The Weird Motorcycle Designed like a Car
What happens when you tell a bunch of car designers to go build a motorcycle? Well, this. The Honda PC800 Pacific Coast. Overlooked genius or just another Failblog entry?


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  • Robert Henderson
    Robert Henderson

    This monstrosity isn't a motorcycle, it's a bloated scooter. Think Vespa.

  • Mk None
    Mk None

    This Honda is ugly.

  • Eddie Wu
    Eddie Wu

    Every single video of Ryan's feels like a cinematic documentary. Amazing!

  • Trent Smith
    Trent Smith

    Sorry, I had to pause the video after he said, "...blank as a teenager's search history." I couldn't concentrate on the content for the chuckles.

  • Sleepingweasal

    You're a weird motorcycle designed like a car.

  • steve noe
    steve noe

    I remember those things. They looked just like a big scooter.

  • Drew Aitchison
    Drew Aitchison

    Is that “Never ending Story” background music in there also? Riding that beast kind of reminds me of Falkor also haha

  • Alexandre Fernandes
    Alexandre Fernandes

    One of my work mates has one, he owned all sort of bikes, he only kept one, this one. He said, this a bike enough good to be fun, with good qualities in every street, every speeds and capable of carrying. And old diamond he said.

  • Atholl McNicoll
    Atholl McNicoll

    If I was to move from my car to a bike, it would be a Can-Am Spyder RT Ltd, as that has 3 wheels and is far speedier than what you are showing and yes I have driven Honda's before (Cars that is) not bikes.

  • Maarten

    This is a classic. At the time it was sold I couldn't afford it.

  • wesley cardinal
    wesley cardinal

    Good for Honda trying something new, but I guess they have the financial resources for it. Ryan, how about some reviews of scooters like the Honda PCX. Much overlooked segment of the two wheeled community.

  • camronsavell

    The quality of your videos is always improving! Keep up the amazing work and team.

  • Ethan Cooper
    Ethan Cooper

    “Wheelbase of yacht” you know how yachts are famous for that

  • Phillip J Swanepoel
    Phillip J Swanepoel

    NC 750, 😊😀

  • TacShooter

    I remember seeing one of these in person. It was a beautiful bike.

  • Dustin LeBlanc
    Dustin LeBlanc

    I'm getting some serious Kung Fury vibes

  • FBIagent

    This is the least cool bike ever but it’s kind of a cool car

  • Skunk'D RC
    Skunk'D RC

    Spotted one of these in the wild yesterday. Pretty hard loved, but still rolling.

  • Krougher

    I have one of these, in blue, rotting in my yard, i am hopeless to make it run again.

  • Nandan Pai
    Nandan Pai

    Background song is called Neon Raceway.

  • matt schoon
    matt schoon

    I don't ride and love these videos, hard to convince others how good they are

  • David Vaughn
    David Vaughn

    Ah the "Milk Toast Pacific Coast"!

  • Crispy FishCake
    Crispy FishCake

    They would try again , and it’s the pcx

  • Michael Sanchez
    Michael Sanchez

    Dude. Excellent production on this video. From the filters to the lighting, you guys nailed that early 90s feel. Great f-ing job 👏

  • Audie McCall
    Audie McCall

    One of the best bikes I’ve ever owned enough room to tour and handles the twisty roads ,comfort

  • Tom F
    Tom F

    That Street Hawk intro :D Clever use of the Never Ending Story music.

  • John Roby
    John Roby

    The production value/ content of your videos is unmatched. My favorite 2wheel info page for sure. Keep it up!!

  • Frank Taylor
    Frank Taylor

    Never rode one. Always reminded me of a Ford Taurus with it's spectacular styling. Like a 6 year old male a motorcycle out of Playdough. I'm sure they work just fine. Of course "just fine" doesn't sell bikes.

  • Don Hogue
    Don Hogue

    I have a PC 800 for sale 3,000 47,000miles In great condition Great 👍 Bike Pm me

  • Lazy Bunny Kiera
    Lazy Bunny Kiera

    NGL, i kinda like it! It kind of checks a lot of the boxes i have for a whatever the hell that thing is. To be fair i only just made the check list and there isn't anything specific on it. But i like it! Looks like a police bike..

  • Megan

    So this video shows us that most people of scared of motorcycles; who knew...

