Motorcycle Or Bicycle Patents (Class 150/167)
  • Patent number: 11110976
    Abstract: A system of coverings for a rear mounted spare tire having a central backup camera such as the Jeep® is provided. The coverings including a hard cover with either a hard rim mount or a sewn on soft rim mount. The soft rim mount can have locking loops for a hidden cable lock. A multi-tiered face is both decorative and designed to protect the camera with a rubber framed window and built in awning. A soft cover option provides a two piece camera shield that is mounted into. The center of the soft cover with screws or the like. The front hood of the camera shield has an awning for the camera that does not obfuscate the view of the camera. Optional ornaments or brake lights can also be mounted onto the camera shield. The camera shield can be used without a tire cover for protection and mounting the ornament or light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Boomerang Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Fischer, Jessica Fischer
  • Patent number: 10640165
    Abstract: A motorcycle soft cover system is described herein. The system has a screen lower that attaches to a motorcycle highway bar via hook and loop attachment components, thereby substantially covering an interior space of the highway bar. The screen lower can have a window disposed thereon. A solid lower can be removably attached to the screen lower. The solid lower can have a window that is similar in shape and size to the window of the screen lower. The window of the solid lower can be aligned with the window of the screen lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Ronald D. Fossen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10455925
    Abstract: A backpack that has an integral raincoat. The backpack comprises of a bag that has shoulder straps. The bag has a top, a bottom, a front and rear side, the shoulder straps are attached to the rear side. The rear side of the backpack defines a central opening that defines a first compartment that runs from a top rear side of the backpack toward a bottom rear side of the backpack. A retractable roller mechanism has a strap attached to the roller mechanism and the mechanism is attached to the first compartment of the backpack. A raincoat is permanently attached to the strap's end not attached to the roller mechanism. The bag defines at least one front compartment in the front of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Jorge Valdes
  • Patent number: 10118659
    Abstract: A flexible enclosure that is adapted for encapsulating bicycles and the rack that supports the bicycles from the receiver of a receiver hitch. The enclosure includes a front panel and a rear panel. The front panel includes a pair of apertures that lead to a pair of spaced apart pockets with a flexible translucent window, so that the enclosure may be used to cover items that are supported from the receiver hitch, so that items inside the pockets may be seen through the section of flexible translucent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher O'Neill
  • Patent number: 9924831
    Abstract: A grill cover that is rain-impermeable and reversibly stretchable, and formed of a dual-layer sheet. The cover is substantially stretchable to a size sufficient to cover a grill, such as a gas grill. Rain runs off of the installed cover, while condensation on the grill evaporates through the sheet without absorbing to the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Eric J Wangler
  • Patent number: 9487346
    Abstract: A bicycle bag protects a bicycle while the bicycle is secured to a rack, such as a vehicle bicycle rack. The bicycle bag includes resealable openings configured to allow the bicycle (and bag) to be securely attached to a wide variety of different rack types. Additionally, because there is risk of obscuring the tail lights of a vehicle for rear-mount racks when a bicycle bag is on the bike and the bike on the rack, the bicycle bag includes pockets designed to support a tail-light system that can be connected to the vehicle to provide additional lighting and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Gabriel S. Waters
  • Patent number: 9027995
    Abstract: A system for storing a cover for a motorcycle comprises a storage case mounted to a motorcycle, wherein the storage case includes a main housing and a lid, and a storage pouch defining an inner cavity and at least one opening, wherein the storage pouch is configured to be mounted to the lid of the storage case. The system further comprises a cover that is stowable in the inner cavity of the storage pouch in a stowed mode of operation and configured to extend around at least a portion of the motorcycle in a deployed mode of operation, a mounting bracket mountable to an inner surface of the lid of the storage case, and a retaining member including a first portion mountable to the mounting bracket and a second portion mountable to the main housing of the storage case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Custom Color Caps, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Darcy SanCartier
  • Patent number: 8973798
    Abstract: A durable yet flexible protective bicycle cover is disclosed. The protective cover having properties of insulation from damage, wear, elements, dust and dirt, and the like. The protective cover further includes means for carrying a bicycle while within the cover, means for pushing a bicycle while within the cover, means for lifting a bicycle to and from a motor vehicle while within the cover, and means for transforming the cover into a backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Lori Louise Bradford
  • Publication number: 20150028569
