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Old 05-02-2010, 05:54 AM   #121
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Any one have problems with the speedometer reading a lot higher than the speed you know you are going ?

While cruising at 55 mph the speedometer went up to 105.
Now it will sometimes peg itself.
It is intermittent.
It is happening a lot more often now then it did earlier.
The speedometer will usually work fine when I turn the bike on, and then after some riding it will start acting up.

I changed the speedometer cable about 8 months ago and have had no problems until about a month ago.

The tac still works fine.
It looks as though there is some electronics between the top end of the speedometer cable and the dial.

Any ideas !!! ???
question number one.

Have you ever seen a cop and looked down and noticed you are speeding?

Its too late you are busted.

you are either a speeder type or a not speeder type no speedometer will in any way affect the results. I suggest taking the speedo cable off. Or beating the entire cluster out with a hammer.

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Old 05-05-2010, 05:21 AM   #122
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question number one.

Have you ever seen a cop and looked down and noticed you are speeding?

Its too late you are busted.

you are either a speeder type or a not speeder type no speedometer will in any way affect the results. I suggest taking the speedo cable off. Or beating the entire cluster out with a hammer.

Answer number one:
NO

As far as the rest of it:

I've thought about that !

Especially after reading your adventure.

The problem with me is I try to do the speed limit.
That is why I answered no to your first question.
OK, no one's perfect, maybe a little over !


I keep a pretty good eye on my speed.

I have the faster speeds figured out in 4th & 5th gear.
I am more worried about those local who don't like you doing over 25 in a residential area.

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The only thing I haven't figured out is how do you know how much gas you have left ???
Especially when you take those long trips out in the middle of no where !

CACK is looking pretty khaki !
I love it.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:56 AM   #123
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Most of the time I agree with Vermin..... but.....go to the IPCRC for the correct answer. Its good to see Cack again. Go Cack go!
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:21 PM   #124
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Just picked this one up today.

1990, 42K miles. Retiring guy bought it two years ago, new to motorcycling. Put 5 miles on it, took it to the dealer for a 'tuneup'. Brought it home, rode around the neighborhood, dropped it while trying to maneuver in his garage. Got frustrated and just left it there.

Previous owner painted it black on top of the original maroon. It has a Vista Cruise, and switches for a comm system & radio. Definitely was used for long distance riding.

It currently will not start up, will drain the fuel and clean the carbs, etc. Looks like gaskets on engine are leaking. Tank appears to be good. Tires are brand new, but 5 years old.

Once I get it up and running, changing all the fluids, etc, I plan to take the wheels off and clean them up.

Wondering if I should strip down the black paint and repaint it to the original color?







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Old 07-11-2010, 05:34 PM   #125
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Repainting will be a waste of time unless you hate black... Maroon bikes are lame

Get new tires clean the carbs, new battery, fuel filter, blah blah blah.

I am jealous, I imagine you didn't pay much. I dunno what it is about these things... They are so slow and dorky and I have seen more Brough Superiors on the road than PC800s, but they just seem so practical and reliable and have this unexpected "FUCK Y'ALL AND YER HORSEPOWER" mentality
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:45 PM   #126
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It looks like you got a bike in great condition, Green427!

What sort of leaks are you getting off the engine? It's 10 to 1 odds that it is the cam plugs. Before you dive in to try to locate those leaks, get it running and figure out how bad it's leaking. Some people have ridden 100k miles with them leaking without problem. Well, aside from the odd drip on concrete.

In case you aren't aware, the IPCRC (pc800.net) is the best place to get help and assistance on all things related to the PC.

You just purchased a great bike. Sure, it might look a little funny and not have the most massive engine in the world, but once you get it running properly, it will not die. Just look at the abuse that Vermin has put Cack through. He didn't have any coolant in it for who knows how long. He didn't change the oil for at least 10k miles. He hasn't had fluid in his shocks for an unknown number of years. And yet his bike keeps on running. (note: I don't recommend you try to imitate Vermin. There can be only one Cack.)
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:28 PM   #127
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Thanks for the compliments.

I don't know diddly about these bikes other than what I've read about them.

