cegodsey - don't really know. Bought the bike 900+ miles ago, and immediately took it to a local cycle guy to change all the fluids. At that time he said "the pads were in good shape". I'm learning how to ride, and try to practice mostly on the twisties, so I'm using the brakes more than usual. How many miles are pads typically good for (realizing everyone brakes differently)? Also, got a kick out of your 6th gear remarks!
Cc - when I bought the bike, the reservoir was full with clear fluid. I check levels before every ride (typically can only ride on weekends- weather permitting), and unless I missed a look or 2, this fluid drop seems dramatic. I will put some paper under the bike to check for drops. How thick are new pads?
west chester, PA