Thanks for the help tdf! I was also thinking that the cam or balance chain is really loose and rubbing against the inside somewhere so I checked the tensioner and it seemed to be working properly. I only took of the LH engine cover with the stator attached I did not take off the flywheel because I don't have the tools to do so. The noise started when I was doing part of the TAT a few months ago and I decided to come home because of it. It HAS felt/sounded like the bike has been running at a higher RPM than what the tach says, so how should I go about checking the starter ring gear? Also, properly checking the tension and condition of the two chains inside? I think I am going to put a new crush washer on the header pipe just to rule that out.