  • Don Hogue
    Don Hogue


  • Don Hogue
    Don Hogue

    I have a Red one 4-sale 1997 It’s in great condition 47,000 miles

  • Mike Hobson
    Mike Hobson

    Excellent video my guy! Those PCX's are a blast from the past! I love 'em. I just picked up a new to me '82 GL1100 and I've been going through a lot of your content and am enjoying it so far very much! Much love from the BC Interior, see you out there some day! 2-down and Ride Safe!!

  • Kurt Lacourrege
    Kurt Lacourrege

    Please do a video about the Honda cub.

  • Berry Rijnbeek
    Berry Rijnbeek

    can you stop talking Acura as a manufacturer, ..... its a rebadged HONDA!!!!!

  • Drew Lopez
    Drew Lopez

    Honda NM4 Vultus, or known as Batman Bike for some, is acutally one of my dream bikes. A hybrid combination of a sportbike, a cruiser, and a maxi scooter. Radical design. The option drive it either in manual or autimatic transmission. The list goes on. It's just sad that it was never made available here in the Philippines. Plus looking at the price of it, even if it becomes available here in my country, there's no way in hell I'd be able to pay for it

  • Silkut

    The presentation is top gear quality. I love it.

  • Bob Sullivan
    Bob Sullivan

    Finally, gay guys have their own motorcycle...................................

  • Manie R
    Manie R

    5:20 isn't this a Kawasaki invention? I heard a rumor Kawasaki might bring this back again sometime in the future

  • Gor eil
    Gor eil

    This is Topper from Hot Shots right?

  • Chase H
    Chase H

    F9 editing is higher tier than most shows on tv

  • zlyable

    Hang on.... I knew that backend looked familiar, I had a scale model of this bike as a kid lmao.

  • Josh F
    Josh F

    Interesting bike! I've just put a deposit down on a DN-01 and its a barge of a bike, but it's very 'civilised' as you say and buttery smooth to drive.

  • camiel swart
    camiel swart

    What a great review, and a cool bike, it shares allot of parts with the st1100, same fork/calipers/cardan drive, prohably allot more

  • Chris Loew
    Chris Loew


  • Dave Woff
    Dave Woff

    I remember when that thing came out, I think the only one I ever saw was a a bike show!

  • Cody Vondell
    Cody Vondell

    my dad had one of these in the 90s and i grew up riding around on the back haha. great times

  • DrumNut927

    I actually like the Pacific Coast. If for no other reason that it's weird and different.

  • Carlo San Pedro
    Carlo San Pedro

    Hi F9! Would you do a review about the Honda ADV150 scooter?

  • who am i
    who am i

    It looks too much like yamaha n-max.....

  • Sean Palmer
    Sean Palmer

    Looks like a Honda Pacific Coast. Beautiful.

  • Hare Valkyrie
    Hare Valkyrie

    Im glad honda never gives up on these. Although i just never can decide to go ham when theres cheap things i can maintain


    I once owned a 90 Pacific Coast. Very underrated bike. Did it all! Touring Commuting Shopping And despite its non traditional look THE most efficient storage system I’ve ever seen on a bike! I was even able to pop the trunk open., lift it., and allow my buddy access to get/store what he wanted and never get off the bike! Can use as a cooler with ice for drinks and perishables. Someone slashed your leather saddle bags and made off with your designer jeans???? Most ppl didn’t even know the PC HAD a storage system let alone how to easily get into it. The gas tank and battery was low in the frame under the seat. This gave it agility that defied its weight. The Vtwin low end grunt making parking lot maneuvers easy. Big comfy seat could go for miles! Those outboard grey panels sticking out from behind the passenger foot leg and lower front fairing hide tip over guards. That and break away mirrors reduce any damage from a parking lot spill to almost nothing. They actually work! The panels themselves are repaint able or replaceable. Maintenance free?? Change the oil and filters and keep the coolant leveled up and your tool kit will grow cobwebs. My riding buds would mock jealousy because my PC with its optional AM/FM radio., candy apple red color scheme, comfy seat and safe storage for their pocketbooks would attract all the ladies lol.

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    Николай Колесник


  • William McGuire
    William McGuire

    This thing looks like you're about to throw down in Neo Tokyo

  • ProductBasement

    Lane-filtering in a bike that size is suicidal

  • GreaseMonkey

    in my opinion people who want to ride motorcycles want that connected feel (coming from a state where you cant ride 8 months out of the year) if you take all of the connectivity and feed back out of a bike then you might as well buy a car. for most of the united states and even Canada two wheels are seen as pleasure vehicles so most riders want that rough and free feeling

  • Kinang Eagle
    Kinang Eagle

    Lol, you gringos will never know how it feels like to live in. A motorcycle infested country

  • Jason Swiatkowski
    Jason Swiatkowski

    Honda wanted to make the motorcycle version of their popular Helix scooter. It didnt work.

