Dolphins receiver Oronde Gadsden may be fast on the field, but it's when he's on the road cruising on his BMW CI Executive motorcycle that he thinks he's a superhero. 'You just feel that you're going to save the day somewhere," says Gadsden, who likes to complete the fantasy by donning a pair of Oakley Overthetop sunglasses. "When you stop at a light and get looks from everybody—and you're not a girl—it's a pretty awesome feeling. "Some of the Executive's features:
Gadsden first saw the Executive in May during a visit to Germany. "The cops were driving it over there, and I wanted one, so I ordered one from Munich," he says. " BMW doesn't sell them here, so it was difficult to get it through customs." Indeed, the bike itself cost a moderate $7,000, but getting it to the U.S. added another $5,000. "They had to build a special box for it," says Gadsden.
The most distinctive feature of the Executive is its canopy, which comes with a windshield (and wipers). In fact in many respects the Executive is more like a small car: It has a seat belt, which must be fastened before the ignition will start, and a CD player. Gadsden replaced the BMW emblems with the logo of his Original Gear clothing company.
Top speed on the Executive is 80 mph; Gadsden says that he has taken it up to 70. The bike gets about 60 miles to the gallon, which is why Gadsden likes to ride the cycle to practice; it saves him money on gas. Of course Gadsden admits enjoying the covetous looks the Executive elicits from teammates—not that he lets any of them ride it. "If anybody's going to wreck the bike," says Gadsden, "I'm going to wreck it."