For 20 Years, We Thought That Car Designers Created The Honda PC800. Here’s The Real Story

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Few motorcycle manufacturers have been as successful at sensing what consumers want as well as Honda has. In 1958, Honda caught lightning in a bottle by selling the Super Cub to non-riders and bicycle riders. In a subsequent attempt to gain more riders, Honda attempted to bring new riders to the two-wheel lifestyle.

How? A popular belief is that Honda’s automotive design team dreamed up a motorcycle to attract car drivers to motorcycling. But the reality is a bit different.

This is the Honda Pacific Coast 800. Launched in 1989, this futuristic-looking bike had some ideas that would still be good today, over 30 years later.

One of the most prominent features of the PC800’s design is the completely enclosed engine. Not even the racetrack-replica sportbikes hide their engines as totally as the PC800 does.

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One killed after car, motorcycle collide near railroad tracks in Dania Beach

A 68-year-old Hollywood man died in the hospital after his motorcycle collided with a car near a railroad crossing in Dania Beach.

William Ciriago was driving a Can-Am Spyder motorcycle west in the 2200 block of Griffin Road, about 4 p.m. Monday, when he made a left turn on the railroad tracks and began heading south along the tracks, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Roger Gordon, 77, of Davie, was driving a Dodge Charger east on Griffin Road approaching Interstate 95. As Gordon reached the railroad tracks on the west side of I-95, Ciriago pulled into his path and was struck on the right side. The motorcycle flipped over before coming to a rest, investigators said.

Ciriago was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood where he later died.

Gordon was also taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with minor injuries. He is cooperating with the investigation that is ongoing.


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Buying a car will be even more of a nightmare this summer as inventory dries up. Here’s what you need to know if you’re shopping around.

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t tank the used car market like many thought it would.
  • Currently, used car demand is strong because new car inventory is down.
  • It’s still possible to get a good deal; you just have to act fast and be flexible and patient.
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Just because there’s the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to worry about, it doesn’t also mean you have to hit pause on all aspects of your life. Perhaps you’re thinking about buying a car this summer.

Business Insider spoke with Tom McParland, who runs a service called Automatch Consulting that helps people buy cars, about some advice.

As he writes for the automotive site, Jalopnik, McParland warned that this year’s Fourth of July car deals might not be as great as people expect because of low inventory,

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UK Car Production Down 95 Percent In May As Factories Start To Reopen

It’s the lowest May output since 1946.

UK car manufacturing facilities remained quiet in May despite production officially restarting at various factories. That’s the story told by new figures from the country’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which show last month’s output was down 95 percent compared with the same period in 2019.

May 2020 was the industry’s worst May since 1946, with just 5,314 cars rolling off British production lines – a 95.4 percent drop compared with the 116,035 that were built in May 2019. That said, the figure does represent a sizeable increase on the 197 cars built in April this year, when the coronavirus lockdown was at its most stringent.

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Even though some factories restarted production last month, including Bentley’s Crewe plant and Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull facility, they were still operating at a fraction of their normal capacity. According

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