The motorcycle Prince rides in the film Purple Rain and on the cover of the album is a customized 1981 Hondamatic Honda CB400A.
The bike was customized by adding fairing, special handlebars and a seat with hot pink velour inserts. Prince’s also added an early version of his symbol painted on a few parts on the bike.
Here an example of what a 1981 Honda CB400A Hondamatic Motorcycle looks like…
There were three bikes used in the movie, two of them were stunt bikes and were not automatic. Prince’s actual bike from the cover was revamped in 1990, painted black and gold for the movie "Graffiti Bridge."
The original "PurpleRain/Graffiti Bridge Motorcycle" and one of the stunt bikes, still painted purple, are on display at Prince's Paisley Park Studios. Here is a fan photo on the "PurpleRain/Grafitti Bridge Motorcycle."
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