To start, I'm not new to bikes or working on them but am new to goldwings. Ok, I've been through the carbs, replaced the fuel filter, drained all the old gas, put in almost 6 gallons of 93 oct and a bottle of carb cleaner additive. Currently the exhaust and air box/ filter are stock and in good shape but the engine lopes at 1000 rpm. Is that normal? I know it's a completely different bike but I had a 2000 Kawi ZX12r which loped but it had aftermarket exhaust and power commander on it and was told "that's just what it does". Also there's a ticking from the left side valve cover, or at least that's what it sounds like, increases with rpm's. I know there's hydraulically adjustable valves but is it possible one could be stuck? How do they work, can they stick? So far these are the only problems I'm having, if some one could help me or tell me I'm crazy then I'll be ok. Thanks in advance. Also I've ridden about 20 miles since I've done all the above work.