Hawai'i

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  1. Twin headlight Ernie

    Twin headlight Ernie Custom fabricated dual sport accessories

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    My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time on Maui. We bumped into the Maui canoe club and they invited us on a couple of rides.
    Here's a couple favorite pictures to share.
    Cheers. 2HE


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  2. MikkSteel

    MikkSteel Adventurer

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    Wow! Great pictures!
  3. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    You can hike through Haleakala Crater. Palikiu on the other side, is lush and green, a nice change after a day hiking across the lava.


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  4. AKtiger

    AKtiger Been here awhile

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    Ah Haleakala nothing like watching the sunrise on the mountain. Wife and I have hiked that trail in reverse when we were younger. Love the volcano's that's what brought us to the big island. Here is a shot of Twin Craters from the vent on the Mauna Iki trail.

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  5. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Years ago we hiked across Kilauea Iki, and the surface had active steam vents. If one of us stood still, and then the others all jumped at the same time, you could feel the hardened surface undulate. Bit unnerving after I thought about what we were doing.


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  6. OneZero

    OneZero TGT of Opportunity

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    The alternator belt just went bad in my 2010 R1200GS and South Seas has it in stock! Anyone happen to have the BMW special tool to install it? I'll trade you a bottle of JD for letting me use it for 24 hours!
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    OneZero TGT of Opportunity

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    Nevermind! Got it done with a pair of channel lock pliers.
  8. OneZero

    OneZero TGT of Opportunity

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    I'm about to change out the tires on my R12GS and would like to know if anyone would like to try out a set of free Mitas E-07s with about 30% tread remaining. I'm trying some Mitas E-10's and will get them mounted at Hawaii Rides today.

    UPDATE:
    I like the E-07's much more than the E-10's for all around performance. I still have the E-07's if anyone wants them.
  9. snorske

    snorske Been here awhile

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    Recently visited family in Oahu again, plus explored the Big Island for the first time. The beauty of Hawai'i is stunning. Enjoyed the parks, peacefulness, volcanoes and observatory at night was epic. Surfed a small break on Kealakekua Bay. Honaunau Bay snorkeling was way overrated. We wanted to hike the Waimanu Valley, but the dengue fever outbreak stopped that. Hiked a few other good ones though.

    I'm not sure I'd return to the Big Island. It's an odd mix of insane natural beauty with strange people. The locals make it feel like you're visiting an unwelcoming small town, with much of the island inaccessible due to private land like the Hamakua coast or the Forest reserves. I think thats why the other tourists are mainly old obese white couples driving around at Sunday speeds - they really don't want to explore much beyond the main road. You really need to be careful when exploring, including theft and unsavory characters. There is this myth that Hawaiian people are so kind and chill, but I'm not sure I'd agree. I've been to probably 30 different islands over the last 5 years of traveling, and most of the time you can feel like an explorer, and really get into the culture and environment. In Hawaii you are always an outsider, stuck driving at below speed limits behind huge lifted trucks with people that really don't want you there, but still need your money. Such is the irony.
  10. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Headed to Kauai in 2 weeks. I'm planning on renting a dr dr650 or 200 from Kauai Motorcycle Rental
    http://kauaimotorcyclerental.com

    Looking at some of the dirt roads off Waimea canyon and maybe visit Poihale beach. I'll be bringing my gps but doubt I can get too lost on Kauai.
    From there I'll ride back over to the north shore. Spending a full week + and got permission for one full day to ride.

    Any tips? Really looking forward to this trip.
  11. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Get the 650. Ride to Polihale. Ride to the end of the road past Hanalei and hike as much of the Kalalau Trail as you want, it's an 11-mile out and back. Go up to Kokee. Check out the falls at the head of the Waimea River. Go deep sea fishing. Eat local food, watch for the trucks parked here and there. Locals are picky about good food, and plate lunches are usually cheap, good, and filling.
    I lived in Kapaa for about a year, grew up on Oahu. PM me any questions, plus I'm sure there is a Kauai resident who has more advice.


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  12. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Thanks 1911,
    650 it is, probably fit me better as I'm tall. Had a klr but think I'll try the dr. My son and are hiking the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapiai beach. I'd love to do the 11 mile overnighter but not this trip. Staying in Wailua and will try the local flavors, being a Kentucky boy I'm sure I'll butcher the Hawaiian names.

    Mahalo.
  13. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Hawaiian is pretty simple, if you see it you say it. Few things though, e is pronounced a, i is e and ai together is really one letter, i. So Hanakapiai is "ha na cop ee eye". W is w, unless it's the next to last letter, then it's v.
    Check out Waimea Canyon, especially at dawn and sunset. Go on a sailboat, snorkel, go deep sea fishing. Ask ahead if you want to keep any fish for dinner, though.


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  14. KevinMTB

    KevinMTB Been here awhile

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    Check out Anahola Beach Park. At the end of the paved road is a dirt road that has some trails that ride along the ocean's edge, some of the most scenic riding I did over there. Enjoy your stay, aloha.
  15. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Hey guys,
    Thanks for all the tips. Had a great trip to Kauai but didn't end up renting a bike. I was having too much fun on 2 legs and 4 wheels with the family. Hit all the highlights, the caynon, north shore, southern beaches, ancient Hawaiian sites on the east. High point for me was the hike to Hanakapi`ai beach with my son. Rocky, muddy, steep ups and downs. Loved it! Even think he enjoyed it.

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  16. enumclaw

    enumclaw I just....don't know

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    Apologies for not reading through the entire thread.....

    What are options for renting dual sports on the big island these days? I am up for a guided tour of roads/trails without pavement. I'll only have about a day to spare, so rather than my usual approach of poking around and finding things on my own, I don't have time to waste finding the sweet spots. TIA.....

    Rob
  17. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

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    Give these guys a call: http://www.hiadv.com/
  18. enumclaw

    enumclaw I just....don't know

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    Thanks. I spoke with the owner a couple of days ago. Real nice guy, but not doing any dual sport/off road rentals any longer. Couldn't make that part of the business work, sadly. Still renting street oriented machines though, and great to have alternatives to Harleys.
  19. hiflynbrd

    hiflynbrd I know that shortcut

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    Looks like I'm headed back to HI for work again. Heading for the Big Island this time, not Oahu. Looking for a general transportation motorcycle if anyone has one they are looking to get rid of. I'll likely be living in the Kona area and also looking for a long-term rental reasonably near the airport and maybe with some elevation too. Feel free to PM me with anything of interest.

    Ray
  20. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

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    BUMP :ricky Rode down the old Cane Haul Road a couple weeks ago after all the big rain: :raindance The eucalyptus forests on either side of the road are where the cane fields used to be. Found many trees down and lots of spots where the runoff had crossed the road. Also found some huge cattle turds in the road. :uhoh (lots of busted fences around cattle pasture) [​IMG] At the end of the pavement, the road turns onto Mud Lane, a seriously washed out 4-wheel drive river bed that leads back up to Waimea town. [​IMG] Succeeded in going all the way up (lots quicker than going down it from the Waimea side) No pictures of the steep washed out sections, I was kinda busy: :p3rry [​IMG]
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