Having Only Three Wheels Patents (Class 180/210)
  • Patent number: 10501119
    Abstract: A vehicle of the present disclosure may include at least one pair of opposing wheels coupled to a tiltable central chassis by a four-bar linkage or the like, such that the wheels are configured to tilt in unison with the central chassis. A steering actuator and/or a tilting actuator may be discretely controllable by an electronic controller of the vehicle. The controller may include processing logic configured to maintain alignment between a median plane of the chassis and a net force vector caused by gravity and any induced centrifugal forces. Various control algorithms may be utilized to steer the vehicle along a desired path, either autonomously or semi-autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Sway Motorsports LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Jonathan Doerksen, Joseph Wilcox
  • Patent number: 10486747
    Abstract: A vehicle including a base frame having three or more wheels; a steering system for steering one or more of the wheels; a propulsion system for driving at least one of the wheels; a front pivot member and a back pivot member longitudinally spaced apart from one another on the base frame; a cabin having a front pivot point and a back pivot point, the cabin being pivotally mounted to the base frame between the front pivot member and the back pivot member, the front and back pivot points defining a longitudinal rotational axis of the cabin that is above a center of gravity of the cabin, the cabin being rotatable around the longitudinal rotational axis in one of a clockwise or a counterclockwise direction; and a seat assembly in the cabin for sitting one or more users, the seat assembly being located below the rotational axis of the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Dominic Casgrain
  • Patent number: 10391637
    Abstract: Provided is a self-propelled robot that can prevent damage due to dropping of the self-propelled robot and efficiently perform the operation on a flat surface. A self-propelled robot 1 that self-travels on a structure SP having a flat surface SF to perform operation on the flat surface SF of the structure SP, the self-propelled robot includes: a robot main body 2 in which a moving unit 4 for the self-travel is provided; and a controller 30 that controls movement of the robot main body 2. At this point, the controller 30 includes an edge detector 31 that detects an end edge of the flat surface SF, and the controller 30 has a function of controlling activation of the moving unit 4 such that a distance between the end edge of the flat surface SF and the moving unit 4 is maintained to a given extent or more based on a signal from the edge detector 31.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: MIRAIKIKAI, INC.
    Inventors: Tohru Miyake, Kazuo Morita, Hideto Matsuuchi
  • Patent number: 10369869
    Abstract: A utility terrain vehicle is provided including a vehicle body having an opening. A door is positioned adjacent a first portion of said opening. The door is configured to pivot about a first axis between an open position and a closed position. A window assembly is arranged adjacent a second portion of said opening. The window assembly is rotatable about a second axis between an open position and a closed position. In combination, the door and the window assembly substantially seal said opening of the vehicle body when said door is in said closed position and said window assembly is in said closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: COMMERCIAL SEWING, INC.
