Riveting a master link with the proper tool is very easy to do. The key things are to compress the side plates evenly and then smoothly mushroom the hollow heads of the pins without expanding them too much, resulting in cracking. A cracked pin is ruined and the link should be replaced.
Clip type master links work fine on lower powered bikes, but they are less secure than a riveted link. When I bought my 96 Ducati the masterlink clip was missing. I got another one on immediately, and then replaced the chain with a riveted Regina chain.
2004 Rebel 250, 2003 BMW K1200GT (roadburner), 2004 BMW R1200GS(all purpose),
1973 Norton Interstate (in a box in the basement)
1968 Triumph Bonneville