Aprilia RSV4

It's the end of an era, folks. The first space shuttle mission left the earth way back in 1981, and ever since the giant white-and-black spaceships have been shuffling astronauts, their gear and other important space-age bits and pieces past the outer reaches of our atmosphere.

Soon, the program will be shut down for good. Which means it's time for the human race to stand up and recognize that we owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who designed, built and operated the space shuttle program for the last several decades.

Aprilia wants to join in the celebrations with a tribute of its own, and has done so with a video extolling the virtues of both the space shuttle and its own masterpiece, the RSV4. If you're thinking that these two vehicles share next to nothing in common... well, you're right. But it's still a worthwhile tribute to a bygone era.

Oh, and when you watch the video after the break, pay close attention to the 0 to 60 times of each machine.