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Hey everyone, just moved to Pensacola FL and am awaiting flight training. Used to have an SV650, was my first bike and hated to sell her. The Versys just seems like it perfectly fits my personality. I want to be able to ride for a long time but still be able to hammer the throttle and have fun but not reach triple digits and die. On the lookout for an 09 Green which I will likely have painted black, Kawasaki gave Canada cool colors but screwed us here in the states.
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Hey everyone, just moved to Pensacola FL and am awaiting flight training. Used to have an SV650, was my first bike and hated to sell her. The Versys just seems like it perfectly fits my personality. I want to be able to ride for a long time but still be able to hammer the throttle and have fun but not reach triple digits and die. On the lookout for an 09 Green which I will likely have painted black, Kawasaki gave Canada cool colors but screwed us here in the states.
welcome, Is the flight training with the Navy ?
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Yes the flight training is with the Navy but the Navy has the privilege of training us Marines.
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Yes the flight training is with the Navy but the Navy has the privilege of training us Marines.
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I wish they would have stuck to the red. I have the 08 and love it.
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welcome aboard. This forum and the Navy has got something in common. We watch our backs in the name of botherhood.

Take care and enjoy your ride when you get your V and do enjoy your training.
If you do call at our port-Malaysia, do PM for a spin on a V.

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Yes the flight training is with the Navy but the Navy has the privilege of training us Marines.
Thank you for your service and enjoy your training .
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In another life I was at Hurlburt and used to love riding along the emerald coast and hitting about double the posted on "three mile bridge" (that's about the only elevation around there!). You'll love the V for cruising and for it's thrills when you pin the throttle.

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Welcome and I to think you'll love the V, if you're certain you want smooth, controllable power with comfortable upright seating vs a rip your arms off, get you in trouble fast, scrutched over crotch rocket.

Thanks for your service and I must say I'm a bit envious. One of my lifes regrets is not pursuing being a pilot. I think it was where I should have ended up but my epiphany came a bit to late in life for me. Being young, in your 20's and having the world at your fingertips will go by quickly and before you know it, those options to choose certain paths will slip away. Man... I just bummed myself out....

Hey, alls good. I have a great family, a good job and 2 awesome bikes, My V and KTM.

So, any idea what you'll be flying? Not sure you know yet but just wondering what you're hoping for. Being a marine and at Pensacola I assume its fixed wing. Or maybe they do rotary training there as well? Maybe Harrier, Hornet , Osprey?

Have 2 brothers that fly Blackhawks in the Army. Dad flew Hueys in the Guard for 20 yrs. My oldest will be doing his 2nd tour in Iraq this fall.
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I'm a bit envious. One of my lifes regrets is not pursuing being a pilot. I think it was where I should have ended up but my epiphany came a bit to late in life for me. Being young, in your 20's and having the world at your fingertips will go by quickly and before you know it, those options to choose certain paths will slip away. Man... I just bummed myself out....
Same here... Word for word!

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Same here... Word for word!
it's never to late.
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True, not to late to be a pilot, and its definately on my bucket list ... probably after I retire, kids out of school and I have the money. Its a bit expensive to just get your license much less pay the rental/fuel to enjoy the use of that license.

Its too late to make it my career though and me get PAID to fly. Thats the way to do it. I'm too old and have family obligations. If you don't go the military route, it takes years and years to build up hours and decent pay. Going the civilian route is a hard road to hoe with many pilots of the commuters getting paid poop and working odd hours. Its not really the glammer life you might think until you get up to the majors perhaps. I remember reading the story of that plane that went down due to icing a year or so back up in New York. The female co-pilot had very few hours and was making something like $16,000. Kind of scary when you think about someone with such little experience flying us around. The experience of both of those pilots is definately what brought that one down. I wish I had pushed harder to go that military route but I was caught up in the "Top Gun" era. They had all the recruits they could handle wanting to fly.

Anyway... enough of that..... don't want to Hijack the thread....

Welcome to Jiff84 and good luck with bike and flight training. And post what you'll be flying.....

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