Offbeat

By Mike Jones 


This could be your ticket to ride – a mini off-road bike once owned by John Lennon could be yours – but it will set you back £30,000.

The 1969 Honda Z50a from the Lennon estate was used by John to ride around his lavish, 72-acre Berkshire estate, where he lived during his break up from The Beatles.

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The late singer used the Honda Monkey-Trail Z50A bike to get around the Tittenhurst Park estate in Ascot, a Grade-II listed Georgian country house he shared with Yoko Ono between 1969 and 1971.

The bike was later sold to Henry Graham nine years before John was shot and killed in New York and the estate was bought by fellow band member, Ringo Starr, before it was sold the President of the United Arab Emirates.

For the last 47 years, the bike has been with the current owner, John Harington, from Hook, Hants, and since buying from Henry Graham it has been displayed at several different events.

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The bike is due to be sold through auctioneers H&H Classics at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, West Midlands, on March 4.

Mark Bryan, Head of Sales for H&H Classics Motorcycle Department, says: “We were approached by the family to see if we were interested in dealing with the sale.

“The previous owner died last year and his wife thinks its time to move it on and to let someone else share the experience.

“Naturally we are thrilled to be entrusted with the marketing and sale of this bike, given its extraordinary provenance.

“This will either go to a classic bike collector who is looking for something different or I would think a music memorabilia collector who loves the Beetles.”