Hawai'i

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  1. Euroatomic

    Euroatomic n00b

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    This might be out of place, but I am at my wits end here...
    Can anyone recommend a decently priced bike rental place in Kauai on short notice?
    My wife and I are going on a last minute 10 day trip and rental cars are impossible to get so we decided to rent a bike.
    Anyone in Kauai want to rent me your car/bike? :-) You can hold my wife's medical license as collateral :rofl
  2. Ccieurzo

    Ccieurzo Adventurer

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    I know the HD dealer rents bikes if you want to go that route. There is also Kauai Motorcycle Rentals and Kauai Motorcycle Tours. KMR rents dual sports if you are looking to go off-road. No personal experience with any of them, but Yelp reviews are good for KMR and KMT.
  3. Flashback

    Flashback Mommys Lil Monster

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    Anyone aware of any Hawaii ToR games? Any interest in getting one started if we don't already have one or more in play?
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    Flashback Mommys Lil Monster

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    Had a hard hit earlier today. Looking for someone local to the islands (preferrably Oahu) who can fix it and re-true the wheel.

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    I could probably use a hydraulic jack to push it back in place in my front yard but I'm not confident in my lacing skills.

    Who on in Hawaii should I go to for getting this fixed? Thanks.
  5. Ccieurzo

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    I would suggest shipping it to Woody's Wheel Works. My experience on Oahu was not a good one with the only place on the island that was willing to handle motorcycle wheels. Granted it was an alloy wheel, but they ended up doing more damage to the wheel than it originally had. I ended up sending it to Woody's and it cost about as much as the local estimate.
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    Flashback Mommys Lil Monster

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    Yah Woodys seems to be the consensus.
  7. mrxinpa

    mrxinpa Just Get Out and Ride !!!

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    Yup pull it off ship Only the Laced Rim! Remove Everything else! You'll have it back in two weeks! Best suggestion someone gave me and the best money I spent for a repair!
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    Flashback Mommys Lil Monster

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    Unfortunately it's my main transport. Didn't like the local commercial options so used a combo of heat, a jury-rigged press, and a BFH last weekend to re-shape the rim in my front yard. Probably drove the neighbors nuts that day. For as soft as the F800 rims are they are damn sure hard to bend by hand.

    Final product looks ugly as sin and still has an ever so slight flat spot but it'll work for now.

    As soon as alternative transport is arranged the F8 hub is getting sent to Woodys for lace up on a 1.85" A60 rim - hopefully won't bend that one. :)

    Working on getting the old F650 thumper back on the road to use while the F8 is down for the wheel replacement. But I'm afraid that bike might be hosed with a disintegrated sprag clutch gear - no shop to pull the case and flywheel to find out for sure and/or do the replacement. Having a new starter shipped to island in the hopes that the 'easy fix' will be the right fix but I'm not holding my breath.

    Anyone know of a community shop space that might be available on Oahu if I have to tear the flywheel off the bike?
  9. yotatoy

    yotatoy Been here awhile

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    Anyone have experience with dual sports and safety registration in Hawaii? I am moving to Hawaii this summer and I am bringing my street titled 1990 DR350 with me. I have had it registered in MI and AK, I am worried about not being able to register it in Hawaii. Its a pretty bare bones bike. Headlight, Taillight, bicycle squeeze horn, and license plate. No battery, kicker with AC only. 1 Mirror, no speedometer or odometer (stock trip meter only, resets at 100 miles)

    https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/files/2013/01/mvso-PMVI-Manual-for-Inspectors-of-Motorcycles.pdf

    Ideally I would not use it as a commuter because of traffic, but would love to get out and do some ADV riding there, just not sure if it will take to much work to get it to pass inspection, might just let it expire and keep it as a dirtbike.

    Grateful to any advice

    Cheers :beer
  10. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    What island are you moving to?


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    yotatoy Been here awhile

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    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Grew up there, Manoa Valley, and I don't think there's much ADV riding left. Kaena Point is a nature reserve now, not sure if motos are allowed. There's a great motocross track in Kahuku on the North Shore, with some good trail riding around it. But so much stuff is private/state/federal or Watershed Reserve and closed to riding. Maybe some kamaainas can chip in?
    Eh brahs, you can help dis guy out?


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  13. yotatoy

    yotatoy Been here awhile

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    That's what I am afraid of, almost makes it not worth trying to keep bike registered while I am there. But I do love riding some dirt roads if I can find any there.
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    Flashback Mommys Lil Monster

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    Not much in the way of dirt roads outside of the off-limits pineapple plantations. Kaena pt and Peacock Flats Jeep trails are open to you once you are legally registered in the DLNR system. Kahuku Motocross/ATV trails are good from what I hear but I ride a big pig that isn't meant for going straight up the side of those hills. Oahu is still more than 60% un-developed. Won't find anything on the internet or in the forums about non-DLNR areas but they exist - unless you are on a KTM 640A or Exc 500 most of them are 350 or smaller trails/roads on full knobbies only and you got to sit in slab-side commuter traffic jams to get to trail entrances.