    Inventors: David Mazzarelli, Nicholas Cegelka
  • Patent number: 10343742
    Abstract: A bicycle includes a frame having a longitudinal axis, a first member, and a first pivot link assembly including a first link configured to rotate around a first pivot point. The first pivot point may have a first axis of rotation that is non-orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the first frame, and the first frame may be coupled with the first member through the first pivot link assembly. Some examples also include a second pivot link assembly including a second link configured to rotate around a second pivot point having an axis of rotation that is non-orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Yeti Cycling, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Zawistowski
  • Patent number: 10286970
    Abstract: In a vehicle, a left shock absorber is provided with a left front outer tube, a left rear outer tube, a left front inner tube, a left rear inner tube and a left connector. The left front outer tube and the left rear outer tube are supported on a left bracket. The left front inner tube is connected to the left front outer tube so as to be slidable in an interior of the left front outer tube along a left telescopic axis. The left rear inner tube is connected to the left rear outer tube so as to be slidable in an interior of the left rear outer tube along the left telescopic axis. The left connector connects the left front outer tube and the left rear outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kohsuke Ohno, Kazuhisa Takano
  • Patent number: 10189533
    Abstract: A scooter having a front wheel and a rear wheel. A steering assembly includes a steering tube and a handlebar. A rear foot brake is configured to apply a braking force to at least one of the front wheel and the rear wheel. A deck is configured to support the weight of a person. A frame is configured to support the deck. The frame comprises a plurality of frame members arranged to form at least two or more vertical planes on one or both lateral sides of the scooter. In some configurations, the rear foot brake is linked to a front brake and configured to actuate the front brake of the front wheel and apply a braking force to the rear wheel simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bravo Sports
    Inventors: Jack B. Lovley, II, Joseph C. Klingl, Mark Groenhuyzen, Kenneth Edlauer
  • Patent number: 10179623
    Abstract: An inner fender includes a cover surface, a left projecting portion, and a right projecting portion. Under a condition that a body frame is in an upright state and that a left front wheel and a right front wheel are not turned, the left projecting portion projects forward from the cover surface behind a rear edge of the left front wheel; the right projecting portion projects forward from the cover surface behind a rear edge of the right front wheel; and a portion of the cover surface between the left projecting portion and the right projecting portion faces a space defined between the left front wheel and the right front wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kaoru Sasaki, Mitsuaki Ohta
  • Patent number: 10144273
    Abstract: A removable panel system for easily and efficiently varying the configuration of a cabin on a vehicle. The removable panel system generally includes a vehicle having a cab defined by a frame. Different panels may be selectively and removably connected to the frame to form various different cab configurations to suit the different needs of different jobs or operators. A roof panel may be removably connected to the frame to form a roof of the cab. A rear window extension may extend from the roof panel to form the rear window of the cab. A door receiver panel and/or door panel may be removably connected to the frame to form one or more doors of the cab. A windshield panel may be removably connected to the frame to form a windshield for the cab. All panels are adapted to be easily and efficiently interchanged without undue effort from the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Paul M. Carlson
  • Patent number: 10131397
    Abstract: A vehicle O, such as a tricycle, has a pair of rear wheels 14 mounted to a first sub-frame 12, and a second sub-frame 16 pivotally coupled to the first sub-frame and arranged to pivot about a first pivot axis 18 relative to said first sub-frame. Relative rotation between the first and second sub-frames is provided, such as by one or more elastomeric couplings or bearings e.g. torsional pivot 98. At least one front wheel 22 is coupled to the second sub-frame via forks and a steering head. A seat 20 for a rider is supported by the second sub-frame. Handlebars 28 are coupled to the steering head via at least one steering member, such as a mechanical link 60 or hydraulic, magnetic or electrical link The cycle is steered by acombination of handlebar and/or lean steer. Steering can be damped by a damper 79. Handlebar steer involves manipulating the handlebars to act on the steering arm which rotates the steering head and therefore also the front wheel(s) to steer the front wheel(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Alan Page
  • Patent number: 10118468
    Abstract: A windshield and a vehicle having a windshield are provided. The windshield includes a right-side bulging portion disposed at a right-side lower portion, a left-side bulging portion disposed at a left-side lower portion, and at least one protrusion disposed at an upper edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Kustom Cycles, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Klock, Daniel R. Cheeseman, Logan S. Homstad, Jennifer N. Bainbridge, Jason P. Hanson, Randall J. Rothlisberger
