November 10th 2004.

MRA Christmas lunch

The traditional Motorcycle Retailers Association (MRA) dealer Christmas lunch will take place on Thursday 16th December at Oulton Hall Hotel in Rothwell, near Leeds. The guest speaker this year will be Tony Jefferies.

All proceeds will be donated to the David Jefferies Memorial Fund, which provides money for children's charities and those connected to motorcycle sport.

Tickets for the lunch are priced at £27.50, plus VAT, and space is limited. The confirmed sponsors are Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and Aprilia.

For more information, to sponsor the event or to book call the MRA office on 01788 538 303 or e-mail

MRA regional dealer meetings

The Motorcycle Retailers Association (MRA) reports that its recent round of regional motorcycle-dealer meetings were very successful. Six meetings took place across the country to allow dealers to address industry issues of common concern, including:
1. dealers' obligations under the forthcoming FSA insurance regulations and moves by certain manufacturers to make this effectively mandatory;
2. changing emissions requirements within type approval;
3. mounting regulation governing training and the threat it poses to the market;
4. the growing popularity of quad bikes and potential liability for the dealer;
5. franchising issues

Further meetings will be scheduled in 2005. The events were sponsored by Glass's Guide, Singer & Friedlander, and Profitability.