  • Abisha Akmal
    Abisha Akmal

    the most giveaway is the pricepoint. if it cost as much as a car but can only carry 2 person. most people will opt a car

  • WW HB
    WW HB

    I had it from 1999 to 2014. Then I sold it to a delighted buyer (because it has become a very scare machine here in Germany). It got too heavy for my advanced age > 70 (purchased a Daelim Roadwin, half weight, half speed, which I love). A wonderful motorcycle. Never had a problem with it, during 80.000 kilometers. Suspension like a car, and on full acceleration the air burned :) .

  • Jerod Sutherland
    Jerod Sutherland

    great video, it's not hard to see where Honda got their styling cues from for the ST1100

  • Harley Chapin
    Harley Chapin

    lol - I'd like to see em get wife n 2 kids on a bike with rider

  • Mark Villano
    Mark Villano

    I think that if they brought back an updated version of this motorcycle today, it would sell like hotcakes. But they would be well off to lose the PC moniker, as most people are sick and tired of PC culture.

  • us1fedvet

    Wish they still made them. My 89 went 137k before alternator/stator issues just torpedoed it. Parts too hard to get and replace.

  • Angus Taylor
    Angus Taylor

    I think I may be the only person in the UK that genuinely loves the NM4 Vultus.

  • AbigailR84

    First time I saw a Pacific Coast, I was really confused- it looked just like my 2000 ST1100, except the tail end looked like...a scooter? If Honda had kept making them, one would have been the perfect bike for my aunt when she started riding. Alas, they didn't, so she ended up on a CTX1300. Another great bike which is now discontinued. So is the ST, and the VFR, and many more really great designs. Honda's strategy is pretty much the polar opposite of Harley's: they make completely different, totally innovative motorcycle models...for a relatively short period of time, then give up on them.

  • chipper442

    Ahhhhh the old PC800. Most think PC stood for Pacific Coast, it actually stands for Plastic Cycle, it’s ridiculous, but hey it’s still a Honda. #NoWingNoPrayer it’s a great commuter bike, but like a fat chick, it may be fun to “ride”, but you didn’t want anyone seeing you doing it. Killing it with this channel. I own a lot of vintage Honda’s, two of which are a ‘62 Super Cub and the 1982 version.

  • m hordijk
    m hordijk

    Plastic Coast.

  • Custodian Vrael
    Custodian Vrael

    'Blank as a teenagers search history' comedy gold

  • Angry Gnome
    Angry Gnome

    All it needs is a steering wheel

  • Brandon

    The 80s threw up all over this video and it's great

  • Vince Andrew Mahinan
    Vince Andrew Mahinan

    In the Philippines, there are around 8 million motorcycles. It's still traffic. Heavy. BUT, as a truck guy, I actually want that motorcycle.

  • justinin trump
    justinin trump

    They should try a tricycle, probably not too much wider with the trunk and it'd definitely make car drivers less nervous about riding, my dad's main stated problem with bikes is that there's no redundancy with only 2 contact patches

  • Aditya Gold
    Aditya Gold

    So, this is the grandfather of Yamaha Xmax & Honda PCX. But today those kind of motorcycle is called "evil motorcycle" to refer it's unruly rider.

  • Wes Treen
    Wes Treen

    Ha Ryan, I grew up down at the coast... in Lynn Valley. Can you give that thing an umbrella.... lol. Stay Safe.

  • Tony Jee
    Tony Jee

    being able to ice beer in my motorcycle is something I didn't know I needed until today

  • William Hyland
    William Hyland

    In addition to legalizing filtering to encourage more to ride motorcycles, I think the government should also not charge a yearly registration fee and also give some kind of tax credit.

  • ram thegobshite
    ram thegobshite

    To be honest, I can't help but feel like Honda just did it to themselves. How do you make one of the best selling practical, sensible and successful cars in the US (the Civic) and then try to cannibalize it... with a motorcycle?

  • Hazztech

    The golden goose isn't converting cardrivers, it's getting bikes to first time drivers instead of cars.

