With Means For Cooling Motor Patents (Class 180/229)
  • Patent number: 10683052
    Abstract: In the vehicle structure for mounting an air-cooled internal combustion engine, a crankcase is supported by a body frame in such a manner that crankcase hanger bosses on the crankcase are joined to the body frame via crankcase hanger plates. A cylinder head has left and right cylinder head hanger seating surfaces formed perpendicular to a left-right horizontal direction by cutting out right and left symmetric areas close to side edges of left and right side faces of the cylinder head along with parts of cooling fins. One ends of left and right cylinder head hanger members are fastened respectively to cylinder head hanger attaching seats on which the left and right cylinder head hanger seating surfaces of the cylinder head are formed. The other ends of the left and right cylinder head hanger members are fastened individually to the body frame. The structure is capable of using an engine body itself to improve stiffness of a body frame without use of any particular reinforcing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Sugiyama, Katsuhiko Ito
  • Patent number: 10569819
    Abstract: An all-terrain vehicle has an air ventilation system positioned adjacent a rearmost point of the front ground engaging members and directing air rearwardly through an engine compartment, wherein the air ventilation system includes at least one air scoop adjacent a front of the vehicle for directing the air. In addition, an ATV has a rear rack having an integral storage bin, where the storage bin is one piece with the rear rack. The storage bin is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan K. Lovold, Cameron Fisher, Thomas C. Hanegraaf
  • Patent number: 10514000
    Abstract: To provide an engine side cover structure of a saddle type vehicle that can also cover the back side of a crankcase. An engine side cover structure of a saddle type vehicle includes a vehicle body frame arranged between a front wheel and a rear wheel; an engine including a crankcase, and a cylinder extending upward from the crankcase, the engine being supported by the vehicle body frame; and a side cover covering a side of the crankcase; where the side cover includes a cover main body that covers the side of the crankcase, and an extended portion that extends backward from the cover main body; and the cover main body is fixed to the crankcase, and the extended portion is fixed to the vehicle body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Kisaichi, Hiroyuki Kaga, Tomoya Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10465592
    Abstract: A straddle-type vehicle comprises a radiator through which air flowing from a front flows in a forward and rearward direction of a vehicle body; an engine which generates driving power for allowing the straddle-type vehicle to travel, the engine being disposed rearward of the radiator; and a cover unit covering from above a space formed between the radiator and the engine, and the engine, wherein the cover unit includes: a hard cover which is located at a front side of the cover unit, extends rearward from the radiator, and covers the space formed between the radiator and the engine; and a soft cover which is located at a rear side of the cover unit, extends rearward from the hard cover, and covers the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Jyouzaki, Akira Soeda
  • Patent number: 10378420
    Abstract: Provided is a saddle-ride type vehicle that can improve the cooling ability when a radiator fan is provided only on one radiator of right and left radiators. A saddle-ride type vehicle has a water-cooled engine, right and left radiators supported by a body frame, and a cooling water passage that connects the right and left radiators and the water-cooled engine. A radiator fan is provided only on one radiator of the right and left radiators. One cooling water passage that connects the one radiator and the water-cooled engine has a larger diameter than the other cooling water passage that connects the other radiator and the water-cooled engine. The one radiator is larger than the other radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Kisaichi, Hiroyuki Kaga, Koichiro Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10381901
    Abstract: A wireless in-wheel electric motor assembly having a wheel, an electric motor disposed within the wheel, the electric motor including a stator and a rotor, a receiving coil disposed within the wheel and operable to receive wirelessly transmitted energy, a first converter disposed within the wheel, electrically coupled to the receiving coil and operable to convert the wirelessly transmitted energy from the receiving coil into direct current, an inverter circuit disposed within the wheel, electrically coupled to the conversion circuit and the electric motor, and operable to power the electric motor. The wireless in-wheel electric motor assembly further includes a cooling system disposed within the wheel that includes a micro pump operable to pump coolant, a fluid line operable to pass the coolant proximate at least one of the conversion circuit and the inverter circuit, and a heat exchanger operable to receive heated coolant and dissipate heat to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Feng Zhou, Ercan Mehmet Dede, Hiroshi N. Ukegawa, Kyosuke Miyagi
