Hawaii - Motorcycle Roads and Riders

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With weather that is almost always perfect for riding and gorgeous scenery at every turn, Hawaii would probably be one of the most popular states in the nation for motorcyclists. Unfortunately, it is logistically difficult for most bikers to get a chance to enjoy this beautiful state’s many scenic wonders. Luckily, several of the islands do have facilities that rent out motorcycles, so it is possible for visitors to explore these islands by bike. These fortunate riders will find lots of lovely waterfalls and gorgeous routes that to lead to panoramic views of the ocean on these stunning islands.

Visitors to the Island of Maui will enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and some fantastic switchbacks as they ride alongside the coast and into the West Maui Mountains, which are very lush and beautiful. These mountains are imposing, with the highest peak being at 5,788 feet. Motorcyclists start this 60-mile loop by taking Highway 30 out of the town of Lahaina. Before Kahauloa Village, this road changes its name to Highway 340 and narrows to a one-lane curvy eight-mile road that is etched into the side of a mountain. Brave riders only need apply, as motorcyclists may face oncoming traffic and there are few guardrails to separate man from mountainside on Highway 340. This road eventually switches back to the Highway 30 designation before returning riders to Lahaina.

Another exceptional Hawaiian road is also located on the Island of Maui. The Hana Highway, which is also known as Highways 360, boasts over 600 tight curves and 50 one-lane bridges in its 52 miles. This road cuts through beautiful rainforest and along the gorgeous coastline as it follows an old footpath used by ancient Hawaiians. Motorcyclists should make sure to explore the many beautiful sites along this road that stretches from Hana to Kahului.

Motorcyclists on the Big Island of Hawaii will definitely want to take a ride on Saddle Road, which runs along the “saddle” between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes. This is a very curvy road that climbs to 6000 feet. At the top, riders can look out on lava fields that resemble the barren face of the moon.

The Big Island of Hawaii also has a beautiful four-mile ride, the Onomea Bay Scenic Drive, which is located on the Hamakua Coast. This is a narrow, curvy drive through gorgeous rainforests, with beautiful views of the ocean. This road should be ridden respectfully, as there are a few one-land bridges on it, and it is also quite narrow in spots. In some areas, this road has little to no shoulders and it is lined with a high unforgiving natural rock wall. Motorcyclists can reach this road by taking Highway 19 north out of Hilo to about the 7.5-mile marker. Riders will have to look for a Scenic Drive sign indicating the turn off for this beautiful drive. This little four-mile route will then lead riders back to Highway 19.

Oahu has some nice rides, but probably one of the best for motorcyclists is the drive up Mount Tantalus. This route features tight curves and a steep climb, and the top of this route boasts awesome views of Diamond Head and the Pauoa Valley. The road changes names at the top to Round Top Drive, before it heads down the other side of the mountain.

Bikers in Hawaii can look forward to a few rallies and shows each year, including the Hawaii State HOG rally, which has been held on different islands, including Oahu and Maui. This event typically features rides through the beautiful Hawaiian scenery and is held in October.

 

 

Disclaimer:  All information is provided as a service to motorcycle riders, and the opinions expressed here are subjective. Although we have tried to research this information thoroughly, it is possible that changing circumstances can cause this information to become inaccurate. In addition, the conditions and roads described can change without notice for a number of reasons, including closings, weather conditions and maintenance. Motorcycle events such as rallies and rides may also be cancelled or dates changed without notice, as well. This site is not responsible for these types of circumstances, which are beyond our control, and riders relying on this information will be doing so at their own risk. This site is not liable for any actions a rider takes based on the information provided here.  Please consult other sources before heading out on these roads and do not use the directions given here as a map, as again, circumstances may have affected their accuracy.