As it turns out, John Lennon was a Honda man… The late singer used an original Z50A Monkey bike to get around his huge 72 acre Berkshire country estate between 1969 and 1971. The lavish estate was one that he shared with Yoko Ono and later sold to fellow Beatle Ringo Starr, and eventually on to the president of the United Arab Emirates.
Lennon sold the bike to Henry Graham nine years before his death in New York. Now the bike that Lennon famously used is heading to auction, expecting to reach over £30,000 at the hand of auctioneers H&H classics at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull on March 4th.
The Z50A Monkey bike was introduced to the UK market back in 1969 sporting a 49cc engine and a 3 speed transmission. Now Honda are looking to bring the icon back, releasing a new Monkey concept last year.