As gas prices continue to rise steadily, sales in motorcycles and scooters are also climbing. Recent data from the Motorcycle Industry Council shows that motorcycle sales increased by 7.2% in the first quarter of 2011 (compared to the same time period last year). The interesting part? Sales for motor scooters have increased by almost 50% in the same time frame.  That’s a dramatic jump.

Motorcycle owners have many reasons to consider making the switch to scooters, especially residents of dense urban areas like New York City.

Motorcycles vs Scooters – Which is Right for You?

sell used motorcycle nycIf you travel longer distances, a motorcycle may be an appropriate choice for the budget commuter, as they have a greater range before refueling. For those who value vehicle performance, they accelerate faster that scooters and can be more stable at high speeds due to their weight.

Motor-scooters, on the other hand, are quieter and easier to handle than traditional motorcycles, and can often go just as fast. They’re also easier to learn to ride, since they have no gears or clutch to operate, which can be especially convenient for urbanites in New York City threading through traffic over shorter distances.

Scooters can be less expensive to purchase, cheaper to insure, and lower your monthly gas costs, especially when considering smaller engine models.  And don’t forget the storage capacity (an especially important distinction for New Yorkers).

For New Yorkers, both scooters and motorcycles are great alternatives to cars or crowded subways. They’re faster, highly convenient, and their fuel efficiencies make gas prices comparable to monthly transit fees.

Trading in Your Motorcycle for a Motor-Scooter

As lightweight, low-cost alternatives, scooters are becoming especially desirable as a way to conserve fuel and save money. If you currently own a motorcycle in New York City and are considering a switch, Big Bucks Auto can help you sell your used motorcycle for cash right away.

Wondering how much you can sell your motorcycle for in New York? Visit our Free Quote page to get a quote for your used motorcycle, and you might be steering a nifty new scooter through the streets of Manhattan in no time!