The 2006 Suzuki JR is precisely what the model name suggests—a junior version of the popular and powerful Suzuki motocross line. Boasting the blue and yellow team colors synonymous with Suzuki racing, the little guys of the Suzuki motocross family are perfect beginner options for young riders, or fun, tool-around bikes for pit areas, farms, or large industrial properties.
The 2006 Suzuki JR50 is appropriately made for young riders who have little understanding of working through the gears of a transmission, but grasp the concept of speed equating to stability when on two wheels. With a seat height of less than 19 inches, this is a perfect bike to learn how to ride on.
A classic kick-start serves to fire the 49cc, single-cylinder, two-stroke engine on the Suzuki JR50. This model runs strong on an automatic transmission that will ensure young riders can focus on the trails in front of them. The Suzuki JR has a traditional right grip throttle and brakes, just as larger cycles do—a right hand lever for front and pedal for rear. This feature is great for graduating to larger models, once the JR50 has been mastered. The combination of a lightweight bike, paired with impressive performance capability, means that this bike is capable of catching as much air as the 49cc can realistically offer.
Similarly, Suzuki offers a 2006 JR80, which sits a little higher and performs more capably for larger riders, or those who are ready to move on to a more powerful model. The styling of the two bikes is similar, yet the Suzuki JR80 graduates to a standard-operated, five-speed transmission. Many motocross racers start on a model similar to the Suzuki JR80, learning to work through the gears and enjoying total control of both the torque and horsepower.
The style of the Suzuki JR models is marked by a traditional motocross look. The fenders, fairing, and flares are made of durable and pliable plastic. This allows for function and easy replacement for racing efficiency, or if damaged by rocks, trees, or other trail/track features designed by man or nature. Knobby tires that are capable of handling a variety of off-road terrains cover the laced spoke wheels. The durable off-road tires are enhanced with ample travel in the front and rear suspensions, even on the JR50, which will probably spend much more time with the wheels in contact with the ground.
In terms of value and capability, it is hard to beat the Suzuki introductory line. Brand reliability is premium in nature. For a kid who is begging for a first dirt bike, the 2006 Suzuki JR50 will serve as an ideal option. For older or larger riders, the JR80 is sufficient in terms of power and performance.