I have a 2007 VTX1800F. It's got HK Sideburners and a K&N Filter. I've completed the PAIR removal with block-off plates and my stock air box has been decap'd.
On my Cobra FI2000R, I have the knobs set at 2/0/0 and the decel pop is nearly non-existent. MAYBE one time during long rides with lots of elevation changes, I'll hear a bit of popping. I'm also still well balanced at my 38-40 mpg fuel economy that I got before I installed the programmer.
Some things that really add to the variability you see between bikes that even seem identical:
- Elevation, humidity, temperatures, etc. WILL affect the settings your bike is happiest with (the elevations I find myself in are usually between 2,000 and 3,000 ft, low humidity)
- Riding style WILL affect the settings your bike performs best with. (example: if you're a rider that prefers heavier down-shifting/engine braking, you'll have to fight decel pop more)
- I'm sure there are many more
The goal/capability of the FI2000R is only to add more fuel at decel (knob 1), cruising (knob 2), and WOT (knob 3). The factory computer on these Hondas tend to run lean in decel and cruising, hence the popularity of the programmers. Keep in mind that the factory settings are sufficient to prevent damage and maintain decent performance.
One of the best ways to fine tune your settings, short of taking it to a Dyno-tune shop, is to read your spark plugs. Your spark plugs are the quickest and easiest way to know for sure if your bike is running rich or lean. Check out this chart for a good reference in reading your plugs.