Patents Examined by L Lum
  • Patent number: 7281727
    Abstract: A motorcycle foot peg having a body portion adapted to bear the weight of a rider. The body portion will fold up about the mounting shaft, which is connected to the frame of the motorcycle by way of cradle mount brackets that sandwich the mounting shaft between engine and brackets. The mounting shaft support tabs with holes that correspond to the engine mounting threaded holes. The cradle mount brackets have corresponding holes to align with engine and mounting shaft tabs. The cradle mount brackets, mounting shaft and engine, will support the rider's weight on the foot peg load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventor: John Rogozienski
  • Patent number: 7228933
    Abstract: In order to solve a problem of an electric power steering device of an automobile that the steering feeling is deteriorated by dragging the inactive electric motor if a steering member is operated at a small angle to leave an electric motor inactive while the automobile is running straight, the present invention provides a joint for jointing the rotary shaft of a steering assisting electric motor and a worm shaft of a reduction mechanism, comprising a first member rotating integrally with the rotary shaft; a second member rotating integrally with the worm shaft; and an elastic member for coupling the two members in a torque transmittable manner. The elastic member has a relatively small elastic modulus according to the state that the torsion angle between the first and second members is small. Accordingly, the structure and characteristics thereof lead to a better operationality of the steering member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Koyo Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kaname Joushita
  • Patent number: 7225891
    Abstract: In a control system for a train composed of a towing vehicle and a trailer, the towing vehicle is equipped with an electronically actuatable drive train. A trailer steering angle actual value sensor determines a trailer actual steering angle of a wheel axle which steers the trailer. The driver of the vehicle can input a trailer setpoint steering angle via a trailer steering angle setpoint value sensor. A reversing device is provided which determines, from the trailer actual steering angle and the trailer setpoint steering angle, a modified towing vehicle setpoint steering angle of a wheel axle which steers the towing vehicle. In the active state of the reversing device, the modified towing vehicle setpoint steering angle takes the place of the present towing vehicle setpoint steering angle in a modified movement vector; and when the train is moving, it changes the trailer actual steering angle into the trailer setpoint steering angle when the modified movement vector is processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Ottmar Gehring, Harro Heilmann, Andreas Schwarzhaupt, Gernot Spiegelberg, Armin Sulzmann
  • Patent number: 7216579
    Abstract: Devices for adjustably controlling a flow of fluid through a common passage and through first and second auxiliary passages are disclosed. The flow control devices may be used for controlling the steering of a vehicle having independently controlled driven structures, such as wheels. Various other applications of these devices and related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Lonmore, L.C.
    Inventor: Lonnie R. Oxley
  • Patent number: 7217106
    Abstract: An electro-hydraulic power steering apparatus includes: a motor having a rotational shaft and provided with a bearing for rotatably bearing the rotational shaft; a hydraulic pump disposed at one end of the rotational shaft of the motor and driven by the motor; a first elastic body for supporting the bearing; and a second elastic body for pressing the bearing in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshinori Tanaka, Keiichi Fukazawa, Yuusuke Matsui, Kyouhei Yamamoto, Katsumi Ohata, Kengo Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 7207588
    Abstract: Children's ride-on vehicle assemblies having leading and trailing vehicles that are removably coupled together by a connection apparatus. The leading vehicle is an independently operable ride-on vehicle having a drive assembly that is selectively configured between a plurality of drive configurations, such as responsive to user inputs via user input devices. The assembly further includes a detection system adapted to detect whether or not the connection apparatus is in its coupled configuration and to restrict the plurality of drive configurations responsive thereto. This restriction may be automatic responsive to coupling of the leading and trailing vehicles together, and it may be made regardless of user inputs that otherwise would select and/or enable one of the restricted drive configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Bergum, William R. Howell, Gary G. Lenihan, David G. Waples
  • Patent number: 7207585
    Abstract: A motorcycle whose front end has a coil-over shock disposed within the head tube and telescopic forks which include linear bearings riding between flats on the outer face of the inner fork tubes and flats on the inner face of the outer fork tubes. The linear bearings ride on hardened steel races, enabling the fork tubes to be e.g. aluminum. Using an odd number of linear bearings in each fork prevents having two linear bearings at 180° opposition which would increase sensitivity to manufacturing tolerance stackups, preload, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: MotoCzysz LLC
    Inventor: Michael Czysz
  • Patent number: 7207587
    Abstract: A gooseneck for connecting a tractor to a trailer. The gooseneck has a remotely controlled unit for operating the hydraulic and pneumatic systems that provide for moving a slidable king pin plate to different loading positions so as to balance the load for over-the-road transport. The gooseneck also has a pivotal rear end to assist in connection of the gooseneck to the trailer. A pivotal gooseneck stinger arm maintains the gooseneck in position for accurate placement during connection and disconnection of the gooseneck and trailer. All of the necessary movements for connecting and disconnecting the tractor and trailer can be accomplished remotely with a minimum of effort by the tractor trailer operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: X-L Specialized Trailers Inc.
