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Hopefully the shifter shaft is still ok. When dropped on the left side, many times something breaks off the internal shift shaft, allowing it to have way to much in and out play, like over an inch.
Check the left side exhaust for any leaks, from the head to the tip of the muffler.
You didn't mention the "clanking" sound before, I doubt it has anything to do with the "popping". When the bike went down, did it continue to run for a few seconds? When you picked it up and restarted it, did the oil pressure light stay on very long? Many bikes have a serious design problem with the lubrication system, so when the bike is dropped, even if it is picked up and allowed to sit for a few minutes in the upright position, it will still run for as much as 30 seconds without oil pressure. I have never dropped a bike, but I've read about this on many different forums. For some reason, when the bike is on it's side, the oil pump loses it's prime, and it takes some time for it to start pumping again. It does not do this even after changing the oil, only if dropped or layed down in the horizontal position. I wonder if it ran long enough without oil to damage the engine.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike