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Old 04-30-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Riding in Hawaii?

So it's been a while since I've been around and haven't had much time to do riding lately, but I am going to Honolulu tomorrow for a conference and I decided to rent a motorcycle for a day while I'm down there. My girlfriend will be joining me as well so I need to rent something that we can both be on comfortably (I'm 6ft 210 and shes 5'4" 120)

Couple of questions for the audience:
1) Has anyone rented a motorcycle before? (I'm a little worried about riding a bike that I know hasn't been meticulously taken care of)
2) Has anyone ridden on Oahu or any of the Hawaiian islands before? Impressions?
3) What kind of bike should I rent? Harley's seem to be king down there. I was looking at getting it from this place: http://chasemotorcyclerentals.com/
4) Other words of advice?


I'll make sure to post lots of pics in this thread if I end up doing it.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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Also, PM NgaWhat and get his information - he's there now and knows the roads.
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Renting them gets kind of expensive and all the liability shenanigans(of course). If your riding around the city, I would suggest getting a small cc perhaps a 250cc or less.... (ruckus or a scooter!)

IMO if ur into bigger cc, I suggest hitting the only stretch roads and more upnorth.

Kona rentals is pretty decent too.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:04 PM   #4
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#1 - yes, u need a motorcycle license and inspect the bike before leaving bc if u bring it back with new dents/scratches they will make u pay for it. The bikes are maintained and safe. As always check the tire and thread on the tire before riding any bike, rented or borrowed.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:12 PM   #5
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depending on where you want to go....i just recommend getting a scoot. You just cant hit the hwy with it. But then again.....where ever you will be going most likely wont need the fwy. Plenty of sight seeing and things for you do and get to on the scoot.

When you coming down? If you getting a bike instead, maybe we can ride a bit. I still get lost every now and then but I get around just fine.
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Couple of questions for the audience:
1) Has anyone rented a motorcycle before? (I'm a little worried about riding a bike that I know hasn't been meticulously taken care of)
Yep and it's a shoot

2) Has anyone ridden on Oahu or any of the Hawaiian islands before? Impressions?
Oahu is very dangerous , cagers are looking at the scenery and not at bike riders

3) What kind of bike should I rent? Harley's seem to be king down there. I was looking at getting it from this place: http://chasemotorcyclerentals.com/
I grabbed a CBR 600

4) Other words of advice?
Rent a Jeep , it's safer.
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Rent a Jeep , it's safer.
I've been a couple times, and rented scooters and jeeps both. I'd rent a jeep again. As someone else posted, the tourists there are not looking at the roads, they are looking at the water. Couple that with you and your girl doing the same thing and suddenly no one is really paying enough attention to the guy on two wheels. I enjoy looooooooong distance rides and the roads there bored me when I had scooters, I cannot imagine it being any better with a bigger bike. Fwiw I did take my scooter up on the H1, you just gotta stay in the right lane Seriously though it was stupid of me so don't do it, it's super dangerous.
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I know this place, it's a block away from the Hyatt Regency. I thought about renting one last September when I was down there; but they only supply helmets and not full gear. It's $1000 deposit and for a sport bike like the Ninja was $160! Just a rent a convertible mustang and take a drive down H1 to North Shore. The roads are very narrow and the speed limit is south of 60. When you are going up through the mountains it is rainy up there and coming down is scary as even in a car! The risks outweight the rewards for me; but if you decide to rent one that would be the place to do it.
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hmmmmm, well thanks everyone for your input. I think you've convinced me to not do it. Maybe next time when its just me. Probably for the best and it'll save me the room in my luggage without needing to bring jackets, gloves, and boots.

NgaWhat, thanks for offer to go riding with me. How are the roads down there? Got to imagine there is some really pretty roads (the kind that keeps your eyes off the road like everyone said. lol).
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Howzit brah!? I lived Kaneohe on Oahu(country side)for 5 years, and tourists are looking everywhere and everywhere except for the road in front of them...trust me on this one. Most roads are two lane and very twisty with little runoff.
Anywho, have fun and catch a few waves for me braddah! Shoots den!
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:22 PM   #12
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hmmmmm, well thanks everyone for your input. I think you've convinced me to not do it. Maybe next time when its just me. Probably for the best and it'll save me the room in my luggage without needing to bring jackets, gloves, and boots.

NgaWhat, thanks for offer to go riding with me. How are the roads down there? Got to imagine there is some really pretty roads (the kind that keeps your eyes off the road like everyone said. lol).
most roads with the twist and scene are almost always two lanes. As far as people driving stupid and not paying attention...i put it as equal to Houston drivers. If you are use to them, you can survive here. As far as sight seeing, there are plenty of stops for you to park and get out on foot and look/take pictures.

Most roads here are decent. Many of the roads in the tourist area are really smooth and clean. There are retarded roads here and there. Many are in the areas where traffic bottlenecks. If you venture outside of Waikiki, you will be experiencing the worse traffic ever. Sometimes traffic jams start at 7 in the morning and dont stop till 12. And the afternoon is way worse. Takes an hour to go 10 miles....and if theres an accident, expect 2-3 hour delays. Since 90% of work is in downtown/Waikiki and 80% of housing is westbound, you can image how much traffic you get into with only 1 HWY to get around. But it will be alright. It's something people here get used to

My advice....expect traffic during the weekdays and weekends...not so much as bad on weekends but it happens. Island is fairly small and usually takes people 15-30 to get anywhere they want depending on traffic. People here drive slower than the already slow speed limit. Do not rent a convertible, people will automatically assume you are a tourist. Plus rain is random. It will rain hard and be sunny at the same time.
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Missed this thread. Hope u had a good time in Hawaii. Im born and raised there on Oahu for 28 years. Best riding is on the windward side after hours. Stay out of town area where the traffic is constant! I had a lot of fun riding there but riding here is a lot faster and technical.
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