I checked my brake pads today I seem to have at least a quarter inch of pad on the front. And one eigth on the rear pads. The bike has 7500 miles on it. I use the engine to brake. I would think the front should wear out first concidering 70 %of the braking is the front break. I should mention this is a 05 EG classic. All imput greatly appreciated. Thanks. Bob.
I've put 12,000+ miles on my 2007 ULtra and one new rear tire in the
3 months I've had it. Both my front and rear brake pads look like new
still. I'm an ex road racer and ride the mountains of NC.SC.GA.VA.TN.
WV. all year round so I can be pretty hard on brake pads, I'm thinking
I'll get about 25,000 miles from the stock 07 Ultra brake pads. I also
pull a 2006 Lees-ure-Lite pop up camper with the Ultra and my Wing.
I think brake pad wear is different from rider to rider just like in a car
each driver gets different life from their brake pads.
One thing I can tell you is low mileage bikes IE: Rode 10,000 miles
a year or less, the pistons in the calipars get rusty and gunked up.
When this happens there is a very slight drag on the disc which wears
out brake pads in a hurry.
That is why if I buy used motorcycles or cars I look for the high mileage
ones over babied, pampered low mileage ones. At least with high mileage
you know all the rubber parts will be in next to perfect shape, instead of
rotten from lack of use!
I hope this helps, good luck and ride safe!