Pacific Coast – 1989 Honda PC800

In Japan, Touring by Tom WackerLeave a Comment

It has been close to 30 years since the PC 800 was released, it is still a distinctive look. Though completely plastic wrapped bikes are more common now, this was really the first. It didn’t sell particularly well, but there was a definite subset of riders that was attracted to the bike.

Under all that plastic was a really straight forward, uncomplicated motorcycle. The V-twin and shaft drive really kept maintenance to a minimum. Which was a good thing when you consider that you had to remove seven body panels to replace the battery and four to change the spark plugs.

It was a trailblazer in the business. Good wind and weather protection for the rider, integrated bags, comfortable seating position and decent handling gave rise to ‘light touring’. The integrated ‘tip over wings’ protected all that expensive plastic quite well and you could easily pack a weeks worth of stuff in and on the PC800.

The 1989 Honda PC 800 used a 798 CC liquid cooled overhead cam 45 degree V-twin motor that made 57 HP with a 5 speed transmission and shaft drive. Showa suspension on both ends with Honda’s TRAC anti dive valving on the front coupled with twin piston disc brakes made for good handling and braking. The bike weighed over 600 LBS wet, but was also incredibly smooth with a rubber mounting system for the engine.

This particular 1989 Honda PC 800 (VIN # JH2RC3408KM001863) is in Mesquite, Texas and is listed as a 29,000 mile original that runs and rides great. The bike is equipped with an aftermarket top box and wind wings. The bike has a ‘Buy It Now price of $3,200 (I think I would try the ‘make offer’ option for about $600 less)