  • Patent number: 10363984
    Abstract: Inside a radiator shroud covering an outside of an engine or an outside of a radiator supposed to get hot relating to the engine, a first protruding portion and a second protruding portion are provided. An abutting surface to abut on the engine or the radiator is provided at a distal end of each of the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion. The first protruding portion and the second protruding portion are made of resin material with higher heat resistance than a shroud body of the radiator shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya Matsuo, Yuji Noguchi, Masanobu Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 10202160
    Abstract: A front fender that can guide a relative wind to an engine while suppressing increases in the weight and the number of parts. The front fender includes a main body part having a substantially reverse U-shaped section opened downward and step parts extending from left and right end parts of this main body part toward both lateral sides, at least at a part of the front fender on the front side relative to left and right fork tubes. The step parts are formed to extend from a front part of the front fender toward the upper rear side along an upper edge contour line in side view of the front fender and then extend toward the lower rear side at a part near the front side of the fork tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Oshima, Takuya Ebihara
  • Patent number: 10118662
    Abstract: A saddle type vehicle having a seat frame connected to the rear of a main frame wherein the vehicle body width of a periphery of the seat is suppressed to improve the boarding. The saddle type vehicle includes a head pipe, a main frame extending obliquely downwardly from the head pipe, and a seat frame for supporting a seat. The main frame has a third extension inclined so as to be positioned on the inner side in a widthwise direction toward the rear of the vehicle. The seat frame is connected at a front end portion thereof to the third extension. The seat frame has a first inclination portion inclined so as to be positioned on the inner side in the widthwise direction toward the rear of the vehicle from the front end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuma Koishikawa, Edward Birtulescu
  • Patent number: 10113520
    Abstract: A positioning bracket or a retention bracket to position an actuating arm connected to and at least partially external of an intake manifold, where the positioning bracket includes a body portion to receive there-through a fastener, and an ear portion extending from the body portion and defining an ear aperture to receive there-though a pin of the actuating arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Hamzeh, Christopher William Newman, Katherine Jane Brewer
  • Patent number: 9988121
    Abstract: In an off road vehicle having a cradle type vehicle body frame, an electrical component is arranged forwardly of rider's legs. A vehicle body frame includes a head pipe, a main frame, a pivot frame, a down frame and a lower frame so as to be formed in a cradle of a closed loop shape in a side view. An engine is supported inside the cradle, and a fuel tank is arranged above the cradle. A vehicle body cover for covering the engine and the fuel tank includes a tank shroud, a side cover and an under cover. A portion of the side cover swells laterally and has an apex located within the cradle on the lateral side of a cylinder section. A fuel pump or an ABS unit as a heavy electrical component is arranged on the inside of the apex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osami Inomata, Koji Miwa
  • Patent number: 9975586
    Abstract: A motorcycle with a power unit for reducing the running resistance of a flow of air by effectively straightening the flow of air while ensuring the visibility of a tail light unit. The tail light unit emits light toward the rear of the vehicle and is arranged in a rear cowl which covers a rear part of the body frame at least behind an operator's seat. A straightening plate covers a rear part of a body frame F from below while allowing air flowing from a power unit to the rear to be straightened and discharged to the rear of the vehicle. The straightening plate is fixedly arranged below a rear cowl, which covers the rear part of the body frame from the side and above, behind an operator's seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Shigihara, Hirotsugu Ueno, Toshiaki Kishi
  • Patent number: 9909659
