Not to blow you off, rideitlikeyoustoleit, but . . . chances are, sitting for so long, your carb has succumbed to dreaded ETHANOL POISONING; a function of our "GREEN GASOLINE."
Other possibilities: Your petcock innards have deteriorated and disintegrated, launching a stream of debris into your carb, honking it up.
Otherwise, you're in pretty good shape: You've got COMPRESSION, SPARK; two of the essential "musts" in the ENGINE-RUNNING TRINITY; you only need now . . . a COMBUSTIBLE MIXTURE. An overhauled carb should give you that third essential.
BTW, a voltage reading of your battery circuit while your engine is running might be useful in diagnosing your electrical power charging/storage system and circuitry; cleaning and tightening electrical contact points, particularly grounds, always good practice.
Thank you for your help... I really didn't want to have to disassemble the carb again, but if it means getting back on the road again, that's what I'll do for starters. I do also believe that there may have been leaking fuel either from the filter (don't think that's possible since it seems to be a sealed unit?) or at the connection point on the line that feeds into the filter... perhaps there's an issue at the filter too?
I did some electrical testing in the very beginning when this all started happening.. everything seemed to check out fine, until I got to the point where I needed a test light, and I don't have one of those, so I just gave up.
... then again, I believe God has punished me for skipping class in carpentry trade school in high school when we learned basic electrical theory... electricity is the one trade I can't grasp. I fixed the hydraulics/pneumatics/flight controls, etc. on Hornets for 5 years when I was in the Navy, did heavy sheetmetal work on commercial planes for five years after that, and fix just about everything I put my hands on... with manuals and guidance from people like all of you... when it comes to electrical, I feel like I'm always shooting from the hip.
....and realize that 97% of all electrically related "no start" issues are due to a bad battery......doesn't matter how old it is nor what the voltage reading is (need to perform a load test). There may be nothing wrong with your charging system.
Sitting with ethanol contaminated fuel for more than a few weeks will undoubtably gum up your carb every time. Next time the bike is going to sit, drain the bowl.....takes 5 seconds. Sounds like the carb needs to be removed and completely cleaned. Be careful with the enricher nut and the diaphragm and make sure you put everything back in the right place.
Thank you for your reply too. I was under the assumption that my charging system was faulty based off the troubleshooting I did in accordance with the manual... again, my electrical skills aren't the greatest. My thought was, if I charge the battery and the bike starts up no problem, but dies 2 weeks later with normal riding, that the battery was OK (especially since it happened even after installing a new battery). Of course, getting the bike to start and stay running is number one... I can somewhat deal with it dying on me except for when I get stuck in random places... now that I think about it, there was one time when it died and I waited for my wife to pick me up... after about 20 minutes of waiting, I tried starting it again, successfully, but it certainly struggled to get that spark.
When my bike is working, it usually doesn't sit for very long except for the winter... for many years, I let it sit without touching it during the winter and it would start right up in the spring. Lucky? Probably. Terrible way to treat my bike? Probably. But it's likely why I'm in the situation I'm in now.
OK, enough rambling. I shall clean the carb sometime in the next few days. Thanks again for the pointers, I'll update with any success failure.