What happened to the bike from Purple Rain?
His bike retained its Vetter fairing, but was repainted black and some of its chrome pieces were gold-plated. After Graffiti Bridge, the motorcycle was retired to his Paisley Park estate. The Hondamatic line was not so lucky. Honda produced the 400cc version from 1978 to 1981.
Where is Prince’s motorcycle now?
There may be some confusion about the motorcycle Prince rode in the movie and what model that is. While people expected a character such as Prince on a Harley Davidson, this one was a customized Honda CM400A twin-cylinder. Its specifics included low seat height and the automatic two-speed transmission.
Did Prince ride a motorcycle in real life?
The godfather of funk, rock and jazz apparently rode the chopped and modified 1981 Honda CB400A Hondamatic quite often around the streets of his home town Minneapolis.
Did Wendy and Lisa write Purple Rain?
When Prince takes the stage, he introduces “Purple Rain” as being written by Wendy and Lisa, then tears down the house with it. Wendy and Lisa were real members of Prince’s band until 1987 when they left to record as a duo. This song, however, was composed solely by Prince. … The “Purple Rain” is a place to be free.
Do they still make Hondamatic motorcycles?
That’s why, although Honda did once sell automatic motorcycles, like the CM400A above, these ‘Hondamatic’-equipped bikes are still motorcycles. Their transmissions, Ultimate Motorcycling explains, still needed the rider to shift manually.