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    Thanks everyone! It's good to be back and in touch with you guys. Yeah things are still good in Hawaii! I ended up getting a 2014 Triumph Street Triple R (675) - it seems like the perfect bike for me on the island. I'm stoked to be riding again and to have a bike to work on a little. I really fell in love with the GSX-S1000F but it just wasn't the right bike for a 40-mile island with traffic. Selling that bike was one of the hardest things I've had to do and I was physically ill for a week or two after. I like Suzuki bikes and miss owning one, but maybe one will come my way in the future.



    Maybe I should add that this was a static picture - I just rolled the bike out for a photo, not a ride.
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    Nice to see you back. I was a member back in 2005 or so, still can search/find some stuff I posted, but got canned like yesterday's paper.
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    Cool ! Joe is back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redman View Post
    When I was a tourist (with rental Harley) on the island, I noticed that all most all the Harleys (and Mustang Convertables) seemed to be tourist. THen I thought would be strange to live there and get a big road bike - on an island that is, what, 20 some miles across, and no road that goes all the way around.
    Perhaps, after I say Welcome Back!, Joe can update us on that.

    I have not been there for many years but on my visit I actually did drive the entire perimeter of Oahu in a rental car.

    By chance I found a former military trail that had been cut into the side of Diamond Head . It began at a beach near Waikiki and ran all around Diamond Head at different heights, but averaging about a hundred feet above the water, before it went back down to the ocean and a little farther on it turned into a real road..

    It was wide enough for only one vehicle for the entire distance, and meeting anyone else part way along would have been a wee bit problematic as there was no rail and/or fence of any kind, anywhere.

    It was strikingly beautiful all the way around, but became spectacularly so when it came down at ocean side and the rollers right beside us hit the rocks and went under an array of chimney rocks, blowing the water fifty or more feet into the air and delivering the most wonderful display of cascading rainbows that I have ever seen. Fascinated by the display we stopped there for a while, then found a nearby cave and had box lunch.

    Wonderful memory.
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    There's no road around the northwest corner of the island. There are trails from the west side, but I don't believe they connect to the North Shore. Still, one can ride around 75% of the perimeter, then cut up the middle which is still a nice ride.

    And there are PLENTY of local Harley owners! And lots of bikes and riders in general. I really enjoyed riding with you guys at the rally I went to, but otherwise I prefer to ride alone.

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    Welcome back Joe!

    I remember your pic posted in post #2 but I don't remember chiming in and greeting you.

    Your location is Honolulu and that sparked my interest because we lived there from 1999-2003...stationed at Hickam. I didn't ride a motorcycle until 2011 so my experiences were in our 2003 Honda Pilot. Have you ridden H3 on a motorcycle? That hwy is on sacred ground (from what was said in various conversations with military members) and is extremely high to the access point in the mountain. After you go through the tunnel, you'll see a stairway that was called "stairway to heaven". Man-made out of wood I believe...we never went to it but could see it once you exit the tunnel and see beautiful K-Bay!

    Hope you're enjoying Oahu...I loved it there!

    Welcome back and thanks for posting your return.

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    My Grandsons girlfriends sister Anna. She was a jarhead stationed there for a few years. Got out....and stayed in HI

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    Thanks for that story bonanzadave!

    Our family traveled to the Big Island and Molaka'i during our 4yr stay...wife and I went to Kauai for one of our wedding anniversaries and did the Napali Coast tour of the cliffs...spectacular!

    I'll never forget the captain of the boat said, "the waters are unusually calm, would anyone like to jump in the water?" I thought it was a great idea and dove in like it was a swimming pool. As I opened my eyes to look for the bottom of the pool, all I saw was blue turning into darkness...suddenly I realized, "I don't know what is down there" and I brought myself to the top and quickly got back in the boat.

    Lots of great memories the military provided for my family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Garfield View Post
    There's no road around the northwest corner of the island. There are trails from the west side, but I don't believe they connect to the North Shore. Still, one can ride around 75% of the perimeter, then cut up the middle which is still a nice ride.

    And there are PLENTY of local Harley owners! And lots of bikes and riders in general. I really enjoyed riding with you guys at the rally I went to, but otherwise I prefer to ride alone.
    Thanks for that update, Joe.

    I have wondered about the trail for a long time, as the opportunity for someone to fall off was very high and not just due to carelessness, but due to visibility.

    There was one point when we were travelling upwards and I could no longer see any part of the road, and only saw empty space ahead.

    I stopped the car and tried to lean out and see what to do. There was no room to get out and walk as we were at least a hundred feet above the ocean and on the left the rock wall was less than a foot from driver side door and the other side roughly the same distance from the edge.
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    As we literally inched ahead the road flattened a bit and I could see it on the opposite side of a U-shaped bay a few hundred yards away, but I still could not see where I was going.

    Still just literally inching ahead I began to see the roadway made a sharp left turn and as the car turned the path/trail became visible again.
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    That was about 3/4 of the away along, and after we rounded the bay it began to descend.

    BTW the trail entrance/beginning was not readily visible or accessible at either end. To get to it I had to drive across sand and around rocks to get there and did so when I saw a small open car coming from that direction. The other driver said only that he came from the other side and the road was narrow. At the other end we came down on sand and again went around rocks to reach the real road.


    That little side trip was quite an adventure, and highly memorable.
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