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A 1969 Honda Monkey-Trail bike, more known as the Monkey Bike, once owned by John Lennon will be up for auction and is expected to fetch more than 30,000 GBP (over Rs 25 lakh).
The 49cc 1969 Honda Z50A K1 'Short Tail' was owned by the musician from 1969 to 1971, during which time he used it to get around his country house in England. Lennon then sold the bike in 1971 to Henry Graham, who in turn sold it to its current owner John Harington that same year.
John Harrington at first didn't believe Lennon owned the bike, and for years he used it as a personal bike. However, after seeing a photo of Lennon riding the bike with his young son Julian, Harrington researched and verified its authenticity in 2011.
Since then Harrington has displayed the Honda Monkey bike at several events and shows throughout the past 47 years. The Monkey bike has now been obtained by H&H Classics and will go on auction on March 4, 2018, at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.
John Lennon's Monkey Bike is reported to be mostly unrestored and in original condition with 1,460 miles (2,360km) on the odometer. The particular bike features an extensive history file including green log book, old MOTs and the dating letter from Honda.
Talking about the bike, the Honda Z50A K1 ‘Short Tail' was the second-generation Honda Z50 series of mini bikes. The motorcycle was powered by a 49cc, air-cooled, four-stroke engine and comes mated to a 3-speed semi-automatic gearbox.
It is not the first instance of Lennon's bike is up for auction. A Honda 160Z bike, which was later owned by Ringo Starr, was sold at auction for 30,000 GBP (over Rs 25 lakh), far more than its estimated auction price of 8,000 GBP (over Rs 6.5 lakh) in 2008.
The Honda Monkey Bike is a unique motorcycle with its miniature stature, but it carried a whole lot of character. Lennon's bike is not only an excellent collection of the vintage vehicle for enthusiasts, but it also comes with a history as well.