|I've owned a Honda PC800 Pacific Coast. I
named it "The Flying Dutchman". The PC800 has a "twin sparked", liquid
cooled (fan equipped), 800cc OHC 45° V-twin with 3 valves per cylinder, hydraulic valve
adjusters, hydraulic clutch, digital electronic ignition and shaft drive. This engine
makes it a low maintenance, reliable and extremely smooth bike. Thanks to the low centre
of gravity (fuel tank below seat) and perfect steering geometry it is highly manoeuvrable
in the city yet very stable on the freeway. The bike is unique because of it's total
plastic covering and built in trunk. Yes, a trunk. The entire back end flips up to reveil
a generous amount of trunk space.
"The Flying Dutchman" was a '90 USA model, candy red. I bought it in Holland in '97 and came allready equiped with a Honda backrest, tall Honda windscreen and Honda-Kenwood AM/FM stereo with remote control on the left handlebar.
The first big trip I took with "The Flying
Dutchman" was in May '98, to the Vosges mountains in France, near the border of
Germany and Switzerland. It was a 5-day, organised group- ride. About 25 bikes in total.
We rode individual or in small groups. I teamed up with 5 other guys, all eager to ride in
a team, mainly for safety reasons (technical, fuel, french language etc.). The other bikes
were two VFR's, a Yamaha XJ750 (not sure), a Beamer R1100RS and a Kawa ZXR. So all around
If you want ultimate satisfaction, go to Norway. Check out my trip report (button above).