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A ser­vice star goes to Al Os­born of AO ser­vices, who sells the A-reg reg­u­la­tor / rec­ti­fiers, among other elec­tri­cal prod­ucts. I had a re­cent charg­ing is­sue – he gave good ad­vice and had the A-reg-6 in for test­ing. Ed Lazda, mem­ber

How many Yamaha main deal­ers would be able to sell you oil fil­ter plate gas­kets for a T140 oily frame, off the shelf, 75p each? Stand up and be counted, Peter Ham­monds of Cirences­ter.

An as­so­ci­ated tip: once you have a good ex­am­ple of a small gas­ket, print a pho­to­copy of it so you al­ways have a tem­plate ‘in case’. Roy Plow­man, mem­ber 58

Peter Ham­monds are good for Yamaha too. They did me a set of OEM en­gine bars for my Tracer cheaper than any­one on­line. Paul Jen­nings, mem­ber

What a plea­sure to un­re­servedly rec­om­mend Steve of Wheel­wise En­gi­neer­ing (01403 864533). We pre­sented him with a dif­fi­cult to find and stupidly ex­pen­sive to re­place rim that not only had nu­mer­ous flats (ma­jor and mi­nor), it also turned out to have twists present. The true ex­tent of the many faults re­ally only be­came painfully ap­par­ent when the wheel was in the jig, and proved to be a real chal­lenge to elim­i­nate.

The wheel was cleaned, trued and re­built, and is now fit for an­other 60-odd years of ser­vice. It’s a credit to both the orig­i­nal ma­te­ri­als, which six decades from man­u­fac­ture still per­mit­ted the straight­en­ing to be achieved, and Steve’s in­fi­nite pa­tience and crafts­man­ship. When we ar­rived, there was a chap who had trav­elled from Wales to drop off rims, which must say some­thing for Steve’s rep­u­ta­tion.

Many thanks also to those who rec­om­mended him to us. Much ap­pre­ci­ated! Ieish Gamah, mem­ber 1653

He re­built both sets of wheels for my pre-war T80s and did a su­per job, in­clud­ing find­ing the spe­cial ta­per roller bear­ings for the front hubs Bill Barnes, mem­ber

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