Originally Posted by blacktiger
Nothing wrong with rivets. All sorts of things are riveted including steam boilers and large ships.
The difference between riveted and welded is that you can take the riveted one apart and repair then re-rivet. The welded one you have to attack it with a large hammer and have little chance of it ever being the same shape again.
The Altrider one doesn't look like it covers the oil filter.
Your right unless you plan on exposing the rivet parts to physical abuse, i.e. bash plates.
Rivets can stretch and pop off. You gonna carry rivets and a rivet tool with you everywhere? A fully welded assembly is much more fit for the task. Read up on Burren Riders posts about the riveted bash plate.