I've checked the entire throttle side (took the casing out to be sure) and found a fuse in the wiring under the cowling. All is well from that side. Turning the key is sending signal all the way to the motor (get a click when it's hooked up, but not when disconnected...so that's what I'm assuming that means).
A friend told me that since it still runs as normal when pulled that it has to be something on the battery side. So either the battery, a wire connection, or the starter/solenoid.
The battery is good double checked, charged, and hooked up to another to be sure. The connections have been cleaned and the cables looked over.
I guess next I'll need to go get a voltmeter to see how much, if any, power is getting to/thru the starter/solenoid set up.
If that doesn't provide any answers I'll be back here begging for help.