A clip type master link is OK, but a rivet type is better (read stronger).
However, EK now makes a "screw-type" Master Link that is as strong as a rivet & doesn't require a rivet tool that you only need every 30,000 miles. Just an 8mm wrench - it was easy and foolproof.
At around 8,000 miles I swapped the OEM 17/42 sprockets with a set of 18/40's. OEM 112 link chain still fit fine and got a nice 10% RPM drop. Best mod I've done.
Montani Semper Liberi
2003 Vulcan® 800 Classic - Pearl Mystic Black
National Cycle Custom Heavy-Duty Windshield
Mustang Two-Piece Wide Vintage Touring Saddle
Volar SissyBar/Backrest - K&N Air Filter
Viking Quarter Circle SaddleBags & SissyBar Bag
Scootworks Sprockets (18/40 - 2.222:1 ratio)
Baron 3" Bullet Tachometer - Engine Guard (black gloss finish)
Michelin COMMANDER II front 130/90-16 73H, rear 140/90-16 77H
EK X-Ring Chain, Deer Warning Whistles & BackOFF® Brake Module