  • Patent number: 10077091
    Abstract: A leaning vehicle has a frame; a shock tower pivotally connected to the frame; front left and right ground engaging members; front left and right suspension assemblies; portions of the front left suspension assembly, the front left ground engaging member and other components of the vehicle suspended by the front left suspension assembly have a first unsprung mass; portions of the front right suspension assembly, the front right ground engaging member and other components of the vehicle suspended by the front right suspension assembly have a second unsprung mass; a moment of inertia of the shock tower being at least twenty-five percent of a combined moment of inertia of the first and second unsprung masses; a steering assembly; a rear suspension assembly; at least one rear ground engaging; and a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATION PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Mercier
  • Patent number: 10040461
    Abstract: A monorail vehicle includes a chassis supporting a vehicle body, that includes a passenger floor and at least one side wall, and an electrical motor supported by the chassis. A drive wheel is coupled to a rotor of the electric motor with a rotation axis of the drive wheel substantially coaxial with an axis of the rotor. Portions of the drive wheel and the electric motor are positioned on both sides of an imaginary plane extension of the passenger floor. The drive wheel and the electric motor are covered by a shell that is integral to one side of the vehicle body and which defines a space between the other side of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Edward Timan, Hans Peter Trotsch, Martin Bazant, Daniel Martinez-Anon-Perez, Alexander Bauer
  • Patent number: 10040478
    Abstract: A vehicle body having three or more wheels including at least a steered wheel with a trail and a pair of wheels provided in the vehicle width direction; an operation input part inputting a turning direction; an inclining part inclining the body; and a steered wheel controller controlling the steered wheel steering angle. When the vehicle speed is lower than a predetermined speed, it travels in a first mode in which the steered wheel controller controls the steered wheel steering angle according to an operation input part input, and the inclining part inclines the body according to an operation input part input. When the vehicle speed is equal to or higher than the predetermined speed, it travels in a second mode in which the steered wheel controller makes the steered wheel freely turnable, and the inclining part inclines the body according to an input from the operation input part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: EQUOS RESEARCH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Munehisa Horiguchi, Akira Mizuno, Masaki Okada, Hitoshi Kamiya
  • Patent number: 9994276
    Abstract: An electric three wheeled vehicle includes a vehicle chassis supporting a vehicle operator seat or saddle. The vehicle chassis defines a storage region beneath the vehicle operator seat or saddle. One or more energy storage devices for powering one or more electric motors of the vehicle are located within the storage region and are supported by the chassis. The storage region and/or the energy storage device(s) each form an elongate three-dimensional volume having a long axis that is parallel to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle. A vehicle operator, when seated upon the seat or saddle, sits astride the one or more energy storage devices. A handlebar steering assembly is operatively coupled to a pair of front wheels to provide steering. The vehicle includes a single rear wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ARCIMOTO, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Douglas Frohnmayer
  • Patent number: 9873468
    Abstract: An off-road chair comprises a U-shaped chassis configured to receive a rider in a wheel chair type (manual or electric); at least one wheel attached to the chassis; and a floor section. The floor section is configured to attach to the bottom of the U-shaped chassis and to provide a floor; be lowered to provide a ramp for the rider to get on the floor section; and be raised to attach to a bottom part of the U-shaped chassis. The U-shaped chassis is configured to receive a wheel chair type (manual or electric) carrying the rider. The off-road chair further comprises a front bumper attached to a front of the U-shaped chassis, wherein the front bumper is configured to swing up with respect to the U-shaped chassis, enabling the rider to get on the floor section; and be lowered to lock to the chassis and protect the rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Howe and Howe Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael David Howe, Geoffrey Scott Howe
  • Patent number: 9862425
    Abstract: An ROV (Recreational Off-highway Vehicle) includes a plurality of seats located next to each other in a vehicle width direction, a left shock absorber, a right shock absorber, and a front cover. An opening is provided in the front cover. An upper end portion of the left shock absorber and an upper end portion of the right shock absorber are visible within the opening when the vehicle is seen from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Suzuki, Masayuki Kubo, Takuhiro Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 9862448