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a stepless speed changer device having a drive pulley receiving input of power of an engine, a driven pulley, and an endless rotary body wound around and entrained between the drive pulley and the driven pulley and an accommodating body having an accommodation space for accommodating the drive pulley, the driven pulley and the endless rotary body. The accommodation space includes an air passage for causing air introduced from the outside to flow from the driven pulley side to the drive pulley side to be eventually discharged to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Bessho, Noriyasu Honjo, Jun Yoshida, Hiroshi Takagi
  • Patent number: 9878757
    Abstract: A fuel tank is disposed under a flat footboard. A vehicle body cover is disposed laterally of the fuel tank. An opening introduces travelling wind to a space between the fuel tank and the vehicle body cover. A first exhaust pipe is located upstream of a catalyst and is connected to an exhaust port. A catalyst housing portion accommodates the catalyst, is connected to the first exhaust pipe, and extends backwardly from the first exhaust pipe. A second exhaust pipe is located downstream of the catalyst, is connected to the catalyst housing portion, extends backwardly from the catalyst housing portion, and is connected to a silencer. The first exhaust pipe at least partially overlaps with the fuel tank in a vehicle front view. The catalyst housing portion is at least partially disposed rearward of the space between the fuel tank and the vehicle body cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshinori Inomori, Ryuji Inoue
  • Patent number: 9878756
    Abstract: A front structure of a motorcycle where a larger amount of air can be directed to the inside without increasing the size of the vehicle. A front structure of a motorcycle includes a front fork steerably mounted on a front portion of a vehicle body frame and supporting a front wheel thereon. A front fender is provided for protection from mud being splashed by the front wheel. A duct, through which air flows, is formed on a side surface of the front fender. An air intake opening, for taking in the flow of air, is formed on a front end of the duct with an air discharge opening directed inwardly in the vehicle width direction being formed on a rear end of the duct. The rear end of the duct opens to an inside of an inner surface of the front fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobutaka Wakita, Kenji Tako, Yasuhiro Sato, Masato Nagata, Hiroyuki Iwasaki, Tomohiro Sone, Kihoko Kaita
  • Patent number: 9834266
    Abstract: A straddle type vehicle includes a body cover having a side cover including a front member which covers a side of an engine, an upper member which covers a side of an area above the front member and of an area above and behind the front member and forward of a seat, and a rear member which covers an area below a side of the seat. The side cover is fastened to a body frame through a front fastening portion, a rear fastening portion, and an intermediate fastening portion positioned between the front and rear fastening portions. A shroud is arranged at a front portion of the side cover. The shroud includes an inner shroud supported by the body frame, and an outer shroud supported by the side cover. In such straddle type vehicle, the shroud can be fastened to a body frame through less number of fastening points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rui Maeda, Toru Sakai, Shinya Yanagihara
  • Patent number: 9815503
    Abstract: An air outlet is formed on each side surface of a front cowl covering a front portion of a vehicle body. The air outlet is located near and on the front side of a middle position defined by the half of the longitudinal length L of the front cowl. Left and right air inlets are formed near a headlight provided on the front surface of the front cowl. A running wind is introduced into the air inlets, passed through the inside of the front cowl, and discharged from the air outlets. The running wind flowing inside the front cowl is disturbed by the running wind discharged from the air outlets, thereby separating the running wind from each side surface of the front cowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Tsukui
  • Patent number: 9669704
    Abstract: The air intake structure for a saddle-ride type vehicle includes a front cowl, a pair of right and left air duct portions, an air cleaner box, and a vehicle body frame. The front cowl includes a pair of right and left air intake ports. The pair of the right and left air duct portions guides air taken from the pair of the right and left air intake ports. The air cleaner box cleans the air guided by the pair of the right and left air duct portions. The vehicle body frame is branched backward from a steering head pipe disposed on a front side of a vehicle into a bifurcated shape with a pair of right and left. The vehicle body frame includes the air cleaner box between the branches of the bifurcated shape. The air duct portion includes a first air duct and a second air duct. The first air duct guides air to the air cleaner box from the air intake port through the vehicle body frame. The second air duct branches from the first air duct in a middle to guide air to the air cleaner box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Nakayama, Koji Kobayashi, Yuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9663155
