Honda PC800 Pacific Coast: history, specs, pictures

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Honda PC800
Also called PC800 Pacific Coast,
Production 1989 - 1999
Class Touring
v2, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 79.5mm x 80.6mm
Compression ratio 9:1
Top Speed 107 mph (172 km/h)
Horsepower 55.79 HP (41.6 KW) @ 6500RPM
Torque 48.46 ft/lbs (65.7 Nm) @ 5500RPM
Fuel System carburetor. two 34.2mm keihin cv
Air Filter K&N HA-8089 `89-98[1]
Ignition solid-state digital, dual spark plugs per cylinder
Spark Plug NGK DPR7EA-9 '89-99
Battery YUASA YTX12-BS '89-99
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed

Final Drive: shaft drive (cardan)

Clutch: hydraulically actuated, multi-plate, wet clutch
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension Front: 41mm
Rear: dual shocks with four-way spring. preload adjust-ability
Brakes Front: double disc
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
Front Tire 120/80-17
Rear Tire 140/80-15
Wheelbase 61.18 inches (1554 mm)
Length 84.8 inches (2154 mm)
Width 30.71 inches (780 mm)
Seat Height 30.0 inches (762 mm)
Weight 600.98 pounds (272.6 Kg) (dry), 286.2 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-303[1]
Recommended Oil Honda GN4 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 4.2 Gallon (15.89 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 4.70 liters/100 km (21.3 km/l or 50.05 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual

The Honda PC800 Pacific Coast was a v2, four-stroke Touring motorcycle produced by Honda between 1989 and 1998. It could reach a top speed of 107 mph (172 km/h). Max torque was 48.46 ft/lbs (65.7 Nm) @ 5500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 55.79 HP (41.6 KW) @ 6500 RPM.


The engine was a liquid cooled v2, four-stroke. A 79.5mm bore x 80.6mm stroke result in a displacement of just 798.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a single overhead cams (sohc).


The bike has a 5-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the hydraulicly actuated, multi-plate, wet clutch.


It came with a 120/80-17 front tire and a 140/80-16or15 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via double disc in the front and a expanding brake (drum brake) in the rear. The front suspension was a 41mm while the rear was equipped with a dual shocks with four-way spring. preload adjustability. The PC800 Pacific Coast was fitted with a 4.2 Gallon (15.89 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 600.98 pounds (272.6 Kg). The wheelbase was 61.18 inches (1554 mm) long.


In the past half decade, the touring motorcyclists' love affair with Honda's Gold Wing-and Silver Wing models has reached a high undreamed of in the past. The Gold Wing has come to symbolize a whole world of motorcycling, touring, and in fact, lifestyle. Little wonder then, that Honda would try to capitalize on its success by creating a modern sport-touring takeoff on the Gold Wing. Enter the Pacific Coast.

Touring From Coast to Coast[edit]

The most striking feature of the Pacific Coast was its flowing, full-enclosure bodywork that was designed to appeal to two different market sectors. On one hand, the bodywork covered all mechanicals, telling the new rider that here was a trustworthy motorcycle that never required you to get dirt under your Fingernails. On the other hand, the Faired body told tried-and-true riders that this was a sporting tourer -in the style of Honda's CBR1000 and CBR600 Hurricanes.

A Motorcycle Love Affair[edit]

Launched in 1988, the PC800, as it was coded, found a market but it was never as large as Honda had wished for. The 800cc engine was seen as too small for serious touring, although no one complained about the shaft drive and rear seat that tilted forward to reveal a hidden luggage compartment like the trunk of a car. Like licorice, those who liked their Pacific Coast, truly loved them.


The PC800'89 was sold in 1989 and was available in one color scheme: Pearl Pacific White with Ocean Gray Metallic. It featured an underseat storage compartment. The engine was a 800cc SOHC 3-valve liquid-cooled V-twin linked to a 5-speed transmission and shaft drive. The serial number began JH2RC340*KM000015.


The PC800'90 was sold in 1990 and was available in one color scheme: Candy Glory Red with Griffin Gray Metallic. This year the whindshield was taller. The serial number began JH2RC340*LM100001.


  • Engine: liquid cooled 45 degree V-twin
  • Bore x stroke: 79.5mm x 80.6mm
  • Displacement: 800cc
  • Carburetion: Two 46mm diaphragm-type CV
  • Transmission: Five speed, shaft drive
  • Wheelbase: 61.2 inches (1554.5mm)
  • Seat height: 30.1 inches (764.5mm)
  • Fuel capacity: 4.2 gallons (15.9L)
  • Claimed dry weight: 584.2 lbs (218.0kg)
  • Measured wet weight: 640.0 lbs (238.8kg)
  • Honda Service Manual Included

The PC800'94 was sold in 1994 and was available in one color: Black-Z. The serial number began JH2RC340*RM200010.


The PC800'95 was sold in 1995 and was available in one color: Black-Z. The serial number began JH2RC340*SM300001.


The PC800'96 was sold in 1996 and was available in one color: Magna Red. The serial number began JH2RC340*TM400001.


The PC800'97 was sold in 1997 and was available in one color scheme: Magna Red with Ostrich Black. The front disc cover was deleted. A push to cancel turn signal control replaced the self-cancelling system. The serial number began JH2RC340*VM500001.


1998 Honda Pacific Coast

The PC800'98 was sold in 1998 and was available in one color: Magna Red. The serial number began JH2RC340*WM600001.

In Media[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019. 

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