    Abstract: In a vehicle, a left shock absorber is disposed such that a left telescopic axis is positioned on the left of a left steering axis in a left-right direction of a body frame when a vehicle in which the body frame is standing upright is viewed from a front in a front-rear direction of the body frame. A right shock absorber is disposed such that a right telescopic axis is positioned on the right of a right steering axis in the left-right direction of the body frame when the vehicle in which the body frame is standing upright is viewed from the front in the front-rear direction of the body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Hirakawa, Kazuhisa Takano
  • Patent number: 9849925
    Abstract: A robotic vehicle chassis is provided. The robotic vehicle chassis includes a first chassis section, a second chassis section, and a hinge joint connecting the first and second chassis sections such that the first and second chassis sections are capable of rotation with respect to each other in at least a first direction. The vehicle includes a drive wheel mounted to one of the first and second chassis sections and an omni-wheel mounted to the other of the first and second chassis sections. The omni-wheel is mounted at an angle orthogonal with respect to the drive wheel. The hinge joint rotates in response to the curvature of a surface the vehicle is traversing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Ali Outa, Pablo Carrasco Zanini, Fadl Abdellatif, Brian Parrott
  • Patent number: 9783259
    Abstract: The front wheel suspension device for a saddle-ride type vehicle, includes a front fork having a lower end supporting a front wheel; a steering member rotatably supported by a body frame, and rotated about a rotational axis in accordance with operation of a handlebar; and a link member composed of an upper link and a lower link. The upper link of the link member has one end rockably connected to the steering member. The lower link has an upper portion rockably connected to the other end of the upper link and a lower portion rockably connected to an upper end of the front fork. A handlebar grip portion is formed at both ends of the handlebar in a vehicle width direction with the handlebar grip portion being disposed between the upper link and the lower link in a side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Taguma, Hirotaka Nagatani, Konomu Hoshi, Takayuki Kitayama, Hideki Inaizumi
  • Patent number: 9776680
    Abstract: A body frame includes a link support that supports a linkage, a lower frame that connects a power unit provided in a position where at least a portion of the power unit overlaps a line when a vehicle in the upright state is seen from a side thereof and the link support together, and an upper frame that is connected to the link support above a connecting portion of the lower frame with the link support. When the vehicle in the upright state is seen from the side thereof, a point of intersection of a straight line which passes a connecting portion and intersects a middle lower axis at right angles and an upper edge of the upper frame is positioned above a point of intersection of the middle lower axis and a left steering axis in relation to the direction of the left steering axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Hirakawa, Kazuhisa Takano, Hiroshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9771117
    Abstract: A portion of a body cover which is not movable relative to a body frame defines a space to guide air to an air cleaner. When a vehicle is in a condition that the body frame is in an upright state and is viewed from the front in a front-rear direction of the body frame, the space is at least partially situated at least one of above a lower end of an upper cross member in an up-down direction of the body frame, on the left of a left edge of a linkage in a left-right direction of the body frame, and on the right of a right edge of the linkage in the left-right direction of the body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Hirakawa, Hiroshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9771118
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a steering force transmission including a steering force input, a steering shaft that is connected to the steering force input and which is supported by a first shaft support so as to turn about a rear steering axis, a connector that is connected to the steering shaft and displaced as the steering shaft turns, and a relay shaft that is connected to the connector to turn about a front steering axis as the connector is displaced, which is supported by a second shaft support that is provided ahead of the first shaft support to turn a right front wheel and a left front wheel as the second shaft support turns. The first shaft support is fixed to a portion of a body frame that extends to the rear from the link support so that the rear steering axis of the steering shaft is disposed behind a movable range of a rear cross element of a linkage in relation to a front-and-rear direction of a middle upper axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Takano, Keisuke Terada, Nobuhiko Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 9744952
    Abstract: A brake system includes a brake activator which reduces, when a slipping condition of a right front wheel is detected based on a signal which is detected by a right detector, both braking forces on the right front wheel and a left front wheel to a lower level than a level of a braking force which is obtained as a result of operation of an input member and which reduces, when a slipping condition of the left front wheel is detected based on a signal which is detected by a left detector, both braking forces on the left front wheel and the right front wheel to a lower level than a level of a braking force which is obtained as a result of operation of the input member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Seto, Kunihide Ohashi, Takeshi Yamamura, Yoshinori Tsuji, Hideki Takada, Kunio Kajihara, Masato Terasaka, Yutaka Hamamoto
  • Patent number: 9738344
    Abstract: In a vehicle, a left cover attached to a left side member covers at least one of a left upper edge of an upper cross member, a left lower edge of the upper cross member, a left upper edge of a lower cross member, and a left lower edge of the lower cross member, from the left in a left-right direction of a body frame together with at least a portion of the left side member. A right cover attached to a right side member covers at least one of a right upper edge of the upper cross member, a right lower edge of the upper cross member, a right upper edge of an upper edge of the lower cross member, and a right lower edge of the lower cross member, from the right in the left-right direction of the body frame together with at least a portion of the right side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 9738343
    Abstract: An adult tricycle has a front frame and a rear frame that are pivotally connected together and a suspension for minimizing shock as the tricycle is driven over a surface. The suspension includes a shock absorbing element having a leading end that is pivotally connected with the front frame and a trailing end that is pivotally connected with the rear frame. The tricycle has a front wheel with a diameter that is bigger than the diameters of the rear wheels and a seat that sits higher than the diameter of the front wheel. The adult sized tricycle enables parents to ride cycles with small children and provides a safe, stable cycle for mature adults and senior citizens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Trifaro, Christopher Trifaro, Arnold Kamler
  • Patent number: 9725130
    Abstract: A suspension device includes two telescopic elements and achieves reduction in a size of a vehicle including the suspension device while securing rigidity sufficient to endure a load applied from a road surface to a wheel supported by the suspension device. A second outer member is smaller than a first outer member and is connected to the first outer member via a first connection portion and a second connection portion arranged in the extension/contraction direction of a second telescopic element, the second outer member is connected to the first outer member via a first connection portion and a second connection portion arranged in the extension/contraction direction of the second telescopic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KYB CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Takano, Toshio Iizuka, Yosuke Hirayama, Tsutomu Yoshimoto, Yasuhiro Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9707967
    Abstract: A method of traction control for a vehicle. Lateral and longitudinal accelerations are measured for a vehicle. A maximum supportable drive torque for a first wheel of the vehicle is calculated as a function of the lateral and longitudinal accelerations. A commanded vectoring brake torque is applied to the first wheel using a brake device. The commanded vectoring brake torque is an amount by which a driveline torque delivered to the first wheel exceeds the maximum supportable drive torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Kelsey-Hayes Company
    Inventors: Patrick A. Hartman, Greg Timm, Jeff Breitner, Craig B. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9616922
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle which, when a pair of left and right wheels are displaced with respect to the vehicle body due to the difference in drive force between the wheels, the two wheels are reliably displaced vertically in opposite directions such that neither wheel is disproportionately displaced and such that both wheels are steered during said displacement of both wheels vertically in opposite directions. An electric motor applies drive torque to the front wheels individually. A vehicle body frame supports the front wheel support member to allow rotation about a forwardly inclined steering axis (Lf). By allowing rotation of the front wheel support member about the steering axis (Lf), the front wheels are displaced relatively to one another vertically in opposite directions with respect to the vehicle body frame and the front wheels are steered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SEARCHWARE KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masanobu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9561834
    Abstract: A bicycle includes a frame having a longitudinal axis, a first member, and a first pivot link assembly including a first link configured to rotate around a first pivot point. The first pivot point may have a first axis of rotation that is non-orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the first frame, and the first frame may be coupled with the first member through the first pivot link assembly. Some examples also include a second pivot link assembly including a second link configured to rotate around a second pivot point having an axis of rotation that is non-orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: YETI CYCLING, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Zawistowski
