Matt Purdue

Sport: Fit and Finish

While veneration is duly accorded to Ferrari and Lamborghini for their iconic, candy-colored beasts, another Italian marque can claim a similar head-turning, race-winning distinction for its vehicles. The machines of Pinarello, however, race on two wheels and are powered not by 12-cylinder engines but by healthy legs and lungs. At its factory in Treviso in […]

Motorcycles: La Dolce Speeda

For many, the indelible image of the Vespa involves a shapely ingenue, her tresses flowing in the spring air, zipping through the roundabouts of a European capital aboard the charming two-wheeler. This perception contradicts the reality of the latest Vespa: the $4,900 Granturismo, the first new Vespa since 1996 and the largest, fastest, and most […]

Aircraft: Express Yourself

For intercontinental travel, the Boeing Business Jet remains the gold standard for private fliers seeking size, speed, and luxury. However, most business passengers travel shorter distances; they fly in and out of smaller fixed-base operators to minimize traffic delays, visit remote offices and clients, and avoid the inconveniences of metropolitan airports. Travelers who seek the […]

Aircraft: Bridging a Gulf

Kevin Russell, executive vice president of NetJets, the leading fractional ownership provider, has always admired Gulfstream airplanes. “The most highly desirable jet to own in the world is a Gulfstream,” Russell says. In recent years, however, Gulfstream’s strategy was to build bigger and faster intercontinental jets such as the 19-passenger G-V, leaving behind clients who […]

Motorcycles: Best of the Best Cruisers: Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod

A stock exchange executive who was seeking to purchase the new Harley-Davidson VRSCAV-Rod called his local dealer. Then he called his contacts at Harley headquarters. He’s still waiting for one. Another Harley enthusiast who was lucky enough to purchase a V-Rod at his dealer rode home on the bike. Hours later, however, he returned it […]

Sport: Tailors of Titanium

Behind the dusty windows of a tiny storefront, Allen Trepel and his son Keith hover over Paul Livornese like surgeons, eyeing him intently. They pull out a measuring tape and gauge the lengths of the 39-year-old’s inseam, torso, forearms, and calves. They calculate the angles of Livornese’s body—standing, seated, hunched over, leaning.   The Trepels […]