2005 Suzuki JR Review


Suzuki is after rider loyalty that can begin as soon as riders are ready for two wheels, and the manufacturer drives a hard bargain in terms of price points, and JR performance. Some kids are on motorcycles with their parents before they're offered the two wheels of a bicycle. In fact, some of these little guys and gals will scoff at the idea of training wheels. Others who quickly graduate from training wheels to pedaled wheels will easily become transfixed by the potential of a fully powered, two-wheel machine. The 2005 Suzuki JR is able to serve as a ""dream come true"" for any rider of this stature.

The 2005 Suzuki JR line remains consistent with years past, presenting two popular models that are perfect for a variety of youth and beginner riders. The 2005 Suzuki JR50 and Suzuki JR80 are based on displacement platforms suggested by the model names. The JR50 is pushed by a 49cc, single cylinder, single gear power train, while the JR80 will present riders with a little more in the realm of power and capability.

The 2005 Suzuki JR80 enjoys a design based on the chassis and operation of the Suzuki RM lineup. The 79cc single cylinder is presented to riders with more control through a five speed transmission. Handling and maneuverability are impressive for an off-road bike of this size. This noteworthy feature is a signature of Suzuki, and is most enjoyed as riders graduate to more advanced Suzuki models. The 27 inch seat height on the 2005 JR80 will require a rider possessing enough strength to overcome any literal shortcomings. A laden saddle will aid in dropping the seat height, yet this model is best for those who have already enjoyed their experience on something smaller, or who have the physicality to handle its 130-plus pounds of wet weight.

Both JR models are capable of handling the air that their respective power platforms can muster. More junior Suzuki riders will enjoy hitting the bumps and ramps with the JR50, and older, more capable riders will enjoy the exhilarating take off and landing from more formidable dirt foes, and a suspension that boasts several quality inches of travel.

The 2005 Suzuki JR models are great rides on the trail, or on the track. The Suzuki JR50 serves as a the perfect entry-level, off-road bike for young riders, and the Suzuki JR80 presents a logical next-step-up in the realm of off-road cycles, or a perfect option for a petite adult or adolescent who wants the most control out of an appropriately sized dirt bike. The 2005 Suzuki JR models hold up well to their competitors, including even the impressive CRF models offered by Honda. Frankly, if it comes down to color preference, and yellow is a favorite, Suzuki will likely be the bike of choice.

New For 2005

  • The 2005 Suzuki JR F18models carry over from 2004.

2005 Suzuki JR Specs

  • Model: 2005 Suzuki JR 50
  • Engine Type: 49cc single cylinder, two-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 41.0 x 37.8 mm (1.6 x 1.5 inches)
  • Compression ratio: 5.6:1
  • Valve Train: Reed valve
  • Induction: Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric, Kick-start
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 0.53 gal.
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Drum
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic, 2-way height adjustable
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin shock, 2-way height adjustable
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Wheelbase: 33.9 in.
  • Seat Height: 18.9 in.
  • Curb Weight: 84 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 2.5 X 10
  • Tires (Rear): 2.5 X 10


  • Aftermarket Dress and Performance Accessories.

Key Competitors For The 2005 Suzuki JR

  • 2005 Honda CRF50
  • 2005 KTM 50
  • 2005 Kawasaki KDX50