Well, I figured 6 out of 7 bolts should be able to hold the cover on with no problems temporarily.
I went out to start it, and it was worse than before. It wouldn't start AT ALL. Finally, after about 40 kicks it started. It sputtered a little bit and died. What the hell. Again, after an inordinate number of kicks it started, took me about 100 yards and died. Oh yeah, that's right, it was low on gas and needed to be put on reserve...
Okay, now that it's on reserve... Wait for it... Wanna take guesses as to what happened?... Ready... It fired up first kick!!!! It ran pretty darn good too! Took it for a few spins around the block and it ran great... Without any choke either. It's consistently firing up with 1-3 kicks. I'm quite happy and don't hate the bike any longer.
Still need to extract the broken bolt though.