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Riding in Maui

I just got back from Maui on Monday and let me tell you, it is a wonderful place to ride. Sure it's an island, but you have never seen twisties like on the road to Hana. At times it's a little scary, what with the fact that you are running along with no guard rails in some spots and the next stop down is the Pacific ocean.
The speed limits in Maui are crazy low, but the views are so spectacular that you don't want to go too fast. You can't rent a Versys there, only Harleys and scooters and Can Am's, so I did a Fatboy for $139 for 24 hrs. It was fun to try out, but I would never buy one. Night time was great too. Mid 70's with no humidity. If you ever get a chance, just go and ride.
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When I did the road to Hana

there were one lane bridges along the way.. you just had to "come to an agreement" if some one was coming the other way. Also, not just the Pacific on one side but a rock wall (no shoulder) on your right. There was a black sand beach along the way and the sand was like super glue on your feet! Very beautiful scenery.
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Almost rented a bike last summer but decided there was no way I could ride and enjoy the views like in a car. We drove all the way around the north and south ends. Great views but not sure the rental car place would have approved.
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Riding in Maui, huh? Ah well, someone has to do it.

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Somewhere in my rental agreement with Avis it said going south on the Hana Rd. was at our own risk, so we did it. I was expecting all kinds of deep pot holes and such, but it wasn't bad at all. The 2013 Altima handled it fine. I just hate that CVT "gearbox". It really sucks.
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My daughter and family just got stationed over there. I hope to visit soon so I can rent a Hog and knock another state off my bucket list. Sounds like a great ride and thanks for the report.

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The first time I did Hana, back in the 90s, it was pretty intense. It was a quiet, yet ill-maintained strip of asphalt and gravel, narrow bridges, no guardrail, etc. Didn't see a single accident that trip. Now that they (vastly) improved it, far more tourists try to "brave" it. Last time I went, there was a minivan that had shot off the cliff, landing in a tree, and an old VW bug that somehow wound up on it's roof. Be careful of those tourists!!
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