I still need to take the tupperware off in order to figure out why it will not start, and see if I can locate the oil leak. The entire bottom left side is oily, but the upper engine appears to be dry from what I can see by peeking inside the vast, ridiculous amount of plastic.

Will tackle the bike later this weekend.

I signed up at pc800.net yesterday (jb1006) and asked a couple questions. Interesting site.

Thanks
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:52 PM   #128
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Hmm I didn't see your questions on the IPCRC... Sometimes the Yahoo Groups site runs a little slow with messages.

The cam plugs are partway down the heads where it is incredibly difficult to see unless you pull plastics off and the engine cover off.

If your bike didn't come with it, you'll want to keep this link handy: http://www.directcon.net/lcshepp/PC800ShopManual.html

And this link: http://users.cwnet.com/lcshepp/PC800OwnerManual.html

If those two links don't answer your questions, the IPCRC can.
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:43 PM   #129
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I am jealous, I imagine you didn't pay much. I dunno what it is about these things... They are so slow and dorky and I have seen more Brough Superiors on the road than PC800s, but they just seem so practical and reliable and have this unexpected "FUCK Y'ALL AND YER HORSEPOWER" mentality


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Old 07-12-2010, 02:57 PM   #130
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Ugh...taking the tupperware off is a bigger pain than I thought.

There is a fiberglas shield around the engine. Is that easy to take out once I get the screws off?

Need to find out why there is gas gushing out of the bottom of the carbs while it is cranking.

Started and ran for 10 seconds, then gas began to drip all over the place.

p.s. The previous dealer that worked on the bike was a class act...just cut a bunch of wires and left them hanging. I found 3 switches and a few connectors that are just hanging under the plastic.

Gonna have to take everything off and reorganize.
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:36 PM   #131
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The fiberglass shield comes off with patience. Don't give into temptation to cut it. Without it, you'll start melting your tupperwear. The service manual provides decent instructions on how to remove it.

If you've got gas gushing out, you'll probably need to tear apart your carbs and do a thorough inspection. There is a file on the IPCRC group that has a good step-by-step set of instructions on how to go through the carbs to look for problems. It is probably something like a stuck float. It's fixable. Again, requires patience.

As you're pulling the abandoned switches off, you might save them for later. Someone on the PC800 forum might know what after market kit they belong to.

Good luck!
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:32 PM   #132
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Chicks dig the PC. If your ever going to get laid, this is the bike that will draw them in. All that plastic makes the ladies feel safe and secure. OBTY, it hasn't worked for me yet.
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:27 PM   #133
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The PC has worked for me!

I regularly go riding with a buddy who has a Harley dripping with chrome. The ladies always come over to my PC800 to chat. It irks him a little that all that shiny stuff and all of the noise his pipes produce can't compensate for the fact that he rides a Harley.

Female friends who have ridden on the back of both my PC (with the Hondaline backrest) and his Harley (with and without backrest) find my bike to be much more comfortable and "safe feeling." So for the crowd who would normally not be attracted to bikes, I think a PC is the way to go.

Now if you want a biker chick dressed in leather who looks like a man, go for the Harley by all means. As for me, I'll be sticking with my Tupperwear Dandy and the women who never thought they'd be convinced to ride a motorcycle. They always get the biggest thrill from riding a motorcycle for the first time. And it just so happens they're riding behind me.

As always, YMMV.
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:20 PM   #134
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Your a dog..................a lucky dog..............riding a dog.

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Old 07-13-2010, 06:52 PM   #135
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Your a dog..................a lucky dog..............

I ain't nothing but a hound dog

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riding a dog.


My beautiful burgeoning beauty of a bike is anything but a dog! She's all the motorcycle I'll ever need. And if you can't appreciate her supple curves, full figure, and woman-luring abilities , that's fine by me. That means there will be more femme fatale passengers riding on the back of my bike.

So really what I'm saying is the PC800 is a horrible bike that none of you should buy. In fact if you have one, I'll gladly take it off your hands. $100/bike is what I'll pay. That must be at least double the rate you'd get anywhere else!
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