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Old 10-14-2011, 06:10 PM   #16
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You'll have a blast, no matter what the bike.

Here is a link to the ride I did a few years ago - the section of paved road up to Poli Poli park is a must do. You could easily make it the rest of the way on the dirt road to the campground on a Harley if the road is dry......

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=397460

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Old 11-15-2011, 09:58 AM   #17
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hello , I'm thinking of hitting the Hana area in Jan., via scooter , any opinions here ,
is the road doable on a 50? I'm not worried about how fast I get there, just getting my butt ran over from behind, not sure if there are big inclines.
also, GF has zero riding exp. what are your thoughts on a noob rider on that road on a scooter.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:04 PM   #18
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hello , I'm thinking of hitting the Hana area in Jan., via scooter , any opinions here ,
is the road doable on a 50? I'm not worried about how fast I get there, just getting my butt ran over from behind, not sure if there are big inclines.
also, GF has zero riding exp. what are your thoughts on a noob rider on that road on a scooter.
thanks
I think I'll start by echoing what jpkailua said above...
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You'll have a blast, no matter what the bike.
I think you'll be fine on a scooter. Stay out of the way of the locals. They have little patience for slow tourists.
Yes, there are inclines but nothing a scooter can't handle.
Depends on how competent your GF is on a scooter. That road may not be the best place to teach your GF how to ride. It's narrow in LOTS of places and there can be LOTS of traffic. There's also LOTS of curves that allow noobs very little margin for error. If you plan on going all the way to Hana and back from Kahului on scooters, plan on a full day. If you want to avoid the traffic, start out early in the morning but again, WATCH OUT FOR THE LOCALS 'cause they know this trick too.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:11 PM   #19
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thanks , that is my 1st concern is locals hauling ass and I know many parts are w/o shoulders to pull over. good advice to get out early, I plan on several days in Hana so no rush, I"m in to small bore bikes so any CC works for me 9 run what ya brung, ) . I'm going to get my GF on my bro's scooter to see how she handles that, if shaky, the rides off.
thanks, any others please chime in.
I plan on staying at funkier places, passing on big resorts. ive been cruising trip advisor but any tips I'm thankful for.
might hit the pioneer hotel in lahina a night or two to visit the local wildlife
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:52 PM   #20
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I would not recommend scooter. All scooters on island in rentals are chinese made and breaking very often.
Just made East Maui ride today on sportster. Not best bike for that ride ... but we survived.
I researched a lot. Talk to my local friends. Made bunch of calls. ... no luck Harleys and scooters only.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:58 PM   #21
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Look at conditions of road after Hana. Small dual sport would be best for this roads.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:59 PM   #22
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... or look at this "pavement".
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:28 AM   #23
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Sounds like you won't be renting but if you do, make sure to read the fine print on any rental contracts IF you choose to go past Hana and complete the loop all the way around the south end of the island (same for the north end too). All the rental companies I've ever rented from have stated that your contract will become null and void if you choose to take your vehicle on these roads AND, IF you require assistance while on these roads, they will not be coming to help. However, due to this, the traffic is drastically reduced. I think the paved portion past the Seven Sacred falls, around the southern end would beat you to death on a scooter.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:04 AM   #24
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thanks guys, a sporty would be fun but for the length of time I'd want a bike, a HD would be very pricey for me, hey there's a recession going on, at least at my house.
I'll talk with the rental place, I'm planning on 1st night at a hostel that rents scooters by the airport, I'd guess they'll have some restriction, I'll find out.

an uneducated guess, HD and in other areas ( euro land for bmw) must have 95% of MC world rental market. I'd be happy to rent anything without forward controls. oh well,
thanks again,
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:50 AM   #25
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thanks guys, a sporty would be fun but for the length of time I'd want a bike, a HD would be very pricey for me, hey there's a recession going on, at least at my house.
I'll talk with the rental place, I'm planning on 1st night at a hostel that rents scooters by the airport, I'd guess they'll have some restriction, I'll find out.

an uneducated guess, HD and in other areas ( euro land for bmw) must have 95% of MC world rental market. I'd be happy to rent anything without forward controls. oh well,
thanks again,
Sportster cost me $130 for 8 hours (including tax and fees) + around $15 for gas.
Here is my ride report.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:03 PM   #26
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looks like a nice ride
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:14 AM   #27
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I have done this a few times. if you like a full face helmet bring your own, I was not able to hind one. it was sunny at the start and than rained so hard I couldn't see. I had to turn around. if it is raining you will not be about to cross the wash outs. have fun and stop lots
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:25 PM   #28
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Bumping this up as we're heading over in 3 weeks, (Feb 21-Mar 7th) and we'd like to rent something else (non-H-D) too...but I'm not finding much available.

a V-Strom would be great!!


any help out there????

also, any reccommendations for things we shouldn't miss, that may not be on the 'usual' visitors lists??
...especially snorkeling locals!
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:57 AM   #29
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This might beat a scooter... Maui Scooter Shack

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:42 AM   #30
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I kinda looked at those Maui Scooter Shack CanAms Chris, but their website reads "call for pricing"

.....that means WAY EXPENSIVE in MY book!!

I'd be happy with a DR 250!!....funny thing, is that I ride a Harley!!
(just don't wanna look like a tourist pirate wannabe!)



Thanx for the response though!
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