OK replacing the float bowl gasket fixed the gas leak..
BUT!!, new problem.
Started it up as normal, but when i pushed the choke in all the way the bike died. WTF ?? All I did was take the carb off so i could open the float bowl chamber, checked the float valve while i was in there, changed the gasket, and put it all back together.
Anyways so this was at like 3am, it's cold and late obviously so I didn't wanna have the bike running anymore (townhouses), so I'll wait til the morning.
The one thing i did notice is that the choke knob seems to pull out a little further than it used to. Is this goona be as simple as adjusting it just past the knob ?
Sleep time. I look forward to anyones input!