1. sadlmakr

    sadlmakr Limited User

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    Well, like the title says...went to the Big Island of Hawaii for 7 nights at the end of January :D
    I've been to Maui a few times and always thought it would be great to have a bike (other than a Harley #-o )to explore all those roads that are impassable in a rental car. And there a lot of those in Hawaii.
    Turns out there is now a tour company on Maui renting 2 strokes to tackle some jungle singletrack. They also have KLRs as well. Like most things on Maui, it is a little pricey.
    I went to the Big Island however, and found this company (hiadv.com) to rent a bike from for 3 days. The owner, Jason, was very accommodating and directed me to some cool spots not normally seen by most people. =D>
    You could ride for weeks on the Big Island and not see everything. So many little roads and paths to explore! The general rule was, unless there was a sign or a closed gate, have at it :D

    Rented a DR650




    Some roads went through lava fields. Seemed like you were riding to the end of the Earth.


    Well, after the 1st day, and maybe being a little too excited and breaking a few things on the bike... :lol: Jason gave me a different bike for the 2nd day. He was very understanding and charged me very little for the bits I broke =D>

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  2. sadlmakr

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    Day 2 I went north to explore a couple of secluded spots near Hawi. King Kamehameha's birthplace and 'Upolu polnt.

    Day 3, I headed north again to explore Waipi'o Valley. A very special place Hawaiians.
    But first hit the horsey area of Waimea and rode something without a motor :lol:

    Waipi'o Valley. 6 miles deep, 1 mile wide. Incredible spot with a crazy ass road down into it :shock: Very cool on a bike though :D

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    Very nice, thanks for posting this.
  4. sadlmakr

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    "Wild" horses on the road in Waipi'o Valley.


    Black sand beach in Waipi'o Valley.


    I never did get up to or near either summit of either Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa, but I still saw some snow! Mauna Kea was closed part way up due to heavy snow. Locals drive up and fill their pickups with snow and bring it down to play with :roll:

    Jason, the owner, lives near Kealakekua Bay and The Place of Refuge. Beautiful place and great snorkeling. Stopped by here on my way back to drop off the bike on day 4.



    After giving the bike back I had to rely on 49 ccs of 2t power :lol: should 'a kept the bike! #-o

    And yes I did beat it up a bit offroad [-X :lol:

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    Looks like a great place to explore on a bike, nice photos.
  6. toslow

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    when you went to wiamai did you get a chance to hit the saddle road? it is a shrt cut from kona to hilo. i explored pretty much that whole island and it sure is a beautiful place for sure
  7. sadlmakr

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    No I didn't hit the Saddle road (either the new or old parts). I was there for 7 days and didn't even get over to Hilo. I might have made the trip across (along with a trip up Mauna Kea ) if I'd had the bike for another day.