In the Spotlight
|Steven & Tammy Hollingsworth|
As I sat down with Tammy, she stated that there were two versions of "the beginning" days ... this is hers:
In 1996, Tammy was working for a finance company who found themselves in need of a good repo man (images of the TV show are coming to mind right about now ...) and they had heard the man they needed was Steven Hollingsworth. After receiving the call, Steven walks in the front door of the finance company, spots Tammy sitting at her desk... and it was love at first site !! (Now, picture all the little hearts floating around Steven's head as he looks in her direction) Tammy on the other hand, looked up and saw a nice looking man, but wasn't swooning just yet. Every time Steven would come to the office, he would go over to Tammy's desk and speak to her... but she was "admiring him from a distance," since it would appear her supervisor, Petit... had her eyes set on him and would follow him around like a little lost puppy! One day as Steven was coming in to the office around 5pm -- so was the customer of the car that he had been asked to repo. Tammy was about to leave work, but decided to hang around a bit in case they needed her to help out with the customer... however her decision to wait around meant she was outside with Steven ( who was also waiting). The customer paid their bill and everyone left for the day, with the exception of Steven & Tammy... who held down the parking lot ... still talking. Around 6:30pm (times are not exact but approximant) Steven decided to ask Tammy out on a date... she declined... (She was sorta kinda in a way seeing someone else, but really did want to go!) By 10pm, they were STILL in the parking lot... talking. (I think this must have been where the "homeless" thing began!) Steven decided to give Tammy his number (although she holds out on hers) and they finally part for the evening. The following day, Tammy stops at a payphone and makes a call to Steven. The phone calls would continue each day on her way home from work. Shortly after that first call... she started receiving a dozen of the most beautiful red roses ... sent to her at least twice a week ! Petit was not very happy about this -- remember, she had hopes for her and Steven .. but this did finally get her to back off. About three weeks of talking ... and receiving the beautiful red roses, Steven asked her out again and this time she said "yes"! (She had broken it off with the sorta kinda in a way guy) The day of the date arrives and Tammy ... well, she forgot about meeting him and stood him up !! Well, that didn't deter Steven ... he asked her out again. The day of the date arrives and Tammy... gets cold feet and stands him up ... again!! Their next encounter was about the time that Tammy would find out she was about to be without a car. (another story saved for another day!) Steven, being her "Knight in Shining Armor" convinced her to borrow one of his cars -- no strings attached. After going with him to pick up said car, they stopped at Burger King to grab a bite to eat... I guess you could say this was their first "unofficial" date. The real official first date came soon after however, with them going ATV riding in the mountains. (Again, that's another story all together!) So, by this time, it was Tammy who had become so smitten with Steven ... that four days after that first date, she moved in!! Two weeks later, while at Six Flags... Steven asked her to marry him... and on June 23, 1996 they became man & wife !
In the beginning they both loved to ride ATV's and spent a lot of their time camping and fishing. So much they purchased a really nice motor home. Then one day, a co-worker shows Tammy her Goldwing Trike.. she was hooked! At home that evening, she tells Steven she wants a Goldwing. Now Steven, who had owned several bikes, at first said " you want a what? " Needless to say, Steven went out and bought a Goldwing. They joined GWRRA in March of 2006 and in May of that year went on their first ride with Chapter B. In July of 2006, Steven decided to trike the bike and so Tammy started driving it. Soon after Tammy informed Steven that if HE wanted a Goldwing, she suggested he go buy him one. He stated " that was my Goldwing " .. with her reply being... the keyword being " was " !! What else could he do, but go out and buy his own, a matching Titanium 2006 Goldwing. A LOT of miles were put on those bikes, traveling ALL across the United States. I think Tammy finally about killed hers .. so the time came for a new one. Well, one wasn't going to work since their old bikes matched.. so they are now the proud owners of two 2012 White ( with purple Wing Bling ) Goldwings ! Of course, hers is triked !
Steven & Tammy have one son, Zachary. They are also the parents of Abigail (cat), Sherlock & Havelock (dogs) and Mocky & Junior (birds).
