This is exactly why I am running my clutch without a return spring. I make sure to pull it up with my foot, and it stays put just fine. What planet do they make a $16 spring?
I also made my own choke lever from 1'' aluminum stock from Lowes. Drilled a couple holes, cut a slit, put a tiny bolt through it. No where near $44.
Now I have to remember where I put that choke rod.... Oh well, I've never had to use it yet anyway.