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Title: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: twowheeladdict on September 14, 2020, 08:31:52 PM
https://huntsville.craigslist.org/mcy/d/trinity-honda-pc800/7189592307.html

Did they make this for some futuristic movie and then decided to sell some to the public?   :popcorn:
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Bert Remington on September 14, 2020, 08:53:26 PM
When I got back into motorcycling, I started with a PC800.  I really liked it and would be riding it today except my knees couldn't take the bending needed for the fixed seating position.  Otherwise very comfortable, very civilized, very convenient.  And it did draw attention, not quite as much as the RE I purchased later but usually questions every third time I parked.

Honda had their motorcycle design group provide the powertrain and suspension and their new automotive group in Torrance provide the body and ergonomics.  It was intended for commuters in business suits.  It almost worked but times weren't right as SUVs emerged to rule the roads.

The PC800 demonstrated once again that Honda could design and build any damn thing they wanted to in spite of the naysayers.  An amazing company that has changed the motorcycling world for the better.
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on September 14, 2020, 09:05:18 PM
Referred to as the "Honda Fondue" by my friends and I.  :grin:
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: JJ on September 14, 2020, 09:14:11 PM
These Pacific Coast 800's are very collectible today and have a passionate "cult following..." (just sayin') :thumb: :cool: :smiley:
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Kremmen on September 14, 2020, 09:23:54 PM
Honda was the future in 1999, too. https://thekneeslider.com/when-will-honda-produce-the-nas/

Never happened though. Like the Indian road version of the Britten V1000, or any of the weird stuff I like.  :tongue:
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: alanp on September 14, 2020, 10:29:02 PM
Looks fun to work on   :shocked:
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Perazzimx14 on September 15, 2020, 04:06:54 AM
A Paso with integrated panniers


(https://i.ibb.co/zxT2sTB/Paso.png) (https://ibb.co/zxT2sTB)
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: twowheeladdict on September 15, 2020, 06:02:50 AM
When I got back into motorcycling, I started with a PC800.  I really liked it and would be riding it today except my knees couldn't take the bending needed for the fixed seating position.  Otherwise very comfortable, very civilized, very convenient.  And it did draw attention, not quite as much as the RE I purchased later but usually questions every third time I parked.

Honda had their motorcycle design group provide the powertrain and suspension and their new automotive group in Torrance provide the body and ergonomics.  It was intended for commuters in business suits.  It almost worked but times weren't right as SUVs emerged to rule the roads.

The PC800 demonstrated once again that Honda could design and build any damn thing they wanted to in spite of the naysayers.  An amazing company that has changed the motorcycling world for the better.

Thanks.   :thumb:  So not for dome futuristic movie then.

I agree that the Japanese companies in general can afford to take risks as since hhey sre huge diverse companies.

The Honda Fury, and CTX 1300 come to mind. 

I met a guy who collects one year bikes.
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: tazio on September 15, 2020, 06:15:57 AM

(https://i.ibb.co/R3pKtbJ/vincent-profile.jpg) (https://ibb.co/R3pKtbJ)
 
Take me a little further back to the future...(1955)
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: nick949 on September 15, 2020, 06:30:23 AM
The Honda Pacific Coast had always been on my short list of weird bikes that I really liked the look of. 
The my friend Norm had one for a while so I got to ride it.  Despite its extravagant and sexy styling it was as dull as dishwater to ride. Get a big Burgman instead.

Nick
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: larrys on September 15, 2020, 07:17:18 AM
Largest displacement scooter, ever.
Larry
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Ncdan on September 15, 2020, 07:36:49 AM
The PC was a very capable trust worthy bike that was supposed to replace the midsize tourer GL500 and  650 line of mids. However for what ever reason they just didnít catch on. I figured that the majority of motorcycle enthusiasts thought they were to scooter like, thatís all I could figure.
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Lannis on September 15, 2020, 07:45:21 AM
Fay and I had a big time in Colorado with our PC800.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-xq4ZCN4/0/208bdd38/X5/100_8671-X5.jpg) (https://lannisselz.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-xq4ZCN4/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-krrJPGh/0/250bd518/X5/100_8548-X5.jpg) (https://lannisselz.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-krrJPGh/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-NwLxnSg/0/de29c30f/X5/100_8121-X5.jpg) (https://lannisselz.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-NwLxnSg/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-tmb755M/0/0061c04c/X5/100_8120-X5.jpg) (https://lannisselz.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-tmb755M/A)

That day was around Leadville and down to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

It was a nice, maintenance free, good handling, standard transmission bike which ran exactly the same, thanks to the Honda CV carburetors, whether it was at 5200 feet in Denver, 7500 feet in Idaho Springs, or 14,200 feet at the top of Mt. Evans.   Some fuel injected bikes wonít even compensate for all that altitude Ö

Collectors like them!   

