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AD&RM’s ‘85 Kawasaki KH100 – “The Pickle”

Posted on April 5, 2013 by Andrew in Brat. 31 comments

If you’re anything like us, you baby your rides – probably more than you baby yourself, or even your partner. Bike covers, wax, polishing, and a nice warm garage to keep them out of the elements. But you can’t help but feel a little precious when you stumble upon a story like that of Ryan Wall’s. After rescuing a bike that was going to be trashed by a mate, he left it’s already shot and damage carcass under a tree in his folk’s tropical Brisbane yard for 6 years before he decided to make it his next project. Meet the bike that beat the rust and just got fast – AD&RM’s ‘The Pickle.’

“I am 23 years old and I live in Brisbane, Australia. I have always been into rebuilding bikes, but this was the first really different build I did, and the smallest. I am slowly working on starting a small motorcycle shop business called the ‘AD&RM Custom Motorcycle Company,’ from my father and my initials. He is also heavily into bikes. I named the bike ‘The Pickle,’ because of its green color and because it kind of looks like a naughty child that could get himself in some trouble.”

Ryan’s modifications were anything but minor. The cylinder was bored a third oversize and was plugged with a Wiseco piston. He powder coated the rims, added Titty Cushion grips and an aftermarket adjustable break and clutch lever. The headlight is a 5 1/4" bates style and it’s kept company with a DCC mini gauge. Hanging out with the engine is a Uni pod filter, along with the original KH100 exhaust, which seems to go really well with the whole project. There’s a hand-built built copper oil tank, and the gas tank has custom coloured done by Ryan himself. Finishing up the list are Duro tyres and a one off custom seat with quilt stitched leather.

The left side of the bike – it does exist

“The build took about 4 months to complete, working on it most nights after getting home from work with a lot of effort going into it over the last 2 weeks before I headed overseas. The bike had been bored out before we got it but only a 1st oversize, and it seemed appropriate to just go bigger than to hone the scratched bore, that and it gives it a bit more go! The grips and speedo were purchased off of Dime City Cycles. The oil tank was made by us, out of copper and hand polished to complete it perfectly. The tank is off a Z200 with a custom paint job also done in house.

The cases are hand polished to pretty well a mirror finish. The seat upholstery was done by a small shop in Brisbane and sets the bike off perfectly. The engine had to be fully rebuilt, as it was sitting for so long, everything had to be flushed, cleaned, and blasted to get rid of the corrosion, dirt and oily mud. All the engine seals, bearings and pins were replaced. If there was a seal or bearing on the bike, it’s now new. The tyres are a Duro h33 from Tyres for Bikes in Brisbane. There’s a 2.75 front and a 3.00 rear. They are wider than stock but still so narrow!”


“It sat under the mango tree in my parents yard
for 6 years before I decided to do any work to it”


“There was only about 50% of the bike when we picked it up of a work colleague who was throwing it away. It sat under the mango tree in the back of my parents yard for 6 years before I decided to do any work to it. We didn’t feel it was worthy being stabled beside the other bikes in the workshop. Now its 2nd in line! It was hard to get a picture in my head to what I really wanted it to look like, but I am pretty happy with the outcome of the whole bike. Hope you like it, too.”

  • The fork brace is really well done.

    • arnold

      My vote for best observation/ comment.

  • Overall, a very sweet little build, would be nice to cruse around Emerald in the Dandenongs. Clean.

  • ridethroughlife

    Where do the rims come from? Are they bicycle wheels?

    • wyleewerx

      no the ex came out with alloys on them…

  • I love the look. Nice and clean. I am curious though about the oil tank? Help me out?

    • got it…dry sump.

      • wyleewerx

        no its a two stroke, not likely to be a dry sump… more likely the two stroke oil reservoir..
        had a kh100ex as my first bike many many moons and bikes ago.. loved it

  • AD & RM Custom Co.

    You are right guys, it’s a 100cc two stoke so the oil tank holds the premix.
    Thanks for the positive feed back

    • Ryan – are those the stock rims?

      • AD & RM Custom Co.

        Stock rims Andrew, came out on the ex models

    • Jonathan Noble

      Premix is fuel and oil together. This bike has an oil injection pump, hence the separate oil tank.

  • Lewn

    Really nicely balanced. Looks like it must be a blast to ride down those dusty Auzzie unsealed roads with those tires.

  • Wind-blown

    That Uni filter looks so wrong… but somehow, so right. I bet it is a blast to ride.

  • I had the rat version of this when I was a kid truly grade A special guys, love seeing small cc stroker specials, in the middle of a Tzr250 cafe racer build at the mo

  • revdub

    It’s small, two stroke, and very very clean. Yep, I love it! Looks like a lot of fun. Awesome build, dudes.

    • So right, my friend – hard to beat a nice, small, 2-stroke, And yes, this is a very clean build, indeed.

  • arnold

    Seems to me that the Big companies of that era ( I predate the mid 80’s) had a mix pump that metered the two stroke oil pretty well. My small Yami never seized, while the Buls, Ossas, Dkw, and other erotica that was run during that period on mix was left behind to cool before it could limp along. I went to a four stroke eventually with little problem, other than my riding ability, and was a finisher.

    • arnold

      Love to see a well done blast from the past.ald

  • itsmefool

    So does the exhaust double as a missile launcher? That’d be one way to keep those pesky sportbikes off yer tail!

  • Pete Herrera

    Great looking bike. I wish you the best with your company. Looking at this bike you have what it takes to make it.

  • nathas909

    The more I look at this bike the more I like it. It would be just a hoot to ride. I am now looking at all those ugly 100-125cc bikes you see around my streets now in another way.
    This is one of my favorite builds I have seen in a while. They have achieved what they set out to do so well.

  • Craig Lang

    Nicely done, love the smaller cc bikes!

  • taka-tz

    Put an expansion chamber on it.

  • w

    Lower it! And post a before shot.

  • Very cool build. I love old small displacement 2-strokes; all that open space in the frame and big narrow wheels. These bikes look like great dane puppies whose legs and paws are disproportionately larger than their bodies. This one is a particularly well executed example. I don’t mind if this bike isn’t fast, I’d have too much fun going slow to care.

  • barney

    fabulous bike…

  • Ray – Cairns

    Nice simple bike, one of my favourites on this site.

    The story doesn’t mention if the frame was 2-pack or powder coat? Can you advise?

    Love these small cc bikes. Would be awesome to have as a commuter travelling to and from work in style.

  • sam


    ive just rescued the same bike. Can you please recommend the best way for me to source parts. thanks

  • Amir Farhan

    I want to ask, are you willing to sell me the wheels kh100

  • Tamour Tahir

    I know its a very old article and build but I got my hands on to another KH100 known in My country Pakistan as GT 100, Need help from you guys