  • Patent number: 9527532
    Abstract: A three wheeled vehicle is disclosed having a vehicle frame with a frame sidewall providing a substantially flat surface, with recesses in the flat surface. Alignment arms have inner ends and outer ends, where the inner ends are mounted to the frame sidewall, and the outer ends mount a wheel hub. The inner ends have couplings with pivotal portions and fixed portions, the pivotal portions being at least partially positioned within the recesses, and the fixed portions being attached to the substantially flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: James A. J. Holroyd, Brian T. Utter, Jason J. Hohenstein, Todd L. Rachel
  • Patent number: 9493208
    Abstract: A vehicle prevents interference of a right lamp and a left lamp with a link mechanism without increasing the size of the vehicle in its width direction. A right link side portion of a right lamp is located on the right of a locus along which a link mechanism extends when an upper cross portion turns when looking at the vehicle from the front of an upper middle axis. At least a portion of the right link side portion is located on the left of a right end portion of a body cover, above the upper middle axis, and below an upper end portion of the link mechanism that results when the upper cross portion turns clockwise to a maximum extent relative to a body frame, when looking at the vehicle from the front of the upper middle axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kaoru Sasaki, Yosuke Hirayama, Kazuhisa Takano, Toshio Iizuka, Hirotoshi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 9457869
    Abstract: In an electric scooter, a swing arm is swingably supported on a vehicle body frame having a lower frame extending to the rear from a rear end of a down frame extending downwardly to the rear from a head pipe, and a pair of left and right rear frames provided to be connected to a rear end part of the lower frame and inclined upwardly to the rear at least beneath a riding seat, a power unit employing an electric motor is provided on the swing arm, a rear wheel is axially supported on a rear part of the swing arm, and a battery box housing a battery is disposed between the pair of left and right rear frames beneath the riding seat, wherein a single support shaft swingably supporting the front end part of the swing arm on the vehicle body frame is disposed beneath the battery box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Kashiwai, Hideki Inaizumi, Takato Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9428235
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a front end of a front portion and at least a portion of a headlamp disposed on the left of a right end of a right front wheel and on the right of a left end of a left front wheel when the vehicle is in the upright state, above upper ends of the right front wheel and the left front wheel, and below an upper end of a lower cross portion in relation to an up-and-down direction of a body frame in a position located ahead of a front end of the lower cross portion when looking at the vehicle from a side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Takano, Toshio Iizuka, Hirotoshi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 9408344
    Abstract: A three-wheeled mowing vehicle is disclosed. The vehicle has a frame and a prime mover. Two steered wheels, steered by a steering mechanism, are near the front of the vehicle and a single non-steered wheel is near the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle has a deck that houses rotatable cutting blades. Portions of the deck are positioned in front of and adjacent each side of the rear wheel. A first rotatable cutting blade is positioned adjacent a first side of the rear wheel and a second rotatable cutting blade is positioned adjacent the opposite side of the rear wheel. One or more additional cutting blades are positioned in front of the rear wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Thomas J. Langenfeld
  • Patent number: 9352798
    Abstract: A body cover includes an outer surface covering portion that covers at least a portion of an outer peripheral surface of a link mechanism excluding an upper surface and a lower surface thereof. When the vehicle is in the upright state, at least portions of a leaning associated deforming portion of a brake controlling operation transmission member that deform in association with the leaning of a body frame are positioned between the outer peripheral surface of the link mechanism, excluding the upper surface and the lower surface thereof, and the outer surface covering portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yosuke Hirayama
  • Patent number: 9327586
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an electric motor disposed downward of a battery. The vehicle is provided with a motor control unit configured to receive electrical power from the battery and to supply the electrical power of the battery to the electric motor, and a case that accommodates the motor control unit. The case is positioned downward of the battery and forward of the electric motor, and is arranged in a posture in which the length in the front-rear direction of an accommodating portion in the case is less than the vertical height thereof in a side view of the vehicle body. Accordingly, a compact longitudinal layout of the electric motor and the motor control unit that controls the electric motor is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shidehiko Miyashiro
  • Patent number: 9296420
