Chris — as a fabricator, would you consider that type of repair “acceptable” if it was your pipe? Just wondering….why wouldn’t they tig weld it instead? I had a similar problem with my 95 CR125 back in the day….a hole blew open in my pipe during a moto, the bike only had a few hours on it at that time…my dealer called Honda on Tuesday (closed on Mondays), they told the dealer to collect the pipe and send it back to them. Two weeks later I received the pipe back repaired…I was amazed at how they were able to weld it up without having to put a plate over it. To this day ive never seen a weld job that impressive.