Back in 1977, Can-Am released the MX3 250cc. This model year was much faster, with more suspension travel too. However, Can-Am didn’t update the chassis, which created a bike so sketchy that factory rider Jimmy Ellis referred to it as a “widow-maker.” One of the marketing guys loved it, and called the model the “Black Widow” So the first ones dealers received were black and red, with a spider decal on its fender – at least until the dealers complained that they couldn’t sell bikes advertised as killing the rider. This story was told to me by a man who found one almost by accident. “When my brother and I checked the serial number, I was like ‘oh my God, this is a rare bike, and the owner is completely oblivious’. I wanted to give it a proper restoration, so I bought the Hodoka I’d originally came for, and he threw in the Can-Am for an extra dollar.” The bike is now worth $7500, but the owner won’t ever sell it, due to sentimental value. His brother was diagnosed with the final stages of cancer when the bike was in the final stages of rebuild. They finished it on Thanksgiving day, and it was the last motorcycle the brother ever rode.