    Abstract: A right front fender and a left front fender are displaceable relative to a vehicle body frame in accordance with an operation of a link mechanism. At least a portion of the right front fender is disposed above a center in the up-down direction between an upper end of a right front wheel and a lower edge of the link mechanism or a steering mechanism directly above the right front wheel, and is disposed below a right lower edge of a front portion of a link cover portion, as seen from a front in the front-rear direction of the vehicle body frame when the vehicle body frame is in the upright state. At least a portion of the left front fender is disposed above a center in the up-down direction between an upper end of a left front wheel and a lower edge of the link mechanism or the steering mechanism directly above the left front wheel, and is disposed below the left lower edge of the front portion of the link cover portion, as seen from the front when the vehicle body frame is in the upright state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HUTSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kaoru Sasaki, Mitsuaki Ohta
  • Patent number: 9278711
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a resisting force change mechanism that changes a resisting force exerted against a turning operation of each of an upper cross member and a lower cross member with respect to a body frame, and a resisting force that occurs when the upper cross member and the lower cross member are displaced from respective positions relative to the body frame in at least two different magnitudes. The resisting force change mechanism includes a first portion and a second portion that change a resisting force against a relative turning therebetween about a resisting force change axis which is parallel or substantially parallel with an upper middle axis. The first portion is non-turnably fixed to one member and the second portion is supported by another member, at least a portion of which is turnably supported by the one member, and the second portion turns relative to the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Takano, Shigeto Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 9272744
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to three-wheeled vehicles. The three-wheeled vehicles disclosed herein are characterized by two front wheels and a single rear wheel, an engine located rearward of the cockpit and a drivetrain configured to power the front wheels. Three-wheeled vehicle configurations in accordance with the present disclosure may enhance various handling characteristics of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Peter de Haan
  • Patent number: 9180927
    Abstract: An electric powered personal mobility vehicle that includes at least one front wheel and an electric motor that provides rotational force to a wheel of the vehicle. The electric motor is supported by the vehicle and is powered by a rechargeable battery that is also supported by the vehicle. The vehicle can also include swivel caster wheels each configured to rotate about a wheel axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: RAZOR USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert Chen, Robert Hadley, William Griggs
  • Patent number: 9108531
    Abstract: A straddle-type tracked vehicle comprises a frame and a foot board pivotally connected to the frame. A retainer selectively prevents the foot board from pivoting with respect to the frame. An actuator, operatively connected to at least one operative system of the vehicle, has a pedal disposed at least in part vertically above the foot board. In a first state of the retainer, the foot board is fixed in a default position by the retainer. The pedal is movable between a first position and a second position. The second position is vertically below the first position and vertically above the default position of the foot board. In a second state of the retainer, the foot board pivots such that at least a front of the foot board is at a position vertically below the default position. The pedal is movable to a third position vertically below the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Dany Marois, Yannick Bourque, Bruno Girouard, Bruno Bedard
  • Patent number: 9090281
    Abstract: A laterally tiltable, multitrack vehicle is disclosed. The vehicle includes a vehicle body and at least three wheels, with two of the wheels being assigned to a common axle to form a first wheel pair. A first wheel control part suspends the first wheel of the wheel pair from the vehicle body and a second wheel control part suspends the second wheel of the wheel pair from the vehicle body. The first wheel control part is configured to be coupled to the second wheel control part via a first gearwheel mechanism, and the second wheel control part is configured to be coupled to the first wheel control part via a second gearwheel mechanism. The first and second gearwheel mechanisms each have a negative transmission ratio between a drive shaft and an output shaft. The laterally tiltable, multitrack vehicle may be a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Spahl, Edmund Halfmann, Torsten Gerhardt, Marc Simon
  • Publication number: 20150129340
    Abstract: A spherical wheel intended to move a vehicle and a vehicle implementing the wheel are provided, the wheel having its rotation motorized by a shaft able to rotate about an axis. The wheel comprises two shells of which the surface follows the spherical surface of the wheel and each of which is bounded by a plane. The shells are each articulated by means of a pivot connection with respect to the shaft, an axis of each of the pivot connections being perpendicular to the plane of the relevant shell. The planes bounding the two shells are secant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Bruno Maisonnier, Vincent Clerc
