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Thread started 10/07/16 7:44am

Elvie

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What make and model of bike did prince have?

I've just got my first "grown up" bike and started wondering what type Prince had. I guess that he had more than one. Does anyone know?
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Reply #1 posted 10/07/16 7:49am

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I recognized the Trek badge in one picture. Don't know the model, but most likely a 15" frame.
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Reply #2 posted 10/07/16 9:36am

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The purple rain motorbike was a 1981 Hondamatic CM400A, customized. (It also had hot pink velour inserts.) There were one or two stunt bikes used in Purple Rain, and they were not an automatic transmission.

The bike in Graffiti Bridge was the same 1981 bike. He had it repainted and re-customized in black and gold for that era.

He still owned is original 1981 bike (GB era painted), and one of the purple stunt bikes (PR movie detailing). Both are at Paisley Park somewhere.

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Reply #3 posted 10/07/16 9:55am

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TrivialPursuit said:

The purple rain motorbike was a 1981 Hondamatic CM400A, customized. (It also had hot pink velour inserts.) There were one or two stunt bikes used in Purple Rain, and they were not an automatic transmission.

The bike in Graffiti Bridge was the same 1981 bike. He had it repainted and re-customized in black and gold for that era.

He still owned is original 1981 bike (GB era painted), and one of the purple stunt bikes (PR movie detailing). Both are at Paisley Park somewhere.

That´s interesting. I´ve seen both bikes on display at Paisley Park and always thought that they were two different bikes (because I saw both bikes at Paisley). So the purple bike at Paisley must´ve been a stunt bike.

By the way, not sure if you´ve already noticed it but one of the stunt bikes in Purple Rain (Lake Minnetonka scene) has totally different tires in that one particular scene (knobby, all terrain tires instead of slick ones).

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Reply #4 posted 10/07/16 10:15am

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Oh. THAT kind of bike...
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Reply #5 posted 10/07/16 11:22am

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KoolEaze said:

That´s interesting. I´ve seen both bikes on display at Paisley Park and always thought that they were two different bikes (because I saw both bikes at Paisley). So the purple bike at Paisley must´ve been a stunt bike.

By the way, not sure if you´ve already noticed it but one of the stunt bikes in Purple Rain (Lake Minnetonka scene) has totally different tires in that one particular scene (knobby, all terrain tires instead of slick ones).


Yep, the tire thing always seemed too obvious of an error to me, but possibly one that couldn't be fixed so easily. Seems like they're different in another scene, too.

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Reply #6 posted 10/07/16 1:28pm

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PS I found this on IMDB while reading trivia:

Three different Honda motorcycles portray Prince's motorcycle. The one that he rides is a highly stylized 1981 Hondamatic CB400A automatic with custom faring, handlebars, seats and sissy bar, as well as spoked wheels. Stunt riders rode 2 manual CB400s made to look like his bike. Sometimes when The Kid does crazy bike manoeuvres, the clutch is visible, indicating a stunt rider on a manual bike.

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Reply #7 posted 10/07/16 2:43pm

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Ahh, I was thinking of his pushbike but both types are interesting.

Yeah I noticed he had two types of motorcycle. Never knew he repainted the original PR bike for graffiti bridge though. Thanks!
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Reply #8 posted 10/07/16 3:08pm

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Elvie said:

I've just got my first "grown up" bike and started wondering what type Prince had. I guess that he had more than one. Does anyone know?

I want to know the make and model pedal cycle he had. smile

Yeah, we'll, we'll try to imagine what silence looks like.
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Reply #9 posted 10/07/16 4:05pm

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sulls said:

Oh. THAT kind of bike...

I thought she was talking about a regular bike too shrug

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Reply #10 posted 10/07/16 4:30pm

Elvie

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Marrk said:



Elvie said:


I've just got my first "grown up" bike and started wondering what type Prince had. I guess that he had more than one. Does anyone know?


I want to know the make and model pedal cycle he had. smile



Yeah me too.. I should have said pushbike (pedal to you guys across the water wink ).

It looks like a hybrid leisure style. I have a Globe Specilized 18", but I expect his was more exciting.
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Reply #11 posted 10/07/16 4:59pm

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Reply #12 posted 10/07/16 5:39pm

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OK, I have no idea if we're talking about motorcycles or bicycles here. lol

But if it's motorcycles, I saw an 81 CM400 recently in a parking lot. DAMN, that's a tiny motorcycle. I'm 5'9", and I'd have to drape my legs over the handlebars. But it fits him perfectly. Gotta love vintage bikes, too. My favorite era.
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Reply #13 posted 10/08/16 7:10am

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My 1st motorcycle was a black '72 Honda CB750K with a Vetter fairing and a king and queen seat with backrest, similar to Prince's motorcycle. Whenever I would ride over my friends house, they would start blasting When Dove's Cry from the radio in the garage.........

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Reply #14 posted 10/08/16 8:09am

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mrfog said:

Lots of info here: http://www.motor1.com/new...otorcycle/

Interesting article, thanks. But I don´t understand this part: " the bike had its wheels changed from Comstar alloys to spokes...".

As far as I can tell, the bike still has those alloy wheels on the album cover, not spokes.

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Reply #15 posted 10/08/16 1:18pm

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36C22W37H said:

My 1st motorcycle was a black '72 Honda CB750K with a Vetter fairing and a king and queen seat with backrest, similar to Prince's motorcycle. Whenever I would ride over my friends house, they would start blasting When Dove's Cry from the radio in the garage.....



H'm. Aside from your bike weighing 5,000 pounds (having dropped one on my hand, I can personally attest to that. Don't ask.), that would be very much like Prince's bike but way bigger. Sounds like all it needed was gold trim and a couple symbols, ala Graffiti Bridge. cool

I was so tempted to take a picture of the CM400 I saw, but the guy was walking out of the deli and I didn't want him to think I was a weirdo. lol
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Reply #16 posted 10/08/16 2:42pm

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Elvie said:

Marrk said:



Elvie said:


I've just got my first "grown up" bike and started wondering what type Prince had. I guess that he had more than one. Does anyone know?


I want to know the make and model pedal cycle he had. smile



Yeah me too.. I should have said pushbike (pedal to you guys across the water wink ).

It looks like a hybrid leisure style. I have a Globe Specilized 18", but I expect his was more exciting.


Actually, here in the U.S. we call it a bicycle. The other we most often call a motorcycle.
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Reply #17 posted 10/08/16 4:22pm

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I thought the question referred to a bicycle too.

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Reply #18 posted 10/08/16 9:22pm

Elvie

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Ah gah.. not one with an engine! lol
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Reply #19 posted 10/09/16 4:27pm

LBrent

I always forget how petite P was until I see mentions like this about how tiny his motorcycle was because it was in proportion to his size and he was filmed at angles that made him appear average sized to me.

Lil cutie P was actually teeny! Lol

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