Patents Examined by Wesley Potter
  • Patent number: 8882127
    Abstract: A bicycle frame assembly having a number of rotatable members configured to absorb shocks and impacts associated with operation of the bicycle. The assembly includes a frame constructed to support a rider and a chain stay having a rearward end that extends toward a wheel hub and a forward end that is pivotably connected to the frame. An absorber is pivotably connected to the forward end of the chain stay and extends to a rocker arm that is pivotably connected to the frame. A seat stay is pivotably connected to a rearward end of the rocker arm and extends to the rearward end of the chain stay. The rearward ends of the seat stay and the chain stay are pivotably connected to rotate about a common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Trek Bicycle Corporation
    Inventors: James Colegrove, Dylan Howes, Jose Gonzalez, Michael Hammond
  • Patent number: 8851496
    Abstract: A motorcycle includes a first frame having a steering head and a first mount, an engine-transmission assembly coupled to the first frame, a steering assembly pivotably coupled to the steering head, a front wheel rotatably coupled to the steering assembly, a swing arm assembly pivotably coupled to the first frame, a rear wheel rotatably coupled to the swing arm assembly, a second frame having a second mount coupled to the first mount with a threaded fastener, and a suspension component having a first end coupled to the swing arm assembly and a second end coupled to the second frame. Forces exerted by the suspension component on the first frame are directed through the second frame and the second mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua Hedtke
  • Patent number: 8727381
    Abstract: A fuel tank assembly includes a hinge assembly, a fuel tank, and at least one hinge bolt. The hinge assembly includes a hinge pin and a hinge stay. The hinge pin pivotally couples the hinge stay to a vehicular frame and defines a hinge axis about which the hinge stay is pivotable with respect to a frame. The at least one hinge bolt releasably couples the hinge stay to the fuel tank such that the fuel tank is pivotable about the hinge axis. The at least one hinge bolt intersects the hinge axis and obstructs the hinge pin from being removed from the hinge stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Hirukawa
  • Patent number: 8720632
    Abstract: A motorcycle having high durability and a large space below a seat includes an internal space at least a portion of which is located between an engine unit and a seat provided in a cover member. The engine unit is pivotally suspended on a body frame. A center axis of a cylinder extends obliquely upward from a crankcase and forwardly. Oil reservoirs and provided in a bottom of a crank chamber and a bottom of a portion of a transmission chamber located in a front portion of a transmission case, respectively. The oil reservoirs are communicated with each other by a communication path. A bottom surface of the transmission chamber in the portion in which portion the oil reservoir is provided is located downward of the bottom surface of the portion rearward of the oil reservoir of the transmission chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akifumi Oishi, Shinichiro Hata, Takuji Murayama
  • Patent number: 8708090
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a power steering system for a vehicle provided with means for actuating the stop & start function in a moving vehicle, especially an industrial or commercial or special vehicle, said vehicle being equipped with hybrid drive of the parallel type, comprising a thermal engine (1), an electric motor-generator (2), a single clutch unit (3) placed between the two engines, a transmission system (6) comprising an automated manual transmission, the method comprising the steps of enabling of the stop phase, activation of the stop phase, maintaining of the stop phase, activation of the start phase, the system comprising a hybrid power steering with coupling of a hydraulic power steering controlled by the thermal engine, and an electric power steering controlled by a control system (EPS) of the electric power steering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Iveco S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Aimo Boot
  • Patent number: 8708361
    Abstract: An outrigger support assembly is for use with a frame of a bicycle. Front and rear wheels are coupled to the frame. Handle bars are coupled to and extend upwardly from the frame. Pedals are secured to and extend laterally from the frame adjacent to the forward end of the frame. A drive chain operatively couples the pedals and the rear wheel. A seat is mounted on the frame between the front and rear wheels. The support assembly includes two outrigger wheels positionable on opposite sides of the frame and on opposite sides of the front and rear wheels. Support structures on each side of the frame, each have an interior end couplable to the frame and an exterior end with an outrigger wheel rotatably supported on an associated exterior end. Hinges on each support structure move between lowered and raised orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Barry Spletzer, Richard E. Fate
  • Patent number: 8678415
    Abstract: A lower leg (1) for a suspension fork has two tubes (2, 3) with, in each case, a receptacle device (4, 5) for receiving a stanchion tube displaceably mounted in the receptacle device. Two stabilizers (6, 7) connect those end regions of the two tubes which are opposite the dropouts of the tubes to one another. The lower leg (1) has a stiffening member (8, 9) which connects the two stabilizers to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dirk Lüde, Reiner Künstle
