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Post by 2wheelover51 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:40 pm

As a former Deauville (Dullville) owner and lover of bikes practical, I've recently seen a Pacific Coast PC800 in a local dealer, and been looking at the You Tube videos, etc. I think it was really a bike ahead of it's time, or maybe one which was just too practical and sensible to warrant the praise of our revered motorcycle press.
A Deauville with more power and less vibes, with added storage and weather protection does have a certain appeal. Certainly for the more mature rider. Are there any drawbacks that I'm unaware of? :|

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Re: Pacific Coast

Post by kayz1 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:34 pm

Deauville (Dullsville) Is a fantastic bike,,,,had two of them:: little and large. I never had one problem with either machine and did a few miles between them...YES, thy are not and sports bike or an adventure machine::::but i sure had a few adventures on mine..a couple of things to keep your eye on but nothing bad springs to mind...Mark ( Hororbags ) has had a couple of them at least so more from him when he Cc's :D this..i think..
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PS: i think they still sell them new in Euroland..

PPS: from what i gather from mates who have had the PC800 they are very similar bike to the Deauville, apart from being able to get at stuff.

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Re: Pacific Coast

Post by 2wheelover51 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:16 am

They are good bikes and totally undeserving of the moniker. Mine was a 2001 model 650, the one just before the linked brakes and chequered clockfaces. When I bought it it had a radio fitted, which I took off and sold. I fitted the hand and feet deflectors, an MRS Vario screen and power sockets, topbox etc. I did all work myself, valves etc. all so easy to work on once the plastic was off.
I traded it in for the SV1000, which was also a good bike but suffered from a host of complaints such as magnets falling off the rotor, juddering clutch which needed specialist attenion etc. In fact when I rode the SV away after parting from my Deauville I thought "What have I done!" :D
The only real downside to the Deauville was the vibration at higher speed (eg. over 70mph) but it was still a great, comfy tourer.
I just thought the PC might not have suffered from that with having the bigger motor and other differences etc.

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Re: Pacific Coast

Post by The Bern » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:03 am

Have wheels, will travel :D

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Post by Dave Weller » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:18 am

I have ridden a PC800 for a few miles, everything was ok, except the front brake and a very poor downwards gear change, so I didn't buy it.
I still have one of the last Deauvilles which I brought new in 2013, it works every well for me as a tourer, I get 200 miles to the tank easy, about 68mpg, pulls like a train, nothing is difficult to work on, I have the utmost trust that it will start,stop and get me home. A big plus for it is the low seat height, shaft drive, adjustable screen and good weather protection. I have the city lids and touring lids for the boxes and a big top box, and even when fully loaded, is quite light compared to the Pans I have previously owned.
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Re: Pacific Coast

Post by horobags » Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:22 pm

Ive had lots of deauvilles, brilliant bikes, both 650 and 700. I must say I prefer the PC800, looks more quirky, bags of luggage space, but I'd buy deauville all day as are proven bulletproof, and parts/insurance are very reasonable.
Talking of insurance, its just cost me £70 more to insure a cg125 than a 650 deauville!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF is going on with insurance companys, zero consideration for the customer, just financial rape. :evil:
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Re: Pacific Coast

Post by 2wheelover51 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:27 pm

Thanks for the link Bern, one members engine tuning tips were most interesting.
Looking at the specs for the PC800 shows it's quite a bit different to the Deauville, in some ways good, in others not so.
It weighs a fair bit more than the Deauville at 263 kgs, and uses the motor from the VT700 Shadow, with SOHC, three valve twin plugs and hydraulic adjustment. The big advantage over the Deauville I think is the extra 100/150 ccs and the fact that the engine is rubber mounted whereas the Deauvilles isn't, so less high speed vibes. The specs show the top speed as 120 mph cf. the Deauvilles 115. I didn't take my 650 over about 95 as it felt like my fillings would fall out if I'd gone any faster.
Quite an interesting bike in many ways.

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Re: Pacific Coast

Post by The Bern » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:53 am

Pleasure bud, I was looking at one a couple of years back but got side tracked by 'family issues' & never got back to it. Weight as you say is an issue, also they take exception to even the slightest 'off' & unlike the Deauville the sides of the panniers are part of the bodywork, so not easily replaced.
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Re: Pacific Coast

Post by 2wheelover51 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:31 am

Bern, on the you tube video I saw of a "naked" PC800 (without the plastic) there were rails running around the bottom of the panniers as well, adding extra strength for just such an eventuality, they are really well made. I think though for me at my age it would be a bit too heavy in the case of a drop. In fact I toppled my Shadow doing a u turn, and then dropped my TMax on it's side due to a heavily loaded topbox and lack of attention :oops: although they were easily picked up I don't want anything heavier really. Both these drops were accentuated by by my PORG-like inside leg measurement. I think if I change the Shadow or TMax this year it will be for a nice Deauville 700 or possibly an NC700/750 S. :) We'll see...

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Re: Pacific Coast

Post by 2wheelover51 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:33 pm

When I bought the new luggage for the Shadow I was chatting with the dealer about the various bikes that they'd had, I mentioned the PC800 and his comment was that they're very practical, reliable etc. but are a very top heavy bike. :cry:


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