the 30 bikes I've previously owned. It won't win any races, but then I don't do that any longer. Just the same, it handles very well. Good enough to be very entertaining in the mountains without a scare.

Dependable as a hammer.

It's fun to frequent the boards. I find no issues of transmission problems or splines, internal engine, fuel injection surging or off idle abruptness. In fact the lack of inherent mechanical problems is what drew me to the PC800 to begin with.

Not completely without problems.

At 20 to 30 years old, I do find age related posts pertaining to electrics, regulators, fuel pumps, vacuum diaphragms weeping gaskets and other things that wear out with age. It's refreshing to read that most questions are tire choices, windshield preferences, preferred oil, and what or where to farkle next.

High mileage bikes are of little concern.

Previous owners are being a bit neurotic about the little maintenance required to keep it in good shape.. Most followed the maintenance schedule to a T and brought it to the dealer.

I consider myself a motorcyclist and I'm attracted to people who love to ride for the sheer enjoyment of riding and travel. Maybe not originally, but today this bike attracts that type. A great knowledgeable helpful community that has come to appreciate this bike's many virtues.

The only drawback is, on this bike I'll never be able to fantasize I'm doing the Dakar Rally, I'm part of a proud loud bike gang or I'm on my way to the race track for track day. I'm OK with that. It's why they make so many different style bikes, and I plan to own one of each someday.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2015

26th Jul 2015, 10:50

I have recently had to replace my original 25 year old rectifier/regulator. It's easy to get to - held onto the frame by two screws and a plug for the wiring.

Better newer replacements have fins to help dissipate heat more efficiently, rather than relying on contact with the frame only. If you plan on getting a PC, check for fins on the R/R. Easy to see as it is behind the removable left vent and has a 5 wire plug attached to it.

Gas mileage:

I forgot to address this in the review.

I ride rather economically as my age or this bike doesn't encourage jack rabbit starts and is not real comfortable above 80 mph. Up to that, it's absolutely fine, as is above for passing purposes only, but for me 75-80 is the sweet spot. I'm guessing 580 lb is just heavy enough for stability on the x-ways, yet light for a touring bike.

I average 55 MPG when mixed riding highway and country roads. At this rate the rather small 4.2 gal tank is fine so long as I keep her tire pressures correct and the occasional Sea Foam or Tech-tron additive is doing its job protecting the carbs from the nasty gas they sell today...

Most if not all PC800s have a terribly inaccurate gas gauge. It will read empty after only 2 1/2 gallons have been used. Therefore I reset the trip meter at each fill up and know I'm safe for the next 200 miles ignoring the gas gauge.

The seat:

It seems to be really comfy for the first two hours only. I thought it was due to its age, but I recently talked to a guy that had bought one new in 1990, who agreed that his was good for the same 2 hours. I have an Air Hawk air pad for longer trips that takes care of it. The bike has a 30" seat height, so an additional 1" is acceptable.

People still either admire or poke fun at this bike.

With water cooling, shaft drive, hydraulic lifters that never need servicing, a hydraulic clutch that never needs adjustment, and a V twin engine that is engineered for torque, it's wonderfully easy to use.

It seems that age related things are all that require maintenance.

I'm still glad I own her.

27th Aug 2015, 01:30

Thank you for an (I believe) objective review of the Honda PC 800.

I must admit, I should have done a more 'in-depth' search on this bike before buying one. However, I'm itching to ride, so after lots of going through the cycle trader, Craigslist, and other boards' ads, I bought one (I could afford!).

It's a 1990 with 24k miles (I was told were original). In South Florida advertised for $1700... I counter offered and got it for $1400.

After reading your post/review, I feel much better about my purchase; I mean, I'm not second guessing my decision.

14th Feb 2016, 16:04

You got an excellent deal and you will eventually fall madly in love with the beast. Be careful with the panels. The tabs break easily. 2 stage epoxy does not work. Neither does super glue or Rapidfix. Plastic weld does.

22nd Jun 2017, 00:38

I have found that Acetone applied to each side of the broken plastic will weld it together.

18th Feb 2018, 13:13

I have found JB Weld works also.

1994 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast from United States of America


Best motorcycle I've owned so far


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.


2nd Feb 2012, 19:38

17th Oct 2016, 02:58

By now, I'm sure you discovered that PC800s don't have clutch cables. However, anyone out there who is considering buying one might want to know it. If the clutch isn't disengaging completely, chances are that you have a slight leak where the hydraulic line attaches to the tank on the bar. It's called a banjo bolt because it is shaped like one, and if it gets a bit loose fluid will leak out and be replaced by air. Put the bike on a flat surface, raised on its center stand, remove the plastic housing around the handlebars, then unscrew the top of the clutch slave cylinder tank and its rubber bellows, and tighten the banjo bolt. Then top off the tank with DOT 4 brake fluid. Be careful or you could damage paint with fluid spilling onto it. That should fix it. If not, you may need to bleed the system at the other end.

I have owned my '98 PC for three years and put 4,000 miles on it, and it's a wonderful bike for many purposes, as long as you don't try to take it off road. I have tried to find "the next step up", but everything I read leads me to think I would give up more than I would gain by going to, for example, an ST1100. The PC handles beautifully, but I plan to buy an Air Hawk seat cushion, because the butt does tire after about 200 miles. It could also benefit from a gear indicator. Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing about it.