Hawaii: Renting Something OTHER Than a Harley in Maui?

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  1. Ben Carufel

    Ben Carufel Boxer Addict

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    dI'm going to be in the Islands for about two weeks at the end of this month for a photoshoot. I'll have a few days to kill in Maui while the client is conducting some meetings...

    So, why not bring my helmet and gear with me and rent a bike to ride around Maui for a day, right?

    ...except I can't find a single place in Maui to rent anything OTHER than a Harley.

    Does anyone have any tips/suggestions? I have nothing against Harleys, but I thought it would be cool to do some off-road riding out there...

    Thanks!
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  2. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    There's not enough highway "room" in Maui to allow you to exercise most bikes to any extent, and police enforcement is strict, so the type of bike you get is not really critical. I would probably just go for a Sportster. You're a Beemer guy, so you will be wearing a fully face helmet, anyway, right? :D I've rented Harleys, and they're lots of fun.

    If I lived on the island, I don't think I would own anything much bigger than a 400.
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  3. tbarstow

    tbarstow Two-wheelin' Fool

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    Last time I was in Maui, the HD dealer also rented a couple of metric cruisers. Lots of places rent the metric cruisers as well.

    Do note that the top of the volcano is at 10,000 feet and it's a bit cooler up there, so bring a jacket if you're going riding up there.
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  4. azshtr

    azshtr Long timer

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    Just rent a scooter... hard to go faster than 35 anyways
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  5. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    We hiked down into the volcano last February, in cold weather gear:

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    That's probably the best road for riding, on the island.

    It was about 40 degrees F up top; pretty nippy.
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  6. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    The max speed is 45, sounds like a Harley would be the bike of choice.
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  7. Redline

    Redline Been here awhile

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    Last time I was there (2009), there was a shop on the way out of the airport that had a 950 Adventure for rent. A couple showed up at our hotel a few days later on it.

    I can't remember the name but will try and track it down.
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  8. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    and ride it to Hana
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  9. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    That was Jon Stockton of Maui Dual Sports. As I understand it, he closed that business. I was the first renter of his 950ADV and as far as I'm concerned, it was the perfect bike to ride around the island. I had so much fun, I rode the road to Hana twice :clap Last time I looked, there was still some info on his website. If he's still there, I'd talk with him. I did a write up here so a search should find that for you.
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  10. DurtKlod

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    There are several places on the island (at least there were in 2003) that rent these things but they allow you very little freedom. I know, not even close to what you were thinking but I had to throw it in there.
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    Taken in June at the top of Haleakala... yep, pretty cool.
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    Summer tourists don't usually take jackets to Hawaii so you see a lot of people running around wrapped in beach towels up there.
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  11. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    We brought spring skiing stuff, for our hike. That crater is an awesome place.
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  12. motogon

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    I'll be on Maui for 3 weeks in November, and I think I'm going to try that - rent scooter and ride eastern Maui loop "Paia - Hana - Kula - Paia". Not sure if Haleakala climb doable on scooter.
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  13. DurtKlod

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    How do you plan on getting from Hana to Kula? Are you going to backtrack back up the Hana highway or continue past Hana, past the seven sacred pools and finish the circle around the back/south side of the island?

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  14. motogon

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    Yes, I want to do full loop. I did it on car few years ago.
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    Cool beans! Have a blast and bring back lots'o pics to share!
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    808Tugpilot Pop A Wheelie!

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    You'll have a blast, no matter what the bike.

    Here is a link to the ride I did a few years ago - the section of paved road up to Poli Poli park is a must do. You could easily make it the rest of the way on the dirt road to the campground on a Harley if the road is dry......

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=397460

    JP
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  17. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    hello , I'm thinking of hitting the Hana area in Jan., via scooter , any opinions here ,
    is the road doable on a 50? I'm not worried about how fast I get there, just getting my butt ran over from behind, not sure if there are big inclines.
    also, GF has zero riding exp. what are your thoughts on a noob rider on that road on a scooter.
    thanks
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  18. DurtKlod

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    I think I'll start by echoing what jpkailua said above...
    I think you'll be fine on a scooter. Stay out of the way of the locals. They have little patience for slow tourists.
    Yes, there are inclines but nothing a scooter can't handle.
    Depends on how competent your GF is on a scooter. That road may not be the best place to teach your GF how to ride. It's narrow in LOTS of places and there can be LOTS of traffic. There's also LOTS of curves that allow noobs very little margin for error. If you plan on going all the way to Hana and back from Kahului on scooters, plan on a full day. If you want to avoid the traffic, start out early in the morning but again, WATCH OUT FOR THE LOCALS 'cause they know this trick too.
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  19. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    thanks , that is my 1st concern is locals hauling ass and I know many parts are w/o shoulders to pull over. good advice to get out early, I plan on several days in Hana so no rush, I"m in to small bore bikes so any CC works for me 9 run what ya brung, :1drink ) . I'm going to get my GF on my bro's scooter to see how she handles that, if shaky, the rides off.
    thanks, any others please chime in.
    I plan on staying at funkier places, passing on big resorts. ive been cruising trip advisor but any tips I'm thankful for.
    might hit the pioneer hotel in lahina a night or two to visit the local wildlife :1drink:1drink
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  20. motogon

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    I would not recommend scooter. All scooters on island in rentals are chinese made and breaking very often.
    Just made East Maui ride today on sportster. Not best bike for that ride ... but we survived.
    I researched a lot. Talk to my local friends. Made bunch of calls. ... no luck Harleys and scooters only.

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