Honda's street-legal MotoGP-replica, the RC213V-S has a mere 159bhp in stock form. Add a £10,000 race kit though, and power goes up to 200+ bhp, which should be probably be useful around the Isle of Man circuit...
Bruce Anstey, from New Zealand, will race a Honda RC213V-S at the Isle of Man this year. The Valvoline Racing by Padgett’s Motorcycles team has confirmed that Bruce will have a race-prepared version of the exotic V4 for the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT races. Anstey has yet to test the machine but will practice on it, along with the superbike-spec Fireblade that he rode to his first six-lap Superbike race victory last year. "It's always been my dream to ride a MotoGP bike at the TT and this is as close as I will ever get. Clive is the only person in the world who could put something like this together and he hasn’t just pulled a bike out of the crate and said we are racing it. Clive and the team have done a lot of work to the bike to make it ready for the TT," says Bruce.
While the standard RC213V-S only has a mere 159 horsepower, that figure goes up to more than 200bhp with a £10,000 race kit fitted, which includes a titanium exhaust and a special ECU. "The RCV should be an absolute weapon because it has loads of power but it feels as nimble as a 600. It should be stable too as it’s over two inches longer than a Fireblade but is still really small and compact. I am really looking forward to seeing how it handles through the quick corners because it will be able to turn so fast!" says Anstey. "I love Bruce to bits and I wanted to give him the best motorcycle in the world to ride. That’s what this bike is all about," adds Clive Padgett, team boss at Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles.
Preparing the RCV213V-S for the world’s toughest motorcycle race will be a challenge for Clive Padgett and his Valvoline-backed squad. "It has been a very difficult project to pull together. We have had to beef the bike up for the TT course and we can’t get anything off the shelf, so everything has had to be made bespoke. Things like the wheels, the K-Tech forks, the rear shocks, the brakes and the radiator guards have all had to be specially made," says Clive. Well, we're sure the bike will do very well at the IoM TT this year - we wish Bruce, and his super-exotic Honda, all the best!