Tanshanomi's Snap Judgments

Honda Pacific Coast

Wed, April 28th, 2010

Featuring a different Honda street bike each day.

1989–90 & 1994–98 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast
Powered by a variant of the Shadow 800 V-twin, the PC motor is smooth and tractable. It's strong enough to meet its commuting/touring role, but won't really impress the rider with its power. Carbs are as admirably responsive as EPA-era mechanical mixing pots could be.
Beneath the candy shell is a purely ordinary motorcycle, with only average suspension and brake components
Thanks to other all-bodywork motorcycles, the PC doesn't look as radically strange as it once did. The red and black colors that replaced the original (very un-motorcycle-like) pearl and gray paint helped too. But it is still is the motorcycling equivalent of 'mom jeans.'
Nearly every component is non-adjustable and maintenance-free, and the bodywork helps prevent corrosion and road grime from working its way into every crack and crevice. It's as close as you can get to a 2-wheeled Accord.
Easy to own and non-threatening to drive, although its 640-pound weight and long wheelbase make low-speed handling a chore. The huge clamshell trunk is a big plus.
Practical and pragmatic are nice traits, but they don't inspire passion.
The fact that I compared it to 'mom jeans' and the Honda Accord tells you all you need to know about the PC800.