Re: My first ride... No joy.
Your description sounds a lot like a heavily flooded two stroke. The easiest way to clear a flooded engine is to remove the spark plug, shut off the gas and spin the engine over a bunch of times to dry it out. Then just replace the spark plug, turn on the gas and try starting it without the choke. If it fires and won't keep going then add some choke. Two strokes are easy to flood and with a crankcase fulll of fuel take more effort to clear than a four stroke where the extra gas is only in the cylinders.