I thought a fun thread would be to post about first rides on a trials bike. The learning curve is pretty steep when starting out and a lot of people get frustrated. I thought maybe if others could share their stories of starting out, it might help a few new riders stay in the sport. My first ride happened 26 years ago. I was working in a motorcycle shop when an old guy brought in a SWM to sell on consignment. I chatted with him about it and he invited me to bring it to ride that weekend at his place. I thought, why not ! I had been racing motocross and doing well. This sounds like fun. I can go show these old guys how to ride a bike. I showed up at his place Saturday morning and unloaded the SWM from my truck. There were 8-10 guys there, all older, and a few of them on the way heavy side. I was so roaring to show these old guys how to ride. The first moment that I thought maybe I might be the one getting showed up happened while watching this 50 year old guy crawl up this loose bank, doing light floater turns for each switchback. I got all my motocross gear on and had a couple of the guys suggest that the boots might be a little stiff for this. I was young and did not want to listen; all I thought was, hey let's get this show on the road. I had so much gusto as I followed the group across a field, wondering why they were going so slow. Then they dropped into a rocky creek bed and started up it like it was just a trail. I dropped in behind them; I made it about 10 feet -- knees on the bike straight up and down stiff as could be -- until the front end twisted out from under me and I fell down. Pride hurt but I am still wanting to show these guys how to ride. With the owner of the bike stopped and watching, I picked it up and tried again. This time I went about 6 feet. Now this is not a boulder covered stream these were more bowling ball size round rocks with some sharp edges thrown in. On my 3rd try I made it about 20 feet and got it to stop and stayed on when things got out of shape. The owner politely said, we won't be very far up the creek. You keep practicing here and we will keep checking on you. He rode off out of sight. I had a big struggle with myself do I load this evil machine in the back of my truck or to keep at it? For the next 4 hours I worked on up and down maybe 50 yards of this creek. Every 10-15 minutes one of the other riders would come down and give me a pointer or two. I can say I was not a natural at this at all but I was hooked. When I went back to work on Monday I put my YZ on the showroom floor. I never raced another motocross. I only rode for a couple of years back then, before life got in the way. My bikes were in storage for 24 years, unwilling to give up the memories and the fun, but not ready to commit to them again either. Then I started up again with my wife 2 years ago and am so hooked again. Let's hear some of your first ride stories. I wish I had a picture of myself riding that old SWM. This will have to do.