Patents by Inventor Yotaro Mori

Yotaro Mori has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9505458
    Abstract: A link mechanism includes a shock absorber rod pivotally supported in an upwardly and downwardly swingable manner on a body frame. A shock absorber arm is disposed between a pair of left and right rod portions constituting the shock absorber rod. A front end portion of the shock absorber arm is connected to a lower end portion of a shock absorber unit, a rear upper end portion is connected to a swing arm, and a rear lower end portion is connected to a rear end portion of the shock absorber rod. A link guard covers at least an area from a front end portion of the shock absorber rod to the front end portion of the shock absorber arm on the lower side thereof to be fixed to and to spread over the pair of left and right rod portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kineo Tomura, Yotaro Mori
  • Patent number: 9499024
    Abstract: A pair of left and right arm members supported in a swingable manner by a vehicle body on inner sides in the transverse direction for supporting left and right front wheels in a steerable manner on outer sides in the transverse direction. A shock absorber support arm has a transversely central portion thereof supported by the vehicle body in a swingable manner and is connected to the left and right arm members through shock absorber units on outer sides in the transverse direction, respectively. The actuator is capable of controlling the swinging of the shock absorber support arm. A load detection unit for detecting a load transmitted between the shock absorber support arm and the actuator is provided at a connection portion between the actuator and the shock absorber support arm. A control unit controls the actuator on the basis of detection results by the load detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yotaro Mori
  • Patent number: 9469361
    Abstract: A motorcycle includes a step operating mechanism that changes the position of pillion steps (passenger steps), and an electronic control unit carries out step inclining control to change the position of the pillion steps, so that footrest surfaces of the pillion steps may each become an inclined surface, in which the steps are pivotally raised such that a portion of the passenger step situated at the vehicle body outside is raised toward the vehicle body upper side relative to a portion of the passenger step situated at the vehicle body inside, in response to at least one of an acceleration operation, a deceleration operation, and a turn operation of the motorcycle. Such arrangement provides a vehicle that can induce an occupant to take a riding posture suitable for the traveling status of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yotaro Mori, Akira Kashiwagi, Naoto Yamagishi, Satoru Nojima, Jun Tanaka, Yasushi Miyagi, Akito Hiramatsu
  • Publication number: 20160229480
    Abstract: A rolling vehicle includes a pair of left and right front wheels and a pair of left and right arm members swingably supported by the vehicle body on inner sides in the transverse direction and which support the left and right front wheels in a steerable manner on outer sides in the transverse direction. As viewed from the direction along the axis of a support shaft which supports the left and right arm members on the vehicle body, the base portions of the left and right arm members rotatably supported on the vehicle body side overlap with each other, whereas the swinging center axis of the base portion of the left arm and the swinging center axis of the base portion of the right arm, of the base portions of the left and right arm members, are out of alignment with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yotaro MORI
  • Publication number: 20160229249
    Abstract: A rolling type vehicle includes a pair of left and right front wheels and has a vehicle body capable of rolling. The rolling type vehicle includes a pair of left and right arm members supported in a swingable manner by the vehicle body on inner sides in the transverse direction for supporting the left and right front wheels in a steerable manner on outer sides in the transverse direction. A pair of left and right knuckle members are supported by transversely outer end portions of the left and right arm members in a swingable manner and which are steered together with the left and right front wheels, respectively. A regulating member for regulating the turning angle of each front wheel is provided between the transversely outer end portion of at least one of the left and right arm members and the knuckle member supported by the transversely outer end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yotaro MORI, Hisakazu YASUI
  • Publication number: 20160229246
    Abstract: In a rolling type vehicle including a pair of left and right front wheels wherein a vehicle body is capable of rolling, the spacing between left and right front wheels is maintained as a small spacing while providing an actuator for controlling the inclination angle (lean angle) of a vehicle body. The rolling type vehicle includes left and right upper arms, and lower arms for supporting the left and right front wheels on the vehicle body with a shock absorber support arm swingably supported by the vehicle body and connected to the left and right lower arms through shock absorber units. An actuator is capable of controlling the swinging of the shock absorber support arm. The actuator forms a front suspension frame body of a closed structure together with a vehicle body side frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yotaro MORI
  • Publication number: 20160229479
