The artist known as Prince passed away today at the age of 57. His musical achievements are well documented, but if you were a young motorhead in 1984 when Purple Rain came out, his custom Honda was the coolest bike around.
For fans of the cult classic rock opera, the Honda was as awesome as KITT was to fans of Knight Rider. It was the hero vehicle in the film’s plot and appeared on both the Purple Rain movie poster and Prince’s Purple Rain album cover. It’s also notable as the first Honda CB 400 to star in an American film.
While mechanically stock, the 1981 Honda CB400A was cosmetically modified with a purple Kutter fairing, aftermarket handlebars, and Comstar wheels. A sissy bar and custom velour seat, both by Drag Specialties, let his love interest Apollonia sit back in comfort. According to Bold Ride, there were three bikes built for the film.
One of the three remains, though it was repainted black and gold for a 1990 sequel film, Graffiti Bridge. Prince reportedly kept it at his Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota until the very end. Rest in Peace.