I have a 14 Judge- totally different riding position and all that for what that is worth. I've never regretted buying the Judge for 1 second. I entered the store having researched to death the 8 ball, and had every intention of riding off on one. I did not love the online looks of the 13 Judge much so I hadn't really thought that way. Saw it (2013) live- thought "Wow that's much better in person" But the riding position wore on me just slightly. Enough to say- Nah. 8 ball. So in I go- and the red 14 Judge just blew me away.
Like you- I saw no point in spending a pile of cash (on the 8 ball) just to set it up for a passenger. I also love black, but wished I could avoid it having been there and done that. The frustration of gloss black, and the fact that it seemed like 1/2 the bikes out there are black. That red on the 14 Judge just plowed me over- the new seat & riding position and LED's!! (yes that's dumb- sorry)
Anyway- some say deal only with a manager. They kind of have a point, but having 16 years of big ticket sales/ management I can tell you that some of that is just a macho thing. The tough guy "I don't pay retail for anything"
attitude always made me smile. That said- depending on the store- that can be very good advice. If your salesperson gives you pause for any reason- get rid of him immediately and go straight to the manager.
Rebates and discounts. Completely unrelated. Rebates are above and beyond the market for the bike. Establish the best price for the bike and your stuff first. All trade ins, cash down and rebates come into play after.
As far as dropping the Judge from the lineup: First I doubt it. Second- it doesn't matter much if they did. Resale? Depreciation sucks, man. Unless you plan on buying and selling the bike within a year or 2- (which is a bad choice red flag unto itself) this should not play much into your decision.
Wife wants to delay? This SOUNDS a lot like the countless, never ending, and predictable from the next county defense mechanisms that buyers throw up there *automatically*. See: "Just looking". So my question is- what is going to be different in 6 weeks? Big bonus? Raise/ promotion coming? If there is no logical and sensible reason to delay such as these- then you have a nervous participant throwing up roadblocks because they don't know what else to do. Get to what the real
issue is and move past it- whether that means buying it or not. Obviously I do not know the dynamics of the marriage.
My girlfriend did not like any of the baggers. Too much stuff, old guy bike, etc etc.. but now she whines about not having storage.
Some things you just keep it at arms length and do what you think is right.