HOnda PC800, what about it?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by damasovi, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    Hi there,

    A friend just got a bike for sale and it is a PC800. A very fast search I did and the bike seems like something I could like, shaft drive, 2 up comfy and all the basic stuff (huge trunk).

    They stop making this bike more than 10 years ago, so parts could be an issue, right? I am not a wrencher but with a basic bike like this, I could be more involve.

    So what are your comments and tough on this bike? NO I am trying to ask you "should I buy it?" but more in the line of what to expect from this bike, support and such. I worry that parts may not be available or too expensive.

    Thanks

    Damasovi
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  2. 1derer

    1derer Sh*t Where am I?

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  3. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    it really amazes me how much attention this bike gets, considering it's age and the fact that it didn't really set the world on fire when it was new. I think it's a true cult classic, bound to appreciate in value sooner or later. I wish I had one, and a Kawasaki Drifter...
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  4. madisonreid

    madisonreid Long timer

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    Parts are not a issue. The bike is rock solid. I've owned two PCs, ST1100 and a ST1300. I'm staring at one now for purchase. The Hondas are just boring....:ear Buy it!!!!!!!
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  5. The PacRat

    The PacRat I'm that other guy

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    Fun, solid, comfortable bike.

    Removing various panels every time you have to work on anything S-U-C-K-S.
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  6. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    Which is about once every five years to replace a battery or spark plugs. No need to remove plastic for valve adjustments. I don't think its a big deal. The first time can be a pain. The thing is you forget the routine by the next time you have to do it. The good thing about the panels is it takes about five minutes to wash and dry the bike. And they reroute the heat from the motor to underneath the bike. I've ridden my friends ST and its like riding a oven with the door open. My DR650 is warm too on a hot day. I hate it when I can't wear shorts cause my bike burns my legs. :lol3
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  7. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Currently thinking of buying my old Drifter back. The guy's barely ridden it, selling due to health issues. It was pretty and comfortable....[​IMG]
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  8. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    Not big cruiser fan but those were cool.
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  10. bdonley

    bdonley Been here awhile

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    Very cool! I'd like to see more shots of it....[​IMG]
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  11. jfman

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    Search canyondancer / pc800 / frankenbike on google and youll find more about it.
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  12. JerryH

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    It's a cool bike, especially for touring. It would be boring for me to just ride, kind of like a maxi scooter, but then most bikes are. But there is more than one way to have fun on a bike. And travel is my favorite. I have had an enormous amount of fun riding around the country on boring bikes (to me that means bikes without personality and character, bikes that don't necessarily look, sound, and feel like motorcycles to me) It's also a practical bike, with all it's storage space, and it's solid mechanically. Finding parts at a dealer might be hard to do, but most of them can still be found online.
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  13. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    Other than a few specially bolts or a battery I've never depended on a dealer for anything for any of my PCs. I did need a choke cable too. What I dislike about the PC is its lack of power. What I like about is its lack of power. WTF? It keeps my dark side at bay. Its all about the trunk. Super handy if I go to the grocery store or hardware or YMCA. I can leave on a trip at a moments notice. Credit card? Check. Toothbrush? Check. Clean underwear? What underwear? :rofl
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  14. mrbreeze

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    tmi

    :huh
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  15. brokeagain

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    I had been looking around at them for a minute lately, but can't pull the trigger on this guy.

    Anyone around PA/MD/DC/WV should snap this one up, for sure, before a local CL looney does.

    http://frederick.craigslist.org/mcy/4434556283.html

    Not affiliated, just saw it and wanted to pass the info to inmates.

    I feel like this is the deal of the century, seeing what other examples go for.

    Good luck, kids!

    EDIT: Between me posting this up and now, (about 5 minutes), the ad was deleted. Posted yesterday. A PC800 with 12K miles for $2K in MD. I know, right?
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  16. thumpism

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    Yeah, I saw a red '96 for $1900 locally a couple of days ago and it vanished almost immediately.

    My own '89 has taken a beating but still works fine. I commute on it but find it uninspiring. The heat off the engine in hot weather is bothersome (and not helpful in cold weather) and buffeting from the windshield is terrible. Great trunk and mirrors, though. Mine is on its way to being ratted out since the wreck a couple of years ago, but it always starts and still runs strong and generally gets about 47 MPG.
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  17. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    I'm looking at a loaded low mile 96 for $4500. Thats a little steep, especially since I also know where there is a like new 919 for the same price. But low mile PCs are rare hard to find bikes. I may just bite the bullet. I should buy both but my garage is full now and my wife is tired of parking her new car outside. :D
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  18. FlowBee

    FlowBee Just me.

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    I had a 90 I bought leftover in 92. Great bike, if a bit slow. Back then it broke styling paradigms, so you needed a thicker skin to ride one. Today with all the megascooters and plastibaggers...not so much.


    Mine had the taller Hondaline screen. At freeway speeds it made the bike feel a little fidgety, though probably no worse than a new ST1300.

    I sold mine to buy my first ST1100, which felt like a rocket in comparison. The PC was more comfortable and easier to ride in town.
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  19. madisonreid

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    I had a ST1300, a ST1100 and 2 PC800s. No doubt ST1300 was the finest tool in the shed. What a machine :evil. But it was too much motorcycle and I felt guilty when not riding it. The PCs are so practical and utility which may not be for everyone. The other issue with the ST1100 and ST1300 was weight. Way too heavy for me. The PCs are right in the sweet spot and are extremely easy to maneuver at slow speeds.. The PC is my choice :D
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  20. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    As much as I would like to have a sports car my vehicle of choice is a mini van. My taste in motorcycles is similar. I know what some would think? This dude is one boring ass mofo. :rofl
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