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I use EBC almost exclusively, but I have also used SBS, OEM, Dunlop Pad, BikeMaster and others just for comparison. What I have found is that regardless what brand is selected, the cheap pads stop with less pressure and wear out faster - the more expensive pads last longer, but take more pressure and are harder on rotors.
If you are on a budget, get the cheapest Chinese pads you can find - you might have to dress them a bit with a file for an easy fit, but they will stop you just fine.
If you don't want to replace the pads every year, buy the more expensive pads and replace them every 2 or three years.
The times I'm throwing out are based on my experience - on my dirt bike, I go through about 2 sets (front and rear) of $45 pads twice a year - on my TRX400EX I go through 1 set of front and 2 sets of rear $20 brake pads every couple of years, but I replace my pads before they are metal on metal - most people probably wonder why I'm replacing 'perfectly good pads' - I replace them because they are what I consider worn out. I also 'bed' my pads in properly - most people do not know about bedding - bedding the pads will make them last longer. Bedding is breaking them in. When brake pads or shoes are new, they are soft and the adhesive is not 100% cured. Bedding makes the pads fit the imperfections (ridges) on the rotor or drum, tempers (hardens) the brake material and completely cures the adhesive holding the material to the steel.
To bed the brakes, you want to get brakes hot without overheating them - accelerate to about 1/2 throttle in high gear and stop as fast as you can without locking the brakes using all the brakes - do this about 5 times in quick succession and then let the brakes cool for about an hour. Your new brakes are now bedded in and will stop better and last as long as they were intended to last. If the pads have any defects or if the adhesive is sub-standard, the defect will be exposed and you can get a replacement pad and bed them in again.