John Lennon’s bike could be yours!

John Lennon monkey bike

Published on 9 January 2018 by Robert Drane

Imagine owning the very same motorcycle that once belonged to legendary British musician and activist John Lennon MBE. Well, now you can.

On March 4 2018, this opportunity will be presented to a roomful of Beatles fans at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, West Midlands.

The classic machine on offer is a Honda Monkey-Trail Bike XUC 91H. Lennon frequently enjoyed riding it around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Sunningdale, near Ascot Berkshire, where he lived during 1969-71.

When migrating to New York in 1971, Lennon sold the Honda Monkey-Trail to Henry Graham, a businessman who lived in Hook and owned Motor Cycle City in Farnborough, Hampshire. Graham then sold the motorcycle to its current vendor, John Harington, who has proudly kept hold of the former-Beatles member’s Monkey Bike for the past 47 years. The decision to sell the motorcycle at auction comes after years of sharing it with the public at various events and shows for almost 50 years.

The Honda Z50A (also known as the Mini Trail), was introduced into the UK market in 1969. Its powered by the familiar 49cc four-stroke engine behind a variety of other Honda trail and street machinery. It offered a top speed approaching 25mph.

The sale will be hosted on March 4, 2018, by specialist auction house H&H Classics. With excitement already building, they are predicting that Lennon’s motorcycle will fetch more than £30,000.

Mark Bryan, Head of Sales for H&H Classics Motorcycle Department, says: “Naturally we are thrilled to be entrusted with the marketing and sale of this bike, given its extraordinary provenance.”

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