Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Unless you had FRONT brake pads that were already quite thin (say 25% of material left), I doubt you will need to replace as fast as the rear. Since you have the "Integral ABS" with the Brembo front caliper, it is easy to visually check how much material is left for the FRONT (without removing anything).
Based on my experience and previous discussions on this forum, on the K1200RS the REAR brake pads will last between 8,000 to 20,000 miles (13,000 to 32,000 KM). With the type of riding you are doing right now in Europe, my guess is that you will be closer to the lower range.
The FRONT will last between 35,000 to 70,000 miles (56,000 to 112,000 KM). Since I am fairly light, often ride alone and do very little stop-and-go traffic type of riding, my K1200RS front pads are still on the bike after 80,000 miles (128,000 KM). There is approx 15% of the pads material left - I already have a spare set ready to be installed. Installationn isextremelyely easy to do on those Bremstampedped caliper: all you need is 1 Torx wrench for the bolt (that serves as the pin). You might also need another larger Torx wrench to loosened the Caliper so that you can open the pads (move the piston in) - otherwise the new thicker pads cannot slide in.
P.S.: keep posting pictures of you trip when you have time.
John (Montreal, CANADA)
K1200RS (2002 IceBlue/Red - 96,000 miles)