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    Well, we made our reservation for a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands in August. Wow! The things I'll do for my passenger just to get state 50 knocked out. We're staying two days on Maui and that looks like our best option. I was hoping one of the stops would have offered a motorcycle excursion, but alas it was not to happen.

    Our bike rental date is going to be 21 Aug. It looks like our two choices for motorcycle rentals on Maui (and our best day for the ride) are either Cycle City on Dairy Road in Kahului (near the airport and port) or two locations with Eagle Rider USA in Kaanapali and Kihei (both are further away from where the ship will berth in Kahului).

    It looks like our only option for a comfortable touring bike are Harleys and they're $40 cheaper at Cycle City's for a 24 hour rental.

    Has anyone had any dealings with any of the three Harley dealers?

    Also, my plan is to ride the exterior of the island and across the middle, starting and ending at Kahului. Has anyone ridden on Maui? Is the ride (as laid out) realistic? Google Maps says it would be 7 1/4 hours not counting any stops. I'm good with spending that much time riding if ground truth matches the online search. https://goo.gl/maps/hLL5tW61JdT2

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    Thoughts from folks who've been there?
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  • #2
    I would do "The Road to Hana", visit Lahaina... in the evening, and go up Mount Haleakalā. Those were cool places we did. We rented a Harley, but can not remember which one. They wanted a fairly large deposit, but we got it all back.
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    • #3
      Do your research. Ask the rental agencies for advice as to the viability of 'The Road To Hana' via motorcycle. In the old days even car rental agencies wouldn't provide coverage for all or some of the road. I think now they do but the road has it's hazards. Some small portions of it still unpaved?? (not sure) South of Hana?? Parts are very narrow and even one way traffic. Traffic was bad when we went and the tour buses and freight/service vehicles drove like madmen!! Advice would be to leave as early (dawn) as you could safely arrange; ahead of the tour traffic for sure! Take food and drink! I would read up as much as possible in advance. TRAFFIC can really suck on the island! Plan your travel as best you can to avoid high traffic times for tourist traffic and most especially for rush hour. There is a huge rush hour crush between shifts for all the service workers between Kahului across the saddle to Maalaea and then north on 30 to the big tourist areas of Lahaina & Kaanapali. 50 STATES ...... wow, congratulations !! I hope to make that before I hit the big 70. Good news is I have Hawaii checked off!

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      • #4
        Been a long time since I was there but as I recall the road was not even available to go all the way around from Hana. And like mentioned, it is a very narrow and treacherous road at times and with all the foreign tourists I think I would rather be in a rental car. Not many roads and they get congested quickly, again this was a while back so I am sure things are not too much improved by now with all the more people there. However, you are out to conquer the 50th state so go for it and have a good time. Aloha.
        Dave - Arizona - 2012/GL1800

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        • #5
          I live in Hawaii, and have ridden Maui a number of times. Rented from the Harley dealer near the airport, good bikes, no problem.
          Looking at your map, I'd be surprised if you could do all that in 7 1/2 hours. Also, going around the east side (around Haleakela) has some dirt and really bad roads (although very scenic), so I'd be surprised if your rental insurance didn't preclude that. Consider taking the road to Hana from Kahului, it's very scenic, lots of places to stop. Your speed will be limited by the people in front of you.

          The west side doesn't have dirt, but some parts of the road are really rough, including a very narrow 1-lane road on the side of the mountain. You'll have better luck with a bike, it can get precarious when 2 cars, opposite direction approach, no guardrail, and neither can/will back up. Ask me how I know.

          My advice? Do the road to Hana from the Harley dealership, take your time and enjoy the sights. If you have time later, go to Lahaina.

          Aloha!
          Steve

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          • #6
            For those who haven't been to Hana in a while, the road is greatly improved, will be no problem on a bike. But plan to do an 'out and back' vs going all the way around.
            Steve

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            • #7
              Clay, thanks for the starting this thread. I will be in Hawaii in May and plan to rent bikes on Maui and the Big Island. I've heard that the Road to Hana is a beautiful and we plan to ride it.

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              • #8
                djoyner, here's to a great ride for both of us!

                We changed our plans a bit and decided rather than try to stuff the ride in mid-cruise we're getting to Honolulu two days early and riding Oahu. I've already made a reservation for 19 Aug with Chase Hawaii Rentals. I'll have the bike for a day and a half (they gave me a great 1.5 day rate and military discount). On the 19th I'm riding my wife around the outside of the island as much as we can. I know we have to double back from the NW corner to get to Ka'ena Point. Then back to the hotel unless we have time to do the Punchbowl ride across 61. Then, I'll get up at darkthirty on the 20th and ride for a couple hours until we have to turn in the bike and be out of the hotel.

                Oooh, I love planning rides! Here's my first rough based on a blog I read. https://goo.gl/maps/WVgth9sPQ6T2
                The blog: http://twokidsandamap.com/2010/11/ci...ided-tour.html

                Footstomp!! If there are any riders on Honolulu who'd like to spend a day (on the 19th) riding like/with a tourist, drop me a PM.
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                • #9
                  Avoid 'H1' anywhere near rush hour traffic. Last time I was there it might as well have been rush hour in Los Angeles. Stop and go a few feet and stop again. Almost missed our flight out. Lane splitting legal on Oahu??

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rollin View Post
                    Avoid 'H1' anywhere near rush hour traffic. Last time I was there it might as well have been rush hour in Los Angeles. Stop and go a few feet and stop again. Almost missed our flight out. Lane splitting legal on Oahu??
                    Not by me.
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                    USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
                    US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
                    2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
                    2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

                    50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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                    • #11
                      Yesterday we knocked out state #50 on Honolulu. We rode the island counterclockwise starting at Chase Motorcycle rentals in Waikiki on a 2016 Heritage. It wasn't my Goldwing, but it was an acceptable alternative. Denise was comfortable and that's what mattered most. I didn't realize until about half way through that it had a cruise control. Then again, with the 25 and 35 mph speed zones the first half, I couldn't have used it anyway. We weren't able to hook up with SteveC as planned, but we may be back. The Hale Koa is already calling our names again. (Edited to add) If we do, we'll be getting our bike at Chase again.

                      Today we're riding down to and hiking Diamond Head to start our 50 state ride list all over with State #1. The previous 50 took 11 years to accomplish working full time. Let's see if we can halve that this time and still have a chance to stop and smell the roses. I retire in ~3 years and then we can take our time.

                      Edited again to add - HEAT! Thank goodness I was wearing full-legged jeans. The heat coming off the right side immediately under my leg is more than I've felt on any bike. Everything under the seat got so hot stopping at a light was nearly unbearable. (My wife suggested I mention this part as well.)

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                      USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
                      US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
                      2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
                      2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

                      50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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