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Exploring Hawai'i, O'ahu

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

  1. Redoubt

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    Sunday, the Windward side beaches have been closed I took the Vstrom to the Leeward side with the intention of going to Yokohama bay. All of the West side beaches were open until I got to the most NW western point near the Satellite tracking station.

    H1 was pretty quiet. IMG_20200322_164434.jpg

    At the end of the road.

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    Before I left I had checked every bolt and fastener after the Givi disaster, everything was good and tight. IMG_20200322_175833.jpg
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    Girl on a motorcycle.

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  2. Redoubt

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    As we rode home we could see the police begin to close all the west coach beaches. The plan for the coming week is to lockwire both Givi racks on the PCX and Vstrom.

    Givi has responded by stating "
    we are sorry for what happened but we can say with certainty, that if a suitcase detaches from the frame, the only reason is that it had not been correctly hooked.


    In case there are broken coupling system components, it means that it had been overloaded.


    However, we invite you to contact the retailer where you purchased the suitcase for a first analysis."

    The sidecase latches were engaged and not overloaded, not an operator error. The cheapest option is to just replace the case than start new with a different system. The next bike will have a new system, hopefully Touratech won't go under in the coming global economic collapse.
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  3. motoqueen

    motoqueen One Life. Live It.

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    Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing. I have had the opportunity to spend some time near Kaneohe over the past few years. Unfortunately without a motorcycle, except back in '06.
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  4. Redoubt

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    Beautiful picture and thank you. I love the view of Kailua from MCBH on a clear day. It's definitely one of the best bases, location wise I've been too, my favorite being the Air Force academy in Colorado Springs. I'm a mountain and woods person at heart. Hawaii is stunning but there are not enough roads to ride.
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  5. motoqueen

    motoqueen One Life. Live It.

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    I agree with "there are not enough roads to ride". But it sure is beautiful and relaxing. Except Honolulu and Waikiki.

    There is a nice hiking trail up at the Wai'Anae Range on Schofield Barracks. Excellent views, especially on a clear day. The trails are open most Sat & Sun. Check with Range Control. You can take H1 to 750/Kunia Rd, Lyman Rd Gate @ Schofield. Lyman Rd will intersect with Trimble. Left onto Trimble (which turns to Kolekole Rd) until it ends. There are two trails you can explore, Kolekole and Put Haupapa. Aloha
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  6. motoqueen

    motoqueen One Life. Live It.

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  7. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Sure enjoying the HI posts you guys are throwing up here.

    After going to the big three islands for many years(Oahu, Maui, Big Is.)I believe I found my paradise, Kauai. As a family this past January we spent 5 days on Maui for our son's wedding, then boogied over to Kauai for 5. This was my speed, very slow. We were on the north side at Princeville, awesome. That being said, after about 5-6 days on any of those rocks I get pretty jittery.

    My good buddy is from Makaha, so I share your thread with him(non biker)he sure gets a kick out of seeing home!


    Thanks for sharing & posting.

    My apologies about the hijack!!

    Well since I'm at it, how 'bout some Kauai that i shot.....

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    Oh yeah, then there's this....

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    MAHALO!

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  8. sandgroper

    sandgroper Long timer

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    hi
    i lived on Oahu till i was 25, left a few years after statehood. the pictures are great even saw the old house in Lanikai
    aloha ed
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  9. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing.
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  10. Redoubt

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    Aloha. At some point I plan to go to Kauai and rent a HD touring model and ride around the island. Also due to the location of O'ahu in the Pacific, plane tickets to Australia and Japan are reasonable. I'm going to try and take advantage of that but at the same time I'm in a race to pay off the mortgage so I'm on a strict budget.

    I'd love to get on the island of Ni'ihau, it's like the island that time forgot. The island is owned by the Robertson family who refuse to let outsiders visit. There is a very small population of indigenous Islanders who are forbidden from owning modern technology. Sounds a bit like Jonestown.

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    The last photos I had taken I had to ride through Makaha. At that time the beaches were still open on the Leeward side and pretty much no one was social distancing. I broke my foot (non bike related) so there will not be any new pics for a bit but I'll post some other ones in the meanwhile.

    Your pics are beautiful. Too many people on O'ahu. I have a cabin in the smoky mountains. I will hear more police sirens here in one day than I heard at home in 3 years.
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  11. Redoubt

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    I would have love to have lived here before the old money from California moved in. Back then was Lanikai and Kailua real estate insanely expensive as it is now? I've had a look online for video footage of O'ahu prior to statehood.
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    North shore

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    View from MCBH to Kailua beach.

