took my carb apart last night, and cleaned it out. no sediment anywhere, but one of the little holes in one of the little things was slightly obstructed. gave everything a nice talking to, replaced the float bowl screws with some sweet button head allens, and called it done. bike ran fine and dandy this morning. i really appreciate the time you took to respond to my post. i was leaning towards a carb clean, but it was more of a guess than anything. thanks for your spot-on diagnosis. again, if you're ever in california and need a bike broken, don't hesitate to pm me. i got your back, big guy.