California BMW (now CalMoto Mountain View) was founded in 1981 by a group of enthusiast BMW riders. Kari and Gail Prager were part of that original team. Their vision was to create a dealership dedicated to a love for motorcycles and a desire for excellence. California BMW helped to establish the Bay Area as one of BMW's strongest markets nationwide and is widely recognized as a top BMW dealer in the USA. By 1995, Kari and Gail were sole owners of the enterprise and added the Triumph brand. California Triumph became one of the first franchised Triumph dealers in the USA and has been one of Triumph's top American dealers ever since achieving Triumph Premier Group Platinum status in 2006. In 2008 we were fortunate to be able to add the Vespa Scooter line to our dealership.
Mike Meissner joined the team at CalMoto in 2000 bringing with him a love for motorcycling and a broad dealership management background to the business. Everything we do is about sharing our experience, love and passion for the sport of motorcycling. We call this "Experience Shared" and it has become our shop motto.Kari, Gail and Mike all worked together to grow and expand the business, eventually adding a sister store in Livermore, Tri-Valley Moto (now CalMoto Livermore) in August 2008. The addition of CalMoto Livermore has made us the largest BMW and Triumph dealership group in California. Anya Meissner joined the team in 2008 and now brings considerable accounting background to the business as its Controller.
In November 2010, our Founder, Kari Prager, passed away unexpectedly. His loss was felt not just in our company but across the industry.
Kari Prager Memorial Articles
Mike and Anya Meissner have since purchased the dealerships from Gail and she continues to work in the dealerships and is an active part of the business.
Together, we have created a shop that encourages your enjoyment of the sport and believes that educating the rider about the technology and traditions of motorcycling is part of the pleasure of ownership. All of us at CalMoto are ready to share with you the enjoyment of riding, and, as enthusiasts, encourage your growth in motorcycling as a sport. Collectively, our staff has ridden hundreds of thousands of miles, and our service department has well over 100 years of professional mechanical experience. We are all motorcycle riders and together have over one hundred years of riding experience and more than sixty years of dealership operations expertise. We strive to share our enthusiasm for motorcycling with our customers and we pride ourselves in offering a professional and friendly experience. We take part in all types of riding, from touring to street sport, track riding, off road adventuring, or just Skyline cruising.
CalMoto is a full service dealership offering Parts, Sales and Service. We feature a massive parts and accessories inventory to meet all of your two wheel needs and we can draw on the inventory of both of our stores through our linked computer systems. This relationship offers our customers access to the largest selections of parts and accessories in the Bay Area.
Our friendly and knowledgeable team is ready to help you get optimal enjoyment out of the sport regardless of your level of experience. Come visit us soon and we look forward to meeting you!
Mike and Anya