Question about ticking noise on 1985 VT500C
Hey everybody, first post, first bike...appreciate the help in advance.
I recently picked up a 1985 VT500C, in really good shape, with 16k miles. It runs really good and strong, starts right up, and I do not notice any flat spots during acceleration. My only concern is a ticking noise coming from somewhere in/around the engine, it's hard to pinpoint where.
When I start the bike up and let it idle for a couple mins, you do not here the ticking. Then, as the bike warms up, it starts. When riding, you can hear it. It's difficult to hear when accelerating, over the other engine noise, but when the engine is quieter, you can definitely hear it.
I changed the oil when I got the bike, and used Honda 10w40, the synthetic blend. Then I had read that using a heavier oil might help, so I changed it last weekend to Amsoil 20w50, and it didn't help (although the bike feels like it runs smoother. I did change out the aintifreeze, final drive oil, and air filter as well, although I did not expect any of those to help with the noise.
So, does this sound like a valve issue? Maybe they just need adjusted? Is it anything that I need to be really concerned with right now, if the bike is otherwise running like a champ? I was planning on taking it to a mechanic this summer, but if I am okay to ride for a bit, I'd rather wait on taking it in.
Appreciate the help, thanks again.