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I adjusted the engine to idle at a lower speed, after all I figured that if the reason for the pops were excess gas in the exhaust, if you changed the idle speed so that less gas is given to the engine when you let your hand off the throttle, less gas would get into the exhaust.

It worked pretty well compared to last night (lots of pops), today on a 2 hour ride (only stopped once for gas), I probably got around 10 pops total, which wasn't bad at all. Its gone from an annoying "whats wrong with that bike" sound to a bike "character" sound.
 

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Actually, popping is caused by a the natural tendency of a motor to go extremely lean during overrun. Adjusting the idle will have absolutely no effect on this.
 

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I believe it's been discussed here that too low of an idle could cause oil starvation, which would lead to more significant problems. Best thing to do is to set your idle at the recommended rpm, and read Tapper's sticky on engine missives, well worth your time.
 
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