#1 – Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain
Number One on our list and in your hearts, the bike Prince famously used to woo Apollonia into skinny-dipping has been a subject of heated online debate since Al Gore invented the internet. Due to a widely circulated – but dated and completely unverifiable – forum post by a guy named Tom Summers, Prince-ophiles subscribe to the theory that the bike is a 1981 CB400A. The post states, in part: “I did the bike back in 1984. It is a Honda 400 automatic. [It] had Comstar wheels. … The fairing is a Kutter. … The three seats are one-off, with hot pink velour inserts custom made [by] Drag Specialties; the sissy bar was a standard Drag Spec item. The handlebars are the 6 bend variety. …One of the bikes … is on display at Paisley Park Studios in [Minnesota[. … Any other questions?? I’d be more than happy to answer…..Tom.” There the post’s trail runs cold. So all we have to say is, “That’s not Lake Minnetonka!”
There are dozens of other album covers that feature motorcycles; check out our gallery here. Any we’ve forgotten?