  • Patent number: 8672340
    Abstract: The present invention provides a capture plate for preventing rotation between a trailer and a hitch assembly. The hitch assembly mounts on a vehicle, and is preferably a sliding hitch assembly. The capture plate has a lip which mates with the pin box of a fifth wheel trailer, the lip prevents rotation between the trailer and the capture plate. The capture plate has a restriction part which mates with the pin slot on the hitch assembly, the restriction part restricts rotation between the capture plate and the hitch. The capture plate has a fastener which removably secures the capture plate to the pin box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Pulliam Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne E. Hartman, Randall A. Pulliam
  • Patent number: 8668219
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a bicycle thrust apparatus coupled to a bicycle having: a frame, a front wheel having a front wheel axle coupled to a forward portion of the frame, a rear wheel having a rear wheel axle coupled to a rearward portion of the frame, a seat attached to the frame via a seat post. A thrust brace having a lower portion coupled to the frame adjacent the rear wheel axle is also disclosed wherein the thrust brace comprises an upper portion telescopically coupled to the lower portion such as to provide adjustability to the vertical and horizontal dimensions of the thrust apparatus. A cushioned back engagement pad may be utilized pivotably coupled to the upper portion of the thrust brace; and a cross member interconnecting the thrust brace and the bicycle frame at a location vertically above, and horizontally forward of the rear wheel axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Robert E. Pare
  • Patent number: 8632087
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a bicycle are provided comprising a bicycle frame having a front wheel support section, a rear wheel support section and a center section. The bicycle includes a rear wheel rotatably coupled to the rear wheel support section. The bicycle further includes a front wheel having a hub rotatably coupled to the front wheel support section, the hub being configured and integrated with an energy coil system that stores energy during a forward revolving movement of the front wheel, and when the energy is fully stored, the energy coil system is locked until selectively released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kenetic Energy Storage Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas E. Coghill, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8627909
    Abstract: A walking-assistant device is provided comprising a driving unit that includes four wheels and four actuators for adjusting heights of the four wheels, a mechanism unit that includes two vertical frames whose length is adjusted and connection frames for fixing and connecting the vertical frames, and a manipulation unit that includes a plurality of sensors for grasping a user's moving intention and controls the driving unit and the mechanism unit based on a signal detected by the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yoon Young Chang, Byeong Rim Jo, Juhn Ho Park, Byungju Dan, Hong Gul Jun, Byunghoon Min
  • Patent number: 8573334
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a load transporting apparatus that is capable of being steered while transporting a load across a base surface. In particular, the load transporting apparatus includes a roller track configured to support movement of a roller assembly, and a support foot that is connected to the roller track with a pin connector. During load transport, the support foot can be maintained in a substantially similar position relative to a frame structure supporting the load even when the transport movement is not in a parallel direction to the orientation of the support foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Entro Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn R. Smith, Harlan B. Smith
  • Patent number: 8573614
    Abstract: A skate including a main body, a plurality of wheels, a primary foot support, a sidewall, and a foot rest. The plurality of wheels are rotatably coupled to the main body. The primary foot support is configured to support a skater's first foot. The sidewall projects above the primary foot support. The foot rest extends from the sidewall to support a skater's second foot. The foot rest includes a first portion extending rearward relative to the primary foot support, and a second portion extending laterally relative to the primary foot support. The skater's second foot can be positioned upon and simultaneously supported by both the first portion and the second portion of the foot rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Luis Miguel Duarte, Daniel David Karmazyn
  • Patent number: 8523215
    Abstract: A middle hoop system for a vehicle joint is arranged between a vehicle front part and a vehicle rear part of a vehicle. The middle hoop forms a passage between the vehicle front part and the vehicle rear part, the middle hoop surrounding the passage. A cable which is arranged above the passage extends along a curved path between the vehicle front part and the vehicle rear part. A bearing is provided between the cable and the middle hoop. The bearing has a guide surface permitting a relative movement in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle between the cable and the middle hoop. The cable is subject to a smaller load by the middle hoop system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: ATG Autotechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Denis B. Browne
