For clarification really forced relates perhaps more to the 22-cent mod. The motor just didn't seem right to me so I tried it. It seems to rev better now, zippier. Not like it's fighting itself. "Forced" really is the best description I could come up with and what popped into my mind when I road it around. There are probably better ways to go about tuning the carb but I considered two things, inexpensive, and minor change with mileage considerations. I'll know more when I fill the tank up tomorrow, but having fun and enjoying the ride seems to outweigh any previous thoughts about leaving the bike alone and riding it bone stock.
I had put the 16t on prior to that as I was in third gear just clearing an intersection, and the stock gearing seemed all wrong for riding around town let alone heading out on a road trip. I also figure that once I load my camping touring gear on it will be more of a drit road bike and I never intended to go full on dirt biking with this KLR as it would be way too big for me in that respect. But I can see where 1st gear might be a bit luggish as a more dirt oriented ride. Seeking only dirt roads with no black diamond riding and needing highway speeds to get there I'm pretty happy with the way things are coming together.