Indian cricketer and T20 captain Hardik Pandya has just Instagram-ed a picture of himself and MS Dhoni on the latter’s vintage motorcycle outfitted with a sidecar. Pandya was in Ranchi with the Indian cricket team for the next T20 match in the series currently played against New Zealand. Dhoni, who has a sprawling farmhouse on the outskirts of Ranchi also has a massive garage of cars and motorcycles, both vintage and modern.
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We all know about the crazy, expansive and exclusive collection of cars and motorcycles owned by ace cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In many instances, people keep on getting glimpses of his collection of unique cars and motorcycles. Recently, cricketer Hardik Pandya posted a picture with Dhoni with one of the latter’s antique motorcycles, which has caught the attention of all motorcycle lovers.
In one of his Instagram posts. While Pandya is seen sitting on the saddle of the vintage motorcycle, Dhoni is seen sitting in the sidecar attached to it. Pandya has captioned the picture as ‘Sholay 2 coming soon’. The picture seems to be a throwback to the poster of the iconic movie ‘Sholay’ from the ‘70s, in which the lead actors were seen on a Bullet motorcycle with an attached sidecar.
BMW R71 is one of many bikes
The BMW R71 seen in the picture is one of the most preserved treasures in the motorcycle collection of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, which was seen for the first time in public. This motorcycle was first launched in 1938 in Germany and remained on sale for only a year. The production of the BMW R71 was stopped in the wake of World War II, during which a few R71s were sent to the Netherlands, where the motorcycles were used by the then Dutch army during the World War II era.
During the one-year course of its production, BMW made 2638 units of the R71. All these units were powered by a 746cc flat-twin engine, which made it one of the most powerful motorcycles of its time. The BMW R71 owned by Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the 500 units of R71 which are known to be in existence in today’s era, which makes it one of the rarest motorcycles to exist right now. A heavily-inspired version of the BMW R71 is made even today by Russia-based IMZ-Ural, though in a more modernized form.
The antique BMW R71 is one of the crowned jewels in the motorcycle collection of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, which consists of a bunch of two-stroke and four-stroke motorcycles from the vintage era. Besides the R71, Dhoni also owns a few units of Yamaha RD350, RX100, Suzuki Shogun, vintage motorcycles from Norton, Jawa and BSA, and many more. Besides motorcycles from the previous era, Dhoni also owns a few modern motorcycles like Kawasaki Ninja H2, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R, Harley Davidson Fat Boy and the ultra-rare Confederate X132 Hellcat.