Just to wrap this thread up...
I discovered that the fuel tank had a lot of rust crumbs in it. To fix this, I cleaned the fuel tank... I did not want to go through the process of removing the tank, so I cleaned it while still mounted. The final result is that the bike idles and runs VERY smoothly now, and seems to have a lot more power and excellent throttle response.
Here's how I cleaned the tank.
1) Remove the fuel send unit. Closed the petcock and removed the fuel line
2) siphon the old fuel and discard (it was old and full of rust gravel)
3) Sprayed a bunch of carb cleaner into the filler tube and the open fuel send area.
4) using a stiff (and skinny) toilet brush I scrubbed the insides of the tank as best as I could reach.
5) poured a little fresh gas in (to rinse)
6) Siphoned that out, trying to suck up as much debris as possible.
7) poured in 2 gallons of Evaporust. (waited overnight)
(I was hoping this would dissolve the rust crumbs... but it didn't. But, I did to a pretty good job of derusting the parts of the tank the liquid touched. I made sure to siphon a little of the Evaporust into the petcock valve to try to clear the tube out a little also
8) Siphoned out the Evaporust (using a tube about 1/2 inch diameter.)
(I discovered, using a larger diameter tube is good for sucking out the crumbs)
9) Poured about 2-3 gallons of water into the tank, scrubbed, siphoned..and siphoned some water through the petcock. REPEAT a few times. After about 4 cycles of this there were very few crumbs left... but, still not 'like new' inside
10) I used a small sponge on the end of a stick to try to blot dry and pick-up any finer debris still in the tank.
11) I let the tank air dry for a while. It was still a little damp inside when I decided to pour in a little Sea Foam and 1 gallon of gas to get the bike started.
It started right up and was running great!
I went on a short ride just to make sure the carbs had all new fuel in them.. then got to the gas station to fill up the tank with brand new gas!
I appreciate all the tips and advice folks provided and I hope this info is helpful for others... even if it's an example of 'How NOT to clean a gas tank'.
And that concludes my little adventure... for now!