Steven & Tammy have held many staff positions within GWRRA and Chapter B. They were Chapter B's Couple of the Year in 2008... became Alabama District Couple of the Year in 2009 and were named Region A Couple of the Year for 2009-2010. At some point down the road they are going for a " repeat " for International Couple of the Year, since they were robbed of that! However, they are currently the International Couple of the Year coordinators as well as being the Chapter B Chapter of the Year coordinators.
Steven & Tammy make friends wherever they go ... and exude the spirit of GWRRA. They are a HUGE part of Chapter B .. and loved by many!
I've discovered over the years that shape, size, and construction of tires can affect the way we perceive how confident a rider we are. Tires on motorcycles are essential for handling and safety of the bike. Many times we neglect the necessary maintenance needed to keep the tires safe. With motorcycles, there are only two small contact patches for the rider to rely on, so it is extremely important to keep the tires in top condition. Any tire, no matter how well constructed, may fail in use as a result of punctures, impact damage, improper inflation, overloading, or other conditions resulting from use or misuse. Tire failure may create a risk of property damage, serious personal injury or death. It is recommended that riders do a periodic inspection of their tires ( a part of the TCLOCK inspection). Serious injury or death can result from a tire failure. Many tire failures are preceded by vibration, bumps, bulges or irregular wear. If a vibration occurs while riding your motorcycle or you notice a bump, bulge or irregular wear, be sure to stop, inspect, and treat the condition as a safety hazard.
It's not often that a properly maintained tire will "blow out" while you are riding. More commonly if air is lost, it will be gradual. If you do experience a blow out or sudden tire failure, the following information should be helpful: When the failure occurs, slowly decrease the amount of throttle, hold the handlebars firmly, and steer to maintain your lane position. Once the motorcycle has slowed and is fully under control, apply the brakes gently. Gradually pull over to the shoulder and come to a stop.
|Motorcycle tire inflation and contact patch area|
Always keep the motorcycle manufacturer's recommended air pressure in both tires. This is an important requirement for tire safety and mileage.
In order for your new tire(s) to provide optimum performance, tires should be ridden very cautiously for the first 100 miles in order for the tread surface to be "Scuffed-In" and work properly. Directly after new tires are mounted, sudden acceleration, maximum braking and hard cornering must be avoided. This will allow the rider to adjust to the "Feel" and handling characteristics of the new tire and for the new tire to be "Scuffed-In" correctly in order to achieve optimum grip level.
Riding your motorcycle in an overloaded condition is dangerous. Overloading causes excessive heat to build up in your tires. This can lead to sudden tire failure and serious personal injury or death while the tire is overloaded or at some later date and pulling trailers behind your motorcycle is not recommended by Honda, as trailers may contribute to motorcycle instability and overload. If you do pull a trailer, GWRRA recommends that you take a trailering course to experience the weight changes and essentially become a safer rider with a trailer.
After striking anything unusual in the roadway, inspect it for damage. A tire may not have visible signs of damage on the tire surface. Yet, the tire may suddenly fail without warning, a day, a week, or even months later.
Inspect your tires for cuts, cracks, splits or bruises in the tread and sidewall areas. Bumps or bulges may indicate a separation within the tire body. Have your tire inspected by a qualified tire service person. It may be necessary to have it removed from the wheel for a complete inspection.
Inspect your tires for adequate tread depth. When the tire is worn to the built-in indicators at 1/32nd inch (0.8 millimeters) or less tread groove depth, or the tire cord or fabric is exposed, the tire is dangerously worn and must be replaced immediately.
Inspect your tires for uneven wear. Wear on one side of the tread or flat spots in the tread may indicate a problem with the tire or vehicle. Consult your local dealer.
Inspect your rims also. If you have a bent or cracked rim, it must be replaced.
Excessively worn tires are more susceptible to penetrations and road hazards. Always remove a tire from service once the wear reaches the tread wear indicator bars (indicating 1/32 of an inch of tread depth) located in the grooves of the tire.