    Abstract: Protective covering bags for handlebars for vehicles such as motorcycle as the like, which allows the vehicle to be operated while the bags are in place over the handlebars. Specifically, a covering apparatus for protecting the handlebars and handlebar controls of a handlebar-controlled vehicle, comprising: a left-handed covering comprising a left handlebar opening thereof, sized to fit over and enclose a left handlebar of the vehicle and any controls on the left handlebar; and a right-handed covering comprising a right-handlebar opening thereof, sized to fit over and enclose a right handlebar of the vehicle and any controls on the right handlebar; wherein: the left and right handlebar coverings are similar but are not identical, possessing opposite handedness from one another; and the left and right handlebar coverings comprise a weatherproof or weather-resistant material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D. Sharp
  • Patent number: 8905095
    Abstract: An architecture is presented that provides a lightweight durable cover for a motorcycle or other two-wheeled vehicle that protects the seat, sides, and fuel tank portions of the vehicle when not in use. Friction and/or hook and loop fasteners hold the form fitting cover in place on the motorcycle. The cover may be rolled or folded for convenient storage after removed from the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Angela Teske
  • Publication number: 20140345760
    Abstract: A form-fitting protective vehicle cover is disclosed. Example embodiments include a fabric sheet for protecting a vehicle and vehicle components, wherein said fabric sheet is flexible and weather resistant, the fabric sheet being configured with a forward portion to cover handle bars of the vehicle, the fabric sheet exposing a front wheel of the vehicle; attachment loops configured to releaseably attach to the handle bars of the vehicle, but expose the front wheel of the vehicle, the attachment loops being attachable to individually attach to each handle bar, yet the attachment loops being releasable to enable the forward portion to be folded back to expose the handle bars; and heat shields integrated into the underside of the fabric sheet to form an extra layer of protection for particular vehicle components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: John Jay Saggau, Andrew Jones, Dave Molinari
  • Publication number: 20140341697
    Abstract: A method for transporting a cargo load using a carrier aircraft includes: mounting a shield on the cargo load such that the shield is supported by the cargo load to form a protected load; and aerial transporting the protected load as a slung load from the carrier aircraft, wherein the shield serves to protect the cargo load from aerodynamic loads generated by flight of the carrier aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Corvid Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Harmon, Gregory McGowan
  • Patent number: 8881776
    Abstract: A bicycle bag protects a bicycle while the bicycle is secured to a rack, such as a vehicle bicycle rack. The bicycle bag includes resealable openings configured to allow the bicycle (and bag) to be securely attached to a wide variety of different rack types. Additionally, because there is risk of obscuring the tail lights of a vehicle for rear-mount racks when a bicycle bag is on the bike and the bike on the rack, the bicycle bag includes pockets designed to support a tail-light system that can be connected to the vehicle to provide additional lighting and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Gabriel S. Waters
  • Publication number: 20140041773
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a protective cover/bag (hereinafter “protective device”) for preserving and securing motorized vehicles such motorcycles, ATVs, or the like. In an embodiment, the protective device may be designed to completely enclose most motorcycles. The bottom may be constructed with a durable material such as 1000 denier, which can be capable of withstanding multiple years of use. The protective device may be made with water repellant material. A fastener for enclosing the vehicle within the protective device may be industrial strength and/or military tested. Two vent flaps may be provided to allow air flow around the vehicle. Still yet, a protective flap may be provided to protect against water entering through the fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Support Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold Roberts
  • Publication number: 20130126058
    Abstract: Bicycle accessories comprising a cover configured to be fitted over one or more components of a bicycle, and means for securing the cover over the one or more components is disclosed, in addition to methods of protecting one or more components of a bicycle, the method comprising providing a cover configured to be fitted over the one or more components of a bicycle, and securing the cover over the one or more components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Roger Cole MILLER, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130062372
    Abstract: A durable yet flexible protective bicycle cover is disclosed. The protective cover having properties of insulation from damage, wear, elements, dust and dirt, and the like. The protective cover further includes means for carrying a bicycle while within the cover, means for pushing a bicycle while within the cover, means for lifting a bicycle to and from a motor vehicle while within the cover, and means for transforming the cover into a backpack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Lori Louise Bradford
  • Patent number: 8317644
    Abstract: A removable, flexible cover with a single closure and without moving parts such as elastic, zippers, or ties, for enclosing a bicycle's drive train elements, thereby protecting during transport of the bicycle both the drive train and objects that otherwise would come into contact with grease or sharp components from the drive train elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: David W Bolch