  • chrossphyre

    I own a BMW K1200LT which arguably is the heavier and more expensive version of the Pacific Coast ( or perhaps the PC800 is the smaller and less expensive....well you know what I'm saying). In my case, a well-integrated cluster of precision German engineering is buried behind an impenetrable facade of PVC and phillips screws. The downside is that the K1200LT has several known maintenance issues that require stripping the bike naked, and the flexibility of a circus contortionist. Apparently German engineers are genetically modified beings with triple jointed orangutan-length arms which terminate in 12 inch fingers, each with their own ratcheting metric wrench size. Thank God there are expert sources of maintenance and repair procedures available on FIbill (shoutouts to illinoisBMWriders and Chris Harris). This on an 850lb motorcycle that only favours those whom are blessed with more leg than torso. Yes, the winter work can be a pain in the gluteous....until you get her out on the road and she shows you what a touring bike can really do on a clear straightaway or a twisty mountain road. It's like golf. You curse the wind, the bugs, the AWOL beer cart, and your clubs until that time you step up and smack a 350 yard lazer beam straight down the middle, setting yourself up for an eagle on a long par 5 and making your cheerfully critical golfing buddies eerily silent. That's what makes everything else worth it.

  • Capt Larry -
    Capt Larry -

    It is an Urban Legend that the PC 800 was designed by Auto Designers.. Would you swallow that notion about a K Series RT BMW..another totally enclosed M/C. ?? Marketing Ideas aside...and also some of your comments aside, the PC-800 is far from the Marshmallow you portray it to be. It is firmly in the mainstream of european sport touring bikes of similar displacement and age ( 1989). airhead beemers, and guzzis with bags. It will acquit itself decently in the twisties, not wallow if adjusted properly , and certainly never drag anything. It revs willingly and pulls strongly. Its Bias Ply Dunlop K55 tires pretty well define what it will do, and is meant to do. Is the BMW K-75 designed at the same time a better bike? . Of course, but it is perhaps the best bike BMW every made, and that makes everybody look shabbier than they really are. It now has to wear the Dunlops too.. as bias ply tire options shrink. The achilles heel of this bike are the ( overly complex) Carburetors, that came with 80's era smog control technology. If the bike had the F.I. system of the Deauville, it would be as bullet proof as it is possible to make a motorcycle... Toyota like. with hydraulic lifters, cdi ignition 2 plugs per cylinder, and a shaft drive with far less maintenance required ( or spline failures) than my much loved beemers. The real trick is to ride one.. with a touring perspective. It is too heavy.. that is true. but it is not the low speed monster the ST or gold wad is.

  • George Erhard
    George Erhard

    Brilliant. Unfortunately, they didn't turn it back over to Acura's ad execs to market it. Whoops. (waiting for FortNine to do a review of the Yamaha GTS 1000, or "The Motorcycle with Missing Forks".)

  • david bleh
    david bleh

    Eliminate 'congestion': learn how to drive (#3secondsapart), carpool, and RIDE duh.

  • david bleh
    david bleh

    Who's idea was the moustache lololol?!

  • Joshua Taft
    Joshua Taft

    Great vidio and realy a intersting bike for sure..looks like a gold wing

  • Dinky Dot
    Dinky Dot

    DN01 around the shop it was called Did Not Order One

  • Andreas

    Definitely get a moustache man!

  • Cameron Kennedy
    Cameron Kennedy

    This Later became the Honda Deauville. accidentally own 2 of them. i would love one of these in my collection :'D

  • Jprovence02

    ok i want one

  • D H
    D H

    "the whole thing is as blank as a teenager's search history." as a teenager, I can confirm that. 2:00

  • Gimmefuel72

    Hey Ryan, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do one of your amazing videos on the 2009 & up Triumph Thunderbird!!!! Oh man that would be freakin KILLER!! 😁👍🏻👍🏻

  • Mr moon
    Mr moon

    More like a maxi scooter than a car

  • Phantasmos

    Nice Poem. Excellent sales pitch!

  • YPO6

    BMW Futuro concept bike from 1980 looks very similar.

  • sredju

    nice bike.

  • Brad W
    Brad W

    Gawd I hated that thing when it came out. The PC800 was such an abomination. This video captured the essence of that “thing” perfectly.

  • AC

    I like the retro 4:3 ratio :)

  • Forza velo
    Forza velo

    Excellent well done. Have seen one or two of these in grey bike shops over here in the UK.