  • Publication number: 20150122567
    Abstract: A straddle-seat vehicle has a frame, and connected thereto, a pair of front wheels, at least one rear wheel, a pair of footrests, an engine, a radiator connected to the engine for cooling the engine, and a cowling. The cowling encloses at least a portion of the radiator and includes an inlet in fluid communication with the portion of the radiator, a lateral outlet on a first side, and a downward outlet on a lower surface, both outlets rearward of the inlet. The inlet is adapted to direct air to enter through the portion of the radiator into the cowling. A cowling wall disposed between the inlet and one of the pair of footrests deflects air away from the pair of footrests. The lateral and downward outlets, each in fluid communication with the inlet, are adapted to direct air exiting the cowling away from the pair of footrests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Dany Marois, David Laroche
  • Publication number: 20150122566
    Abstract: A transport and load cart in the form of a kick scooter is compact, has a low dead weight and is designed with dimensions that are suitable for transport by train or automobile, and which nonetheless ensures safe transport of bulky and heavy goods together with a person, while improving the handling and reducing the expenditure of force. The longer side of the loading platform is disposed transversely to the travel direction and in a rearwardly inclined and/or displaceable manner relative thereto, and the receiving compartment has a front-side slot for the rechargeable battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Hans Constien
  • Publication number: 20150114740
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, an input portion including an input gear, an idler portion including an idler gear, and an output portion including an output gear and an output member disposed outside of the housing and substantially coplanar with a drive portion of a rear wheel assembly. The housing can couple to an engine assembly such that rotation of an engine output member rotates the input gear. The input gear can move within the housing between a first position, in which the input gear engages the idler gear and is spaced apart from the output gear to indirectly rotate the output gear in a first direction via the idler gear, and a second position, in which the input gear engages the output gear and is spaced apart from the idler gear to directly rotate the output gear in a second direction. The output member rotates with the output gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Tanom Motors, LLC
    Inventors: Merrill C. HALL, David M. ANKIN, Jody L. RAWSON, John A. WILLES, SR.
  • Publication number: 20150104281
    Abstract: An apparatus for a wheelchair caddy to be attached to a disabled rider adapted cycle or scooter that may include connectors connecting the caddy and cycle, a rear or double rear axle attached to the base of the caddy frame, a handle for the user to grip while pulling the wheelchair onto the caddy, a rod as an emergency brake, a ratcheting strap or straps and bungee cord for securing the wheelchair in the caddy, walled footwells for the securing the passengers feet, a secured foam rubber middle console, a fitted, padded back rest, thigh restraining straps, lower ribcage restraining straps and other features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Roy E. Day, JR.
  • Patent number: 9004214
    Abstract: A three wheeled vehicle is disclosed having a vehicle frame with a frame sidewall providing a substantially flat surface, with recesses in the flat surface. Alignment arms have inner ends and outer ends, where the inner ends are mounted to the frame sidewall, and the outer ends mount a wheel hub. The inner ends have couplings with pivotal portions and fixed portions, the pivotal portions being at least partially positioned within the recesses, and the fixed portions being attached to the substantially flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: James A. J. Holroyd, Gustavo A. Aramayo, Brian T. Utter, Jason J. Hohenstein, Donald Brett Gass
  • Patent number: 8997911
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body having a steering section and a main body section connected together; a steerable wheel which is rotatably mounted to the steering section and which steers the vehicle body; a non-steerable wheel which is rotatably mounted to the main body section; a steering apparatus for inputting a steering instruction information; an inclination actuator apparatus for inclining the steering section or the main body section in a turning direction; a steering actuator apparatus for varying a steering angle of the steerable wheel based on the steering instruction information inputted from the steering apparatus; and a control apparatus which controls the inclination actuator apparatus and the steering actuator apparatus. The control apparatus controls a center of gravity to move in a steering direction included in the steering instruction information at an initial steering stage so that an acceleration toward turning-locus inner side is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Equos Research, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koki Hayashi