March 6 2013.

The Motorcycle Retailers Association (MRA) has been rebranded the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA). Why the name change, and what is the association doing to serve and protect your interests? Motorcycle Trader's David Bradford talks to NMDA manager Stephen Latham.

Picture the scene; a customer is refusing to pay for his bike; a member of workshop staff is behaving badly and causing chaos; a manufacturer is making unreasonable demands of you. Every dealership suffers problems at one time or another. Whom can you turn to for help?

At times of trouble, you can try to handle the issue yourself but in doing so might put yourself at risk of getting into further financial and legal difficulties. Alternatively, you could engage a solicitor - provided you've the funds to cover their fees. Neither is an attractive option. Perhaps there is another way, an alternative source of help and advice? Thankfully, yes, there is - and it's called the National Motorcycle Dealer Association (NMDA).

Formerly the Motorcycle Retailers Association (MRA), the NMDA is part of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI), which represents all sectors of the automotive trade - and has been around for nearly a century. Why the change of name for the RMI's motorcycle division?

Interested? To find out more turn to page 27 of the March edition of Motorcycle Trader, or read it in the digital page-turning format HERE.

To obtain a hard-copy issue of Motorcycle Trader, call the team on 01273 616040 or email office@redcat.co.uk  

Pictured (left to right); NMDA's Sylvia Robson, Stephen Latham, Tommy Porter