  • Publication number: 20120145292
    Abstract: A form-fitting protective vehicle cover is disclosed. Example embodiments include a fabric sheet for protecting a vehicle and vehicle components, wherein said fabric sheet is flexible and weather resistant, the fabric sheet being configured with a forward portion to cover handle bars of the vehicle, attachment strips configured to releaseably attach the forward portion of the fabric sheet to an aft portion of the fabric sheet to securely cover the handle bars of the vehicle, the attachment strips being releasable to enable the forward portion to be folded back to expose the handle bars; shroud pockets integrated into the underside of the fabric sheet to form a pocket to capture a component of the vehicle; and heat shields integrated into the underside of the fabric sheet to form to form an extra layer of protection for particular vehicle components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: John Jay Saggau, Andrew Jones, Dave Molinari
  • Publication number: 20120090747
    Abstract: A reusable system for protecting a bicycle frame comprises one or more first reusable protective pads and one or more second reusable protective pads. The second reusable protective pads are smaller than the first reusable protective pads. Also provided are reusable protective pads for protecting a portion of a bicycle frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Albert Bodine
  • Patent number: 8132839
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle cover is provided which is compact and easy to use. The cover has an attached storage pouch, and remains attached to the vehicle during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Val Penman
  • Publication number: 20120055598
    Abstract: An architecture is presented that provides a lightweight durable cover for a motorcycle or other two-wheeled vehicle that protects the seat, sides, and fuel tank portions of the vehicle when not in use. Friction and/or hook and loop fasteners hold the form fitting cover in place on the motorcycle. The cover may be rolled or folded for convenient storage after removed from the motorcycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Angela Teske
  • Publication number: 20120037286
    Abstract: A bicycle cover and methods of using the same are disclosed. The body of the bicycle cover is two walls made of thin and flexible transparent, weather proof material and includes an opening in the bottom of the cover configured to receive and protect a bicycle. The bicycle cover can include a securing element that secures the bottom cover to further protect the bicycle from the elements. The bicycle cover can include reinforced openings to receive a lock allowing the bicycle to be locked to a rack. The bicycle cover is designed to specifically receive the components of a triathlon bicycle which include aerobars, electronic gear shifters and seat mounted water bottle cages while the bicycle is stored on various styles of racks in the transition area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Chad David WILKINSON, Lisa Evelyn WILKINSON
  • Publication number: 20110253274
    Abstract: A cover system is provided which is simple and quick to install, lightweight and easy to store, effective at protecting a motorcycle or other vehicle from damage during towing, conducive to high-speed transportation, and capable of being securely fixed to a vehicle. In some embodiments, a stretchable material and a plurality of layers form a tight-fitting, impact resistant, and protective cover of a motorcycle. Optional attachment means increase the reliability of the attachment as well as provide for securing the cover against theft. Further, the flexibility of the design allows for covers to easily fit different shapes, sizes and portions of motorcycles and other vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Charley Schreiber, Jeff Rocha
  • Publication number: 20110100517
    Abstract: A motorcycle, scooter, bicycle, and vehicle cover includes: a cover to protect an upper portion of the vehicle; a first aperture in the cover adapted for the mirror to pass through the first aperture; a first attachment mechanism to secure the device to the vehicle proximate to the first aperture; and a second attachment mechanism to secure the device to the vehicle proximate to the rear
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Sandra Bobi Merritt
  • Publication number: 20110036474
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cover for a bicycle or like vehicle being made of light weight material with one or more cover fasteners wherein the cover is enclosable entirely about the bicycle or like vehicle and the light weight material is foldable to be reduced in size when not in use for easy storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony Garth Phillips
  • Patent number: 7862100
    Abstract: A motorcycle seat covering system includes a motorcycle having a frame, handlebars, seat and rack extending rearward of the seat. A housing has a pair of end walls and a perimeter wall extending between the end walls. The housing has an elongated opening therein. A coupling assembly couples the housing to the handlebars. A spindle is mounted within the housing and extends through a sleeve. A biasing member biases rotation of the sleeve in a first direction with respect to the spindle. A flexible panel is attached to the sleeve and has a free end extending outwardly of the housing through the slot. The panel is rolled up onto the sleeve when the sleeve is rotated in the first direction. A fastener is attached to the free end and is releasably attached to the rack when the panel is pulled outwardly from the housing to cover the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Stanford E. Smith
