If you’re a GQ regular, you know that MS Dhoni has a serious bike fetish. So much so that he put down Rs 47 lakh to become the only Indian to own a Confederate Hellcat X132.
His social media accounts are flooded with photos of the bikes he rides/moons over. Which is why he couldn’t resist borrowing a Zimbabwean cop’s bike — a Kawasaki Contours 14 ABS cruiser — for a quick ride in between Team India’s ODI tour of the country.
Dhoni’s enormous bike collection includes a Harley Davidson, Royal Enfield, Ducati, Yamaha and two Kawasakis, including the first Kawasaki Ninja H2 to hit Indian shores.
Dhoni isn’t the only bike-obsessed celebrity around. From John Abraham to Sanjay Dutt, these are the stars who lose their minds over anything on two wheels.
In an interview, John revealed how, “A group of youngsters pulled up in a car next to me — I was wearing my helmet — and they looked at me, and said, ‘Well, he thinks he is John Abraham’.” A brutal accident with his Yamaha R1 (the peg of the R1 went two inches through his left leg) couldn’t stop the actor who made every young Indian crave for a Hayabusa.
Just like his wardrobe, Ranveer Singh’s choice of motorcycle has to be something unusual and eye-catching. For his movie Lootera, Ranveer was gifted the antique Ariel bike (only one of four remaining in India) that he rode while essaying the role of a con man. Another interesting anecdote? The bike that he rides in “Tattad Tattad” bears the number plate 6969.
Aamir Khan recently snapped up the new Bajaj V (costing just Rs 62,000) made using metal scraps from the INS Vikrant. Khan has always had a fascination for twin wheels, even showing off his skills on-screen in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (a career-changer for him) and Dhoom 3.
Varun Dhawan might come across as a mama’s boy, but give the man a bike (like a Duke KTM 390) and watch him transform into a proper badass. Dhawan will be seen doing all of his own bike stunts (he thanked co-star John Abraham for his guidance) in his upcoming movie, Dishoom.
If life is a highway, then Sanjay Dutt’s basically been cruising the autobahn. The Bollywood star’s bike of choice is a Harley Davidson Fat Boy. He even gifted Ranbir Kapoor (who will be playing him in the Rajkumar Hirani-directed biopic) a Harley Davidson on the actor’s birthday. Ideal prep material, we say.
For his song “Tu Hai Ki Nahi” in Roy, Ranbir Kapoor hit the road on a Harley Davidson v-Rod, a mean machine not built for the faint of heart.
If you need tips on how to improve your biking game, we’ve done the hard work for you by asking Dino Morea. The model-turned-actor has been part of several biking initiatives including the GQ Gentlemen’s Ride. He enjoys everything about the biking life, except, “Dogs. Because of the sound of the bike, they come for your legs.”
Tom Cruise on a bike has proved to be a magical combination for producers ever since his breakthrough film Top Gun (where he rode a Kawasaki GPZ 900r). Today, the actor owns a stylish Vyrus 987 C3 4V, and at 53, he still has the skills to execute breathtaking stunts for his movies.
“I want to say, I have taken two hours and I’ve gotten dirty up to the ears, but you don’t know what satisfaction it is when the motorbike runs again,” Clooney said in an interview with Riccardo Romani. Even a brutal accident (where he broke his ribs) couldn’t separate Clooney from his bikes, or scare him away from a long road trip across America with his buddies.
Brad Pitt strikes you as the quintessential guy’s guy. Quitting his journalism career for the movies brought Pitt great success, a beautiful wife in Angelina Jolie and one helluva bike collection — which includes the Ecosse Titanium Series XX.
With a monthly stipend of Rs 2,200 playing for Central Coalfields Limited, MS Dhoni bought his first ride — a second-hand motorbike. Years later, Dhoni rides around in a 227-kg Confederate X132 Hellcat and is committed (just like his buddy John Abraham) to the cause of putting Indian bikers on the world map.
Yuvraj Singh’s dream of being a skater ( he was an under-14 champion) was cut short prematurely, by his dad Yograj Singh. But it’s not like Yuvraj’s missing out on any fun when it comes to wheels. He has a customised KTM Duke 390 (which he unveiled during the India Bike Week 2015) among several other super bikes, including popular models like Apache and Karizma.