Exploring Hawai'i, O'ahu

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Redoubt, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Redoubt

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  2. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Thanks Redoubt!

    I know it ain't TN, but you're sure making the best of what you have, and displaying it beautifully.

    I'll show the pics asap to my buddy Tony the ex-Makaha local, he still owns the property that his bro lives on. The brother Abe drives big rig's moving dirt around the island, probably can't miss him, when they have local big rig get together's Abe wins the trophy for most detailed trucks.

    I sure hope another local, @Huladog, is keeping an eye on this thread!

    Thanks again for taking the effort in making these post's, so many of us living vicariously through these pics.
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  3. Redoubt

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    No problem braddah.

    There are a lot of big rigs here but the rig of choice by far are Toyota 4 Runners.

    Don't get me wrong Hawaii is a nice place to live but I need more roads like Big Island. Now I've been on all of the main roads I am going searching out the small ones and see where it take me.
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    Huladog Been here awhile Supporter

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    Huladog checking in after @sealsam woke me up.

    Yep, the island can feel confining when compared to the Big Island but what I’ve found as I got older is to ignore riding to a destination or even worrying about riding the same routes and just enjoy the mechanical-ness of the “ride”.

    Huh? Stop worrying about the destination or the scenery and enjoy the machine you happen to be riding, that you personalized, modified to suit you.

    Aloha, and wave when you see me doodling along on my black Bonneville T-120 with a single bag on the left side!
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    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    I definitely wouldn't own a big bike on Oahu and would probably just have a Ninja 250 or smaller, and in reading through this thread I keep thinking that with a smaller bike I would do exactly what you're describing.
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  7. Redoubt

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    Kokohead head. Similar to Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs but this was a military observation post.

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  8. Redoubt

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    Sarah Connor is alive and well on Oahu. That looks like the comfiest scooter seat ever. Didn't some Honda Elites come with a built in stereo?
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  9. Redoubt

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    Some pics from this evening at the Maili pillbox.

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    I'm home resting after a "long ride" from the West side of the island and so have some time to ramble on.

    So my second motorcycle was a Buell Ulysses Xb12x. A bike I loved greatly. If it wasn't for parts availability anxiety I would have kept the bike. I always promised myself I would never buy a Harley Davidson after what they did to Buell. Which is sad as the first motorcycle I ever wanted was a Harley Davidson Fatboy after watching Terminator 2 Judgement day.

    Well time marches on and the new Fatboy comes out on the new 2018+ softail platform. Before I visited a Harley Davidson dealer and something I have never been offered in a Jap bike dealership-a test ride.

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    I love all of these "new roads" era Harley Davidson designs.
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    The dealer let me ride the Fatboy and the Breakout. In comparison to my Vstrom 1000, yes both bikes were heavy. Especially when I was trying to do a u turn on the fatboy.

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    Having said that, I totally get the Harley thing. So I decided then I want a fat boy. My brother also a Buell fan but never owned one, is planning on getting a fat boy in Germany. Yes the tariffs are a real thing there. I think the price is coming to around 25,000 euros which is insane.

    Now when I set out to come to Oahu my plan was to pay off my home by the time I return. I have no debt other than my mortgage. Well I just made the final payment on my home and it's pending over the weekend. It doesn't feel real yet.

    When I return to the mainland I'm going to pick up a used black 114 for sub $15k cash. I have made a list of the parts I want and saved search them on eBay. As they pop up used/new under msrp to the point where I'm getting a good deal I will buy those parts.

    First item being the docking hardware for the holdfast sissy bar. Really this should be included with the sissy bar.

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    I don't understand how HD can justify the prices of their accessories.
  12. Redoubt

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    What happened to the right side bag?
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    The bunked? Do you know if they were pre-Pearl Harbor Attack or after the attack. I’m pretty sure they were built after the Pearl Harbor attacks and I do know the Navy built most of them. When I was in Hawaii they were off limits.
  14. Redoubt

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    That must have been some time ago?

    From the research that I have seen, most are post WW2. There's really not much info on them. I think some bunkers had concrete poured in place and others were premade and air lifted in.

    Not all were bunkers with gun emplacements. Most were observation posts to spot aircraft and ships approaching.
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    Full moon over Kailua Beach. Which should mean the Portuguese Man O War should be on the shores a week from now.

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    Facing Waimanalo beach from Bellows. If you was to go dead center of the picture would have you at Robins Nest.

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    Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.

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    Sun rising over Moloka'i. This is the clearest I've seen the island.


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    Spent the weekend at Bellows. I need a really thick thermarest if motorcycle camping is to be a thing. I used to have a conversion van that was great for camping I do miss it.
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  16. Redoubt

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    Aloha. Bit of an update.

    I recently went to Robins Nest to snorkel and met some native Hawaiian historians who were rebuilding the stone wall to the tidal pool. PXL_20201114_210640305.jpg

    I've done a lot of research about the property and I cannot find any information about the square concrete thing on the tidal pool. Even the historians had no idea when it appeared or what is its purpose.

    Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Tom Selleck pondering his next case.

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    Lately I've seen a few portuguese man o war at Bellows and at Robins nest. They usually appear 1 week after a full moon.

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    I collected another part for the Fat Boy 114 I'm planning on buying. HD quick release sissy bar and holdfast rack with the standard back rest.

    I also purchased the touring backrest for a wider surface area, I suspect it's a fake as there is no HD branding or part number, it's definitely not as soft as the standard back rest.



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    About a month ago I noticed that the clutch lever on the vstrom wasn't going back to its default position on its own. The next day I lost all pressure and it would not go into gear.

    After doing something troubleshooting I found that there was brake fluid trickling from the clutch master cylinder. I ended up adding dot4 fluid to the master cylinder, bleed the slave cylinder and managed to get the pressure back.

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    30,000 miles of gunk.

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    It looks like dirt got into the chamber and scored the walls and piston. I ordered a replacement about a month ago and I'm still waiting.

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    More to come tomorrow.
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  17. Honolulubimmer

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    Most of the "pill boxes" on ridges were in fact observation points, from which azimuths could be taken to targets offshore, and relayed to coastal defense batteries to triangulate and fire.

    The stuff on the top of Koko Crater was actually an early radar installation with a helipad. I've never seen photos of it in operational condition, though I expect some Gov't. function has the photos somewhere.

    Lately I've been involved at a planned development near the North Shore, in a location I last visited in the mid- to late 1970s. After a surf trip I was looking for a) more surf and b) the supposed nudist camp. Although I eventually got to the shoreline through brush, gates, fences and a bit of a hike, I found neither.

    A heavy bike (regardless of brand) on Oahu will limit your mobility, not enhance it. mostly because Oahu is only 20 miles by 30 and there are relatively few uncontrolled back roads. Tell me about it: I ride a BMW K1300GT, 630 pounds plus my 280 pounds.... no back roads for me, not least because of low clearance and the pipes being the first thing to contact Mother Earth. On the Big Island where I grew up, a big bike will eat up the distances without being too buzzy, but OTOH there are more back roads... you lays your bets and takes your chances.
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  18. Redoubt

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    So the nudist beach is an urban legend? I heard about it too, I've pretty much travelled the entire North Shore and I don't know of any nudist colony.

    Another issue on the vstrom was the oil pressure light. A few thousand miles ago the oil pressure light wouldn't illuminate after riding the bike or it would just flicker.

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    New oil pressure switch $30. Very easy to install.

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    Since the vstrom was 500 miles from its 30k service I just decided to get it knocked out while the bike was out of action.

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    I scored a cheap online deal for some Honda oil. For some reason amazon won't ship coolant or chain lube to Hawaii.

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    Old vs new rear sprocket.

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    Front sprockets

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    After all of the messing around with the sprockets, I wish I had gotten a VFR1200x or a Stelvio with a single swingarm and shaft drive.

    The local shops charge a small fortune for pretty much any maintenance so I'd rather do it myself.

    More to add tomorrow.
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    The nudie beach was real - there was a Hawaii Naturist Club, whose members supposedly had directions and keys or whatever. A current Google search does not turn up any website so I suppose they are gone. That was in days gone by, nowadays I've see women dropping it all right in the middle of Makapuu; some areas of the North Shore as well. Every island has beaches where it's well known that you can drop yer drawers. Little Beach at Makena on Maui; Polihale on Kauai; anywhere on Oahu, with below Diamond Head favored; Kehena Beach (if it's still there) on the Big Island) or Waialea, and so on. There's plenty of "clothing optional" ads online. One of the biggest events is the July 4 Floatilla off Waikiki where anything that can float, grabs a blow-up and heads for yatchs offshore to get drunk, explore recreational chemicals, make some money, whatever. A few years ago the tradewinds came up strong in the afternoon and several dozen very drunk, quite young persons had to be rescued, lest they drift offshore, never to be seen again. Similar action at the Sandbar in Kaneohe Bay. The authorities are more active now...

    I'm done with this OT stuff, let's get back to it.
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  20. Redoubt

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    The oem replacement chain.

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    This was the first time I replaced a chain on a motorcycle. My friend had said there is a master link that you can pop off but no. The factory chain is an endless type that's installed at the factory before the swing arm goes on.

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    The new oem link. When I compared the chain lengths the new oem one was 2 links longer which I thought was odd. I'm guessing it's longer if you are using a different toothed sprocket.

    I began tearing down the bike to replace the original air filter. PXL_20201214_014621008.jpg

    The tank was full of fuel so I used a cheapo amazon siphon which worked great. PXL_20201214_014630923.jpg PXL_20201214_014722085.jpg

    I ordered replacement spark plugs but they look ok to me, I think I'll hold off until it gets to 50,000 miles, same with coolant and valve inspection.

    I was initially going to get the motion pro pbr tool to break the chain. Then I found the D.I.D. tool which is made in Japan and watched this well illustrated video so the choice was made.

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