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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-28-2012, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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Heading to Hawaii for my first EPIC ride

Okay so I have orders taking me to Honolulu next month, and Ive decided to rent a bike and tour the big island. I found a couple of shops that accommodate for what I think is a reasonable rate for a days riding and the chance of a lifetime.

Im looking for tips, both with the rental agency, and the actual ride, routes, must sees, and such. In return, Ill post pictures when I get back to CONUS.

I have been thinking about epic rides a lot lately now that Im back to riding again. I managed just under 10,000 miles last year and 99% were to and from work, sadly. Now that Im back, Id like to start taking funner trips on the bike. Im thinking of riding from Vegas to San Diego and back when Im out there in May on TDY, and I will be on the look-out for day trips around the DC Northern VA area as well.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-29-2012, 01:41 AM
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Aloha DCRider,

You'll find the riding here in HI very good. Do you plan on riding solo or do you have some buds going with you? How many days do you plan to spend there? Bring your hi-vis vest and helmet if you plan to ride on any military installations.

Each of the islands have their own personalities and all have great sights to see and take in. The Big Island has some good roads and more 'must sees' than you'll be able to handle in a couple days. If you ride on the windward side plan on encountering sporadic rain; may want to bring a cheap rain suit. Here on Oahu, just a ride around the perimeter of the island (which you can do in a day) has some incredible scenery, mix of roads--hiways through town, ocean side country roads--and plenty of places to stop and enjoy the local cuisine!

Let me know what your planning and I'll give you some ideas.

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Now THAT sounds like a ride. I worked on the island of Oahu for three weeks. I drove around the island easily in one day including many stops to admire paradise. If you do ride Oahu, the Farrington Hwy would be a beautiful ride. It runs right along the coast, just out beyond Barber's Point. If you do, you'll pass right by a power plant in Kahe where I spent most of my time,,,,,,,,working.

ENJOY

and I'm sure you'll post pictures.




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Thanks guys - I am heading over with a 6 man team, but just myself and 1 other will be riding. I, have been riding 1 year (as of last week), my buddy hasnt rode since 1979. He was an avid rider and logged thousands of miles, just not in some time. He's in the basic rider course this week to get back in the swing of things...

Sheriff41 - We will be on Oahu, and only have 1 day to ride while there, and it looks like about 8 or 9 hours at best due to return flights and work issues...The last thing I want to do is get my boss killed, even though I'd get his job, I actually really like the guy, so I think we'll need roads that won't be too challenging. Hes renting a V-Star 250, and Ill either get the same or a Honda Shadow 750 from Big Kahuna rentals. Our goal was to navigate around the island, and stop along the way for awesome sights (waterfalls and such) We want to find time to get a nice lunch on the beach, and possibly jump in the ocean if it gets too hot. Good tip on the rain gear, Ill make sure we both have some in a backpack. If youre still on the island, youre more than welcome to join us if youd like, just PM me.

I have eard that there are few areas that require speed, so will a 250 be okay, or should we both be getting 750s?

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I sent you a PM.
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Here is a link that you might try when you reurn to the states. http://www.motorcycleroads.com/
There is a lot of info on the netabout ths sort of thing.
Good luck with our epic. Mine was Fresno to Mexico City when I brought my cycle home. 3000 miles in 12 days, solo. AGE 67 years.

My feet on the pegs and lots of time to go where the road leads.
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here is a link that you might try when you reurn to the states. http://www.motorcycleroads.com/
there is a lot of info on the netabout ths sort of thing.
Good luck with our epic. Mine was fresno to mexico city when i brought my cycle home. 3000 miles in 12 days, solo. Age 67 years.
thanks for the website tip! I took a quick look at pa(my home state) and found a dozen rides in my area for the summer! Love it!

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Hey DCrider, did you get to make your ride? How'd it go?
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