  • Publication number: 20100301632
    Abstract: The present invention is embodied in a new aerodynamic cover for a bicycle shoe and clipless bicycle pedal for improving speed when cycling. The aerodynamic cover comprises a main body including an ankle portion having a rear side, a heel portion connected to the ankle portion, and a sole portion connected to the heel portion and having an underside. An opening is formed in the sole portion for allowing a bicycle pedal to be engaged to the bicycle cleat. An outwardly extending fin stretches from the rear side of the ankle portion, around the heel portion, to the underside of the sole portion. In one embodiment, the aerodynamic cover further comprises a pedal layer, a cleat layer, and a base plate layer. A gap is delined between the pedal layer and the cleat layer. The gap inhibits excessive friction between the pedal layer and the cleat layer as the cleat is pivoted with respect to the pedal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Richard M. Bryne
  • Patent number: 7757734
    Abstract: A protective cover for a two wheeled device protects bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles or the like. A lightweight material is sized to cover the device. The material has a top portion covering at least two handlebars and a seat on the device. An opening is located on the top portion and contains a cover support inside the opening. The cover support is sized to support the cover while the device is in use. Also, the opening may include the user's necessities and personal items the user desires to be stored in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: Leonard G. Hooker, Twanda Lanette Hooker
  • Publication number: 20100154944
    Abstract: A wheeled vehicle enclosure system includes a body constructed to enclose a wheeled vehicle. The body is made from a material that is synthetic, durable, flexible, and weather-resistant . Wheeled-vehicle-receiving structure is constructed to allow the body to be fitted around the wheeled vehicle, and a closer is coupled to the body adjacent the wheeled-vehicle-receiving structure and constructed to close the bicycle-receiving structure. The closer may be formed as a zipper-closer subsystem. Enclosure-tightening structure produces a preselectively tighter fit of the system around the wheeled vehicle. The wheeled-vehicle enclosure system may be used for bicycles or other wheeled vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Dan M. Sheldon
  • Patent number: 7708298
    Abstract: A method of preventing motorcycle repair injuries includes a motorcycle having a handlebar. A grip and a lever are attached to and form a terminal end of the handlebar. A primary sleeve has an end wall and a perimeter wall that is attached the end wall. The perimeter wall has a distal end with respect to the end wall. The distal end defines a primary opening into an interior of the primary sleeve. The grip extends into the primary opening and is covered by the primary sleeve. The primary sleeve prevents injury to a mechanic working on the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Michael C. Folsom
  • Patent number: 7556292
    Abstract: Apparatus for installation on a motorcycle which is capable of shielding one or more riders thereof from heat generated during motor operation. In preferred embodiments, apparatus with a plurality of detachable shield panels which are capable of protecting one or more riders from excess heat generated by the operation of a motorcycle, and, conversely, in which the shield panels can be removed to provide beneficial heat to the rider and/or passenger when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Patrick E. King
  • Publication number: 20090165907
    Abstract: The invention is a removable motorcycle gear shifter covering that prevents marring of a motorcyclist's shoe during upshifting operation. The device is elastic and designed to securely fit many different shift levers. It provides for weather resistant implementation, non-marring cushioned contact on upshifting, and non-slip tread on downshifting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Kyle Hollingsworth
  • Publication number: 20090025843
    Abstract: A removable protective vehicle cover for motorcycles and similarly designed vehicles for protecting the upper surface of the vehicle from the elements. A cover sheet component protects vehicle structures disposed rearward of the handlebars and incorporates two front mounting elements for releasably receiving forward structures of the vehicle. The cover sheet is deployed in a generally horizontal plane and provides minimal wind resistance to any such lateral forces. An optional cover module protects vehicle components disposed forward of the handlebars and may be releasably attached to the front edge of the cover sheet. A storage pouch may be integrally incorporated with the vehicle cover to allow for compact storage and portability of the vehicle cover when not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Keeler
  • Patent number: 7267369
    Abstract: A truck has a power unit including a main casing for housing drive apparatus and a platform onto which an operator may step and ride while controlling the truck. The casing includes at least one substantially rigid wall member and an operator support pad associated with the wall member. The support pad includes a main body having a first portion defining a deformable pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Gallagher, Robert J. Henshaw
  • Patent number: 7137422
