Exploring Hawai'i, O'ahu

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

  1. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    The one in your picture is a stainless unit.

    The one I just put on mine is the Titanium one from HD.

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    Just the muffler with stock steel headers.
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  2. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    If you move to CO, I'd roll out for a visit.

    Are you talking middle of nowhere, off the grid living?

    Sounds intriguing.

    The older I get the less I want to be around people as well.

    Will be following along.
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  3. gulfcoaster

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    I'd be interested to hear about things when you start putting a plan together to get back to Colorado. It sounds like we're about the same age, and a lot of what you wrote in that post echoed true for myself as well.

    Anyways glad your foot is getting better. Hope you get to do more riding while the island is relatively empty. Waikiki looks almost deserted compared to the times I've been there.
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  4. sandgroper

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    once again about the best shots I've seen on Oahu
    Aloha
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  5. rkover1

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    Enjoy the quiet and extra room, before the tourists return.

    Going back to the earlier Givi incident, what I've done on my Moto Guzzi is to get a paint pen (mine is yellow) and mark all of the fasteners. This way I can tell with a quick glance if anything is coming loose. And yellow gives it that from the factory look.

    Aloha.

    doc
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  6. augerdin

    augerdin I do my own crashing

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    Your photos sure brought back some memories. I lived on the north shore in the late 60's. Everything has changed (of course) including the names of places. I used to ride an old Yamaha 80cc from Mokulaea to Kaena point . Sorry about the spelling.
    Stories about the locals crack me up. When I lived there my best friends were some of the very few people of real Hawaiian blood. I hung with them, some Samoans and another haole whose family had been in the islands longer than most of the asian "locals".
    Again thanks for the photos. Good stuff. Sorry about your Givi.
  7. Redoubt

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    Your welcome.

    Yes I'm talking in the middle of nowhere, as far as a commute I can deal with. Obviously I don't want to be driving to work for hours, so I'm going to see what properties I can find first and see the nearest towns and distance between the two.

    Eventually I'd like to be fully off the grid but within limitations of what I can take care of myself during my free time. I don't want to spend every moment living like a farmer just to survive.

    Turn on the news, that's why I don't want to be around people, numskulls everywhere. I just want to be left alone and do my thing. Social distancing hasn't been an issue at all.
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  8. Redoubt

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    That's such a nice bike, it looks even better in person. Reckon it's less comfortable to ride than the Breakout?
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    It's significantly cheaper for me to convert my East Tennessee property off the grid, but Colorado has a special place for me. You can get some really nice cabins and property for a fraction of what it would cost in the Rockies.

    One of the great things I love about America is cheap, large properties and the accessibility of land far away from population centers.

    Thanks, I was able to wear my regular boots and went riding this weekend. I tried on my Alpinestars Toucans boots and although I could get them on, my foot is still swollen and it hurts to flex it in them boots. After being immobile and seriously at a disadvantage I didn't want to take chances breaking something else if I was to come off the bike , hence why I got the Toucan boots.
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  10. Redoubt

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    Thanks. Oahu is such a beautiful place to take pictures, sunset or sunrise the light is really spectacular.
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    Aloha

    Yes you are right on the paint pen, where do you recommend getting one from?

    What Moto Guzzi do you have? I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on this thread prior but I really want a Stelvio NTX in the future. I'm tired of cleaning bike chains, I love the huge gas tank and the single swingarm. Oh and the super easy valve inspections. Has yours been reliable?

    The tourists are not back yet. The airport is dead. However today the beaches were packed all along the entire coast. I kept away from people and it took me a while to find a lightly populated beach.
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    It must have been awesome in the 1960s-1980s. Many of the locals have said the traffic and homeless started to get bad in the late 90s. I would have love to have seen what it looked like back then. Less built up for sure. Your scooter brethren were on the coastal roads today, nothing has changed in that regards.

