Hundreds turn out for Kari Prager memorial ride

In memory of beloved California BMW motorcycle dealership owner Kari Prager, around 200 motorcyclists took a trip over the Santa Cruz Mountains on Sunday.

Prager, a Mountain View resident who led his customers on monthly rides for years, died unexpectedly last month at 63 from a respiratory condition.

The ride left the Old Middlefield Way dealership Sunday morning where 198 motorcycles were counted, said his wife, Gail Prager.

"It started out all foggy and cold," Gail said, but once over the mountains "we rode out into beautiful sunshine."

The ride's destination was the small coastal town of Davenport, a place Prager loved riding to several times a year, Gail said.

The group gathered on the Davenport bluffs where a half dozen people spoke about Prager, including Prager's friend and the head of BMW's U.S. motorcycle division, Pieter de Waal.

"It was certainly a very special day that (his daughters) Maya, Kristin and I will always remember," Gail said in an email.

Prager's business partner Mike Meisner organized the ride and is expected to continue Prager's traditional first-Sunday-of-the-month shop ride.

More photos can be found on Robert Stokstad's website and Albert Santoso's Picasa gallery.


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Posted by Arlie Ray
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 16, 2010 at 11:11 am

As the ride 'sweeper' ,it was a great ride with everyone arriving without problems and in good cheer. Thanks for coming and showing your support for Kari and Gail, Maya and Kristin.

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