Aprilia pays tribute to the space shuttle program – Click above to watch the video after the break

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.



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      Brex
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a big Shuttle fan. That was beautiful. I'll miss the birds.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Frankie Rose
      • 3 Years Ago
      The shuttle has the computing power of a programmable calculator. The shuttle does 0-60 as fast as a tuner WRX. under ideal conditions with a world class reaction time can you do a 2.5 0-60. Most bike mags peg it at 2.7-2.9 on litrebikes. The R6 had YCC-T, throttle by wire in 2006, well before the Aprilia. My R6 sez 370lbs dry. All up with liquids, it weighs 55lbs more. That's why most manufacturers now quote wet weights. At 17 grand, it may as well be 1.7 billion. BMWs, Ducks and a slew of Asian bikes cost less. Used even cheaper, and most bikes haven changed significantly since '09. Just after the '08 recession took away much of the personal toy money. It does draw similarities to the shuttle at the front wheel. Vees are great putting that thing straight to the sky
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frankie Rose
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        Arturo Rios
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frankie Rose
        I myselft own a ninja zx6r but I would love to have an aprilia. And sometimes cheaper does not mean better. I would never buy a used bike in a lifetime, those things might be sold because they were crashed and rebuild. Yeah you can have a tuner wrx run a 0-60 in your dreams but it would still be a wrx, just like the Aprillia is an exclusive beauty of a motorcycle.
      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only tribute I saw in the video was the beautiful shots of the space shuttle and the thoughtful messages in the beginning and end. Other than that, comparing a motorcycle to a space shuttle is like comparing a ship to an ant. It just makes no sense and the only point it drives home is how different those 2 are.
      ingue86
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is also a great shuttle video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFwqZ4qAUkE I highly recommend it.