1989 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast from United States of America

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 from United States of America

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 from United States of America

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 from United States of America

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

1989 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast from United Kingdom

Summary:

Civilized motorcycling

Faults:

I bought the PC800 for touring and traveled 800 miles round trip to get it, rode 400 miles back and found it very comfortable and smooth.

The tank range is only 100 miles.

The standard screen directs wind into your face,

the engine ran happiest at 60 mph; this is no road rocket, but purred all day and didn't use any oil or water.

On close inspection I found the head race bearings needed replacement and a more serious problem which was..

The rear swing arm rusted through.

These bikes need the correct tyres and Honda recommend Dunlop k555 tyres, which do make a difference.

An aftermarket high screen is a vast improvement,

hydraulic valves, shaft drive, CBR front brakes, drum rear.

The PC is a comfortable mild mannered, gentleman's ride.

General Comments:

Encased in plastic this bike offers exceptional weather protection. However, pay close attention to the frame which can get neglected.

The inbuilt rear panniers or trunk is very useful,

but make the bike look like a maxi scooter from the rear.

The ride is very smooth and the engine will pull to 100mph if that's your thing, but I select chill mode, sit back and arrive at my destination without feeling tired or irritable.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2009

7th May 2010, 13:40

The PC800 has a 4.2 U.S. gallon tank, and when ridden sanely will attain between 40 and 46 miles per gallon. Thus, you should get between 150 and 180 miles down the road before needing to fill up. 200 if your nerves are steely. However, one of the things owners learn (hopefully early) is that the gas gauge is very misleading. In its factory arrangement, it will indicate empty when there is still a tad less than 2 gallons remaining. The tank float can be easily adjusted (visit the Internet Pacific Coast Riders Club for details) to read more accurately. For a comprehensive review, see http://race-the-sunset.blogspot.com/2006/11/honda-pacific-coast.html