Gallery: Bruce Anstey on the Honda RC213V-S at the Isle of Man TT

Because some pictures are worth more than a thousand words...

This week, you'll either be jealous of Isle of Man TT racer Bruce Anstey or altogether glad you're not him. That's because this week the New Zealander has been tasked with racing a Honda RC213V-S on the 37.73 mile street course that famously cuts through the Isle of Man.

We say "tasked" as if to suggest racing one of Honda's limited-production MotoGP replica bikes around the Mountain Course is a bad thing. It's not. Or at least it's not if you're Anstey, who just last year walked away with a hugely popular win the Superbike TT.

The bike itself is far from "showroom-stock," and Anstey had no chance to test it ahead of the first on-track session. That may make Anstey seem crazy. And in fact he is. But we're glad, because now we get to watch a Honda RC213V-S race around the Mountain Course.

Of course, we'll have to wait a few more days until the first race. Until then, here are some photos and more information on the bike from the first qualifying sessions. Scroll down to check them out!

Bruce Anstey at the 2016 Isle of Man TT aboard a Honda RC213V-S
Bruce Anstey said that, "It has always been a dream of mine to ride a MotoGP bike at the TT and this is as close as I will ever get."www.iomtt.com
Bruce Anstey at the 2016 Isle of Man TT aboard a Honda RC213V-S
The bike itself is a privately owned 2016 Honda RC213V-S. Padgetts Motorcycles team boss Clive Padgett says, "I was having a few pints of Guinness with a customer who had just bought an RCV from us and he said wouldn’t it be great to see one of them going down Bray Hill. That planted the seed in my head and it has been germinating ever since."www.iomtt.com
Bruce Anstey at the 2016 Isle of Man TT aboard a Honda RC213V-S
Anstey had yet to test the bike before the first practice session...www.iomtt.com
Bruce Anstey at the 2016 Isle of Man TT aboard a Honda RC213V-S
On Monday, the 2015 Superbike TT winner completed one sighting lap on his Valvoline Racing/Padgetts Honda CBR1000RR, then switched to the RCV213-VS and recorded a speed of 127.071 mph.www.iomtt.com
Bruce Anstey at the 2016 Isle of Man TT aboard a Honda RC213V-S
The Flying Kiwi was quickest through the speedtrap in that same session, with a top speed of 193.4mph on the RCV. There were also wheelies. Lots of wheelies.www.iomtt.com
Bruce Anstey at the 2016 Isle of Man TT aboard a Honda RC213V-S
Anstey went back out on the RCV213V-S on Tuesday and improved his average speed, to 127.37 mph, and then 128.98 mph. Ian Hutchinson was quickest that day, with a speed of 130.626 on his Tyco BMW.www.iomtt.com
Bruce Anstey at the 2016 Isle of Man TT aboard a Honda RC213V-S
Ahead of the first practice, Padgett admitted that, "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."www.iomtt.com
Bruce Anstey at the 2016 Isle of Man TT aboard a Honda RC213V-S
"I love Bruce to bits and I wanted to give him the best motorcycle in the world to ride,” added Padgett.www.iomtt.com
Bruce Anstey at the 2016 Isle of Man TT aboard a Honda RC213V-S
And so now we wait for the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT races, which can't come soon enough.www.iomtt.com