Gents, I just got home from a 1,700 mile 6 day-6 state epic adventure. Had an awesome time. However, I was hearing some valve clacking and was burning a good bit of oil so I'd like your opinions a bit... First off; '08 L, Dave's modded, snorkle removed, de-smogged. I started the trip with 4,300 miles on the bike. I know that the 5,000 mile checkup is due, I wanted to do it when I got back, hindsight is 20/20 though... So, Here's what I noticed. At low speeds I heard nothing but anywhere between 55 and 65, if I wanted to accelerate, I would hear the high pitched clacking that sounded like marbles in a tin can. The sound you would hear in a car that really had some carbon buildup. Also, I burned a good bit of oil on the trip, where other XRL's didn't. Over the course of the trip I put about 2 qts in while others with the same bike only used .5 qt for the whole trip. This too; In the morning, first crankup of the day, I would get a puff of smoke but never again. Suggesting maybe oil is seeping past the valve seals?? Clearly by mileage alone it's time to get my valves adjusted and I plan on doing that this week. My question is this; do these symptoms suggest something more is at play here than just the need for valve adjustment? Thanks, As you were.