update– i just finished cleaning the carb, it seemed relatively clean to begin with, if anything there was a tiiiiny little something in the idle/ pilot jet. I haven't tried the bike out again yet because it's late but i think i may have discovered the actual issue:
when i twist the throttle, the choke remains closed. I wasn't aware it was supposed to open until i got to the end of the carb-cleaning video i was following along with and the guy mentions it as a test to make sure everything's ok.
could i be correct in assuming that's the issue? what could cause this, and how should i go about correcting it?
thanks ahead of time