I ain't that much of a cheep bastage but it is a good idea if I ever do fall on hard times. I went to the dealer and I had to special order brake pads. I couldn't believe it. They got oil and filters but no freakin' brake pads. Anyway, I was able to find the same play in the 07 Triples they have on the showroom floor. I never thought about switching the pads. It makes sense because the piston side wears faster than the other. And I can't believe you of all people making light of the REAR brake! I use the rear brakes often. Almost always under 35 mph. I am always practicing tight turns, fig. 8's and such. You have to use the rear break for control in very slow speed turns. I also like to balance at red lights without putting my feet down. Need the rear brake for that too. Going fast is a hoot but slow ridin' develops skills, which, I know that you know, Bro! Ride hard Brother!
I removed and inspected my rear brake pads today. I found that it is not possible to switch the pads from one side to the other because the backing plates are different shapes for the rear. I also found that the service manual says you have to remove the rear wheel before removing the rear brake caliper. This is not true. I had no problems doing it with the wheel on. Just FYI.