The "ticking" is inherent to the bike. One thing I have learned.....the nine hates to be lugged. Rev it high, it is not a bike that likes to be "chugged" around. The wife and I recently did a 1200 km trip, and, there were some technical spots. There were times when I had the nine in third and the ticking was crazy. I had to shift to second and the tick went quickly away. Try being in fourth when you want to be in fifth etc....and the tick becomes WAY more manageable.
2009 VN900 Classic LT.
Nova Scotia, Canada.
Cobra luggage rack.
Kuryakyn Grand Tourer luggage bag.
Kuryakyn air filter cover.
170/80/15 Metzler rear tire.
Fire and Ice passenger floorboards.
Stage 2 debaffle (screens left intact).