Motor Vehicles With Short Wheelbase Patents (Class 180/908)
  • Patent number: 10881929
    Abstract: An auxiliary storage compartment for a golf car, wherein the auxiliary storage compartment comprises a storage receptacle disposed on a rear deck of a body of a golf car behind and accessible from a seating structure of the golf car. In various instances, the storage receptacle comprising at least one sidewall that defines an interior storage space of the storage receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Morgan
  • Patent number: 10214259
    Abstract: An all-terrain vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members and a frame supported by the plurality of ground-engaging members and having a front end and a rear end. The all-terrain vehicle further includes a straddle seat coupled to the frame and an attachment rack supported by the frame. The attachment rack has a first portion which defines an outer surface of the attachment rack and is comprised of a first material and a second portion which is positioned at least partially inward of the first portion and is comprised of a second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Taylor, Richard D. Ripley, Roy A. Sunsdahl
  • Patent number: 9884647
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame assembly extending along a longitudinal axis of the vehicle and including a rear frame portion. The rear frame portion includes at least one upstanding member, at least one longitudinal member, and at least one coupling member coupled to the at least one upstanding member and the at least one longitudinal member. The vehicle also includes at least one front ground-engaging member supporting the frame assembly, at least one rear ground-engaging member supporting the frame assembly, a drivetrain assembly operably coupled to the front and rear ground-engaging member, and a rear suspension assembly. The rear suspension assembly includes at least one radius rod operably coupled to the at least one rear ground-engaging member and angled less than 90° relative to the at least one longitudinal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn D. Peterson, Austin L. Houkom
  • Patent number: 9776481
    Abstract: The present invention relates to all terrain vehicles having at least a pair of laterally spaced apart seating surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Deckard, Andy T. Ives, Austin L. Houkom, Shawn D. Peterson, Gordon J. Steinmetz, Daniel L. Goffman
  • Patent number: 9033073
    Abstract: The invention provides a motorized portable mobility device configured expressly for use by those who have undergone leg amputation. A generally rectangular wheeled base platform with a U shaped niche positioned on the rear of the device easily traverses both carpeted and solid flooring. A circular rotating plate enables a user to quickly adjust directional positioning. Two feet and adjustable height legs terminating in integrated support socks are mounted to the rotating plate. Adjustable height vertical supports terminating in handles and having a horizontal cross member are mounted to the front of the device. A control panel is mounted to a handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Ninfa Garcia, Wilfredo Garcia
  • Patent number: 8955632
    Abstract: A tubular frame structure is provided for a three-wheeled motor vehicle with an top upper frame extending in the vehicle longitudinal and vehicle transverse direction, and with a lower frame extending in vehicle longitudinal direction and vehicle transverse direction, which is structurally connected with the upper frame via several connecting tubes extending substantially in the vehicle vertical direction, to form at least one energy absorption structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Thorsten Schurna, Curd-Sigmund Boettcher
  • Patent number: 8869929
    Abstract: A vehicle body frame of a utility vehicle comprises: a main frame supporting an engine; and a pair of side frames attached to the main frame by a coupling member on respective left and right sides of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Teruaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8844668
    Abstract: A combined heat shield and wire-holding structure for a saddle-type vehicle, where the vehicle includes a pair of right and left frame sections extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and a fuel tank disposed above the vehicle body frame sections. The combined heat shield and wire-holding structure comprises a heat shield, which is disposed below the fuel tank and which extends between the right and left body frame sections. The combined heat shield and wire-holding structure includes a wire-holding portion which extends in the vehicle longitudinal direction outside of the vehicle body frame, and the wire-holding portion holds a wiring harness routed through an inside portion of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Oshima, Masayuki Hojo
  • Patent number: 8839898
    Abstract: In an electric three-wheeled vehicle, a centrifugal clutch transmits rotary driving power to a counter shaft when the revolution speed of a motor exceeds a prescribed value. The clutch is coaxially located at one end of a motor output shaft. A counter shaft is located inside the outside diameter of the motor in a side view of the vehicle. The motor output shaft, counter shaft, and axles are arranged from a vehicle forward side in the order of mention. The axis center of the counter shaft is located below a line connecting the axis center of the motor output shaft and the axis center of the axle in a side view of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahide Mimura, Shin Nabeya, Keiichiro Niizuma, Hitoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8820454
