The legend himself John Lennon, post Beatles break up, had a lot of time to himself at what he used to call it Tittenhurst Park or a 72-acre estate in the late 1960s. As you would imagine, his estate was pretty massive and how would the most successful musician at the time travel around that huge estate of his? In fact, Lennon owned a little 1969 Honda Z50A trail bike with a two-toned paint job of shiny red and silver. If you are a die hard Lennon fan, or just passionate in collecting music remembrances, you can bid on this bike as it is being auctioned off by H&H Classics March 4th, 2018 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Surrey, England.
This bike is definitely not the most good looking bike out there, but it has its own eccentric appeal to it (of course aside from the fact that John Lennon sat on that small leather cushion), it is a 49cc four-stroke, air-cooled, single overhead cam engine with semi-automatic transmission. This mini bike or monkey bike was a sellout the first year it came out. It may be small but turns out it has always been well loved by their owners. They would describe it as “one of the most epic rides of my life”.
H&H Classics claimed to guarantee the authenticity of the Honda Z50A by stating “largely unrestored & original” and it comes with an “extensive history file including green log book, old MOTs, Honda dating letter etc”
The bike was retrieved from John Harrington, who bought the bike from Henry Graham back in 1971 when Lennon and Ono moved to the United States. Harrington has seen the pictures or Lennon and his son on that specific bike and decided to keep it up until today and even rejected an enormous offer of £90,000 because according to The Times, Harrington said: “like a fine wine, it becomes more valuable in time.” It is certainly a big honour for H&H Classics to auction it off.