There are lots of articles out on the Internet with much more detail and information than you probably want to read. I hope I've covered just enough to get you interested in wanting to, at least, check the pressure in your tires before taking that next ride.
Please, take some time to browse through the Chapter Web site and see upcoming education events and Links to valuable motorcycle safety sites (see below).
Hope to see you at our next Chapter Meeting and remember "Safety is for Life".
|Steve & Shirley Kremer|
|24||Sun||Breakfast at IHOP -- 8:30am - 6151 University Dr.|
|26||Tue||Supper at Bellacino's Pizza -- 6:00pm - 4851 Whitesbury Dr|
|28||Thu||Ride Ed Class -- 6:30 Kathy and Jake's 2510 Oxmoor Blvd. SW|
|30||Sat||Ride to Lynchburg -- 10:00am - meet at Shell station on Hwy 431 just north of Meridianville Airport|
|1||Sun||Breakfast at Cracker Barrel -- 8:30am 2001 Drak Ave.|
|3||Tue||Supper at ZAXBY'S -- 6:00pm 11608 South Parkway Blvd.|
|4||Wed||Wing-Ding (Thru Saturday)|
|5||Thu||Supper at Beaueguards -- 6:30pm 1426 Paramount Dr.|
|7||Sat||Left, Right, Stright RIDE -- 10:00am meet at Sonic Drive-In 366 Sutton Rd. Hampton Cove|
|8||Sun||Breakfast at Denny's -- 8:30am 4874 University Dr.|
|10||Tue||Rocket City Wings gathering -- OH!Bryan's, 2136 Highway 72 E, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm|
|12||Thu||Ride Ed Class -- 6:30pm Berryhill Estate Clubhouse 105 Riverwalk Trail, New Market (off Winchester Rd.)|
|Annual Little Sturgis Rally -- Sturgis, KY|
|14||Sat||Ride to Little River Canyon -- 9:00am meet at Hardees on Hwy 72 E. in Gurley|
|15||Sun||Breakfast at Edith Ann's -- 8:30am 255 Pratt Ave.|
|Ice Cream Day|
|17||Tue||Supper at Sonic Drive-In -- 6:30pm Hwy.72 West Madison|
|19||Thu||Rider Ed Class -- 6:30pm Berryhill Estate Clubhouse 105 Riverwalk Trail, New Market (off Winchester Rd.)|
|21||Sat||Bug Ride -- 7:00pm meet at Sonic Drive-In 366 Sutton Rd SE Hampton Cove|
|22||Sun||Breakfast at IHOP -- 8:30am 6151 University Dr.|
|24||Tue||Supper at 5 Guys Burgers & Fries -- 6:00pm 2724 Carl T. Jones Dr.|
|26||Thu||Ride Ed Class -- 6:30pm Berryhill Estate Clubhouse 105 Riverwalk Trail, New Market (off Winchester Rd.)|
|28||Sat||Ride to AL, TN & GA Burger Run -- 8:00am meet at Moores Mill Shell Hwy. 72 East|
|5th Annual AL, GA & TN BIG BURGER Ride -- Multi-district gathering at Randy's Restaurant in Trenton, GA. Home of 48oz hamburger|
|29||Sun||Breakfast at Edith Ann's -- 8:30am 255 Pratt AVe.|
|31||Tue||Supper at EI Coyote -- 6:00pm 6610 Old Madison Pike Madison|
|4||Sat||Intermediate Leadership Skills Class -- UAB Medical West Hospital, 995 9th Ave, Bessemer|
|6||Mon||Sturgis Rally (Thru 12th) -- Sturgis, SD|
|9||Thu||GWRRA - KY District Rally (Thru Saturday)|
|11||Sat||Alabama District Picnic -- 10am - Confederate Memorial Park, 437 Chilton County Rd 63, Marbury, AL|
|14||Tue||Rocket City Wings gathering -- OH!Bryan's, 2136 Highway 72 E, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm|