Druk op onderstaande knop om een positief berichtje achter te laten in mijn gastenboek (let wel : obsceniteiten worden eruitgeflikkerd !)
Motortoerisme... mijn passie Enkele korte flashes uit mijn motorrijderscarrière die begon in 1972.
Regelmatig een korte impressie van de nieuwste modellen.
Ook komen de meest gekke motoren aan bod alsmede bijzondere verkeerssituaties.
Treffens en andere activiteiten.
En niet te vergeten mijn collectie 'Politie-bikes'en badges.
Honda Pacific Coast (PC800)
Honda Pacific Coast (PC800)
Are you tempted by motorcycling, but intimidated by the aggressiveness of today's bikes? How about a simple, comfortable bike that is easy to ride and maintain, quick enough to be fun, but unlikely to scare you? The good news is that just such a machine exists, the Honda Pacific Coast that you see here and it is absolutely superb. The bad news is that you have more chance of being hit by lightning than finding one, as Honda do not sell it in this country, more's the pity.
In the late Eighties the world's biggest bike maker, Honda, decided to design the perfect bike for non-bikers, even going so far as getting their car stylists to design it. The result was the PC800, better known as the Honda Pacific Coast, in testimony to the Californians they hoped would buy it. Honda shipped boatloads of them to the States, but the car driving public ignored it, and the traditionalist bikers didn't understand it. Honda had egg on their face, and a lot of unsold bikes, and rather than risk further embarrassment by selling the bike world-wide, the whole project went quietly onto the back burner. The die-hards had won, and thus was the UK denied the pleasures of one of the most delightful 2 wheelers ever built.
So why have I been enjoying this rarest of bikes on a sunny morning in Perthshire? Take a bow Mr Sandy Bloy, a name well known in Scottish motorcycle circles, Sandy has been selling and racing bikes for more than a few years now. Spotting a niche in the market, he has set up an outlet in Perth selling used bikes imported direct from Japan. This may seem like coals to Newcastle, but there are all manner of fascinating bikes available in Japan but not sold here, so if you fancy something that little bit more exclusive, Sandy Bloy is your man north of the border for such bikes. This PC800 is the first one that even Sandy had seen, so rare are they here, and he kindly volunteered it to me for the day for evaluation.
At the heart of the bike is a V-twin 800cc engine, which is a gem. It is quiet, unobtrusive and just brisk enough, and being a Honda should last forever. The bike is completely enclosed in bodywork, just like a car, and although it is quite heavy on paper, it is simplicity itself to move about, and completely unintimidating to ride. The seat is broad and comfy, and even a short chap like me can get both feet square on the ground, a great confidence booster. But best of all is that all encompassing bodywork encloses a boot at the back, again just like a car, and big enough for two helmets and a pile of groceries. The dashboard is entirely car-like, and the controls simple. It is in truth the nearest thing possible to a small, two wheeled car, and of course is sneered at by the motorcycle purists. Fortunately, I am no purist!
Easing up the A9 to Pitlochry at the speed limit, the Pacific Coast is possibly the friendliest bike I have yet ridden. It hums along with about as much fuss as you would expect in a Honda Civic. Drop a few gears to overtake and it whips past with ease, not that fast by the standards of other large bikes, but easily on a par with a Honda NSX in that all important 40-70 mph range (and yes, I have driven one), and then settle back to cruise as happily as you would in a leather and wood trimmed Accord. No problems in the cruising and overtaking stakes then, but does it handle? I stop on the Pitnacree bridge to take the photo above the river Tay, and head down one of my favourite roads, the B898 past Kinnaird to Dunkeld. Here the bike has another little surprise, in that if you stay in 3rd and 4th gears it will swing cleanly and elegantly through the bends with a precision somewhere between a CRX and a Prelude, which is high praise indeed. The PC800 may be a bike, but it manages to sum up all the best sensations that Honda engineer into their cars. I am an avowed fan of Honda's cars, so you will perhaps understand why I am enjoying this bike so much.
