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The Billower Bike is a specialized three-wheel motorbike owned by then-Captain Smoker.

Appearance and Design

The front half of the bike is mostly akin to a conventional motorbike, with curved handlebars, headlight, and a single front wheel; however, its back half more closely resembles an off-road buggy, with a backed seat and two rear wheels (each nearly twice the size of the front wheel). The entire vehicle is powered by Smoker's Moku Moku no Mi powers, implicitly through a pair of cross-shaped pedals that his smoke-converted feet can turn with minimal effort.

Allegedly, the bike can also traverse water (the main cause for its wheel-size), though this function has yet to be definitively seen.[2]

History

East Blue Saga

Loguetown Arc

During their first encounter in Loguetown, Smoker used the Billower Bike to cut off Monkey D. Luffy (and Sanji).[1]

Arabasta Saga

Arabasta Arc

During the last stages of Operation Utopia, Smoker implicitly used the Billower Bike to singlehandedly travel the Arabasta coast,[citation needed] where he discovered and sabotaged several Baroque Works rainmaking ships such as the Full.[3]

Translation and Dub Issues

Billower (ビローア?) stems from the English word "billow" and its original, nautical meaning of a large wave, reflecting the bike's amphibious capabilities.[2] This was initially missed by the VIZ manga, which romanizes the katakana as Blower Bike (though its translation of Volume 27's SBS maintains the original); the 4Kids anime, meanwhile, outright renames it to the Smog Hog.

In contrast, Funimation anime maintains the bike's proper name in both dubs and subtitles.

Trivia

  • The Billower Bike is the first Devil Fruit-dependent vehicle depicted in the series (though the fact was only confirmed in an SBS column).[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 100 and Episode 53, Smoker orders his men to ready the Billower Bike, which he uses to catch up to a fleeing Luffy.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 27 (p. 46), Oda confirms the Billower Bike is amphibious, as well as the origin of its name.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 23 Chapter 212 (p. 4) and Episode 127, The Billower Bike is seen tethered to the Full, and floating on the sea atop nothing but its own tires.

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