This 1980 Kawasaki was purchased new by the City of Brisbane in 1980 for patrol duty. In the late 1980's it was taken out of regular patrol service and used as a trainer bike. In February of 1996 it was sold as surplus from the city of Brisbane to a private owner. It was restored back to its original police specs, including paint and radio box. In December of 2004 it was purchased by a King City Police Officer who had plans to continue the restoration. After meeting some San Jose Police Officers and learning about the San Jose Police Historical Society, he chose to donate the motorcycle since he did not have the time to restore it. In May of 2012 he trailered the motorcycle to the Police Department and signed it over to the historical Society.
The San Jose Police Department has had a long history with the motorcycle. On February 14, 1912 the San Jose Police Motors unit was formed with the purchase of one motorcycle (that was painted yellow) to be used for traffic enforcement. The first motor officer for the San Jose Police Department was Officer Mike Margasan, a large man who had just the right amount of persuasion to get his point across to any law violator foolish enough to argue the stop.
1980 Kawasaki KZ 1000