I just wrote this big reply and lost it trying to get a link. Mostly it was a rant about how fucked you are and you'll never ride the bike again, and haven't I taught you anything. But I digress.
Black will never be wrong. Just wont. BUT you have the chance to do something unique especially with your buddy doing it who has some real talent. How about a black and gray Chuck Close
type omage? Or a dot matrix fade? Or pointillism?
Go big man.
Oh, and you're fucked.