  • Patent number: 8505949
    Abstract: A powered coupling system is configured to interconnect utility lines such as fluid and/or electric lines of a vehicle tractor to a trailer. A curved track is mounted to a frame of the tractor, and the system includes pneumatic and/or electrical connectors that move along the curved track to align the connectors with a corresponding connectors on a trailer. A linear actuator causes the connectors on the tractor to shift vertically to connect and disconnect the connectors on the tractor to connectors on the trailer. The curved track permits alignment of the connectors on the tractor with the connectors on the trailer even if the trailer is not in a straight line with the tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: SAF-Holland, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Temple, Ryan Sullivan, Jason Hammel, Andrew Jaworski, Kevin Bence
  • Patent number: 8505952
    Abstract: A tow bar including a towing hitch member connected to a towing vehicle; a towed hitch member connected to a vehicle to be towed; a head member having a front connector connected to the towing hitch member, and an articulated portion; leg connectors pivotally connected to the articulated portion; tow bar legs having outer and inner members constructed of composite material; locking members with biased cam elements and stop elements; rear connectors for connecting the tow bar legs to the towed hitch member; storage latches for releasably securing the tow bar legs in a stored configuration; protective boots for exposed portions of the inner members; and epoxy for securing the outer members to the leg connectors and the locking members, and the inner members to the stop elements and the rear connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Automatic Equipment Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Paul Choquette
  • Patent number: 8485305
    Abstract: An all terrain vehicle includes a vehicle body frame, a steering shaft rotatably supported by the vehicle body frame, a power steering device including an electric motor, the power steering device being configured to exert an auxiliary rotational force to the steering shaft by a driving power generated in the electric motor, a radiator disposed in front of the electric motor, and a shield member mounted to the vehicle body frame and positioned between the radiator and the electric motor to cover the electric motor from a forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuma Nozaki, Kazumasa Hisada, Kiyohisa Yoshikawa, Itsuo Takegami, Satoshi Masuda, Takafumi Kumada, Takeshi Tanaka, Sunao Kaihatsu
  • Patent number: 8464816
    Abstract: A first chassis and second chassis hingedly connects to the first chassis, wherein each of the first and second chassis includes a plurality of wheels which are operably connected to a hydraulic motor. The hydraulic motor operably connects to an engine which is operably connected to the first chassis. A transmission pump operably interconnects the hydraulic motor and the engine and a flow divider operably interconnects the transmission pump and the hydraulic motor to regulate hydraulic flow to the hydraulic motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: CARSAF, LLC
    Inventor: Brian E. Carrier
  • Patent number: 8459681
    Abstract: A bicycle having a frame, two wheels, handlebars, a longitudinal housing (e.g., cable housing or hydraulic hose) defining radial and axial directions, and a housing guide securing the housing to the frame. The housing guide includes a base member and a clamp member. The base member has a base surface secured to the frame and defining a passage in which the housing is positioned, and the clamp member cooperates with the base member to secure the housing in both radial and axial directions. Preferably, the base member comprises first and second guide arms (e.g., opposed hooks) spaced by a gap and wrapped around the housing, and the clamp member is positioned in the gap. The clamp member can include a collar and a fastener that tightens the collar onto the housing. The collar can include an opening and a slot that facilitates inserting the housing into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason L. Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 8444167
    Abstract: A hitch lock device for preventing theft of a trailer featuring a hitch ball with a threaded bolt and a nut adapted to be threaded onto the bolt. Locking pin slots are disposed in the threaded bolt. A lock can be inserted into a slot in the threaded bolt. Locking pins are slidably disposed in each locking pin slot. The locking pins are connected by a spring and can move between an in position in the threaded bolt and an out position protruding from the bolt. The pins are biased in the out position by the spring. When the locking pins are squeezed to the in position the nut can be threaded past the locking pins to sandwich a trailer hitch with the hitch ball. When the lock is inserted into the slot the lock blocks movement of the locking pins and locking the lock prevents removal of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Nour-Eddine Derdari