Posted - 08/19/2013 : 9:53 AM
When I first replaced my front pads on my Bandit, the shop only had some semi-metallic pads in stock so I bought them.
They were noisier, but worked well enough.
I changed back to organic pafs when they wore out.
I've recently noticed quite a lip developing on the outer edge of my rotors. New, the rotors are 5mm and found that the service limit is 4mm thick. Measured mine and they are 3.55mm. New OEM, or quality aftermarket rotors are about $190 for EACH side. Yikes. Luckily I sourced some low mile used stock rotors.
I have 60k + miles, but Bandit owners with a lot more miles still have original rotors, within usuable limits. I ride daily, so sure, my around town miles are considerable, but still, I am surprised to have worn mine out at this milage.
I really think that in MY case, and use, the metallic pads were responsible for the excessive wear on the rotors.
Just a heads up for those buying brake pads. A heads up to those getting miles on their bikes to check the rotor thickness too. Look for the telltail ridge on the outer edge of the rotors.