    Abstract: A motorized wheelchair includes a frame, a battery support assembly that supports a battery box and is connected to the frame, first and second power drive assemblies disposed on each lateral side of the wheelchair, first and second rear wheels driven by the power drive assemblies, and first and second castor wheels that are pivotally connected to said frame. The battery support assembly is pivotally connected to the frame by a first connecting arrangement, so that said battery support assembly can pivot around a first longitudinal axis. The battery support assembly is pivotally connected to the first connecting arrangement by a second connecting arrangement, so that the battery support assembly can pivot around a second lateral axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Invacare International SARL
    Inventors: Peter Jost, Ralf Ritter
  • Patent number: 8783720
    Abstract: Various embodiments of reduced-size vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility vehicles (UVs) are disclosed herein. In at least some embodiments, the vehicles include frames that are wider near the front and rear sections of the vehicles than within the mid-sections of the vehicles. This, in combination with the use of shock-absorbers that are substantially vertically oriented, allows for the opening-up of large interior cavities within the front and rear sections of the vehicles within which can be positioned large front and rear internal compartments that can provide storage/carrying capacity as well as added buoyancy for the vehicle, among other things. Also, in at least some embodiments, the vehicles can include special cooling and/or exhaust systems having components that are positioned substantially within the mid-sections of the vehicles, thus further increasing the amounts of space available for the cavities/compartments within the front and rear sections of the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: American Off-Road Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric A. Davis, Brian P. Davis, Richard A. Davis
  • Patent number: 8746393
    Abstract: An engine unit 5 is arranged in the middle of the vehicle body frame 2 with respect to the widthwise direction of the vehicle and rearward of the steering shaft 28, and the fuel tank 10 with a built-in fuel pump 11 and the rear gear unit 31 comprising a wet brake 45 are arranged rearward of the cylinder head 20b of the engine unit 5 and such that at least a portion of the fuel tank 10 and of the rear gear unit 31 is located in the middle with respect to the widthwise direction of the vehicle, and the power steering unit 47 comprising an electric motor 49 is arranged forward of the cylinder head 20b and such that at least a portion of the unit is located in the middle with respect to the widthwise direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignees: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America
    Inventors: Harold Bolich, Christopher Gervais, William McClendon
  • Patent number: 8695746
    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 15, 2014
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: James A. J. Holroyd, Gustavo A. Aramayo, Jason J. Hohenstein, Mathew Bradley Wiest, Jeffrey D. Bennett, Mark Alan Ziliak
  • Patent number: 8684119
    Abstract: A battery is arranged so as to be located between left and right frame members in plan view of the vehicle and to the rear of the cylinder with respect to the front-back direction of the vehicle and so as to overlap at least a portion of the transmission case with regard to the location of at least a portion of the battery in the front-back direction of the vehicle, the long side of the battery being furthermore oriented in the front-back direction of the vehicle and the short side of the battery being oriented in the widthwise direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignees: Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America, Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Andrew Metzger, Bryan Harper
  • Patent number: 8505973
    Abstract: A forward mount is disclosed which is secured to the frame of an off-road vehicle to enable the rearward ends of a push-tube assembly to be secured thereto. The forward mount of this invention may be attached to the main frame of off-road vehicles of different manufacturers in various ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Curt J. Hill
  • Patent number: 8408598
    Abstract: An anti-tip system is provided for improving the stability of a powered vehicle, such as a powered wheelchair. The vehicle includes a drive-train assembly pivotally mounted to a main structural frame. A suspension system biases the drive-train assembly and its connected anti-tip wheel to a predetermined resting position. The drive-train assembly bi-directionally rotates about a pivot in response to torque applied to or acceleration forces on the vehicle. A linkage arrangement is provided and is characterized by a suspension arm pivotally mounting to the main structural frame about a pivot at one end thereof and an anti-tip wheel at the other end. The linkage may further include at least one link operable to transfer the bi-directional displacement of the drive-train assembly to the suspension arm. The link may include a bell crank member and/or may be resiliently compressible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Mulhern, Ronald Levi, Christopher E. Grymko
  • Patent number: 8403095
    Abstract: A new type of motorized, four wheeled, utility vehicle that provides for the driver to operate the vehicle from a standing position on a rear platform facilitating step on-step off movements and incorporating an automatic braking mechanism and adjustable weight distribution mechanism for enhanced safety. The vehicle further includes a fully suspended chassis, automatic transmission, forward, reverse and neutral gearing, oversized tires and total payload in excess of 400 pounds making it suitable for a wide variety of work activities and terrain conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Bryce A. Ecklein
  • Patent number: 8366128
