I have been told that excessive chain lube is the culprit for reduced pad life, especially on the single sided swing arms like my Sprint ST 1050. I will put up with the reduced pad life for a well lubed chain. I have been happy with my 06 Tiger and 06 Sprint. Wife has told me I should sell my XR650L and buy a Tiger 800XC. I have a very smart wife.
"I refuse to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death"
2006 Triumph Sprint ST (for sale), 2006 Tiger 955i(sold), 01 XR650L replaced by a '13 KLR 650, and a 2010 Honda NT700V for the wife.