That makes sense. It doesn't seem like an issue when I'm riding, it only bothers me when I'm idling or listening to it at idle and TRYING to find noises. It's had ticks and clicks ever since I got it 8k miles ago, my dad even commented on that when it was not earshaved and said "I like your bike because the engine makes a lot of noise, like mine" (He has an '05 Heritage Softail with the Twin Cam motor).
I'm not in any kinda situation to tear down a running motor in my back yard, or lug it upstairs into my bedroom to work on it, so for now I guess I'l err on the side of ignorance and see how long she keeps on running. Oil light doesn't come on, doesn't overheat, and the oil isn't due for a change for another few hundred miles.
Even if it does die, I could stow it at my dad's garage down in Orlando and work on it over weekends or whatever, or grab a cheap CL parts bike and swap motors, but I'm planning too far ahead for something that only worries me when my anxiety is flaring up, but has been a fear in the back of my mind for well over a year now. I think I said to myself one day "you could let it sit and not ride it for fear that someday it may break down, or you could ride it and see if it ever breaks down. Which path would you rather take?"
Thanks for listening to the ramblings and engine of a madman! hahaha