I did something I have never done before. Circumstances were such that I had had to let my bike sit for about a year (horrible, I know!) I had prepped it for the layoff so there were no typical storage issues when I was ready to go again. I was in a bit of a time crunch, so I opted to take it to a local independant bike garage to have it looked over. The owner has the appropriate experience to handle my bike.
When I picked it up he said it was in good shape and he had "balanced the injectors (?)" a process he described akin to balancing a bike with multiple carbs.
It gets slightly better mileage, but now the ilde is around 11-1200 and even when I consciously return the throttle position to a completely closed position when rolling up to a stop and downshifting, I get alot of popping-style backfires....not explosive, but a afair amount of it. This bike has always done this a little bit, but I found that I when made sure to crank the throttle closed, it virtually eliminated it.
I am a DIY guy with all the tools, patience, and willingness to learn and follow instructions, I know that I hadn't really should not have taken it to the shop. The owner's attitude towards questions is to blow off the customer with sarcasm (but that's another story.) I consider it a lesson learned. I have the Clymer Manual for the bike.
I found that a good way to short circuit the research period is to "crowd source" right here. I would be grateful for direction and instruction. Thank you in advance