Lannis
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Ncdan on September 15, 2020, 08:20:34 AM
Fay and I had a big time in Colorado with our PC800.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-xq4ZCN4/0/208bdd38/X5/100_8671-X5.jpg) (https://lannisselz.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-xq4ZCN4/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-krrJPGh/0/250bd518/X5/100_8548-X5.jpg) (https://lannisselz.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-krrJPGh/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-NwLxnSg/0/de29c30f/X5/100_8121-X5.jpg) (https://lannisselz.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-NwLxnSg/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-tmb755M/0/0061c04c/X5/100_8120-X5.jpg) (https://lannisselz.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-tmb755M/A)

That day was around Leadville and down to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

It was a nice, maintenance free, good handling, standard transmission bike which ran exactly the same, thanks to the Honda CV carburetors, whether it was at 5200 feet in Denver, 7500 feet in Idaho Springs, or 14,200 feet at the top of Mt. Evans.   Some fuel injected bikes wonít even compensate for all that altitude Ö

Collectors like them!   

Lannis
Nice looking in red! They are high dollar when they come available, more than they sold for when new in many cases. How did they do riding two up with gear?
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: willowstreetguzziguy on September 15, 2020, 08:23:24 AM
Iím glad to see the future was much brighter than Hondaís Pacific Coast in 1989!
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: blu guzz on September 15, 2020, 08:30:21 AM
they were like a guzzi in that there were brand new 3 year old models available after honda quit making them.
there was a big ad campaign at the time to market these to non-motorcyclists and bring in more riders.  a laudable goal.  but, at that time, all of the 3 piece suit types were starting to be lured in by the siren song of the v twin ( the other v twin with the cylinders in the wrong direction). they wanted to get out of those suits on the weekends and play dress-up in some leather and chains on the weekends.
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Lannis on September 15, 2020, 08:51:11 AM
Nice looking in red! They are high dollar when they come available, more than they sold for when new in many cases. How did they do riding two up with gear?

Fay and I are pretty long legged when you add up all four legs, and we like lots of room.   The PC800 had lots of room, plenty of power, and the suspension hauled our 400 pounds total along very well on those Rocky Mountain roads.

I checked the oil, tire pressure, and put gas in it and that was all I ever did to it.   It had a belt drive, the nice 800cc V-twin engine which was smooth, quiet, and had plenty of power to pull us both up those long hills.

If you wanted a unique, collector touring bike that will attract attention wherever you go, and Guzzi-level attention at that, these things are very ride-able, easy-to-live-with ones.

Lannis
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: jwinwi on September 15, 2020, 09:24:55 AM
Fay and I are pretty long legged when you add up all four legs, and we like lots of room.   The PC800 had lots of room, plenty of power, and the suspension hauled our 400 pounds total along very well on those Rocky Mountain roads.

I checked the oil, tire pressure, and put gas in it and that was all I ever did to it.   It had a belt drive, the nice 800cc V-twin engine which was smooth, quiet, and had plenty of power to pull us both up those long hills.

If you wanted a unique, collector touring bike that will attract attention wherever you go, and Guzzi-level attention at that, these things are very ride-able, easy-to-live-with ones.

Lannis

Pretty sure every other PC800 ever made had shaft drive...
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Ncdan on September 15, 2020, 10:03:49 AM
Pretty sure every other PC800 ever made had shaft drive...
I was wondering about that myself however didnít want to stir the nest 😂😂😂
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Lannis on September 15, 2020, 11:40:42 AM
Pretty sure every other PC800 ever made had shaft drive...

I Godfrey, you're right.   I guess I knew at the time that it was shaft drive, but I'd talked myself into a belt over the years.

Just goes to show how little I even looked at it.  I rode it 10 or 12,000 miles that year, all over Colorado, and didn't care about anything going on under all that plastic except the tire pressure .... !

