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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by The PacRat, Apr 18, 2008.
Hey, that is off-road - it's in my driveway, does that count?
I picked up an '89 PC800 at the end of last Fall. Have already put 1 or 2 k on it just puttering around within 100 miles of home. Am getting ready for a week-long spring break trip to destination: unknown.
Call me a strange 20-something but after having learned to ride on a mid 80's big metric cruiser and tried out a variety of newer cruisers, sport bikes, dual sports, etc, the PC800 is the best fit for me. It is an incredibly pleasurable bike to ride. And at 6'2" it is one of the few bikes I'm actually comfortable on for more than 30 minutes at a time.
For those of you who like beer, the trunk is the PERFECT size to hold three half racks with ice. And there's enough room on the passenger seat to bring a tent/sleeping bag/snacks so once you and your buddies have finished off all that beer, you don't have to worry about riding home. If that isn't the best bike ever, I don't know what is.
As for taking a PC800 off the pavement, sure it's no dual sport but I have taken mine on plenty of gravel roads and a few muddy slick logging tracks without incident. And that was on street tires. A few people have found passenger car tires that fit on the rims well and give the bike enough knobby tread to do more serious off-roading. Although I think if you're going to get into the off-road realm, it'd be better to get a dirt bike or some sort of dual sport.
This bike is certainly not for everyone. If you like conforming to the Harlie crowd or the Stromtroopers, move along. But if you don't mind being different and having a lot of people give you WTF looks as you drive by, then give the PC800 a shot. The worst that can happen is someone makes fun of you for being comfortable and having enough room to pick up groceries.
In case anyone on here doesn't know about it, there is a wonderful community of PC800 riders over at pc800.net. They're a great bunch of people who have helped me out a lot as I've been working on upgrading and fixing up my PC.
a friend of mine is selling his red 96 if anyone is interested-suburbs of charleston, sc. we met years ago back when i had my 89. his is in great shape with 36k miles and has the audiovox cruise control. he and i just finished a nearly 8k mile trip to yellowstone/western u.s. last september ('round the u.s.-yellowstone and back' ride report if you wanna see it) and his pc was flawless the entire trip. he also has one of the rare metal tail trunk racks that were made by a pc'er years ago and arent available anymore!
he hardly ever rides it anymore and has recently decided to sell it. he has other bikes, so is wanting to pass it on to some one who will ride it more.
steve is a good guy, and id be willing to put you in contact with him if anyone is interested.
Yea, I love it when someone posts a photo of them riding "off road" on a gravel road. GS riders are bad about that.
I had two 1990 PCs. Good bikes. Was 98 the last year?
I've had my PC for about 6 years, and it took the first couple of them for me foster an appreciation for the machine. 15 or so bikes later, the PC is the only one that I seem to never sell, yet it never gets me very excited either.
Last week I was picking up some parts for a GS1150 Suzuki. As this drag racer and I were discussing bikes and favorites, when he asked me if there was any bike that I ever keep for any length of time, I had completely forgot to mention my Pacific Coast.
YEs, 98 was the last year.
Yes 1998 was the last !
The serial no. on my '98 is only 6 from the absolute last one reportedly made by Honda. Talk about being one of the last! I think they (Honda) had pretty much figured it out by the time they made mine.
I've done some mining road riding on my 96 in Colorado and the stock suspension sucks. Some aftermarket shocks and fork kit would help alot. If you tip over it WILL be expensive! I have been battling with myself about selling it and moving on to something more modern and know I will regret it when the time comes. Oh WTF!
I just came across this PC800
800cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder engine.
45 degree V-twin engine design, for a low center of gravity and cornering clearance.
(2) 34.2mm Keihin carburators
dual-pin crankshaft design with a rubber-mounted engine.
Dual spark-plug cylinder heads and three-valve-per-cylinder technology
Maintenance-free hydraulic valve adjuster system.
Maintenance-free, automatic cam-chain tensioners.
Maintenance-free hydraulic clutch.
Digital electronic ignition.
Bore x stroke: 79.5mm x 80.6mm
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 !!! ???
Try asking over at http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/ipcrc/. Surely someone knows the answer.
Otherwise, if you know the spedo cable is good, it could be the spedometer in the dash (forget if it is a direct mechanical link or if it goes electrical) or in the unit that senses the speed down on the front axle.
Try the IPCRC though. They really do know everything about our bikes. (and you probably already knew about it anyway )
HID doesn't draw much power.
I sold my 18 yr. old PC yesterday. It's been in the shop for a year while they "looked" for a used engine for it. A guy off of the Yahoo group bought it for parts for $350. What a machine it was. It never left me stranded once. I'll miss her. The best $4995 I ever spent.
I do love my new-to-me RT though. Talk about technological improvements...
You spent $4995 for a new Pacific Coast eighteen years ago? What a rip off!I just bought my third PC this week. A like new,well farkled, 96 for......$4100. For what I got it was money well spent. I could have bought alot of motorcycle for that much money, but you don't buy a sports car when you need a mini van?
Until the engine suddenly needed to be replaced? :huh
I would think "left me stranded" would mean driving to a destination and not being able to get back due to some mechanical failure. In that case, yes it never left me stranded once.
I would think "left me stranded" would not include not being able to start it in the morning at home. imho.
I had an '89 Pacific Coast... what a great bike that one was! I bought it new in '90 for $5100, I think.
I'd think nothing of jumping on that bike and doing a 500 mile weekend trip. I had a tall Rifle fairing and put a BMW quick-connect jack for my vest - and pretty much rode it year round even through NJ winters. Good wind protection... the only complaint I ever had was wind blowing up the pantlegs around the crash bars. It was really practical with the trunk, too.
The shame was that I thought I needed more power... since it was pretty heavy and I did a lot of two up riding. So I traded it in on a 94 Concours - which I never really liked and sold within a year. Still miss that Pacific Coast.
If you find a clean one, grab it. You won't be sorry...
If you put your heels on the pegs that stops. I think that's why they're twice as wide as normal ones.
My 90 (bought new in 92 for $ 4995), started mising intermittently about 80,000 miles, couldn't trouble shoot it for intermittent miss/spark loss in one cylinder.
Gave it away, or close to ($350), took two youngsters (to me) over 60 hours to find short in harness. Only there when engine ran. Figure one of them knew what he was doing and what shop time costs. Or mine.
NOTE: still going at above 110,000 miles..