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They do not blow apart in one shot. They get stress fractures in the shaft of the rivet and then the rivets split and end up mostly in the basket. There is never wear on the rivet heads, they just break in the middle.

The symptom is the same as a failing throwout bearing. you will feel the clutch dragging, and no amount of adjustment EVER fixes a dragging clutch. When it's dragging, either you adjusted it wrong and its dragging immediately after adjusting or it is mechanical failure like the bearing coming apart, or the spring plate rivets getting between plates and causing drag. That drag will be intermittent, and will be slight one minute and will pull you through an intersection at the next light. Every time you pull the lever those rivets will realign and be less or more of an issue.

The important thing to take away from reading this is that a dragging clutch always indicated mechanical failure. Normal wear causes a clutch to slip.

Oh, you can ride like an old lady and have the plate come apart in 10,000 miles. It's just a poor design, and better rivets may be the solution for the factory, but for anyone looking for performance out of a bike, there is no need for it.
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