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The click is from your solenoid (starter relay - the round metal cannister-like thing on the right side of the battery case, sitting in its own rubber sleeve). No smoke or anything with that click? Ha ha - where there's smoke, there's usually a short somewhere.
Given that it was running before, and all you've done is put in new gas and a new battery, then you can narrow down the areas to look for. Most of the time - especially under these conditions - it's something pretty simple. So, check your wires to the battery leads - are they cinched down on the battery terminals? How's the ground wire coming off the negative terminal (it should be grounded to the frame - make sure it's clean and has good contact with the frame)? Is the positive terminal fully covered by the red rubber sleeve? How does the black wire from the solenoid look at the starter where it connects? Clean, tight, rubber sleeve fully on?
Two other things I'm thinking: first, the headlight won't come on until the bike starts up, so that's normal and a good sign. Don't worry about that. But is the bike in neutral? For real? If in doubt, pull in the clutch lever.
Also, also - make sure your spark plug wires are on nice and tight.
Good luck and keep us posted. My money is on something simple and straightforward.