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" '13 Tiger 800XC, '14 Street Triple, '00 KLR 650(finished project), and 2010 Honda NT700V wife's.