I know this is an old post, but, just in case someone else comes across this....
When you take the forks off just reach inside with a piece of pipe and push the rivets out. They are kinda like a rifle barrel twist that is also tappered and it should just pop out once you get it moving. Clean them up and put them back when your done.
Yes, you're more than welcome to interpret it that way. That said, my approach is more objective...focused on whatever it takes to realize a desired result. Not everyone is going to share that same perspective.Is that your nice way of saying it's kinda a pain in the ass but worth it.
FWIW, we're talking about an hour's worth of work and less than $5 worth of materials/parts (new drive screws, from Honda, are like $2 a pop) not much of a hurdle, imho.