    Abstract: A heavy vehicle comprising at least four mounted assemblies, intended to draw machinery. The properties of the vehicle satisfy the relationship: ( ? ? - ? · ( 1 - ? ) ) 2 + ( ? - h ? · ? 2 ) 2 > ( h ? · ? 2 ) 2 , where, ??=?/L, ? being the turning radius of the vehicle and L being the wheelbase of the vehicle, K is the proportion of the total vertical stiffness under the front axle with respect to the sum of the total vertical stiffnesses under the front and rear axles of the vehicle, ? is the ratio between the forward offset of the center of gravity and the wheelbase, h? is the ratio between the height of the draft line above the level of ground that forms a horizontal plane and the wheelbase of the vehicle, ? is the ratio between the longitudinal component of the resistive force applied by the drawn machinery to the vehicle, and the weight of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventor: Dominique Dessevre
  • Patent number: 8262111
    Abstract: A suspension for a motorized rear wheel driven tricycle which can lean into turns includes a planar central upright frame which is mounted coaxially to the main frame of the tricycle. Upper and lower control arms are hinged to the central upright frame and extend to the left and to the right to connect to wheel bearing knuckles. An inverted rocker member is hinged to the central frame, pivotable about the front and rear ends of the central frame at about the midpoint between the top and bottom of the frame. The rocker member provides connection points for shock absorbers which interconnect the rocker member with each link member of the lower control arm on each side of the central frame. Drive members are supported on the central frame to continuously drive the rear wheels as the tricycle leans into turns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Steven W. Lucas
  • Patent number: 8251401
    Abstract: A personal transport cart is disclosed. The cart is provided with a collapsible steering mechanism to lock the steered wheels for allowing alignment of the cart during the loading and unloading of the cart on a transport vehicle. Furthermore, the rear wheel can be locked against movement during the transportation of the cart on the transport vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: James J. Miller
  • Patent number: 8191930
    Abstract: Various embodiments of reduced-size vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility vehicles (UVs) are disclosed herein. In at least some embodiments, the vehicles include frames that are wider near the front and rear sections of the vehicles than within the mid-sections of the vehicles. This, in combination with the use of shock-absorbers that are substantially vertically oriented, allows for the opening-up of large interior cavities within the front and rear sections of the vehicles within which can be positioned large front and rear internal compartments that can provide storage/carrying capacity as well as added buoyancy for the vehicle, among other things. Also, in at least some embodiments, the vehicles can include special cooling and/or exhaust systems having components that are positioned substantially within the mid-sections of the vehicles, thus further increasing the amounts of space available for the cavities/compartments within the front and rear sections of the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: American Off-Road Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric A. Davis, Brian P. Davis, Richard A. Davis
  • Patent number: 8181992
    Abstract: An anti-tip system is provided for improving the stability of a powered vehicle, such as a powered wheelchair. The vehicle includes a drive-train assembly pivotally mounted to a main structural frame. A suspension system biases the drive-train assembly and its connected anti-tip wheel to a predetermined resting position. The drive-train assembly bi-directionally rotates about a pivot in response to torque applied to or acceleration forces on the vehicle. A linkage arrangement is provided and is characterized by a suspension arm pivotally mounting to the main structural frame about a pivot at one end thereof and an anti-tip wheel at the other end. The linkage may further include at least one link operable to transfer the bi-directional displacement of the drive-train assembly to the suspension arm. The link may include a bell crank member and/or may be resiliently compressible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Mulhern, Ronald Levi, Christopher E. Grymko
  • Patent number: 8177257
    Abstract: A wheelchair base including a base frame and a pair of pivot arm assemblies each including a first pivot arm and a second pivot arm, pivotally coupled to each other for pivotal movement about a transverse pivot axis. The pivot arms defining first and second auxiliary wheel attachments opposed to the transverse pivot axis for attaching first and second end auxiliary wheels. Each pivot arm assembly including a link pivotally coupled to the second pivot arm intermediate the transverse pivot axis and the second auxiliary wheel attachment for pivotal movement about a link axis substantially parallel to the transverse pivot axis forming a drive wheel attachment intermediate the auxiliary wheel attachments. The pivot arm assemblies are mounted to the base frame substantially laterally opposed to each other through the link and first pivot arm such that the pivot arm assemblies are independently pivotable relative to the base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Dugas, Carmon Landry
  • Patent number: 8042636
    Abstract: A water-cooled engine mounted on a vehicle wherein a mass concentration keeps the center of mass at a low position. In a saddle-ride type four-wheel vehicle, a radiator and a fuel tank are supported on lower frames, and are arranged, side by side, so as to be distributed respectively on the right-hand side and on the left-hand side so as to overlap each other when viewed from a side. In addition, the fuel tank and the radiator are disposed at the rear of a front suspension arm and at the rear of an engine. As a result, the concentration of mass and the keeping of the mass at a lower position are achieved. Moreover, the fuel tank and the radiator are allowed to stretch outwards beyond the upper frames. Consequently, the fuel tank can have a larger capacity and a ventilation path that leads to the radiator can be secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiji Hanafusa, Akihiro Yamashita, Takuya Yamada