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    The Pali Gap

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    Hawaii Kai
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    Ali Wai Harbor

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    Above Lanikai on the Pillbox hike.
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    Waimanalo in the foreground

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    The main road in Kailua
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  13. sandgroper

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    A short answer is yes, 1954 my parents were renting a place in Kailua on the beach North Kaleheo near the Catholic church it was about an acres with 2 old houses on it, my father was a pilot with Aloha airlines he and another flyer were trying to buy the property if I'm correct i think it was around 700/800K maybe more. unfortunately we didn't get it
    In 1959 my girl friends (now married 60 years this years in Sept.) parents had houses everywhere, sold an old house in Makaha one block back from the surf for $21K.
    aloha
    ps thanks again for the shots, very nice
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    Lately there hasn't been any riding due to recovering from a broken foot but I'm a lot better now.

    The scooter has been really helpful to get around during the period I was unable to press an accelerator pedal or rear brake on a motorcycle.
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    Rode out to Yokohama Bay, the end of the NW part of the island but it is still closed off, I'm thinking this weekend it will be reopened.

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    Bet that FXDR is loud!

    Beautiful pics!
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    I picked this cheap adjustable windshield spoiler. The tall Givi windshield will flex down in strong winds blowing air directly in my face. I am trying to tune the flow up the air above my helmet. IMG_20200528_190942.jpg

    Avoiding the highways, on regular roads not exceeding 45mph I was bringing in 120+mpg.
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    Our Soursop tree is in full bloom.
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    I managed to pick up a Yoshimura R77 Carbon fiber exhaust for a great price. Currently I have the DB killer installed. I've not rode the bike yet due to my foot is still pretty swollen.

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    The DB killer.

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    The replacement left Givi case has arrived. Hopefully it won't oxidize like the other one but I hold no hope. I know eventually the sealant will fail and I'll have to reseal it like the old one.
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    Thank you.

    Is that a titanium exhaust on that FXDR?

    I can't believe they are being discontinued, especially the breakout which I really enjoyed test riding. I am still planning on getting a fat boy in a few years.
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    The other morning I parked by the old Elvis vacation home on Kaapuni Drive, sat in my usual spot where the King was pictures and watch the sun come up.

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    I've been doing some thinking about life, mortality, time, where I want to be and what I want to do. I usually have a good therapy session with myself when I am riding. I need to make some serious life changes and go after what makes me happy.

    I remember being 10 years old on a bus when I was growing up in England. On that bus was an old man in his 80s. I clearly remember thinking it must take an eternity to get that old. I never forgot that moment. The timescale between him and myself felt so vast.

    Now in my mid 30s with both my parents passed away, the perception of that gap feels like it's getting shorter and shorter every single day.

    Being a non believer I believe this is the only life I have and this time now is how I am choosing to live my life. To be brutally honest I'm not living my life but somebody else's. My wife is not in the best of health and my job takes me away for long periods, personally I also feel I have no self identity, very limited personal time and there are other factors at play that I don't really wish to get into.



    I've come to a realization that I need to go after my original dream that I discovered 8 years ago when I lived in Colorado. That is leaving mainstream society, living in a cabin/homestead and socially distance myself for good.

    Creating my own life in the mountains on a small plot of land away from the hassles caused by other people and just live.

    My mindset was to work in a certain field and when I've finished what I am doing in the long term, then move back to Colorado. I just cannot do it anymore. I feel the clock is ticking and while I'm living a good life, it's not how I want to exist.

    From the first time I stepped foot in Colorado, I cannot explain the incredible feeling. It felt like home. The last 2 times I passed through Colorado, the depression of knowing I was just passing through was immense.

    I remember when Jamie Robinson did this Colorado video prior to Motogeo. It still gives me goose bumps to this day.



    It's going to take a couple of years to put the plan into action but I've come to a realization it's now or never. I am in Hawaii for work, it was never to reside in the long term. I'm going to appreciate the beauty of Hawaii and go on to the next chapter of my life.

    This is easier said than done as I have an amazing cabin in Tennessee that I was going to fall back to and will feel guilty selling in the future. A house is just a house, a cabin you grow attached to, especially when it becomes a labor of love.

    Hopefully this is easy to understand.
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    On the Windward side. Loving the lack of traffic.

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    Then rode down to Waikiki and it felt like a scene from The Omega Man. IMG_20200524_184745.jpg MVIMG_20200524_185012.jpg IMG_20200524_185144.jpg IMG_20200524_185229.jpg IMG_20200524_185745.jpg
    The Ali Wai Harbor has significantly less boats than usual. I wonder if their owners have bugged out to sea.
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    I am just grateful to be walking again and be mobile. I'm looking forward to the summer riding without the insane traffic.
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    I lived there for two years, '92-'94 at Kaneohe Bay.. work got the best of me and I never got the chance to take photos...

    thanks for the walk down memory lane...
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