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Ben Carufel 08-16-2011 10:57 AM

Hawaii: Renting Something OTHER Than a Harley in Maui?
 
I'm going to be in the Islands for about two weeks at the end of this month for a photoshoot. I'll have a few days to kill in Maui while the client is conducting some meetings...

So, why not bring my helmet and gear with me and rent a bike to ride around Maui for a day, right?

...except I can't find a single place in Maui to rent anything OTHER than a Harley.

Does anyone have any tips/suggestions? I have nothing against Harleys, other than that they just aren't my style...

Thanks!

Rinty 08-16-2011 12:46 PM

There's not enough highway "room" in Maui to allow you to exercise most bikes to any extent, and police enforcement is strict, so the type of bike you get is not really critical. I would probably just go for a Sportster. You're a Beemer guy, so you will be wearing a fully face helmet, anyway, right? :D I've rented Harleys, and they're lots of fun.

If I lived on the island, I don't think I would own anything much bigger than a 400.

tbarstow 08-16-2011 06:57 PM

Last time I was in Maui, the HD dealer also rented a couple of metric cruisers. Lots of places rent the metric cruisers as well.

Do note that the top of the volcano is at 10,000 feet and it's a bit cooler up there, so bring a jacket if you're going riding up there.

azshtr 08-16-2011 07:45 PM

Just rent a scooter... hard to go faster than 35 anyways

Rinty 08-16-2011 10:33 PM

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...the top of the volcano...it's a bit cooler up there..tbarstow
We hiked down into the volcano last February, in cold weather gear:

http://rinty.smugmug.com/Other/Karin...30_h6Avi-M.jpg

Quote:

...riding up there...
That's probably the best road for riding, on the island.

It was about 40 degrees F up top; pretty nippy.

mongox 08-17-2011 07:40 AM

The max speed is 45, sounds like a Harley would be the bike of choice.

Redline 08-17-2011 12:02 PM

Last time I was there (2009), there was a shop on the way out of the airport that had a 950 Adventure for rent. A couple showed up at our hotel a few days later on it.

I can't remember the name but will try and track it down.

groop 08-17-2011 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by azshtr (Post 16645652)
Just rent a scooter... hard to go faster than 35 anyways

and ride it to Hana

jonz 08-17-2011 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Redline (Post 16650026)
Last time I was there (2009), there was a shop on the way out of the airport that had a 950 Adventure for rent. A couple showed up at our hotel a few days later on it.

I can't remember the name but will try and track it down.

That was Jon Stockton of Maui Dual Sports. As I understand it, he closed that business. I was the first renter of his 950ADV and as far as I'm concerned, it was the perfect bike to ride around the island. I had so much fun, I rode the road to Hana twice :clap Last time I looked, there was still some info on his website. If he's still there, I'd talk with him. I did a write up here so a search should find that for you.

DurtKlod 08-18-2011 09:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Ben Carufel (Post 16641692)
...I can't find a single place in Maui to rent anything OTHER than a Harley.
Does anyone have any tips/suggestions?

There are several places on the island (at least there were in 2003) that rent these things but they allow you very little freedom. I know, not even close to what you were thinking but I had to throw it in there.
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...5advlowres.jpg

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Originally Posted by tbarstow (Post 16645263)
Do note that the top of the volcano is at 10,000 feet and it's a bit cooler up there, so bring a jacket if you're going riding up there.

Taken in June at the top of Haleakala... yep, pretty cool.
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...9advlowres.jpg

Summer tourists don't usually take jackets to Hawaii so you see a lot of people running around wrapped in beach towels up there.

Rinty 08-18-2011 09:47 AM

We brought spring skiing stuff, for our hike. That crater is an awesome place.

motogon 10-14-2011 11:11 AM

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Originally Posted by azshtr (Post 16645652)
Just rent a scooter... hard to go faster than 35 anyways

I'll be on Maui for 3 weeks in November, and I think I'm going to try that - rent scooter and ride eastern Maui loop "Paia - Hana - Kula - Paia". Not sure if Haleakala climb doable on scooter.

DurtKlod 10-14-2011 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by motogon (Post 17075364)
I'll be on Maui for 3 weeks in November, and I think I'm going to try that - rent scooter and ride eastern Maui loop "Paia - Hana - Kula - Paia". Not sure if Haleakala climb doable on scooter.

How do you plan on getting from Hana to Kula? Are you going to backtrack back up the Hana highway or continue past Hana, past the seven sacred pools and finish the circle around the back/south side of the island?

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...ide1lowres.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...ide2lowres.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...sidelowres.jpg

motogon 10-14-2011 04:27 PM

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Originally Posted by DurtKlod (Post 17077445)
How do you plan on getting from Hana to Kula? Are you going to backtrack back up the Hana highway or continue past Hana, past the seven sacred pools and finish the circle around the back/south side of the island?

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...ide1lowres.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...ide2lowres.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g1...sidelowres.jpg

Yes, I want to do full loop. I did it on car few years ago.

DurtKlod 10-14-2011 04:31 PM

Cool beans! Have a blast and bring back lots'o pics to share!


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