    Abstract: A body cover construction for a motorcycle includes a body cover having a front cover which covers a front portion of a vehicle body. A front lower cover covers a front surface of the vehicle body, below the front cover and which has a curved opposite surface which continues from above to a rear of a front wheel to face opposite the front wheel. An undercover covers a lower surface of the vehicle body lying further forwards than a power unit and lighting further rearwards than the front lower cover. A lower end portion of the front lower cover has a curved portion and can extend rearwards to be connected to the undercover. The curved portion is formed so that a radius at a transverse center is larger than radii at transverse end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taro Nishimoto, Taishi Inoue
  • Patent number: 9643514
    Abstract: A straddle electric vehicle comprises a battery case accommodating a battery which is an electric power supply for an electric motor; an inverter which converts DC power stored in the battery into AC power and supplies the AC power to the electric motor; an air passage through which ram air is guided to an interior of a battery case and discharges air from the battery case; and a radiator for cooling a coolant used to cool the inverter using water or oil, wherein the radiator is placed forward relative to an air inlet of the air passage or within the air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9624819
    Abstract: A radiator arrangement structure for a saddle-ride type vehicle places, in a saddle-ride type vehicle equipped with a water-cooled internal combustion engine, a radiator to face a front portion of a rear fender and to incline rearward along the rear fender, and a cooling fan in front of the radiator in a forward inclined position. Alternatively or additionally, in the radiator arrangement structure for a saddle-ride type vehicle, in side view, the cooling fan and the radiator are housed in a V-shaped region defined by a main frame and the rear fender in such a manner as to increase a distance between the cooling fan and the radiator toward their top ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi Matsuo, Konomu Hoshi
  • Patent number: 9528595
    Abstract: A V-belt type continuously variable transmission is provided with a transmission case attached to an engine and forms an outer shape, comprising: an air intake duct provided with an air intake port arranged on an engine side; and an air intake duct connection port arranged in a side wall on the engine side of the transmission case and connected to the air intake duct, the air intake duct connection port being inclined relative to the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiji Itoo, Ayumi Hamada, Taisuke Morita, Jun Takagi
  • Patent number: 9440697
    Abstract: A motorcycle includes a front fender for covering above a front wheel and a headlamp device positioned forwardly of a handlebar. At a portion of an upper surface of the front fender forwardly of the headlamp device, a recess is formed which is depressed downwardly and extends in a forward and rearward direction. A projection protruding upwardly towards the rear is formed in an intermediate portion of a rear half portion of the recess with respect to a motorcycle widthwise direction. The headlamp device has a lower end formed with a recessed area in which the projection is engageable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Miki Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 9358875
    Abstract: A saddle riding type vehicle, includes a frame including a head pipe and a pair of left and right main frames extending rearward and downward from the head pip, a fuel tank supported between the left and right main frames, a radiator; and a radiator shroud structure. The shroud structure includes shrouds covering lateral sides of the radiator and shroud fastening portions fixed to outer side walls of the left and right main frames so that upper portions of the shrouds are arranged in covering relation along outer faces of the outer side walls of the main frames, and lower portions of the shrouds extend downward from the upper portions of the shrouds and are connected to the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyohei Hosoya, Tomoya Matsuo, Kohei Hirano
  • Patent number: 9284005
    Abstract: A front cowl for use with a saddle-ride type vehicle includes headlights as well as an air introduction passage configured to introduce a flow of air rearwardly. The air introduction passage is opened in a forward direction to enable the headlights to be cooled by the flow of air that flow through the air introduction passage. Headlights using LEDs as their respective sources of light are placed inside an air introduction passage while supported by a duct that forms the air introduction passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hayato Ohashi, Akira Omae
  • Patent number: 9272613
