Black Widow Chopper

American Chopper April 23 "No Cameras"

This week on American Chopper Jr. builds a bike for a ballplayer and Sr. finishes a bike for a pillow maker with a '70s 'stache.

Two time World Series winner Aaron Rowand (#33) wants a custom motorcycle and is a big fan of Jr.'s Black Widow bike. At the time of filming he was signed with the Miami Marlins, but on March 29, 2012, he was released. So now he has a lot more time to ride.

Aaron drops by the shop to check in on the build and gets measured for his custom motorcycle. I'm sure everybody including Jr. was thinking of decorating the bike with baseball diamonds, and I really liked the idea of leather baseball stitching in the tank. Aaron, however, wanted a much more subtle baseball theme than a mascot clown bike. While he's there he signs a few autographs for the kids and wins the World Series of wiffle ball.

OCC is still building the My Pillow Bike, which will be an era correct 1970s themed chopper.

Sr. tells Rick, "As long as we're on the same page, you get to do your own thing." Rick and Rob decide to paint the bike retro blue to match Rick's sports drink and then immediately paint the bike black. By the time I start thinking, "Hey, what happened to the blue?" Sr. is spraying the bike with silver flake because apparently you can't screw that up. Next comes the candy blue, and it starts to look like sea shells. Then Rob actually starts painting on fish scales. Now the 12 foot long bass boat is complete.

Drop in a Panhead motor from S&S, and once Sr. figures out which way the wheel goes on, the bike is ready for a test ride. When is the last time you saw an actual, real chopper with a 40 over front end complete with Z bars riding down the road? Radical. But how do you turn?

American Chopper March 5 "Rick's News"

This week on American Chopper OCC builds a bike for someone who will actually ride it, Jr. rebuilds the Black Widow bike from 10 years ago, and Mikey joins the Marines.

Fans of the show might remember the Black Widow bike from Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2, that originally aired Spring 2003. That’s back when Paul Sr. was still wearing sleeves. Wow, has it been 10 years already? Everybody looked so young then. Well, Cody still looks pretty young.

The big change is Jr. wants his new logo on the bike and OCC’s name off. Did anyone else think it was a little silly Nub called the original artist, Shane, before repainting the logo? What was Nub going to do if Shane said no? Sorry, Nub, but it’s Jr.’s bike, and he’s the one paying you. I hope Nub took a picture with his iPhone and sent it to him for posterity. The way this bike seems to have deteriorated, a photo might last longer anyway. I want to know how this bike got so abused sitting in the OCC Museum? Did they ride it hard and put it away wet? Well, anyway the parts they don’t reuse will make great wall decoration.

So, Rick’s big news is he’s getting married, and he wants everyone to come. He even wants everybody all at one big table like the Last Supper. I wonder what Rick’s fiancee thinks about this. News flash, Rick, these people don’t get along and with all the drinking that’s sure to happen things could escalate quickly. It’s important to remember this day isn’t about you. It’s about the girl in the white dress. Just show up on time to where you’re supposed to be and smile for the cameras. I love you honey :-)

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