I was stationed at the amphib base until 1985. I currently live in Kansas, you should continue to read the postings in this sight. You will be better able to make an informed decision should you read further. Please remember that most people in these forums are drawing from their own experience to best help you and others. Because I am familiar with the area you will be riding, any of the smaller bikes will suffice. Keep in mind all of the young military guys that may be spending their first time in a big city setting. You will need to be extra mindful of your surroundings. Definitely take the MSF course, it will help you in seeing ahead and avoiding serious dangers. I wish you all the best, keep in touch. Ride safe and God bless. Jon D.