It wasn't a decision I made lightly but I had to trade my Springfield. The bike was a fantastic ride at almost any speed and was quite easy for my to handle in any scenario, despite its weight. Unfortunately, the quality was a bit of an issue to me from the start and some of my problems started the week I brought it home. The very first week I had it, the left turn signal wire was completely chewed through. Considering my dealer is over an hour and a half away, I just fixed the wire myself. While I never had performance issues and I never had to walk, I had a litany of times where my check engine light would come on. It became so frequent that I just let it shine.
This Springfield of mine was very much a "Friday at 4" motorcycle as all the hardware for the engine guards, passenger foot board, seat mount, and center console all had to be tapped in order to get the hardware to run back down. In fact, one of the screws for the headlight nacelle had a bend in the shank! One of the captive nuts in the air cleaner back-plate freely spun while I was trying to inspect the air cleaner as part of a service forcing me to literally rip it off the bike. These issues were heart breaking and they cast an ugly shadow over almost any sense of pride and joy I had for the motorcycle.
Part of the idea behind getting a motorcycle was to reduce the costs of commuting to and from work. Considering more than half of my commute is stop-and-go, the gas mileage was horrendous. At the end of the month, the savings in gas in comparison to my car was marginal at best. While this doesn't reflect negatively on the bike per se, it does create a problem for me when I have to budget for weekly expenditures. Granted, I also bought a motorcycle instead of a commuter car because it is a blast! But the last reason was a hinderance in that regard too.
For the life of me, I could not be comfortable on the bike for longer than 45 minutes to an hour at a time. I bought another seat, which helped, but didn't make it comfortable for any real amount of time. I also added a backrest but that didn't make as big an improvement as I had hoped. The reach to the shifter was creating an issue for me as well; the twist I had to put in my knee was starting to get painful. I know there are options in the aftermarket when it comes to seats but, having already spent $700+ in the endeavor of finding comfort, I wasn't willing to risk spending another $300 to $600 just to wind up being right where I was before. I decided to look at seat pads but then I realized that this just isn't the right bike for me.
I traded my '18 Springfield in for a '16 Triumph Trophy that was new with no miles on it. While the bike was fantastic as-is when I got it, my foot slipped while backing it into my garage the first day. This slippage caused a side-load onto the seat pan and broke part of the seat. The bike's seat is height adjustable out of the factory, or at least it was until I broke it. now it is stuck in the low position. Looks like I'll be spending that $600 after all!
The Triumph gets great mileage while making fantastic power and I am happy to report that I no longer have to fill up in the middle of the week; a fill-up on Sunday evening lasts me all the way to Friday evening. The service intervals are also 10,000 miles apart which are chiefly oil changes. I miss seeing that gorgeous Indian in my garage and driveway. I miss the keyless start and remote locking, top-loading saddlebags. But, if all goes well, I just might be able to deal with the shortage of features and devilish good looks.