Honda PC800 - Pacific Coast riders - opinions and pics please

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by The PacRat, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. madisonreid

    madisonreid Long timer

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    The smaller front fender definitely is easier on the eyes. I would also suggest painting it black. Visually improves the lines of the bike. Also makes the PC much faster....:lol3
  2. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    I don't have a photo, but I reused an St1300 front fender. I made a couple of short brackets From a bit of aluminum .
    It looks. Fitting enough.

    F in iPad.
  3. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Ok, that makes sense. I couldn't quite see how you could modify the PC800 into anything decent.

    thanks,
  4. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    Not a bad idea. Maybe I could find a black fender to replace my red front fender? When I went from a black 95 to a red 96 I didn't care for all the red. I thought about replacing the fax red tank with a black one, but ended up putting a retro style winged Honda stickers on the tank just to break things up. A tank without a emblem is like ribs without sauce. Its un-American! I think the black tank and fender would look sweet on a red bike, with emblems of course....Hmm:hmmmmm....If it made it faster that would be a pleasant bonus but I have a hard time keeping the front end on the ground now.:rofl........
  5. madisonreid

    madisonreid Long timer

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    97/98 only came red. But some good plastic paint and some good prep should be enough. I suggest a satin not a gloss paint......:evil


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  6. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I just finished my first ride on my new tires, an Avon AM26 Road Rider 120/80V-17 Front & a Michelin Commander II 140/90B-15 76H Rear. WOW!!!!! I can't believe how good they feel & handle. It's almost like riding a different bike. I tested them on one of my favorite sections of local twisties, Hwy 221 from Blowing Rock to Grandfather Mtn. The bike felt so smooth & neutral handling. It was almost effortless transitioning through the tight turns. The bike felt much lighter & more nimble than I'd even remembered on new Dunlops.

    I'd mounted the Avon & tried it a couple of days ago and was pleased. Today I got the Michelin mounted. I couldn't believe the difference.

    The old tires were Dunlop K555 front & rear. I installed them a couple of years ago, but don't recall the mileage. I'm thinking it was around 17,000 now have almost 25,400. That's 8,400 miles and was my third pair of Dunlops.

    I've read that the Avon & Michelin will go a lot farther. Michelin actually claims this tire will go 2-2.5 times, more than the competition. So that would be 17,000 - 21,500 miles! That's hard to imagine, but I've heard they really will on the yahoo forum.
  7. PeeCee_a

    PeeCee_a Adventurer

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    Be careful when you ride your bike at more than 80 miles per hour with that tire size !
    Years ago, when a 140/80-15 was not available in time, I had another type of Michelin 140/90-15 rear tire mounted on my PC800.
    When I rode faster than 130 km/h the tire started to rub against the rear fender and finally lost the air all of a sudden ! :eek1
    You can for sure imagine that it was no fun to stabilize the bike at that speed - it took all four lanes of the interstate to keep the bike upright....
  8. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Thanks for the warning. I will have to devise a way to check if it rubs the fender. Maybe I can remove the wheel and mark the fender with paint or tape, etc. and ride a bit and see if rubs away. It would be a lot easier to mark the tire with an indicator coating.....maybe just a stripe of paint would work? What do you think?

    The clearance looked fine when I installed the tire, but it was supported on the centerstand, hanging unweighted. That could definitely change with a load and/or at speed.

    There are no four-lanes up here, but there are a lot of cliffs, and trees, and stone.... :cry
  9. e.Rock

    e.Rock No Guts, No Story

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    A few years ago, my good bud FatBack wanted to ride down to the Fall BMW Rally in Missouri, but I was in between bikes and didn't have any long-haul rides in my garage. He offered me his wife's PC with a bit of a smile, but I'm not one to turn down a ride. It was short notice, so we only had a few days, but we took off after work later that week.

    It was fall, and got darn cold that first night. I was pretty cold when the temp dropped below 40, but the weather protection was really nice otherwise. We also encountered several hours of rain on the way home, and the fairing kept most of it off of me until we got into a city in Iowa and had to stop for lights. Having never ridden the bike before this ride, I have to say it was by far the easiest bike to ride that I've ever experienced.

