Cricketer’s magnificent obsession

In Asia he is said to be the only owner of Confederate X 132 Hellcat named after US Air Force’s F 6 Hellcat fighter jets.

Mahender Singh Dhoni’s passion for cricket is only matched by his love of bikes. The most successful captain in the Indian cricket has more bikes of all kinds than any player in the world.

Cricketer’s magnificent obsession-1Dhoni’s first love was a vintage Rajdoot bike, bought when he was an upcoming player in Ranchi. “I used to envy the guys who had better bikes and always dreamt of owning a bike like Harley Davdison,” said Dhoni. His dream came true when he became the most celebrated cricket player winning laurels for himself and the country. He became the only Indian captain to win an ODU World Cup title and also a T20 World Cup trophy in his illustrious career.

The number of motoring metaphors he uses in press conferences is a clear sign of Dhoni’s obsession with bikes. His passion for bikes is also evident from his ownership of a team in the FIM Supersport World Championship called “Mahi Racing Team India.”

In early 2015, Dhoni bought the newly-launched Kawasaki Ninja H2, currently the fastest production bike available in India. He proudly announced his acquisition on Instagram.
Dhoni’s classy collection includes the Confederate Hellcat X132, Ducati 1098, Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R, Harley Davidson Fatboy and Yamaha YZF600 Thundercat.

When you are a sports superstar, the price is not a constraint and most of his 22–odd bikes cost several lakhs each and the Kawasaki beauty he owns is reported to have cost a mind-boggling Rs 29 lakhs.

According to a media report, his best super bike is Confederate X 132 Hellcat, which derives its name from US Air Force’s F 6 Hellcat fighter jets which were in operation in World War II. The bike uses aircraft-grade Titanium, which is supposed to be super tough, but also light in weight. The bike itself doesn’t weigh more than 230 kg. Even its wheels are made of carbon fibre, which reduces the overall weight and cuts the air resistance.

It is learnt that there are only about 150 such bikes, which are on the road in the world and Dhoni is supposed to be only owner in entire Asia!

Despite the presence of all these super bikes, his good old favourite, an RD 350 (Rajdoot) has a special place in Dhoni’s heart and garage. The cricketer posted a picture of a dusty old Rajdoot on Twitter and tweeted, “I am trying to restore it. I don't know who will re-assemble it, but it was fun taking it apart."

Besides the enviable collection of hot wheels, MSD also has a number of high-end cars, including a Hummer and an Audi Q7.

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