Lannis
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: JJ on September 15, 2020, 12:54:56 PM
"Who's that GEEZER on a red PC800 Honda appliance scooter?!?" :laugh: :grin: :laugh: :grin: :wink: :thumb: :cool:


(https://i.ibb.co/W6YYC8q/Screen-Shot-2020-09-15-at-10-53-41-AM.png) (https://ibb.co/W6YYC8q)


Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Lannis on September 15, 2020, 01:15:37 PM
"Who's that GEEZER on a red PC800 Honda appliance scooter?!?" :laugh: :grin: :laugh: :grin: :wink: :thumb: :cool:


(https://i.ibb.co/W6YYC8q/Screen-Shot-2020-09-15-at-10-53-41-AM.png) (https://ibb.co/W6YYC8q)


He's a gray-bearded old wampus, for sure ... but the bad news is that he's the same age as YOU are!   :embarassed:

And it's NOT an appliance, it's a piece of quality Honda furniture ....

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-CsfKxDd/0/3a0026b5/O/RED%20Chair.jpg) (https://lannisselz.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-CsfKxDd/A)

Lannis
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Two Checks on September 15, 2020, 02:39:50 PM
We used to call it the Pathetic Coast.
I knew a guy who had two C10 Connies and sold em and got two PCs. He didn't regret it. He said the PCs were turnkey bikes.
Kind of like the Popi kitchen gadget. Set it and forget it.
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: DesertPilot on September 15, 2020, 03:02:34 PM
Remember the commercial?  It was one of the most... um... remarkable motorcycle commercials ever made.

"Introducing the Pacific Coast, from Honda..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYxdpFsr8Ro

"It is the beginning.. of a new day..."
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: JJ on September 15, 2020, 04:17:06 PM
He's a gray-bearded old wampus, for sure ... but the bad news is that he's the same age as YOU are!   :embarassed:

And it's NOT an appliance, it's a piece of quality Honda furniture ....

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-CsfKxDd/0/3a0026b5/O/RED%20Chair.jpg) (https://lannisselz.smugmug.com/Honda-PC-Colorado/i-CsfKxDd/A)

Lannis

I admit, at the tender age of 66, I had to look up the definition of........"WAMPUS" :laugh: :grin: :wink: :rolleyes: :shocked:


(https://i.ibb.co/sHBQLGs/Screen-Shot-2020-09-15-at-2-14-09-PM.png) (https://ibb.co/sHBQLGs)


Only kidding about the Honda PC800.  Everyone I know that has owned and ridden one...RAVED about it...and yes...they are a quality piece of Honda history and machinery. :thumb: :cool: :boozing:
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Tom on September 15, 2020, 05:42:05 PM
Largest displacement scooter, ever.
Larry

Ahem.....Correction ....it's now the automatic Goldwing that Honda is putting out.  The Convert use to be it.   :wink:

When someone mentions Tupperware on a motorcycle. This motorcycle is the image that I have.
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Burkslaw on September 15, 2020, 06:21:26 PM
Owned one a couple of years ago and thought if I could only own one motorcycle, something that could do everything in moderation, it would be a Pacific Coast. Then I realized I could still own several motorcycles, and I sold it.                                       
(https://i.ibb.co/ScX5zzF/PC800-1.jpg) (https://ibb.co/ScX5zzF)
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Trialsman on September 15, 2020, 07:22:48 PM
I owned one for 16 years and it never let me down.  You turn the key, hit the starter, and go.  Although it looked a little like a scooter it was deceptively quick.  I made a few visual changes to help it out.  First was to cut the disc guard to expose the disc and more of the front wheel.  Next was two simple 1/4" wide pieces of reflective tape placed in such a way that the broad rear trunk looked like it had two saddlebags.  I actually liked the looks of it and I went all over the country with it, but it was BORING.  My wife asked me about it and I told her it just didn't make me smile.  She told me I deserved a bike that did.  I sold it the next week and bought a Norge 8V...then a Stelvio....then a V85TT.  I smile a lot now.
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: Tom on September 15, 2020, 07:27:09 PM
I get your face hurts.   :grin:
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: redrider90 on September 15, 2020, 07:52:29 PM
I remember in the mid 90's, 4 of us on Guzzi's in WV on our way to New Cumberland for Memorial Day rally. We were riding hard and came up on a couple of these PCs. I had never seen one. They road hard with us through the twisties and it took us awhile to get around them cause the were riding fast. I was really impressed with how well they took the curves.
Title: Re: I've seen the future, and it was 1989
Post by: larrys on September 16, 2020, 09:00:19 AM
Ahem.....Correction....it's now the automatic Goldwing that Honda is putting out.  The Convert use to be it.   :wink:

When someone mentions Tupperware on a motorcycle. This motorcycle is the image that I have.



Hah! Recently saw a 2019 Wing. Yessir... It's got reverse, too...
Larry