    Abstract: An inner cowl and a radiator upper cowl surround a radiator cover. An air guide is provided inside a radiator. A first air duct sends traveling air flow to the radiator while a second air duct, spaced laterally inwardly from the radiator, bypasses the radiator and sends cool traveling air flowing toward a driver's legs via a slit provided in a rear radiator cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kihoko Kaita, Atsushi Takasaki, Yoji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9070925
    Abstract: Provided are a battery charger, which is a different body from a vehicle and the durability, performance, etc., of which are maintained, and a battery charger attaching structure. The battery charger attaching structure comprises: a battery; a battery charger being a different body from a vehicle and charging the battery; an electric motor for generating driving force on the basis of the power supplied from the battery; vehicle covers for covering the vehicle; and an attachment portion provided on the vehicle covers and used for attaching the battery charger on the side of the vehicle. The attachment portion is provided at an upper part on a leg shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Nakamura, Ryo Sato, Hiroshi Iwakami, Atsuro Takeno, Yoshitaka Kubota
  • 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: 9045188
    Abstract: A lower part structure of a motorcycle is provided which enables air having flowed past a radiator to be guided to transversely outer sides more efficiently. In a motorcycle, a radiator is disposed forwardly of an engine and rearwardly of a front wheel, and an air guide port opening forward is provided forwardly of the radiator. A body frame and the radiator are covered with a cowling. The cowling includes side cowls covering lateral sides of the radiator, and an undercover covering a lower portion of the body frame rearwardly of the radiator. The undercover includes a V-shaped part, and air guide surfaces extending obliquely from the V-shaped part toward transversely outer rear sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eiji Toriyama
  • Publication number: 20150107923
    Abstract: A water pump is disposed so as to be mounted on a cylinder head cover of an engine. An electric motor is disposed continuously from the water pump. The water pump sends cooling water to a water jacket of a cylinder block via a cooling water pipe disposed so as pass in front of the cylinder head cover and a cylinder head. In an upper end portion of a radiator, an inlet through which the cooling water is led from the engine is disposed on the left and an outlet through which the cooling water is supplied to the water pump is disposed on the right. The inlet is connected to the cylinder block via a cooling water pipe, and the outlet is connected to the water pump via a cooling water pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshisato INAYAMA
  • Patent number: 9004211
    Abstract: To provide a radiator exhaust structure for a saddle type vehicle that includes step floors provided on the left and right sides of a center tunnel, a radiator disposed in the center tunnel, an exhaust air guide that is provided rearwardly of the radiator and by which exhaust air from the radiator is guided, and an under cover by which the vehicle is covered on the lower side thereof. In the radiator exhaust structure, an air guide wall serving as a front end of the under cover and extending forwardly upward is disposed rearwardly of the radiator. The upper end of the air guide wall and the lower end of the exhaust air guide are disposed proximate to each other in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masanori Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20150083512
    Abstract: A straddle type vehicle includes a body cover having a side cover including a front member which covers a side of an engine, an upper member which covers a side of an area above the front member and of an area above and behind the front member and forward of a seat, and a rear member which covers an area below a side of the seat. The side cover is fastened to a body frame through a front fastening portion, a rear fastening portion, and an intermediate fastening portion positioned between the front and rear fastening portions. A shroud is arranged at a front portion of the side cover. The shroud includes an inner shroud supported by the body frame, and an outer shroud supported by the side cover. In such straddle type vehicle, the shroud can be fastened to a body frame through less number of fastening points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Rui MAEDA, Toru SAKAI, Shinya YANAGIHARA
  • Publication number: 20150083513
    Abstract: One or more throttle bodies and a surge tank are disposed behind a cylinder head, and an intercooler is disposed by being adjacent to the surge tank at a position behind the cylinder head and the one or more throttle bodies. A supercharger is provided in front of the intercooler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke ITO, Ken SHIBANO, Yoshisato INAYAMA, Kei HASEGAWA, Yuta ENDO
  • Publication number: 20150068830
