How does it ride? I'm just a recreational trials rider and I trail ride them as much as try to test my skills at sections. But from what I could feel the TR 280i is a very friendly and forgiving machine with a very easy to use nature. It feels light and agile but never too squirrely. The clutch engagement is controlled and has great feel, the clutch itself is using a diaphragm spring design and the transmission is a six-speed. Brakes are strong but not too touchy but plenty of control. The steering radius is never too tight, the steering lock kicks in just before you swing the bars too far in really tight turning and there is plenty of weight on the front wheel to keep it planted yet it is light when you want to hop around. The suspension, using an Ohlins TTX shock and Marazocchi front fork with aluminum sliders is springy and helps the bike bounce when needed and handled slamming into stuff just fine, even if the rear did bottom on the bigger drops for me. The power delivery matches the chassis' nature and also does not pack a lot of hit or a light flywheel feel. It torques and pulls, snap can be had with a hit of the clutch and extra RPM. If there were any issues I felt it was that the bike is a little tricky to start, but it seemed that there might be a procedure on where to hold the throttle, sometimes it fired right up, others times it took a few kicks. And I was told it gets a lot better once the bike is broken in. This one was only minutes old when we got started.Trials bikes, as a group are overlooked by so many riders. Now I would never recommend one as an only bike, but if you want to improve your overall riding or get started on a bike that will teach you great motorcycle control skills, there is no better teacher than a trials bike. Plus the workout you can get in a small area in a short period of time, all while making very little noise, is unmatched.