The Suzuki JR50 has a hidden lower gear but you have to grind away to find it. Recently I purchased an used 2002 Suzuki JR50 from my buddy since his kids outgrew it many years ago. This will be my girls first bike and we have gone through it to make sure it's ready for their first adventure. I did the first test rides in the yard to get the jetting close but I'm a big man on a very little bike (the girls enjoyed it). One thing I noticed was that this bike is pretty fast so before our camping trip I made sure the throttle stop was in good shape. The camping trip came and I had some seasoned kid riders do a little shake down. Still too fast for my girls so I had the throttle stop almost all the way in crippling the bike to barely run. I opened the throttle a little more to keep it running and the girls had a great time but it was still faster than I felt comfortable with. So I did some research and found that there is a hidden gear inside this motorcycle a low gear. Many talked about it and even explained how to get this gear to work but the forums had no pictures or step by step instructions. I am going to do this mod and document it here since this site should work for many many years.
For this you will need:
Clutch cover gasket
Step 1: Remove the right / clutch cover
I like to remove stuff that might get in my way like the carb, fuel tank, kickstarter, drain oil and plastics. I do this so that I don't have fuel leaking everywhere plus it's easy and will only add 5- 10 minutes to the whole project. There is also a small round cover that will need to be removed to re assemble it.
I have highlighted the bolts that need to be removed there are two hidden bolts near the top. Also there is a large 17mm bolt near the kickstarter take that out too. The bolts in the round cover are all the same length, the rest are different lengths. You can do something to try and keep them in order but there is an easier way. When you assemble it, all the bolts should stick up about the same height.
There is a spring on the shift shaft (blue arrow) that need to be removed along with the plate. Now you can see the part that needs grinding.
Part of the clutch will fall out so be careful remember the bearing side goes towards the engine.