    Abstract: Left and right radiators in a saddle type vehicle are formed in a trapezoidal shape and disposed such that a shorter one of two side portions of each of the radiators which extend in parallel or substantially in parallel to each other as viewed in front elevation is positioned at the inner side in the vehicle widthwise direction. A longer one of the side portions is disposed at the outer side in the vehicle widthwise direction. Forward projections of an exhaust pipe projecting forwardly from an engine pass below the shorter side portions at the inner side in the vehicle widthwise direction of the radiators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Masato NAKATA, Satoshi SEO, Tetsuya TANABE, Kota NOGUCHI
  • Patent number: 8936123
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising a vehicle body frame (11), a front cowl (72) provided in front of the vehicle body frame, and a headlight unit (59) mounted within the width, in the vehicle's lateral direction, of the front cowl. The headlight unit has, on the opposite sides thereof, recesses (115L, 115R) recessed inward in the vehicle's lateral direction. Air intake openings (111L, 111R) for introducing air in front of the front cowl into the inner side of the front cowl are formed between the headlight unit and the front cowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kogo, Eiji Toriyama, Kenji Morita, Gen Tanabe, Toru Ukawa, Hajime Soda
  • Publication number: 20150014080
    Abstract: A motorcycle is provided which can enhance a cooling effect of a radiator while suppressing traveling resistance generated by a front fender. In a motorcycle which includes a front fender which is arranged between the left and right fork assemblies which constitute a front fork, and covers the front wheel from above, radiators are provided as a pair of left and right radiators, respective inner edges of the left and right radiators and the front fender overlap with each other as viewed from a front side, and a pair of left and right openings which extends in a vertical direction is formed in a rear portion of the front fender.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takasaki, Takashi Sasaki
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8925512
    Abstract: A support structure for a water-cooled internal combustion engine supported by a body frame of a motorcycle 2 includes a cooling device that circulates cooling water through an inside and an outside of at least a cylinder head of the engine, a thermo-valve that controls the cooling water circulating in the cooling device, and a thermo-valve case that accommodates the thermo-valve and that is integrally molded with the cylinder head such that a part thereof bulges from a side surface of the cylinder head. A support portion formed on the cylinder head is fixed to the body frame and is integrally molded so as to stride between the cylinder head and the thermo-valve case, whereby the support portion is solidly formed and an area around a thermo-valve case can be reinforced by the support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kitada, Akihiro Iida
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8881859
    Abstract: An air guiding structure introduces a cooling air to be supplied to a radiator, positioned forwardly of a combustion engine, and an engine intake air from a single opening in a fairing. The fairing encloses at least an area forwardly of a head pipe and an area laterally outwardly of the radiator. A portion of an inner peripheral face of the opening is formed by an inner cowl. An intake air inlet for introducing the engine intake air is disposed above the radiator. The inner cowl is extended rearwardly to form a cowl extension confronting at least a lower portion of the head pipe and a lower bracket of a front fork assembly from outside. A side wall of the inner cowl including the cowl extension is formed with a guide for guiding an incoming air towards the intake air inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kozo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8875832
    Abstract: A straddle-type vehicle having an air cleaner disposed in front of a down tube that funnels running wind to a funneled wind target member like an engine that is disposed beneath the air cleaner. The air cleaner has an air cleaner cap that faces a front fender. Side end sections of the air cleaner cap protrude further toward the front of the motorcycle than a central section of the air cleaner cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yu Kitamura
  • Patent number: 8863881
    Abstract: A fuel tank and radiator layout structure for a saddle type vehicle that makes the vehicle smaller-sized and compact while securing cooling efficiency of a radiator. A front wall of a fuel tank is inclined forward to obliquely extend downwardly rearward from its upper end. The radiator is disposed on the rear and lower side of the front end of the fuel tank, and the radiator is provided vertically or is inclined forward so as to have its lower end located rearwardly of its upper end in side view. The forward inclination angle of the front wall of the fuel tank relative to the vertical is greater than the forward inclination angle of the radiator relative to the vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masanori Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8857553
