Here is the low down...
I pulled the fuel line, checked the petcock vavle for debris... Good
Inline Fuel Filter is clean and new... Good
Checked behind the banjo fitting and that screen was clear of debirs... Good
Pulled cover and retaining ring off of air filter... Good Filter
Took her for a spin after making final adjustments to the throttle.. and she rode like a rock star!!!
Only thing left to to is get a new throttle cable, possibly a spark plug change, and check the throttle/grip assembly.
I suspect the throttle cable/grip for the poor idle.. it used to idle and now it just dies... but I can tell that the RPMs are not the same as before after making the throttle adjustments. plus the damn grip mechanism is janky and weird.
thanks for the help!!