I'm taking a big risk posting this.... As i might get some flack. But here goes.
I took the 9er to a small local shop. The owner has 25+ years in the industry and knows his stuff inside and out.
He picked up on the bad idle right away. He then took my scoot for a ride around the block and shook his head at me... "It's got a miss." he said.
I turned over my keys and asked him to get rid of the worn out 208s and replace them with some good tires. He recommended a set of Avon Storms as I do alot of highway riding.
Fast foreward 2 days and i'm back at his shop picking up the keys. Here's the list.
1) 1 cylinder missing, bad plug. Another cylinder would also miss once warmed up fully. The bike was leaned out from the K+N and velocity stack. The stack would act like a vac on the highway - actually pulling air out of the box. Plugs were replaced with NGKs one temp range cooler.
2) New 530 Regina chain. Old one was adjusted all the way out, and was just out of spec at it's current position. It was replaced because in another 1k or so miles I'd be replacing it...
3) New Avon Storms.
4) Throttle body boots had lossened up some... Cleaned TBs and tightened boots.
5) K+N was dry. Cleaned AF and serviced.
6) Pass side mirror hole stripped out. Drilled, tapped, and helicoiled.
7) Throttle twist was a bit loose, tightened to spec. and lubed cable
8) clutch cable adjusted and lubed cable.
9) Front brake pads in great shape. Rear at 35%. Adjusted rear brake.
10) headlight aimed high. Adjusted.
11) Seat lock loose. Tightened up.
12) Checked vac lines for leaks
So... Everyone that posed in this thread was partially correct. The chain was a bit loose, the throttle cable was fairly loose, the K+N velocity stack needs to hit the trash can, and the plugs were in bad shape. I'm sure I've missed something... He gave it a good once over and put everything back to Honda spec for me.
The reason I asked him to look it over isn't just because of it's poor running condition at idle, and low rpm, I'm also taking the 9er for one heckofa road trip this coming Friday.
Because I work swing shift, and my older brother works on a rotating 2nd shift schedule we only get to visit about 2 times a year. Some how our work schedules matched up this weekend so I'm headed to his place... which is about 200 miles away. Once there I'm crashing in his spare bedroom, and the next morning he's hopping on his new 650r and we're riding to an Air show close to Kansas City... About 60 miles from his house... If the weather holds out I'll have about 600 more miles on my bike when I return. I really wanted it in tip top shape as some stretches of Hwy 70 between my house and his is very desolate and i would rather not be stranded...
Thanks again everyone for the tips and advise. Much appreciated!