    Abstract: A radiator hose layout structure for a saddle type vehicle by which radiator hoses can be arranged while enhancing cooling efficiency of a radiator. Longitudinal wall parts projecting forward are provided at vehicle-width-directionally both end portions of an exhaust air guide. The front ends of the longitudinal wall parts are provided rearwardly of the radiator. An exhaust air passage for letting exhaust air from the radiator flow therethrough is provided between the longitudinal wall parts. A lower radiator hose and an upper radiator hose are arranged on the vehicle-width-directionally outer side of the longitudinal wall parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Nakamura, Hiroyuki Sasazawa
  • Publication number: 20140291052
    Abstract: An inner cowl and a radiator upper cowl surround a radiator cover. An air guide is provided inside a radiator. A first air duct sends traveling air flow to the radiator while a second air duct, spaced laterally inwardly from the radiator, bypasses the radiator and sends cool traveling air flowing toward a driver's legs via a slit provided in a rear radiator cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kihoko Kaita, Atsushi Takasaki, Yoji Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20140291051
    Abstract: A motorcycle includes a body frame, an engine supported by the body frame, a radiator disposed in front of the engine, a radiator fan disposed between the engine and the radiator, a left frame cover disposed above the radiator, and an intake air temperature sensor mounted to the left frame cover. The radiator fan rotates clockwise as viewed from the front of the vehicle, and the intake air temperature sensor is positioned above a right end of the radiator as viewed from the front of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuhya YOSHIDA
  • Publication number: 20140284129
    Abstract: In a straddle type vehicle having a power unit provided on a body frame between a front wheel and a rear wheel to provide a driving force to the vehicle, and a radiator provided between the front wheel and the power unit to radiate the heat of the power unit into the air, a guard pipe is provided between the radiator and the power unit so as to protect the power unit from colliding with the ground when the vehicle is overturned and from being struck by obstacles in the front direction. Effective utilization of a narrow space can protect the power unit due to the fact that the guard pipe is provided in the relatively narrow space between the radiator, which is just in front of the power unit, and the power unit so as to protect the power unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Tamura, Kanae Fujitake, Kenichi Misaki
  • Patent number: 8757313
    Abstract: A saddle type vehicle includes a throttle body arranged while restraining the effect of the exhaust air of a radiator while restraining the vehicle width even though the radiator is large. A radiator includes a mixed flow fan which flows exhaust air from the radiator rearwardly and outwardly in the vehicle width direction and a motor configured to rotate the mixed flow fan on the back surface thereof. A throttle body is arranged rearwardly of the mixed flow fan so as to be overlapped with the mixed flow fan in a front view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Iwata, Manabu Fujii
  • Patent number: 8707926
    Abstract: A cylinder head cover structure of a vehicle which can shorten a longitudinal length of a vehicle while avoiding the restriction on the layout of an engine. A motorcycle includes a vehicle body frame, an engine which is mounted on the vehicle body frame in a suspended manner and includes a cylinder head cover and a radiator which is arranged in front of the engine and behind a front wheel. A recessed portion which is recessed toward a rear side of the vehicle is formed in the cylinder head cover so as to allow a lower portion of the radiator to enter the recessed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tadokoro, Takanori Osuka, Seiichi Nishihira
  • Patent number: 8672077
    Abstract: This invention comprises a frame for an electric motorcycle. Electric motorcycles have vastly different component requirements compared to internal combustion engine motorcycles, and, therefore, require a radical redesign of the frame in order to maximize the efficiency of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Faster Faster Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Sand, Derek Dorresteyn, David John Drennan
  • Patent number: 8607916
    Abstract: A vehicle shroud can have an opening formed so as to extend in a substantially front-to-rear direction. A substantially horizontal portion of a front fender of the vehicle can be located frontward of the opening. The vehicle can be a motorcycle, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takane Mitomi, Satoshi Oohashi, Takayoshi Muramatsu