Now when u guys say poppin. What exactly do u mean by that. Also if no poppin than that automatically rules out a possible air leakusually if u have an air leak at the manifold (which I have had)..will cause popping and sometimes backfires out of the exhaust when you release the throttle. It also wont run or idle well when it gets to bad.
Ive had an air leak at the manifold and later, I had one at the header / muffler connection...both popped at decel.
Not having had to deal with this myself yet....KOW
Ever so often when this comes up, I've read here where people have done the manifold fix....ie surfacing, and or porting, and have been surprised to see their mileage go up. I believe several have even commented that the bike seemed to be running fine, but they saw an increase in mileage, after doing the mod.........oddly enough, I think it was on gas mileage thread
What prompted my comment yesterday, was something Erbman had repeated after hearing, regarding the large number of bikes that have manifold issues right out of the crate. I imagine that the dealers let most if not all of these go thru, because there really isn't a noticeable difference. After all, "it's a new bike", and "if it ain't broke don't fix it" is probably an unwritten law at a dealership.
A bad leak, will give the usual results...ie something similar to the AIS
port being uncorked. I would think a smaller leak would be skipped over as just a carb
needing tuned. How many members on here, are running their bikes richer then needed?
Most new bike owners aren't able to wipe the grin off their faces for about a thousand miles, and without a resource like RSC, may just think their bikes are gas hogs. GF simply traded one Roadie for a new older Roadie, and was expecting similar results....
Having said this, it may just be GF's new bike, combined with not enough data input for a good read on mileage. GF will have to determine the latter, the former should sort itself out.
Espressodude took his bike(not new) into a shop and had it Dynoed, and they didn't catch the vacuum leak, but they did stick a really big main
jet in the bike that resolved the lean issue. That worked for awhile, until the popping started and the bike became to much of a pain to ride. He did a quick check with some carb cleaner or ether, and the bike died IIRC. Others have done the check, and hardly noticed the droop in the idle.
How many members here, would see an increase in their fuel mileage from simply removing the manifold, surfacing the flanges and replacing it?
I find it interesting that the Roadies seem to be all over the map
as far as performance and jetting, but for those who persist, they all tend to end up in a smaller bracket where their jetting is concerned. How many Roadie owners are out there, who don't show up here, and just think their bikes are thirsty. How many put pipes on their bikes, and just think the popping reminds them of their hot rod days. Look at the numbers of ten year old bikes on here, that had less then 20k miles on them when our members purchased them used, and had been owned by 2 or 3 different people(mine was one of those). Many owners, simply never get to know the bike well enough to know if it has issues.