    Abstract: A rolling type vehicle includes a pair of left and right arm members supported in a swingable manner by a vehicle body on inner sides in the transverse direction for supporting a pair of left and right front wheels in a steerable manner on outer sides in the transverse direction, respectively. A shock absorber support arm of which a central portion in the transverse direction is supported in a swingable manner by the vehicle body and is connected to the pair of left and right arm members through shock absorber units on outer sides in the transverse direction, respectively. The left and right shock absorber units are disposed on outer circumference sides of turning trajectories of the pair of left and right front wheels, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yotaro MORI
  • Publication number: 20160229251
    Abstract: A pair of left and right arm members supported in a swingable manner by a vehicle body on inner sides in the transverse direction for supporting left and right front wheels in a steerable manner on outer sides in the transverse direction. A shock absorber support arm has a transversely central portion thereof supported by the vehicle body in a swingable manner and is connected to the left and right arm members through shock absorber units on outer sides in the transverse direction, respectively. The actuator is capable of controlling the swinging of the shock absorber support arm. A load detection unit for detecting a load transmitted between the shock absorber support arm and the actuator is provided at a connection portion between the actuator and the shock absorber support arm. A control unit controls the actuator on the basis of detection results by the load detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yotaro MORI
  • Publication number: 20160090139
    Abstract: A motorcycle includes a step operating mechanism that changes the position of pillion steps (passenger steps), and an electronic control unit carries out step inclining control to change the position of the pillion steps, so that footrest surfaces of the pillion steps may each become an inclined surface, in which the steps are pivotally raised such that a portion of the passenger step situated at the vehicle body outside is raised toward the vehicle body upper side relative to a portion of the passenger step situated at the vehicle body inside, in response to at least one of an acceleration operation, a deceleration operation, and a turn operation of the motorcycle. Such arrangement provides a vehicle that can induce an occupant to take a riding posture suitable for the traveling status of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Yotaro MORI, Akira KASHIWAGI, Naoto YAMAGISHI, Satoru NOJIMA, Jun TANAKA, Yasushi MIYAGI, Akito HIRAMATSU
  • Publication number: 20160090137
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed with a seating assembly which is capable of prompting an occupant to take an appropriate riding posture depending on the behavior of the vehicle body. A motorcycle includes tilting mechanisms for tilting seating surfaces of a front seat (rider seating part) and a rear seat (passenger seating part) and an ECU carries out a control process for tilting the seating surfaces to lift rear portions of the seats upwardly in response to an action to accelerate the motorcycle and a control process for tilting the seating surfaces to lift front portions of the seats upwardly in response to an action to decelerate the motorcycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Yotaro MORI, Akira KASHIWAGI, Satoru NOJIMA, Naoto YAMAGISHI, Jun TANAKA, Yasushi MIYAGI, Akito HIRAMATSU
  • Publication number: 20160031511
    Abstract: A link mechanism includes a shock absorber rod pivotally supported in an upwardly and downwardly swingable manner on a body frame. A shock absorber arm is disposed between a pair of left and right rod portions constituting the shock absorber rod. A front end portion of the shock absorber arm is connected to a lower end portion of a shock absorber unit, a rear upper end portion is connected to a swing arm, and a rear lower end portion is connected to a rear end portion of the shock absorber rod. A link guard covers at least an area from a front end portion of the shock absorber rod to the front end portion of the shock absorber arm on the lower side thereof to be fixed to and to spread over the pair of left and right rod portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kineo TOMURA, Yotaro MORI
  • Publication number: 20160031520
    Abstract: A handlebar fixing structure enabling a handlebar to be attached to a high position to provide high vibration absorbency. The handlebar fixing structure includes a handlebar, a handlebar post supported above a steering system, and a handlebar clamper for fixing the handlebar to the handlebar post. The handlebar clamper includes a first damper member and a second damper member disposed so as to sandwich a cylindrical portion of the handlebar post and the handlebar from a direction orthogonal to the vehicle widthwise direction. An elastic member is interposed between the first clamper member and the handlebar post and between the second damper member and the handlebar post. The first damper member and the second clamper member are coupled with each other by a bolt and include abutting faces for abutting with each other so as to receive an axial force of the bolt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kineo TOMURA, Yotaro MORI
  • Patent number: 9156515
    Abstract: An intake structure for a motorcycle provides an intake air flow passage in a fuel tank arranged at an upper portion of a vehicle body. Left and right upper tank members are provided at an upper portion of a vehicle body. The upper tank portions are each provided with a recessed portion that is opened upward and inward. A tank wall, having an L-shaped cross section, extends rearward and subsequently downward. An upper opening of the recessed portion is covered with a lid member, and thereby, the recessed portion effectively functions as an air-supply passage leading to an interior portion of an air cleaners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Sasaki, Yotaro Mori, Katsuhiro Kunikiyo, Yuki Mizukura, Noriya Shimozato