    Abstract: A weather-proof, wind-proof one-piece cover bag, for a motorcycle or other vehicle being transported on an open vehicle or trailer, comprises a bag made of durable, and flexible material provided with two or more tie down slits to accommodate tie down straps securing the motorcycle to the vehicle and several straps securing the cover bag to the belly of the motorcycle and the front and back wheels of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventor: Brett William McMillen
  • Patent number: 7013904
    Abstract: A portable motorcycle covering for enclosing and protecting therein a motorcycle includes an elongated floor cover on which the motorcycle rests, and the floor cover has a circumferential lip to prevent water from coming on to the floor cover. A flexible and collapsible protective cover is integrally attached to at least one half of the floor cover and is capable of pivotal movement between an open position, wherein the motorcycle can be placed on the floor cover, and a closed position, wherein the motorcycle is fully enclosed by the protective cover. A plurality of u-shaped crosspieces create a support frame for the protective cover, and the crosspieces pivot in sequential order for creating the support frame and deploying the protective cover when the leading crosspiece positioned adjacent the opening of the protective cover is grasped and pivoted by the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Harald Kofler
  • Patent number: 6974007
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for protecting the luster and finish of a motorcycle saddlebag. In a preferred embodiment, an outer covering is provided that is secured around the motorcycle saddlebag in a manner that the outer covering can be utilized while driving the motorcycle through inclement weather. The outer covering is preferably readily installable and/or removable and may comprise an elastic opening that opens to fit over the saddlebag and then contracts to hold the covering in position. A layer of heat insulation material may-be provided to limit heat damage that may otherwise be caused by extensive sun exposure. An additional retainer such as retainer clips may be utilized for securing the protection apparatus in position, if necessary. The protective covering may comprise one or more pockets or holders, such as map pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Inventor: Walter L. Raines
  • Publication number: 20040187991
    Abstract: A retractable cover attachment for a vehicle, preferably an all terrain vehicle (ATV) having a frame. The cover attachment has a housing, a connection and a cover. The housing attaching to the frame at the rear end of the vehicle. The housing is utilized for housing the cover. The housing defining an opening therein allowing the cover to be stored within the housing and configured for attachment to the vehicle frame. Attaching to the housing is a connection, this connection having an proximal end and a distal end with the housing attaching to the connection's proximal end. This connection also for connecting the housing to the cover. Attaching to the connection's distal end is the cover. The cover is for covering the vehicle. The cover attaches to the housing via the connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventor: Michael W. Poe
  • Publication number: 20040144461
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for protecting the luster and finish of a motorcycle saddlebag. In a preferred embodiment, an outer covering is provided that is secured around the motorcycle saddlebag in a manner that the outer covering can be utilized while driving the motorcycle through inclement weather. The outer covering is preferably readily installable and/or removable and may comprise an elastic opening that opens to fit over the saddlebag and then contracts to hold the covering in position. A layer of heat insulation material may-be provided to limit heat damage that may otherwise be caused by extensive sun exposure. An additional retainer such as retainer clips may be utilized for securing the protection apparatus in position, if necessary. The protective covering may comprise one or more pockets or holders, such as map pockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventor: Walter L. Raines
  • Publication number: 20040140029
    Abstract: The Cool Cover is a saddle cover to keep the saddle cool when the motorcycle is being parked outside in bright sunlight. This lightweight covering would help keep the temperature of the saddle down, thus making the rider and ride more comfortable and enjoyable. The product would help to extend the life of the saddle by preventing damage from moisture and UV rays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventor: Robert P. Gafney
  • Patent number: 6659489
    Abstract: A bicycle fork/hub cover assembly overlies a portion of a front fork and the ends of the front hub to change the appearance of the front portion of the bicycle. The cover assembly basically comprises an outside cover portion, an inside cover portion and snap-on fastening elements that couple the outside cover portion and the inside cover portion to a bicycle frame. The outside cover portion includes a right hub cover section, a left hub cover section, a right outside fork tube cover section, and a left outside fork tube cover section. The inside cover portion includes a right inside fork tube cover section, and a left inside fork tube cover section. The fastening elements are coupled to the outside cover portion and the inside cover portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takuji Masui, Stascha Offenbeck, Hartmut Esslinger, Nico Michler
  • Patent number: 6516844
    Abstract: The invention is a sunscreen protector for motorcycles that covers the seat and fuel tank area to protect these components from the deteriorating effects of sunlight. The protector shade includes a rectangular sheet of tightly woven nylon/lycra elastomeric material sized to cover only the motorcycle seat and fuel tank. Four elastic strap members and a plurality of hook loop members with attached, coated J-hook members are employed for attachment to selected attachment points on the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: Daniel A. Henry
