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Many motorcycle and scooter manufacturers like to tout the fuel saving nature of their two-wheeled vehicles. Looking ahead a bit further, it's also becoming obvious that electric motors are poised to make a big impact in motorcycling over the coming years. For this reason, it's not at all surprising that there will be an area at the upcoming EICMA motorcycle show in Milan dedicated to these eco-friendly two-wheeled alternatives called The Green Planet. The display will reportedly showcase electric and hybrid motorcycles.

Bigger headline-generating news, though, will be the absence of both Honda and Yamaha at EICMA, which will easily be the biggest motorcycle show of the year with 420 exhibitors and 500 brands in attendance. It's expected that over 500,000 visitors will roam the halls at EICMA this year in November, so the loss of the two motorcycle heavyweights will certainly be noticed.

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