Hawaii riding help....

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by brderj, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. brderj

    brderj Active Member

    In July I am getting married to a wonderful woman (who owns a 08 screamin eagle softail!!!) and we are moving to the island of Oahu. I have ridden there before several times and have completed the "circle" around the island. Other than that I don't know much else about the riding. I am moving from Colorado where a 200 mile trip is easily accomplished and never the same. I'm looking forward to the year round riding, and lets face it, if you were ever to ride in a circle this would be the circle to ride. :D Any Hawaii riders out there that know of good destinations, any "biker" friendly bars or restaurants, any advice? Thanks all, ride safe!

  2. demort

    demort Member

    Go to HD's web site and look up the dealer for Oahu, they will have a link to the local HOG group. If there anything like the folks on Maui, you will find all you need.
  3. sims.steve

    sims.steve Member

    I just moved to Oahu about 2 months ago as well and I'm looking for some folks to ride with. I was going to check out the Waipahu HOG chapter. I get my bike out of the shop in 2 weeks. If you wanna ride let me know. I'm up for it once I get my bike!
  4. rolsch

    rolsch Member

    Aloha. I moved away from Oahu a year and a half ago after living there for 11 years. I have ridden every road on that island and on Maui and to some degree on the Big Island. Let me tell you, there aren't that many roads on Oahu and you will miss Colorado for the wide open spaces. BUT, the scenery definitely makes up for it. Ok, so here's some ideas:

    1. Since you're military, you gotta check out the restricted road through KoloKole Pass out the back of Schofield Barracks. Only accessible by military and was closed for a few years after 9/11 but was open again as of two years ago. Beautiful. Kemoo Pub is the best biker bar on the island and is located in Wahiawa just outside Schofield Barracks.
    2. Make sure you head out to past Makakilo/Kapolei to Makaha, the surf and views are unbelievable. A lot of folks are hesitant to go, but don't let that stop you. Also, if you're into 4 wheeling there is actually a great 4 wheel drive only road over that tip of the island.
    3. There are a lot of nice side trips (although short of course) around Kailua and Kaneohe, you'll just have to explore. The Shack is a good biker friendly bar/restaurant in Kailua. Stop in at Prostreet Motorcycles in Kailua on Dump Road and say high to Deacon, great shop and great people.
    4. For what its worth, Oahu isn't a long haul type of place, obviously. Bikers are more into profiling and cruising. Never underestimate how fun it can be to cruise Waikiki Friday or Saturday evening, park your bike at Sandy Beach and check out the scenery. I always had Island fever and had to get off the island for two weeks every year for some extended riding around the mainland

    Its staggering how many bikes there are on Oahu. Every event is big and well attended. Make sure to keep a look out for the Toys for Tots parade as it is usually the biggest gathering in Waikiki. Also, the State Hog Rally is every year in Oct with pretty good turn out.

    The biggest dealer and the sole Pacific distributor for Harley is Cycle City near the airport. South Seas in Waipahu is a little more down home, and Domenicos in Kaneohe is smaller still. I never had my bike serviced at a dealer, I used a guy named Larry at the Hog Pen. Great service and priced right. He is/was located with Deacon in Waipahu but may have moved when Deacon moved to Kailua recently. Anyway, he has a small shop and lots of people know him, I highly recommend him.

    Too bad the super ferry isn't running anymore. It started after I left and is already defunct. That would have been the best bet for a "quick" weekend to another island for some extended riding.

    Too hard to put it all in one post. You'll be happy you're going, it can be a lot of fun.
  5. rolsch

    rolsch Member

    No kidding! I did business with them while I lived there and it's staggering the kind if money we're talking about. The owner is Joe Nicolai and he also owns the exclusive Audi, lotus, lamborghini, Ferrari, maserati dealerships. As well as a chevy dealer.
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  6. marcus22

    marcus22 Junior Member