    We rode the Great River Road all the way down and arrived at the Rally in late afternoon on Saturday, just as the sun was setting. We scrambled to set up our tents before darkness fell, then started walking around the rally in search of a beverage or seven.

    We eventually fell in with a group from the Chicago area and had a fun evening trading stories, beers and jokes and thoroughly pissing off their neighboring campers. As the sky lightened and the fire darkened, they invited us to ride with them on their way back north in the morning. We had a good time that night, so why not?

    After a few hours of sleep, we were up getting packed as soon as the sun hit our tents. FatBack had his kit loaded before me and went off to find the FIB group on his GS. A few minutes later I warmed up the PC and rolled up to FatBack and the group leader chatting at their campsite. As I pulled up and took off my helmet, I watched the other guy stop mid-sentence as he realized who I was. He looked at me, back at FatBack, back at me and finally said:

    "A Pacific Coast? You guys didn't tell me you were gay!"

    :rofl
  10. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Yeah, you can also burn holes through the plastic walls of the trunk.
  11. Bruincounselor

    Bruincounselor North Plains Drifter

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    I did that on my '89 with a helmet in the left side. The liner was changed by Honda in '90 so that is less likely to happen on newer models.
  12. SilverFaux

    SilverFaux never satisfied

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    I'm still trying to figure out what all the hub-bub is with the Dunlops. That's what I'm rolling on and I've done quite a bit of riding on them this season. I have experienced the little bit of wavering that happens on grooved concrete but I cant say its been a major issue. Forward motion, centrifugal force and gyroscopic precession (more on that here: http://youtu.be/ty9QSiVC2g0 ) consistently perform as they should and I and the bike maintain a smooth path forward. No worries. I've come to expect it and just roll with it. I usually worry about gravel and sand in corners, which I'm reasonably sure almost no tire can compensate for. :wink:
  13. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I switched from the Dunlops because I only got 8500 miles from a pair. I'd heard good things about Metzelers, but they were too expensive to consider.

    Recently I'd heard of some guys mounting a car tire on the rear and getting about 40,000 miles. I considered trying it, but it sounds like a hassel to get mounted, and I just wasn't sure I'd like the way it handled in the twisites.

    Then I just read about the Avon front, being a good long lasting tire. Think I read 12,000, or maybe 19,000 miles (can't remember). And one guy ran it with the Michelin Commander II, which he claimed to get over 23,000 miles. I was skeptical about that, but Michelin advertises that it will go 2-2.5 times farther than the Dunlop, so decided to try it.

    That's how I ended up with the Avon/Michelin combo. Neither brand makes both a front & rear for the PC800.

    As I said "I'm thrilled with the performance of them so far."

    Ask me about them again, when you're ready to buy tires and I'll tell you how I like them at that point.

    The Dunlops are not bad tires, but I now realize that they are not "great" tires. There's a very noticeable difference.
  14. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    Congratulations e.rock on your coming out.:lol3.........On a lighter note, I liked Dunlops but the last set didn't last as long as previous Dunlops so I tried something different. I have the Avon on the front and a Kenda on the rear. After 8000 miles they both still have alot of rubber.....About a year ago my rear differential started leaking oil. Not much just a small drip. I've never heard of others having this problem? That's a little project I'll save for winter along with shocks.
  15. PC-Rider

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    I am pretty sure the antifreeze is supposed to be on the inside!

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    :cry
  16. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    It appears the motorcycle could no longer hold it and pissed all over itself and the road.:D
  17. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    I hope that's just a hose?
  18. k5mitch

    k5mitch Been here awhile

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    My guess is the lower hose
  19. alekkas

    alekkas Been here awhile

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    Not that there's anything wrong with that.... from an FIB...
  20. PC-Rider

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    So do I!!!!!'
    The lower hose looked good and was still attached.
    I wish I knew, but it is in the shop now.