I'll check those items tomorrow morning as soon as I can. It definitely seems to be idling at a higher speed than I remember from 15 years ago. And, when I start it cold, the choke didn't seem like it was doing much of anything.
As far as checking the valve clearances, that might be outta my league. I might be setting you up for a trip to Italy, haha.
Seriously though, thanks for the quick response. Keep me on your radar as I am sure I'll be having a few more questions down the road.