Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Northern Virginia
are the nicks curled up or chipped out?
curled could mean repeated hits from the piston head, chipped could mean burned/eroded from the ignition
you could be lucky it might have been stuck down from years of storage (87 with only 6k) and the valve got bent when the starter was used, freeing the stuck valve and it only burned and didn't do much to the piston head.
since you are showing us pics of the valve, you must have gotten the head off, can you share pics of the piston's faces?
2009 Honda Rebel 250; 2009 Honda Shadow 750 Spirit
"The bravest thing for me to do is admit when I am wrong" - unknown
HRF Answer #1 You should take the MSF Rider Course
HRF Answer #2 You need to clean your carburetor
HRF Answer #3 Sorry we assumed if you didn't say otherwise