    Inventor: George W. Wall
  • Patent number: 7207411
    Abstract: Steer unit for steer-by-wire comprising angle sensing means (12) for detecting the angular position of a steering wheel (11), processing means (10) connected to the angle sensing means (12) and connectable to a wheel position sensor (22), the wheel position sensor (22) being arranged for providing an output signal representing the position of steered wheels (20) of a vehicle. The processing means (10) are connectable to a steering actuator (21) mechanically coupled to the steered wheels (20), the processing means (10) being arranged for driving the steering actuator (21) dependent on the angular position of the steering wheel (11). The steer unit further comprises friction means (14) for providing a friction force on the steering wheel (11), the friction means (14) being connected to the processing means (10), and the processing means (10) being arranged for driving the friction means (14) in dependence of the wheel position sensor output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: AB SKF
    Inventors: Johannes Adrianus Maria Duits, Andreas Clemens Van Der Ham, Johannes Haaye Van Der Kamp, Klemens Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7201242
    Abstract: An all-terrain vehicle is supported and driven by endless track units. Each track unit includes a drive belt with rows of interior drive lugs driven by cogs on multiple sprocket wheels of a common drive wheel assembly having an integrated, one-piece drum and hub. Multiple guide wheel assemblies engaging the lower run of the drive belt distribute the vehicle load across substantially the full width of the belt. Each guide wheel assembly includes a pair of guide wheel units mounted on opposite end portions of a common spindle and on opposite sides of a carrier beam of the track unit. Each guide wheel unit has a wide belt-engaging surface extending to, or close to, an edge portion of the belt and interrupted by an annular groove permitting passage of a row of the belt drive lugs while maintaining alignment of the belt and drive wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Tucker Sno-Cat Corporation
    Inventor: Jasper J. Tucker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7198281
    Abstract: A foldable bicycle includes a bicycle frame, two driving wheels and a folding arrangement. The bicycle frame has a front portion, a rear portion, and a body frame including three supporting members to define a triangular structure. The folding arrangement includes a folding joint and a detachable connecting joint. The folding joint is provided at one of the supporting members to pivotally connect the front portion of the bicycle frame with the rear portion thereof. The detachable connecting joint is provided at another of the supporting member to disengage the triangular structure of the body frame, such that the front portion of the bicycle frame is adapted to pivotally fold towards the rear portion thereof via the folding joint to overlap the two driving wheels so as to fold up the foldable bicycle to a compact structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Yebao Bicycle Parts & Components Industrial (Schenzhen) Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Shou-Qing Huang
  • Patent number: 7192060
    Abstract: A fluid storage system and vehicle for transporting such fluid storage system are provided. An exemplary fluid storage system includes a fluid storage tank configured for mounting at the rear of the vehicle, the fluid storage tank having a base, at least one enclosing side wall and a tank top that is adapted to form a loading tray of the vehicle. The fluid storage tank may include spaced apart baffles, one or more side windows for observing tank contents and/or a plurality of sealed compartments. Vents may be provided in communication with vent outlets disposed on a loading tray headboard associated with the system/vehicle. Transport vehicles may be provided that include a tray back for supporting goods, the tray back being adapted to form a fluid storage tank. The fluid storage tank formed by the tray back may include structural features of the disclosed fluid storage system, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Manroad Pty Limited
    Inventor: Del Warrick
  • Patent number: 7192045
