Kari Prager, RIP

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by Rob Kleinschmidt, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. Kari Prager, bay area founder of Cal BMW/Triumph and Tri Valley BMW/
    KTM passed
    away Sunday, Nov 14, at age 62 (?) from strange medical problems
    which apparently
    had remained undiagnosed until recently. He had been in a head on
    collision on a single
    track dirt ride on Memorial day and I'm unclear whether this had
    anything to do with the
    medical problems which followed.

    Kari held degrees from Dartmouth in Anthropology and Fine Arts, and
    had dropped out
    of a dotoral degree program at Harvard "but dropped out to become
    motorcycle technician
    and other duties in shop", eventually parlaying that into two thriving

    I've known Kari perhaps 10 or 15 years and I've lost count of how many
    of his shop rides
    I've been on and the number of times he's offered me free expert
    technical advice on repairs
    I decided to do for myself.

    I recall Kari talking about the Zen of pistol target shooting and his
    misadventures in
    Europe when he managed to enter an eastern bloc country presenting
    among his
    other travel documents, a totally bogus one that he had artistically
    himself from a California driver's license and a couple of borrowed
    stamps from his
    local hotel. Kari said that later it finally occurred to him that
    traveling in cold war era
    eastern Europe carrying forged documents was really an incredibly
    stupid trick to
    pull, even for a motorcyclist.

    A guy who will be long remembered, admired and missed by many. Deepest
    sympathy and condolences to his family.

    Rob Kleinschmidt, Nov 16, 2010
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  2. Rob Kleinschmidt

    BryanUT Guest

    I am sorry for the passing of your friend.

    His life lives on. He was part of your life and you will pass that on.
    Whether or not you mean to.
    My sincere condolences

    You sent me on a ride that I will never forget (Tunitas Creek):

    BryanUT, Nov 16, 2010
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  3. Rob Kleinschmidt

    walt tonne Guest

    Prager, obviously a great talent with a non-typical background.
    walt tonne, Nov 16, 2010
  4. This alone marks him out as a guy who was obviously worth knowing.
    [email protected], Nov 16, 2010
  5. Just read the post, (I haven't been here for a few years..8 ?) Sucks!
    Now who the heck am I gonna buy a bike from?
    conductormark, Dec 6, 2010
  6. The memorial service was attended yesterday by several
    hundred people and filled a hotel ballroom. In every story
    told, Kari emerged as the kind of guy who just charged at
    life head on. There's also a memorial ride next Sunday.

    Cal Moto is alive and well and run by his former partner,
    Mike. Kari, while still active at the dealership, had sold
    his interest to Mike several months ago.
    Rob Kleinschmidt, Dec 6, 2010
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