Honda PC800 Pacific Coast: 1989-90, 1994-98 Rider Magazine

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Honda PC800 Pacific 1989-90, 1994-98

Photo Leland Sheppard


September 3, 2013

What when motorcycle designers a drawing board with types? The answer may be the Honda Coast.

Rumor had it that Honda RD Americas, Inc. was in 1985 and began dealing all Honda products, the word down from above the engineers and designers should get heads and drawing pencils and come up with a motorcycle would appeal to the fellow who was a Honda Civic.

OK, said perhaps the person in charge, the guys will deal the drivetrain and chassis, while the car will look after the An interesting notion. The moto-press was impressed, more by Honda’s to bring in new riders with a new than by the bike itself.

Honda PC800 Pacific Instruments.

Since this was not for the moto-heads, the engine did not need to be radical. So they borrowed the 45-degree V-twin engine the ’88 Shadow VT800. It had an almost bore (79.5mm) and … and three valves per cylinder, two one exhaust. Intended to be a low-maintenance the chain to each single camshaft had an automatic tensioner, and the clearances were hydraulically

A pair of 36mm carbs fed into the combustion chambers a modest 9:1 compression ratio.

A with a 45-degree included has a tendency to vibrate, and while the VT kept the vibes down to an level with offset the RD folk wanted the PC to be silky This was done by securing the with four rubber three on the cases, a fourth on the cylinder head.

An extra was added to the VT’s 4-speed the clutch was beefed up a little, and a turned the rear wheel. At rpm, a rear-wheel dynamometer over 50 horses in the herd, and the PC turn a quarter-mile in 14 seconds at 90 Better than a Civic!

The drivetrain was put into a new chassis to it more of a touring machine a cruiser. The frame itself was a design, with a pair of spars running up each of the engine from the swingarm to the head, allowing the PC more clearance than the VT enjoyed. The end had a 41mm fork with 5.7 of travel, and TRAC, or Torque Anti-dive Control.

The rear absorbers had 5.1 inches of travel truly minimal adjustment, as the left’s spring preload be changed; the right was supposedly to be compatible with however the side was set. Amazingly, it There was a 17-inch wheel in with a pair of brake a 15 at the rear with a drum, and the ran 61.2 inches.

1989 PC800 Pacific Coast

While this was going on, were the car guys thinking? it all up. Make it look like a car. Plastic is cheap, is easy.

And cover it up they did, the cowling over the front and the shrouded discs to the huge end, often referred to as The Except it was completely unlike a trunk, which is one big spacious On the PC, you lifted up the tail section and saw two compartments separated by the rear

This had never been before—not by car guys, not by moto-heads.

trunk could hold a bit of luggage, and a hydraulic damper the lid open. The waterproofing was excellent the lid closing down and overlapping the part by an inch or two. required the passenger to get off, or at slide forward onto the saddle, as the pillion seat with the trunk lid.

One was that you couldn’t come out of the with two bags of groceries and the trunk with a key, but to open the cover over the gas cap and a release latch.

The 4.2-gallon tank was under the like on the Gold Wing, to the weight of the 630-pound motorcycle low. There was no petcock reserve, but a gas gauge did serve to the rider aware of when it was to fill up. That gas tank-looking between the seat and the handlebars was a cover over all the necessary that goes into an

Designers have to spend a lot of and OEMs a lot of money, making look pretty; it’s to cover things up. However, the plastic pieces made to everything involved with the rather complicated. If you wanted to the battery, you would have to seven separate panels; to the four spark plugs, panels.

The most common oil and filter change, was sensibly set up to the removal of only one panel.

Honda PC800 Pacific

The bodywork had a lot of good ideas, pop-off mirrors and integrated protectors to prevent damage in a The fairing design did have a to let wind go up the pant legs of the solved by tucking pants boots. Seat height was an 30 inches, and the seat was comfortable.

The main distraction suffered by the riders of 1989 was the windshield’s which buffeted both and passenger; for 1990 a taller was optional.

This was a pricey $7,700 in 1989 dollars to the Kawasaki 1000cc Concours was a thousand dollars less. sales were reasonably with over 7,000 sold that first great majority in the U.S. In we suffered a minor recession and were down by half.

Honda took a hard at the market and decided to pull the Coast off the 1991 list of new though “non-currents” continued to be for It did stay on in Europe and Japan, sales there were After three straight of absence, it reappeared in U.S. for the 1994 model year, as the receded. But sales were averaging less than a units a year for the next years.

In ’97, the price dropped and changes were made, the front wheel cowling way to a conventional fender with a sportier look. In 1998, the year, the Concours came in at but the PC still cost $8,700 and than 600 were sold.

eyes will note the by Tupperware decals on the fairing of our machine. PC lovers do have a of humor.

(This Retrospective was published in the September 2013 of Rider magazine.)


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