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Shari Ives


Shari Ives, formerly with Riding Academy of NJ, The Riding Center of NJ, and Bergen County Harley has founded her own school.

Shari is responsible for her persistent political efforts on behalf of motorcycle riders in New Jersey. She has fought for rider's rights and has even had laws changed in NJ in 2010.

She is a tireless motorcycle safety advocate in the state of New Jersey.

When I wanted to learn how to ride I did the same thing everyone else did, go to the MSF class.  I also had no one to ride with and was afraid to venture out on my own once class was over.  I wished that at that time there would have been someone there for me, to hold my hand until I felt comfortable enough to go it alone. 

I realized over the years that I wasn't alone in how I first felt.  I love to ride and I enjoy teaching others how to enjoy the riding experience themselves. Thats why I developed "The Riding Center"in 2004.  I want to help as many people as I can get the confidence to get out on the road safely.

 Now that I have overcome those fears and am a veteran rider, forcing myself to ride in elements that even an experienced rider wouldn't venture out in over the years. All this experience is for you to benefit from.  Stop wishing you could ride and start riding. 

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Thats me in the Old Faithful and in the Canadian Rockies in June 2008.

In an  article in the Bergen Record  in 2004 the following was written about Shari Ives the Founder and President of "The Riding Center"

Shari Ives does biker beautifully.

Her face is deeply bronzed, her black shirt says "Sick Chick," and on her calf is a colorful tattoo that matches exactly the custom tribal design on the back of her white Yamaha V-Star 1100 motorcycle.

Five years ago, her next door neighbor, a cop, was goading her: a gutsy girl who wanted to ride but didn't know how. Well, look at her now.

"Eventually I'd like to build my own custom chopper," she said, hanging with her buds from the Southern Cruisers Riding Club at the Tuesday night rally in the parking lot outside the Wayne Hooters.

While the motorcycle culture is still decidedly male - the DJ addressing the crowd used the term Gentlemen - women are joining the fray.

According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, one in 12 riders are now female and more are learning to ride.

"You could see half of them walk down the street and never in a million years would you imagine that woman is kicking butt on a bike," said the newest rider, Khris Ramella.

Shari Ives sat on every bike in the showroom before buying hers. She flipped through motorcycle magazines the way other women look through shelter books - ripping pages for a year before making a decision. She attended bike shows every weekend. She has picked out every part by herself and added purple neon accessory lights.

Freedom is the destination.

Bikers may be more mainstream now, but that doesn't change the sport's essence.

I have been on and involved with many riding events.  It takes an experienced rider to be a tail gunner and/or a Road Captain.  Here on the Concrete Canyon Run( A motorcycle Charity Run) you see Shari helping the police motor units stop traffic in New York City so the rest of the group can pass safely.

In Aug 2007  I was Road Captain  across country on Rt 66. There were 22 bikes and 31 people.