CT-90: Return to Origin

What’s up folks. Well here we are. Its October 2012, the world as we know it, is on its way out in December.. and who’s having the party December 20th so at midnight we can all rage one last time? I think I might be throwing something.. Anyways..

1966 CT-90

This here is litterally a bucket. A project I jumped into at the age of 22 years old. (I’m 28 now haha..) It was a rebuild project I thought I could take on after meeting a customer at a warehouse I used to work at. He traded me two machines in order for labor on his 1966 CT-90.  I’ve been trying to find the pictures, but one was a mid 80’s Yamaha 350cc two-smoke 3-wheeler, and an early 80’s Banshee quad. Both ran, and were pretty complete. Not a bad deal really, but I sold them, made some money, and spent it around town… After much digging into this bad boy CT-90, it revealed it needed a new piston/rings, new cylinder, etc.. was way too much to take on as a first restoration project. As time grew, I eventually left the country and travelled to Europe for a couple months, changed my phone number a few times, and moved to Santa Barbara. A lot has gone on and I think this guy has considered this bike GONE, with a who-knows-what-happened-to-it attitude towards it. From what I remember, this guy bought this bike new! It has the coolest buddy seat with Orange County Honda screen printed on it.. so you know it’s legit. It has been on my mind for YEEEEAAAAAAAAARSSS to get this thing going again, and return it to its loyal owner.. Since moving back in with my Mom in March, it was one idea to get this thing from under the work bench, back on its wheels with the world, and back to the original owner.

So after a few open days and a few hours wrenching in the garage, it is now complete! Starts first kick and purrs like a kitten. Check out the progress.

1966 CT-90

Fresh jug

Freshyyy

Electrical fun!

Freshly upholstered seat.. Almost there!

Legit Buddy seat

Original!

Now, just need to get it to the original owner, (who I happened to speak to the other day.) Had to do some investigation to get his number, but some people involved along the process came through and delivered. Humbling times.. Stay tuned!

Supporting out in the field!

Radical thanks for Joshua and Misi for representing on their adventures over the weekend! Josh lives in Bakersfield and was on a bike run with his club up to Big Bear. Ahhh summer time rides through the moutain twisties are one of the greatest things to experience!Image

Misi created something different, awesomly fitting for the term “Nothing Routine”, by cutting her shirt and wearing it as a skirt to a TriCo/TrueTattoo raffle event! Thank you so much fellow comrades!

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After being at the LB moto swap meet on Sunday, I also met a guy from 24 Cycles who was wearing one he got at the LA Beard Competition.. Awesome and very grateful to see these out and about! Keep that word a spreading as I’m working on business cards to get done and hand out within coming weeks. 

Till then, keep easy and irie!

-Matt

Late July 2012

I’m going crazy. I need to ride a motorcycle. That, OR if i can get a six flags trip in the next few days… That would suffice for my need of a thrill and speed. Maybe after next paycheck.

“what’s up?”.. If I had psychiatrist, I would want them to ask me that question. It would make me so happy. And this is what I would say:

I want to do a lot of things. I want to build that Maico. I need to build that CT-90. get that going. I want to take a lot of pictures. I need to take a lot of pictures. I need bikes. I need to ride. I gotta call Dad. I want my bike running so badly. Time. money. It all sucks. Patience is killing me right now. Can it pay off this time? I want my bike to be a

 TURN KEY BADASS.

 Need some help getting some things done. Motor work. Custom goods. Biltwell. Going to the LB Swap meet on Sunday. Going to be there with the wagon selling tees, trying to beat the system.. (instead of buying a vendor spot). Haven’t been in a year or more, so I’m anxious to get out there and indulge in the Long Beach sun rays.

Well, see ya’ll there! Here’s a picture to end the night’s vent:

1st Dez Race with Mom and Grandma. Finished within top 3 in my category :]

Handlebar stache and all.

The “About”.

Thank you to each and everyone of you for coming and attending the Beard competition! I met a lot of people, and still wanted to meet tons more if time had allowed for it. I volunteered to help with the competition and was downstairs most of the night, leading competitors to the green room… which was very rad to be a part of the backstage stuf! :] Was then tossed to the stage once the competition started, so I was away from the booth most of the night. A big shout out to my friends who were there representing me while I couldn’t be there! Without them, I couldn’t have done anything! THANK YOU FRIENDS! I better not have to name drop, you hopefully know who you are :]

Thank you to all who have left an email on the email list! You should be getting an email regarding this very damn long and overdue update, which is where I plan to keep some things jotted down as to current projects, goals, and for you to send some input! Nothing Routine is all about change. And change is positive.

Here’s the deal: I’ve always wanted to start my own gig. I’ve always had that entrepreneurship mindset. I’ve always been one to make things happen for myself; hard to trust others or wanting to rely on them. I’d always rather do things myself, in fear of them never happening by leaving it up to anyone else. Kind of puts me at a mental ease. It’s also very fun and rewarding. The idea I would like to create is more of a community. A community of positive vibes that evolve around motorcycles, laughter, bearding, beer, adventures of life and just being real. Celebrate who you are and what you’ve come from. What you’ve experienced and a way to share them with others. It’s a collaboration art. Kind of like a tattoo. A tattoo is a collaboration between you and your artist.. Well at least I hope it is.. and not something just thrown off the wall onto your arm.. Nothing Routine doesn’t like that.

In the mean time, I’m going to try and update with a whole bunch of pictures from the Born Free 4 show in Irvine over the past weekend.. It was pretty damn awesome. Very motivatiing. Please click that follow button folks!

-Matt Lee

Nothing Routine

2nd LA Beard and Moustache Competition! June 24th 2012

When this shot was taken in the summer of 2011 in Santa Barbara, I had no idea what would come of it. After seeing the shot on the computer screen, I wanted to do lots with it! So here I am, taking a risk on following my intentions of doing big things. Ideas came to brewing as to somehow get this image out there. Stickers? Interweb? T-shirts! After making some phone calls, I met Joe Beraldo with Beware of the Humans. The guy is legit. He helped me create Nothing Routine, and print this rad picture onto a t-shirt for you all to enjoy. I started with a small print quantity of 40 and have sold most of what was made just through co-workers and friends.

With the popularity of the logo which is on the back of #1, I decided to throw it big on the front.

So now the time has come for you to get yours! At the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Beard and Moustache Competition! On June 24th 2012, I will be at the Belasco Theatre in downtown LA vending these pieces of artillery for a mere $15… 15 DOLL HAIRS! (I promise, if you bring me 15 doll hairs, I will barter you a t-shirt).. But since cash rules everything, I’ll be accepting that as well :]

But! Wait a second… If you’re lucky, I will also be donating a few shirts to the raffle being held at the event! So come out and enjoy some good vibes, sweet bodacious beards, and well groomed moustaches at the 2nd LA Beard and Moustache Competition. This one will be big folks, so I urge you to get your tickets soon! Visit www.labeardcomp.com for more info. You can also check out and pre-order a t-shirt if you’d like at my Bigcartel store. Big things a’ comin!

See you there!

-Matt Lee

NOTHING ROUTINE