alright, so an update on this...more problems.
When I got home last night I started the bike up and let it run for a bit. Maybe 5 minutes or so. The temps were measuring around 160ish. I started to slowly increase the throttle, trying to listen if it was ticking with the RPM of the motor; increase vs decrease. Yep, definitely is.
So I reved it up a couple times and then heard a small pop and the ticking got worse. Look under the bike and it was spitting out coolant (not a lot, just drops at a time) from around the area of the coolant reservoir. Not sure what is causing this. I am pretty sure there is no serious engine damage but I need to check all the lines coming and going from the radiator as well as the water pump and see whats up with it.
fuk, there's always something.