Quite simply, this bike was ahead of its time when it was first launched. It was considered too radical, not "bike-ish" enough, which is why it failed commercially. The word from the States is however that folk are finally beginning to appreciate the PC800 and sales are picking up, meanwhile Honda has quietly slipped it onto the Belgian market too. A handful of enterprising souls like Sandy Bloy ensure that a very limited supply is available in the UK, and Honda appear to have accepted this by making spares parts available here. In my view the Pacific Coast deserves better, and I think its time might just have come. There are now lots of people coming back to biking, and if this bike was marketed properly here I am sure it could win lots of friends. How about it Honda UK?
3000 units van deze waterscooter waren er in 1988 besteld door de Amerikaanse Navy met een prijskaartje van 17,2 Biljoen Dollar ! Honda vond het echter niet eens de moeite om voor dat bedrag amper 3000 van deze machines te produceren en het bleef dan maar bij dit ene prototype. Ze besloten er dan maar twee wielen onder te zetten en de PC800 motorfiets was geboren...
Buddy seat hoogte: 725,5 mm (28.6 inches) Breedte overall: 820 mm (32.3 inches) Grond afstand: 140 mm ( 5.5 inches) Hoogte overall: 1370 mm (53.9 inches) Lengte overall: 2290 mm (90.2 inches) Wielbasis: 1555 mm (61.2 inches)
Motorolie: 3.0 liter (3.2 US qt) Versnellingsbakolie: 150 cc (5.1 oz) Brandstoftank: 16.0 liter (4.2 US gal) Koelsysteem: 2.5 liter (2.7 US qt) Passagier: bestuurder en een passagier Maximum gewicht: 167 kg (369 lb)
Droog gewicht: 262 kg (578 lbs) voor overige types Droog gewicht: 263 kg (580 lbs) voor California type
Theatermaker Wim Opbrouck, fotograaf Michiel Hendryckx en muzikant Jean Blaute starten eerstdaags hun motoren om gezamenlijk een motorreis van drie maand door Europa te maken. Ze gaan op ontdekkingstocht en brengen er voor Canvas verslag van uit. De werktitel van het programma luidt "De Bende van Wim" .
De 'Bende van Wim' is een Vlaamstelevisieprogramma dat op Canvas zal worden uitgezonden. Het draait allemaal rond de drie bovenvermelde vrienden die met de motor Europa doorkruisen.
De voorbije jaren hebben ze o.a. Frankrijk, Spanje, Engeland en Ierland bezocht. Hierbij hadden ze aandacht voor muziek, geschiedenis, plaatselijke volksfiguren en gastronomie. Toch wordt het geen klassiek reisprogramma : centraal staat de vriendschap van de drie "bendeleden", die hun eigen interesses en persoonlijkheid volop aan bod zullen laten komen in de lokale cultuur en natuur.
Hasbro US Army Motor MP Hasbro continued it's Harley Davidson motorcycle line in 2000 with this US Army Motor MP featuring a nice Military Police motorcycle and rider. The motorcycle featured a movable gearshift lever, springer seat, active springer front end, working kickstand, working rear stand, left and right saddlebags, leg guards, windshield, and a black display base. The figure featured a standard classic collection body with a light green jacket, olive drab trousers, scarf, removable MP armband, .45 caliber pistol, web belt, boots with molded leggings, whistle, MP helmet with 1st division insignia, and dog tags. carded figures with the molded colored T-shirt. The Humvee was sold at all toy retail markets. Retail price was a whopping $99.99, but went as low as $49.99 during sales at Target.
Hasbro's Harley Davidson motorcycle release for 200? was this Electra Glide featuring the Metropolitan Police markings. The bike featured working center and side stands, working steering column, siren, detailed gauges, footboards, engine guards, saddlebags, emergency lights and radar guns. It also included an exclusive G.I. JOE police officer action figure with shirt, breeches, high-top boots, motorcycle helmet, sunglasses, necktie, dog tags, duty belt, handgun and radio communications.
Ik ben Guy Vandendriessche
Ik ben een man en woon in Izegem (België) en mijn beroep is gewezen rijkswachter en veiligheidsagent.
Ik ben geboren op 04/06/1955 en ben nu dus 63 jaar jong.
Mijn hobby's zijn: motortoerisme, terrariumdieren, plastic modelbouw, snorrenclub,....