    For the kind of riding you (and I for that matter) would like, Big Island is best - not much 'open' dirt left on Oahu.
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    yotatoy Been here awhile

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    aye, I hear the jeep trails are a blast, I really want to bring my old solid axle toyota on 35's, but shipping would be crazy high and not sure if it would pass safety either. Might be best to trailer the 350 around up there in back of a truck. Looking to get a bigger bike for commuting, but not sure what yet, something I can get cheap.
  16. KevinMTB

    KevinMTB Been here awhile

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    Yotatoy, I don't think you will have much luck getting that bike registered on Oahu. Back in 2006 I was able to get a new Honda CRF250X registered but it was a pain, I hear now that it's impossible. I even had issues with registering my 2009 Husqvarna TE-610 when I brought it in brand new and it is 50 states street legal, turns out Husky didn't turn in the proper paper work for it to the national data base so I had to go through the whole inspection process with the DMV. Perhaps because it's already registered out of state all you would have to do is get it inspected and have all the right equipment on it, mind you this isn't the usual annual "safety inspection" but a thorough going over by a state inspector. They could deny you for simple things like non DOT rims. Headlight would have to have high and low beam, brake light activated by front and rear lever/pedal, a real horn, tail light for your license plate, speedometer and odometer. It may not be worth the hassle, I had a XR400 plated in Colorado and that was a breeze. Unfortunately, since this is an island the DMV has great control over imported vehicles since you can't just drive across the state line. They require you to get a temporary permit with in 10 or thirty days on import and that is good until your existing registration expires than you are required to get a Hawaii plate, to get the plate you need to get it inspected by a state inspector because the VIN number wont show up in the national database of the DMV because it was never a street legal bike when new.

    As far as riding goes here on Oahu, other than Kahuku, it's all about local knowledge. There are some great trails next to Kahuku Motorcycle track but the area is military training grounds so you're basically poaching trails but it's worth the risk (I haven't been caught since riding since 2006). When it's too wet to ride the hills around Kahuku etc, we ride the pineapple fields which have no security but it isn't technical at all but at least you can ride some dirt and you can also get a free permit to ride Kaena Point which is good riding along the ocean but it is a very small area and regulated as where you can ride. I use to ride a lot up at Peacock Flats on my mountain bike but it is very difficult to get access for a motorcycle, I've only been able to get up there twice. It's easy if you have a 4x4 truck or jeep but not so with a motorcycle.

    I shipped My Husky to Colorado as it was too big a bike for Oahu and perfect for my once a year ride on the mainland, now I ride a Yamaha WR250R which is a perfect dual sport bike for the islands. Hit me up if you end up with a dual sport over here.

    Aloha,
    KevinMTB
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    Flashback Mommys Lil Monster

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    +1 on the WR250R. If I didn't use my F8 as my work "truck" I'd be right there with the WR, opinions on potentially weak subframe aside...best bike for the islands.

    Also looking to put together an ADV camping trip to Peacock Flats if anyone interested. Vehicle registration is not an issue if we actually have the campground reserved.
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    Flashback Mommys Lil Monster

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    Oh, and DoD has video cameras on the Kahuku roads ... even if you aren't "caught" they know who you are and what you are doing ... just sayin' .... also, watch out for the moron who is welding the gate locks shut. Causing all sorts of problems for DoD and us contractors alike. If you go out that way bring a really good bolt cutter.

    And also, the USMC drills in Kahuku ... they aren't afraid to take people they find out in the woods and make them part of the scenario. I know from experience. :flush
  19. yotatoy

    yotatoy Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the good info. Sound like it will be a headache to get my DR registered there, which is sad because it's been a good bike to me for years. Maybe will pickup a wr250, always liked them and love the idea of fuel injection and estart, just never been in my budget before. You do enough dirt and sand for the 250r to make sense or would you recommend the 250x with street tires because of the amout of pavement slamming?
  20. KevinMTB

    KevinMTB Been here awhile

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    I've only come across security up there once and it was when they were building the faux town. I've come across the military and they have been pretty cool about it, however I leave the area if I know they are training up there. I've seen cameras by the satellite stations and water tanks but no where else, where have you seen them? I use to do a lot of riding where the new windmills are but they now have tight security over there above Waimea Bay.