Wow - that is bad bad bad.
If you can pull the lever to the bar it usually means:
- water in your brake fluid
- oil or something on your brake discs and pads
- not enough brake fluid
- leak of brake fluid (I've had this - only happened on warm days, and leaked out over time)
- brake lines are distorting and spongy
- Is your bike a servo model? - then it could mean the servo is on its way out
The thickness of the pads don't really effect the pull/throw of the brake lever - the system is hydraulic so is "self levelling".
Get it sorted out, and slap anyone that says it is due to "worn brake pads" (unless they are worn to the backing plate!!
2011 KTM Adventure 990 R, with loads of extras and farkles
-- silk metallic with comfort package (sport wheels, heated grips, on board computer with oil warning, sport fairing, LED white indicators), alarm, gear shift assistant --
-- Hepco rear rack, R&G protectors all over, Akrapovic full system, Evoluzione dual air-filters, 1/4 turn quick action throttle, disabled full load stop actuator, a permanent grin --