  • Patent number: 9145028
    Abstract: A mounting structure of a wheel speed sensor ring includes an intermediate ring made of aluminum which is fastened to a hub of a wheel body together with a brake disc in a state where the intermediate ring is brought into contact with the brake disc, and a pulser ring is supported on the intermediate ring in a floating state. A supported portion of the pulser ring is provided at a center position within the intermediate ring, and the intermediate ring includes a plurality of seat plate portions on an outer periphery thereof which are fastened between hub and the brake disc. The mounting structure has a compact size which permits various thermal effects caused by the generation of heat in a brake disc to be effectively suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yotaro Mori, Kineo Tomura
  • Patent number: 9067634
    Abstract: A motorcycle is provided with a front fork cover which can suppress traveling resistance as much as possible while increasing a cooling effect of a radiator within a required range. A pair of radiators as viewed in a side view are arranged above a crankcase of an engine. A front fork is arranged over the radiators in the vertical direction as viewed in a side view. Upper surfaces of front fork covers arranged above lower ends of the radiators in the vertical direction extend toward the radiators, and lower surfaces of the front fork covers arranged below the lower ends of the radiators extend toward lateral sides of the crankcase extending to the outside more than the radiators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takasaki, Yotaro Mori, Kineo Tomura
  • Patent number: 8978809
    Abstract: A saddle-ride vehicle includes a steering shaft, a head pipe, a main frame, a top bridge and a bottom bridge, an upper end bearing and a lower end bearing, a potentiometer, a bracket, and a thread nut. The steering shaft has a shaft axis. The head pipe supports the steering shaft to be rotatable around the shaft axis. The main frame extends from the head pipe toward a rear side of a vehicle body. The top bridge and the bottom bridge are fixed to upper and lower ends of the steering shaft, respectively. The upper end bearing and the lower end bearing are provided inside the head pipe at upper and lower ends of the head pipe, respectively to support the steering shaft rotatably. The potentiometer includes a cable and is configured to output an electric signal in accordance with a pullout amount of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yotaro Mori, Kineo Tomura, Zentaro Katsuno
  • Publication number: 20150014079
    Abstract: A motorcycle is provided with a front fork cover which can suppress traveling resistance as much as possible while increasing a cooling effect of a radiator within a required range. A pair of radiators as viewed in a side view are arranged above a crankcase of an engine. A front fork is arranged over the radiators in a straddling manner in the vertical direction as viewed in a side view. Upper surfaces of front fork covers arranged above lower ends of the radiators in the vertical direction extend toward the radiators, and lower surfaces of the front fork covers arranged below the lower ends of the radiators extend toward lateral sides of the crankcase extending to the outside more than the radiators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takasaki, Yotaro Mori, Kineo Tomura
  • Publication number: 20150014078
    Abstract: An intake structure for a motorcycle provides an intake air flow passage in a fuel tank arranged at an upper portion of a vehicle body. Left and right upper tank members are provided at an upper portion of a vehicle body. The upper tank portions are each provided with a recessed portion that is opened upward and inward. A tank wall, having an L-shaped cross section, extends rearward and subsequently downward. An upper opening of the recessed portion is covered with a lid member, and thereby, the recessed portion effectively functions as an air-supply passage leading to an interior portion of an air cleaners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Takashi SASAKI, Yotaro MORI, Katsuhiro KUNIKIYO, Yuki MIZUKURA, Noriya SHIMOZATO
  • Patent number: 8893842
    Abstract: A technique capable of suppressing a rise in the temperature of a shock-absorber. A motorcycle includes a swing arm having a front end swingably supported by a body frame. A shock-absorber includes a rear end supported by the swing arm via a link and an upper end supported by the body frame via a support hole. A cylindrical reserve tank is connected to the shock-absorber for reserving the hydraulic operating fluid flowing into the shock-absorber, the reserve tank is arranged such that an axis thereof is positioned above the axis of the support hole provided in the upper end of the shock-absorber and extends in the width direction of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yotaro Mori, Yusaburo Tani, Akihiko Matsukawa, Tatsuya Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20140291960
    Abstract: A saddle-ride vehicle includes a steering shaft, a head pipe, a main frame, a top bridge and a bottom bridge, an upper end bearing and a lower end bearing, a potentiometer, a bracket, and a thread nut. The steering shaft has a shaft axis. The head pipe supports the steering shaft to be rotatable around the shaft axis. The main frame extends from the head pipe toward a rear side of a vehicle body. The top bridge and the bottom bridge are fixed to upper and lower ends of the steering shaft, respectively. The upper end bearing and the lower end bearing are provided inside the head pipe at upper and lower ends of the head pipe, respectively to support the steering shaft rotatably. The potentiometer includes a cable and is configured to output an electric signal in accordance with a pullout amount of the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yotaro MORI, Kineo TOMURA, Zentaro KATSUNO