  • Patent number: 6508484
    Abstract: A bicycle protector which comprises a cushioning cover adapted to be draped over a wheeled bicycle to cover at least the bicycle frame from the right and left hand sides and having fastening means, to secure the cover in place by attachment to or around the bicycle or a part thereof, the cover being filled in use with a resilient cushioning material to protect the bicycle frame from damage in storage or transit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: David Lee Flemons
  • Patent number: 6481478
    Abstract: A motorcycle gas tank fill protector preferably includes a nonscratch sheet, a protective sheet, and at least one magnet. The at least one magnet is contained between the nonscratch sheet and the protective sheet. A gas opening is formed through the nonscratch and protective sheets at one end thereof. The nonscratch sheet and protective sheet are preferably attached to each other on the outer perimeters thereof and the perimeter of the gas opening. The nonscratch and protective sheets may be attached to each other with stitching, sonic welding, heat sealing, or any other suitable assembly method. The at least one magnet is preferably captured within the nonscratch and protective sheets by stitching around the at least one magnet, but other methods may also be used. The motorcycle gas tank fill protector is preferably used by first removing the gas cap from the gas tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20020139806
    Abstract: A motorcycle gas tank fill protector preferably includes a nonscratch sheet, a protective sheet, and at least one magnet. The at least one magnet is contained between the nonscratch sheet and the protective sheet. A gas opening is formed through the nonscratch and protective sheets at one end thereof. The nonscratch sheet and protective sheet are preferably attached to each other on the outer perimeters thereof and the perimeter of the gas opening. The nonscratch and protective sheets may be attached to each other with stitching, sonic welding, heat sealing, or any other suitable assembly method. The at least one magnet is preferably captured within the nonscratch and protective sheets by stitching around the at least one magnet, but other methods may also be used. The motorcycle gas tank fill protector is preferably used by first removing the gas cap from the gas tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Mueller
  • Patent number: 6405771
    Abstract: A bicycle cover 10 is adapted to cover one or more bicycles supported by a rack mounted on the rear of a vehicle. A preferred version of the bicycle cover provides opposed front and rear panels 20, 30 held together by a zipper 120. A pair of handlebar enclosures 40 are adapted for covering both the generally straight handlebars found on “mountain” bikes as well as the curled handlebars found on “English racer” type bikes. A hanging mesh bag 50 provides storage for the gear associated with serious bicycling. A taillight assembly 60, carried by the cover, compensates for the inability of drivers following the vehicle to see the vehicle's taillights due to the width and size of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventors: Randall J Mote, Phillip R Wilson, Debra J McWilliams
  • Patent number: 6332853
    Abstract: A flexible, removable cover for a bicycle drive train including an elongated oval pouch dimensioned and configured to encase the front and rear sprocket and derailleurs, chain, and one pedal of a bicycle, pouch having a central flap folded over the central portion of the chain, Velcro® patches strategically placed to hold and to secure portions of the cover about the front and rear sprockets, a zipper assembly to secure flap in place, and a wraparound seat post enclosure with a barrel-lock cinch which keeps water and debris from migrating down the post and onto the bicycle drive train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Inventor: Melinda K. Bowman
  • Patent number: 6253977
    Abstract: A removable seat cover is provided for a rear passenger accommodating part of a motorcycle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Martin Greger, Edgar Heinrich, David Robb
  • Patent number: 6209599
    Abstract: A motorcycle cover used for receipt on top of and around a motorcycle when the motorcycle is transported on an open trailer. The cover provides protection against outdoor elements and from cover material flapping, fluttering or wearing against a surface on the motorcycle. The cover includes a body cover member and a front wheel cover member. The body cover member is adapted for receipt on top of and around a rear portion of the motorcycle which include the gas tank, seat, engine, body frame and rear wheel. The front wheel cover member is adapted for receipt on top of and around a front portion of the motorcycle that includes the front wheel, front wheel frame and light. The body cover member includes a heavy nylon exterior protective wrap having a top portion, first and second side portions, a front portion and a bottom portion. The front portion is releasably attached to one side of the first side portion. Also, the front portion is releasably attached to one end of the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: George T. Richardson
  • Patent number: 6120083
    Abstract: A shield device for a motorcycle windscreen which reduces reflected or refracted light from an unshielded windscreen to an operator, especially at night and aids in deflecting air and airborne road material without scratching or otherwise damaging the windscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: John Charles Gunther