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Old 04-04-2014, 02:46 PM   #1
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PC800 Scrambler?

Ok...found a mechanically good shape but cosmetically neglected Honda Pacific Coast 800. I have done some google searches for PC800 Scrambler but coming up with nothing.

Thoughts? I can't really think how it would look because there are very few naked images on the we of the PC. I am not a great fabricator but I am not scared to tear into something.

Just want to hear some input before I get delusions of grandeur.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:43 PM   #2
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the reason you found nothing the pc800 scrambler search is because its a bad idea. No one in their right mind would do this. Just sayin
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:08 PM   #3
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I think it's a great idea! Man, that is one dead-sexy motorcycle when you get the bodywork off!

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Old 04-04-2014, 10:56 PM   #4
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Just want a justification...why is it a bad idea? There are examples of Goldwing scramblers as well as R100/7 scramblers.

Just curious why you think it is a bad idea.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:11 PM   #5
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Just want a justification...why is it a bad idea? There are examples of Goldwing scramblers as well as R100/7 scramblers.

Just curious why you think it is a bad idea.
Show us a picture of what you think a scrambler should look like.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:13 PM   #6
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This is a scrambler..

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Old 04-04-2014, 11:16 PM   #7
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This is a scrambler..
I didn't ask you.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:54 AM   #8
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Well, I was going to try to lead you to your own answer but, since I appear to have run you off from your own thread and nobody else wants to explain it:

People mean one of two things when they talk about a scrambler (and you didn't clarify which):
  1. Any piece of shit street bike that you put off-roady tires on so you can go dirt road exploring without fear of destroying it--because it's already a POS.
  2. A retro-styled motorcycle, modeled after bikes somewhat popular in the 60s and 70s. Features might include a high pipe, off road tires, etc, on an otherwise street motorcycle. This requires that the donor motorcycle have a somewhat attractive engine and chassis to start with. If the bones are bad, there ain't much you can do to improve that.
For one to happen, it would be nice if the bike were not a water cooled streetbike, with low-mounted radiators and rubber plumbing, waiting to be torn off by passing brush or rocks. It would also be nice if the rest of the bike's systems were not hanging on the outside of the engine and frame, for easy access after removing the now-tossed bodywork.

For two to happen, you would have to start with a bike that had an attractive frame and engine. If you think that lump of crap I shared earlier, is an attractive motorcycle, knock yourself out. Heck, most factory built naked Hondas have unattractive chassis. They didn't even try on the PC because it was all buried.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:15 PM   #9
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Thanks for the backhanded ass of a response.

I was not running away from my post. Had some things to do.

With that being said. I know what I think a scrambler looks like and I think it is a good idea. My point is if someone can make plenty of other bikes that were road bikes into good representations of a scrambler I could not picture in my head if the PC800 could be transformed. So I will continue to decide on my own as to what I am going to do if anything. I was merely asking if anyone could envision what if any potential was there. Thanks.



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Old 04-05-2014, 02:39 PM   #10
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My point is if someone can make plenty of other bikes that were road bikes into good representations of a scrambler I could not picture in my head if the PC800 could be transformed.
You just posted three examples of motorcycles that met exactly what I said: attractive bones (frame, engine, etc) and the one water-pumper is a pseudo dirtbike, already equipped with a high radiator and most of the bits designed to be exposed off road. The PC800 is none of those.

You can't envision it because it can't be done. All three examples you posted are very minor customs, based on bikes that were already attractive and pretty close to a scrambler to begin with.

The PC800 airbox will prevent any other kind of gas tank. The coolant reservoir, fans and other miscellaneous bits are just located wherever they would work conveniently with the bodywork. Every one of those systems will need to be addressed. The examples you posted have none of those challenges.

You asked.
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You just posted three examples of motorcycles that met exactly what I said: attractive bones (frame, engine, etc) and the one water-pumper is a pseudo dirtbike, already equipped with a high radiator and most of the bits designed to be exposed off road. The PC800 is none of those.

You can't envision it because it can't be done. All three examples you posted are very minor customs, based on bikes that were already attractive and pretty close to a scrambler to begin with.

The PC800 airbox will prevent any other kind of gas tank. The coolant reservoir, fans and other miscellaneous bits are just located wherever they would work conveniently with the bodywork. Every one of those systems will need to be addressed. The examples you posted have none of those challenges.

You asked.
Fair enough. I do not argue with you. Just needed someone to lead me down the path. In the end. Thank you.
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:56 PM   #12
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Well, now that it "can't be done" you are legally and morally bound to do it. Good luck!




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Old 04-05-2014, 05:57 PM   #13
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Make the bike YOU want. A PC800 can be just as good as any other creation this forum produces.
Do what you can. Let us see. But remember, without pics..."it didn't happen".
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:57 AM   #14
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Eh? PC 800 Scrambler?

Wow!

What a challenge that will be.

I think the PC would make an excellent "Build Off" for custom shops.
It will be a challenge to make it look good in any form other than stock.
Using the stock frame...

Scrambler, cafe', chopper, cruiser, rat, drag, dual sport...
I can't picture any of them looking good.
But that is the challenge!

If you do it, I want to see it
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:30 PM   #15
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Isn't there a variation of the Transalp, Africa Twin, XLV motor in ther somewhere? Good start surely. The rest could do with some vivid imagination, but heck why not.
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