    Yes, I'm upset about the givis. Not just the cost of replacing it but I know after the winter rain season the new one will be oxidized like the old cases and will most likely be leaking in water and I will have to deal them again. I would prefer to change them to the sw motech cases but that's more expensive since I'd have to buy 2 cases and a whole new rack.
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    This was taken in Hawaii Kai on the south side of Diamond Head. Insane property prices.

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    Chicken Katsu Curry from L&L Hawaiian BBQ. Never heard of Katsu until I came to the island.

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    Had to pick someone up from the Honolulu Airport, like a pandemic rolled through.

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    Not sure if I posted these brake caliper guards already.

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    Likewise with the sw motech gear shifter. The knob part is in a good position and now needs to be thread locked. The shifter itself needs to be raised once spline. Also I need to see if I can adjust the rear brake pedal lower and the Alpine star boots while on the foot peg is lower than the brake pedal.

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    Givi top case bags. Now I have to stand on the foot peg when demounting the bike. Kind of a pain in the ass, especially with the foot.

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    Givi fuel can and mounts. The fuel cans are cheap, the mount are not. Plus it was nerve racking drilling into those cases especially the new one. However even if no holes are drilled they will still leak when the sealant fails.
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    So the Yoshi exhaust isn't that different to stock with the DB killer in, I'll try it for a few weeks as is. The problem is when you remove the screw for the DB killer, it is side ways and I've already dropped it in the carbon fiber housing. On order to remove the dropped screw I had to remove the exhaust and shake it out.

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  14. Redoubt

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    These pictures were taken at the Veteran cemetery in Kaneohe. A beautiful place to be buried.
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  15. Redoubt

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    This pic was taken in a neighborhood in the outskirts of Kailua. When you look at a map of Oahu, it does look pretty small. However there are loads of hidden areas inside of the jungle. I've seen a fair few really spectacular surburban areas literally inside of the jungle at the foothills of the mountain range. I believe this area is called Maunawili.

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    Obligatory Lanikai picture.

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    Close up in Lanikai cutting off the rear of the bike. I switched out the Corbin seat and put on the factory tall seat so I could reinstall the Givi top case which I also lockwired. My bum seems to get more uncomfortable on the factory seat even though it's pretty good. I think the Corbin seat might be better insulated to heat, hence the heavy weight of the seat.

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    I rode down to Waimanalo to go swim except the place was rammed. I then rode northwards and Kailua was packed as well. Not for me today.

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    So as I rode North looking for a quiet beach, they were pretty well packed. Also I wanted to keep riding to clear my head. Eventually I got to Mokuauia. Took a nap and a swim in some desperate attempt to recharge myself for the next week. This weekend went much too fast.

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  17. Chillis

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    After getting used to it I find it rideable.

    The Breakout is more comfortable and I was looking at those but their tiny tank is a big no no here.
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  18. SnipTheDog

    SnipTheDog Been here awhile

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    At UH, you can get some pretty good sunset shots by going up to the top of Gateway house if they let you in, (10th floor?) and taking some long duration shots off the walkway/balcony.
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  19. Rider68

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    Some beautiful pictures of my hometown. I was born and raised in Kailua. Have some steamed manapua for me. I miss the food as much as the scenery.
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  20. rkover1

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    I think I got the paint pen from a art supply store. Or maybe a Staples type of place. Only a couple of bucks if I remember.

    I have a 2017 Stone. Bought it at Velocity/Cycle City and had it shipped to Kona. I've only got about 3000 miles on it so far, no issues.

    I bought it for a 50-state ride I had planned for 2020, but that got delayed. I bought it for the ease of maintenance, long fuel range, shaft drive, tubeless tires and low seat height.

    Good pick on the curry chicken katsu. I still order that here.

    Is Bellows still open on the weekends? That was always a great weekend camp out getaway.

    We first moved to Honolulu in the early 80s. Traffic now is orders of magnitude worse. We are very careful about coming back to O'ahu for visits. One of the most distressing things is how many smaller businesses and buildings have been replaced by the mega high rises. Some neighborhoods I just don't recognise any more.

    Mahalo for the memories! Much appreciated.

    doc
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