Commuting on a motorcycle is different than cross country trips. It had rained a few times when I was riding to work. New York roads are awful compared to Oregon. Potholes are normal and the way they fix them is to fill it with asphalt and let the cars pack it down. The problem is it does not do it in the middle where a motorcycle rides, so basically freeway speed bumps. Those are all annoyances but the thing that scares me is deer. They are everywhere here. I am surrounded my a state park and forest. I see a new dead deer on the way to work at least two or three times a week. The main reason though is convenience. I refuse to ride without gear on. Putting on and adjusting boots, pants, jacket, and helmet along with safety check take 5-10 minutes in the morning. Then when running errands I have a helmet and jacket to carry in one arm all the time.
My solution is I bought a Mazda Miata. It provides the open air riding but I will admit that the acceleration is not as good.
To sell my motorcycle I had to find the title. Hidden in one of the many packed boxes. I finally gave up and ordered another. It ticked me off because every week that passed and I would get less money for the motorcycle as the season came to an end. I finally got the title and sold the motorcycle for $2400. So owning it for a year and a half and a whole lot of miles had cost me $400. That seems reasonable to me. I may get a motorcycle again later. Probably a more of a touring bike, but drivers here are to aggressive and take all the fun out of it. I did ride through all five boroughs and would recommend a Sunday ride through Manhattan to everyone. Without the traffic it is fun.