If you’ve been in the store, you’ll recognize two things from the above photo. First, it’s the space where Fred use to be displayed. (You can see the story of Fred HERE.) And second, it’s our 1976 Honda Goldwing lovingly known as the “PENNYPACKER SPECIAL”.
Here’s the story….
You might remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer and Elaine hatched a scheme to put a clothing store out of business by lowering the prices with a pricing gun. When Kramer broke the pricing gun, Elaine muttered, “Pennypacker- you’ve screwed me again!”
When a good friend of ours (we’ll call him Ned) bought this bike, it was very rough. While trying to sell it, Ned said it was a 1975, the first year Goldwing was made- thus more collectible. After a couple of years, he made us an offer we couldn’t refuse. After all, it was a ’75, the first year Goldwing. The bike would be worth something, at least in twenty or thirty years.
When Ned finally brought us the title, it said “1976 Goldwing”, not “1975”. So the debate began. The stamp on the neck says manufactured in July 1975, but it is officially titled as a 1976. “Pennypacker- you’ve screwed me again!”
Actually, we’ve all gotten a big laugh out of it and we still debate whether it is a 1975 as Ned claims, or a 1976 as the title says.
Our only option for revenge was to do something to make it stand out. We decided to make our “Pennypacker Special” a Goldwinge cafe racer. We got the bike running, had David Hurst from Slide Effects do the paint, and got a custom seat from Corbin. Jeff added the clubman handle bars and his signature white grips. He rides this on a regular basis and it’s definitely one of a kind.