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Thread started 01/28/12 5:59am

Funklov

Prince's motorcycle:badass or wimpy?

i recently saw someone riding an old 1980's Honda motorcycle that looked just like Prince's from the front side and I got pretty excited cause I always look for them on the road and have found them to be very rare. Later that same day I told my wife that I had just seen a bike like the one in Purple Rain and she responded "was it a goofy guy riding it"? i was surprised by her response and asked what she meant, she said that the bike had always looked wimpy like a scooter and that Prince should have used a more manly bike in the movie.
Although she was right about the guy riding the bike that day, I had always thought the bike was hot since i first saw the album sleeve as a kid. But i am not a bike guy and know nothing about them so i wanted to ask you your opinion:

Is the Purple Rain motorcycle badass (or at least cool) or wimpy?
would you ride one or is it a bike only Prince could look good on?
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Reply #1 posted 01/28/12 6:30am

PFan88

I always thought it looked cool (:

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Reply #2 posted 01/28/12 6:55am

novabrkr

Well, what would you expect someone still living in the basement of his parents to ride? shrug

Men seem to be awfully concerned about what women find wimpy these days. shrug

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Reply #3 posted 01/28/12 7:26am

NeonCraxx

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Why would it be wimpy? Motorcycles kick ass!
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Reply #4 posted 01/28/12 7:35am

Dren5

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Honestly the bike in "Purple Rain" has always been badass to me. I don't know how cool it would look out on the street in this day and age though. I think like most shit that was cool in past decades, it really wouldn't go over well in the modern era.

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Reply #5 posted 01/28/12 7:59am

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Funklov said:

she said that the bike had always looked wimpy like a scooter

Interesting that your wife should mention a scooter.

The bike in PR is a Honda Hondamatic CM400a which has a two speed automatic gearbox, which is rather scooterish.

Nice looking bike though, but it ain't no hog.

Also, those purple fenders and the back bar like the ones on the PR bike were aftermarket add ons, the original bike looks something like this http://www.motorera.com/h...ati400.htm

[Edited 1/28/12 8:02am]

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Reply #6 posted 01/28/12 8:11am

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he dumped that for some wheels like PeeWee Herman.

What are you outraged about today? CNN has not told you yet?
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Reply #7 posted 01/28/12 9:19am

Funklov

TheDigitalGardener said:



Funklov said:


she said that the bike had always looked wimpy like a scooter


Interesting that your wife should mention a scooter.



The bike in PR is a Honda Hondamatic CM400a which has a two speed automatic gearbox, which is rather scooterish.



Nice looking bike though, but it ain't no hog.




Also, those purple fenders and the back bar like the ones on the PR bike were aftermarket add ons, the original bike looks something like this http://www.motorera.com/h...ati400.htm


[Edited 1/28/12 8:02am]


Right! that 1981 bike is the exact one i believe and it looks pretty tough to me. maybe its the front windshield piece that gives it more of a scooter look, but i like that piece the most! thats how i recognized the bike on the road.
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Reply #8 posted 01/28/12 9:25am

Funklov

Dren5 said:

Honestly the bike in "Purple Rain" has always been badass to me. I don't know how cool it would look out on the street in this day and age though. I think like most shit that was cool in past decades, it really wouldn't go over well in the modern era.


Agree, maybe also the reason why the same bike didnt seem nearly as cool in GB 1990. (the movie itself didnt help)
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Reply #9 posted 01/28/12 2:39pm

prodigalfan

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Wasn't that a Honda Goldwing?

At any rate it is no badass. lol

It is not a V twin. When you drive a v twin motorcycle with good pipes, you drive down the road, and you sound like THUNDER.

Harley Davidson

Yamaha Roadstar

Victory

Indian

Those are bad ass motorcycles.

"Remember, one man's filler is another man's killer" -- Haystack
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Reply #10 posted 01/28/12 2:49pm

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prodigalfan said:

Wasn't that a Honda Goldwing?

See reply #5.

[Edited 1/28/12 14:49pm]

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Reply #11 posted 01/28/12 2:58pm

Genesia

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TheDigitalGardener said:

Funklov said:

she said that the bike had always looked wimpy like a scooter

Interesting that your wife should mention a scooter.

