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post #1 of 10 Old 04-21-2013, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hawaii: The Big Island

Looking for motorcycle rental recommendation on the Big Island of Hawaii.

My wife and I are planning a trip to the Big Island next year. I'm looking for a good place to rent a street bike for a few days. Must be a reputable rental business.

A cruiser or bike like the V-Strom are the choices. No off-roading, all asphalt (small bumpy volcanic area roads are good). :lol:

I found a few places so far.

Hawaiian Adventure Rentals. Anyone know about them? This may be the place... they rent V-Stroms!

Hawaiian Adventure Rentals - Motorcycle Rentals in Kona... explore paradise on two wheels!

A short tour around the Big Island on a 'Strom. Sweet!:

(Part I) Big Island Full tour (Part 1) - YouTube!

(Part II) Big Island, Hawaii Full Tour (Part 2) - YouTube

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Big Island Harley has rentals as well. I would rent a Wide Glide, but NO baggers.

Big Island Harley-Davidson® in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii offers a large selection of quality, new and used Harley-Davidson® motorcycles, parts, accessories and offers Harley® maintenance.

Rentals | Big Island Harley-Davidson® | Kailua-Kona Hawaii

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Big Island Motorcycle Rentals. Harleys, Honda cruisers, sport bikes, and scooters.

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Sorry no advice for where to rent from me. I have been to the Big Island, Kauai, and Maui. My only advice would be to make sure you bring rain gear.

The Hilo side of the Island gets rain daily, rain forest, so if you are planning to go on that side make sure you are ready for rain. BTW, if you are looking to get away from all the touristy stuff the Hilo side is where it's at. The best side of the island if my opinion.

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Thanks OldStromy.

Yeah, I know about the windward side. Wetter and greener! I think most of the islands are similar to the big island.

Disneyla... uhh, Oahu is the same way. Once you get north of Kaneohe it is incredibly lush green, and much quieter than the leeward side.



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A co worker did the rental thing on the islands and said he would never do it again. The other couple got hit, no hospital stay but it was not fun.
He said that your always dodging 4 wheelers not looking where they are going.
If you go look for Go Bananas ocean going kayak.
Ask for John and tell Bruce says Hi. he a good old friend.
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Thanks for the tip, T-ville Trooper

I visited my brother on Oahu about fifteen years ago and rented a beat-up early 90's Honda Shadow from some place in Honolulu. About ten years ago I rented a Harley from Pacific H-D in Honolulu. Brother rides an '84 Ironhead Sportster. Perfect sized bike for the islands.

On both occasions we played "Dodge the Day-Tripper (tourist)" here and there, flipped a few horn shots at the glazed-eyed lookyloo tourists. It wasn't much different then to the current everyday life here in San Franciscoland. It's just as busy and crazy here now, possibly more.

I am adamant about riding around the Big Island, and won't let the occasional dip-sh** tourists ruin my dream.

We're still in the planning stages of the trip. Ocean kayaking sounds like fun. Will definitely put that on the list!



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The wife and I rented a Road King from Big Island Harley last year. It wasn't a V-Strom, but on the islands, cruising is good; and I don't have a problem taking a rented HD down a dirt road anyhow. We did the same on Maui about 10 years ago. No problem with motorists either time. Just took our time and enjoyed the scenery; and still found plenty of opportunity to scrape some pegs.

The folks at Big Island HD took good care of us. The nice thing about renting from a HD dealer is that their equipment is in top shape. We stayed at the Westin and got to know the Concierge who happened to ride and owned a sweet Fat Boy. We just mentioned his name and got a bit of a discount. Try telling them that John from the Westin sent you :mrgreen:

Good luck and enjoy the island. I had been to Maui, Oahu and Kuai a couple times, but last year was our first on the big island; and I have to say it is now my favorite. Enjoy.

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My wife rented an Electra glide and rode all around the island in one day. A great trip. The big Island Harley guys are the best. They shipped my precious klr back to the mainland for me without a scratch.

See if they'll give you the kama aina discount.

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Try telling them that John from the Westin sent you :mrgreen:
Cant remember where I stayed. John from the Wyndham.

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motornutt and domromer... thanks a ton for the +1's about Big Island HD!

As always, the V-Strom would be fun, but I'd like to ride the wife around the island on a cruiser...

... like new the 2013 Dyna Wide Glide! I'm going with Big Island HD!






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Also when leaving Kona and heading north there is a low road and a high road. Try to take them both if you can. The low road goes through the desert and lava fields. Think wide open spaces like Arizona. The high road follows the curves of the mountains and is cool and lined with coffee bushes and tropical fruit. When I'd commute to kamueala in the mornings I'd take the low road and enjoy the warmth then take the high road back in the evenings and avoid the wind and air port traffic into Kona.

If you are heading south of Kona and you like good coffee stop at surfin ass coffee in the little town of captain cook. I made it my mission to find the best Kona coffee and that was it.



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