    Abstract: A fifth wheel trailer hitch assembly having a torsion bar mounted to a bed of a vehicle, a pair of support arms connected to the torsion bar and extending upwardly, a support beam connected to and extending between the support arms, and a coupling assembly mounted to the support beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Inventor: Wendell A. Gurtler
  • Patent number: 7188854
    Abstract: A motorcycle jack having a “C” channel beam, the “C” channel beam having a web and having left and right flanges, the web having an upper end, the left flange having a first pin receiving aperture therethrough, the right flange having a second pin receiving aperture therethrough; a lift arm having a third pin receiving aperture therethrough and having an upper end; a pivot pin extending through the first, second, and third pin receiving apertures, the lift arm being pivotable between first and second positions, the lift arm being housed between the “C” channel beam's left and right flanges while in the first position, the lift arm contacting the “C” channel beam's web's upper end while in the second position; and a motorcycle hub engaging bar pivoting attached to the upper end of the lift arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Howard Pickens
  • Patent number: 7188695
    Abstract: A body structure of a motorcycle. Lengths of front frames are reduced and a size of a cylinder head is reduced in a motorcycle having a form where an engine is used as part of a body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Futoshi Miyakawa, Yukiya Ueda, Katsumi Koyama
  • Patent number: 7188696
    Abstract: A motorcycle is provided having front and rear wheels. A frame is supported on and connected to the front and rear wheels. The frame includes a rear swing frame pivotally connected to a front frame. A seat and an engine are mounted to the frame. The engine is disposed between the front and rear wheels. A radiator is mounted to the rear swing frame and is disposed between the engine and the rear wheel. A fan assembly is connected to the radiator and is disposed rearward of the radiator. An inner fender is disposed between the radiator and the rear wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David W. Arnold
  • Patent number: 7185905
    Abstract: A motorcycle whose front end has a coil-over shock disposed within the head tube and telescopic forks which include linear bearings riding between flats on the outer face of the inner fork tubes and flats on the inner face of the outer fork tubes. The linear bearings ride on hardened steel races, enabling the fork tubes to be e.g. aluminum. Using an odd number of linear bearings in each fork prevents having two linear bearings at 180° opposition which would increase sensitivity to manufacturing tolerance stackups, preload, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: MotoCzysz LLC
    Inventor: Michael Czysz
  • Patent number: 7182361
    Abstract: A two-wheeled vehicle uprighting device having a support bar with a stabilizing base on one end and a ratcheting mechanism on another end, a cable sling adapted for attachment to a lower portion of the two-wheeled vehicle, and a flexible lifting member with a first end adapted for attachment to the cable sling and a second end for engaging relationship about a spindle of said ratchet mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: Myron M. Lewoczko
  • Patent number: 7182362
    Abstract: A remote controlled locking system for locking a trailer to a truck by locking a mechanism that secures the truck to the trailer. The system may include a remotely located transmitter adapted to transmit a control signal. A receiving unit on the truck is adapted to receive the control signal. An actuator is coupled to the receiving unit and to the mechanism for selectively inhibiting movement of the mechanism depending on information relayed by the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Volvo Trucks North America Inc.
    Inventor: Willard Supplee Yeakel
  • Patent number: 7182367
    Abstract: An arrangement of a motor on twin landing gears is described. The landing gears are interconnected via a connecting shaft and can be telescoped by starting up the motor. To minimize damage to the motor and at the same time to ensure cost-effective production, it is provided that the motor with its driveshaft engages with the connecting shaft and is supported on a component that is fixed relative to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Jost-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jose Algüera, Martin Richter, Michael Eiermann