Nowadays, rivet-style chain master links have replaced the earlier clip-style chain master links in a lot of motorcycle, ATV, and dirt bike chains. (Rivet master links are also often required by many race sanctioning bodies.)
But while rivet-style master links tend to be more durable than a clip, that’s only if you install it correctly.
Press the rivet on with too much pressure and it’ll crack, not enough pressure and the plate will back off.
Heck, even the job of removing the old chain can be a bit tricky if you’ve never done it before.
Ultimately though, the chain removal and master link riveting process isn’t that tough and, with a helpful tutorial like the one below from motorcycle experts at Motion Pro, you’ll be replacing chains with ease. It’ll walk you through how to use a Motion Pro Chain Breaking/Riveting Tool—though the process, tips, and techniques described in the video are largely similar regardless of the tool brand you’re using.
It goes without saying how important it is to remove and install your rivet-style motorcycle, ATV, or dirt bike chain the right way, so check out the video below and see how it’s done.