The bike in PR is a Honda Hondamatic CM400a which has a two speed automatic gearbox, which is rather scooterish.

Nice looking bike though, but it ain't no hog.

Also, those purple fenders and the back bar like the ones on the PR bike were aftermarket add ons, the original bike looks something like this http://www.motorera.com/h...ati400.htm


I honestly wonder if there were very many Harleys Prince could have ridden. Many of them are too big for someone his size.

My sweetie rides a Harley. He's six inches taller than Prince (so not a huge guy) and there are some Harleys that are too big for him, too. (He rides a Heritage Softail Deluxe Classic.)

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Reply #12 posted 01/28/12 3:03pm

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Genesia said:

TheDigitalGardener said:

Interesting that your wife should mention a scooter.

The bike in PR is a Honda Hondamatic CM400a which has a two speed automatic gearbox, which is rather scooterish.

Nice looking bike though, but it ain't no hog.

Also, those purple fenders and the back bar like the ones on the PR bike were aftermarket add ons, the original bike looks something like this http://www.motorera.com/h...ati400.htm


I honestly wonder if there were very many Harleys Prince could have ridden. Many of them are too big for someone his size.

Interesting point, I don't think the actual riding would be a problem, maybe the weight of a Harley could be problematic for smaller people, it can be a challenge keeping a heavy bike upright at traffic lights etc, especially on a windy day etc.

Maybe, i'm just guessing. Makes me want my bike back now chatting about this. neutral

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Reply #13 posted 01/28/12 3:14pm

mistatee

It definitely had to do with size.
Prince would look tiny on a big motorcycle.
Just like a big guy would make the honda prince is driving in the movie purple rain look like a moped.

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Reply #14 posted 01/28/12 4:48pm

FunkySideEffec
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HE made the bike look hot!!

prince
pray Peace in the House of Prince.
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Reply #15 posted 01/28/12 5:04pm

OnlyNDaUsa

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SuperFurryAnimal said:

he dumped that for some wheels like PeeWee Herman.

No one is coming for your abortion: they just want common-sense abortion regulations: background checks, waiting periods, lifetime limits, take a class, and a small tax.
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Reply #16 posted 01/28/12 5:40pm

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TheDigitalGardener said:

prodigalfan said:

Wasn't that a Honda Goldwing?

See reply #5.

[Edited 1/28/12 14:49pm]

Oh, thanks. It was a automatic??

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Reply #17 posted 01/28/12 5:48pm

prodigalfan

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TheDigitalGardener said:

Genesia said:

I honestly wonder if there were very many Harleys Prince could have ridden. Many of them are too big for someone his size.

Interesting point, I don't think the actual riding would be a problem, maybe the weight of a Harley could be problematic for smaller people, it can be a challenge keeping a heavy bike upright at traffic lights etc, especially on a windy day etc.

Maybe, i'm just guessing. Makes me want my bike back now chatting about this. neutral

You are probably right about the weight being a consideration for Prince.

My DH has a 1600 Roadstar and he is always bragging about how not everyone is big enough/strong enough to ride that heavy of a bike. rolleyes

Anyway, I am sure there is a Harley that would fit Prince. There is a girl that rides in a club that we ride with and she rides a Harley.

"Remember, one man's filler is another man's killer" -- Haystack
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Reply #18 posted 01/28/12 6:17pm

purplerain14

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my dad knows everything about cars and motorcycles, and he said that is a really small bike,but u have to have it the right size, if it was any bigger prince would look tiny. but i wouldnt call it wimpy, prince makes it badass

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Reply #19 posted 01/28/12 8:10pm

dalsh327

You have to wonder what kind of motorcycle he's have customized now for a movie.

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Reply #20 posted 01/28/12 9:54pm

Billmenever

OnlyNDaUsa said:

SuperFurryAnimal said:

he dumped that for some wheels like PeeWee Herman.

All that's needed is a basket with purple streamers blowing in the wind, lol. Gawd, that's a fuunny pic. lol. Thanks for the laugh. Sorry P. falloff

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Reply #21 posted 01/29/12 8:03am

nursev

For 84 it was pretty cool.
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