  • Patent number: 7984781
    Abstract: An underseat structure of a road vehicle which protects an occupant from engine heat while enhancing the maintenance property of a vehicle which includes an engine supported on a vehicle body frame, and an engine oil supply pipe and an oil level gauge mounted on the engine, wherein the engine is disposed below at least one seat. An inner cover is disposed between the at least one seat and the engine and a maintenance lid is provided for allowing maintenance of the engine oil supply pipe and the oil level gauge formed on the inner cover with the inner cover being detachably mounted on the vehicle body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Nozaki
  • Patent number: 7954853
    Abstract: Various embodiments of reduced-size vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility vehicles (UVs) are disclosed herein. In at least some embodiments, the vehicles include frames that are wider near the front and rear sections of the vehicles than within the mid-sections of the vehicles. This, in combination with the use of shock-absorbers that are substantially vertically oriented, allows for the opening-up of large interior cavities within the front and rear sections of the vehicles within which can be positioned large front and rear internal compartments that can provide storage/carrying capacity as well as added buoyancy for the vehicle, among other things. Also, in at least some embodiments, the vehicles can include special cooling and/or exhaust systems having components that are positioned substantially within the mid-sections of the vehicles, thus further increasing the amounts of space available for the cavities/compartments within the front and rear sections of the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: American Off-Road Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric A. Davis, Brian P. Davis, Richard A. Davis
  • Patent number: 7942447
    Abstract: Various embodiments of reduced-size vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility vehicles (UVs) are disclosed herein. In at least some embodiments, the vehicles include frames that are wider near the front and rear sections of the vehicles than within the mid-sections of the vehicles. This, in combination with the use of shock-absorbers that are substantially vertically oriented, allows for the opening-up of large interior cavities within the front and rear sections of the vehicles within which can be positioned large front and rear internal compartments that can provide storage/carrying capacity as well as added buoyancy for the vehicle, among other things. Also, in at least some embodiments, the vehicles can include special cooling and/or exhaust systems having components that are positioned substantially within the mid-sections of the vehicles, thus further increasing the amounts of space available for the cavities/compartments within the front and rear sections of the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: American Off-Road Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric A. Davis, Brian P. Davis, Richard A. Davis
  • Patent number: 7931300
    Abstract: An anti-tip system is provided for improving the stability of a powered vehicle, such as a powered wheelchair. The vehicle includes a drive-train assembly pivotally mounted to a main structural frame. A suspension system biases the drive-train assembly and its connected anti-tip wheel to a predetermined resting position. The drive-train assembly bi-directionally rotates about a pivot in response to torque applied to or acceleration forces on the vehicle. A linkage arrangement is provided and is characterized by a suspension arm pivotally mounting to the main structural frame about a pivot at one end thereof and an anti-tip wheel at the other end. The linkage may further include at least one link operable to transfer the bi-directional displacement of the drive-train assembly to the suspension arm. The link may include a bell crank member and/or may be resiliently compressible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Mulhern, Ronald Levi, Christopher E. Grymko
  • Patent number: 7931106
    Abstract: All terrain vehicle including front wheels, rear wheels, vehicle body frame, first roof supports, second roof supports, roof members, seat, front panel, front gear case, front suspensions, vehicle body cover, radiator, and head light units. The vehicle body frame includes upper frames, lower frames, and front frames. The first and second roof supports are each provided at lateral sides of the vehicle body frame. The right roof member connects upper portions of the right first and second roof supports. The left roof member connects upper portions of the left first and second roof supports. The radiator is positioned rearward of the front frames, forward of the front suspensions, and in a transverse center of the vehicle. The head light units are positioned above and longitudinally overlapping with the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Suzuki, Kouji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7926607
    Abstract: A three-wheel vehicle is provided, and includes a single upper frame element having left and right upper spars that each have a downward-extending portion. Left and right lower spars are connected to the upper spars. Left and right rear spars are connected to the left lower spar and the right lower spar, with a second end connected to a rear section of the single upper frame element. A rear suspension sub-frame is coupled to the rear spars, with a wheel rotatably coupled thereto, and a front suspension assembly is coupled to the upper spars, with a left and a right wheel rotatably coupled thereto. A seat is coupled to the rear suspension sub-frame, with the seat located so that when an operator is straddling the seat, a perineum of the operator is located below a plane defined by an upper-most point of each of the three wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Paul Seiter
  • Patent number: 7905305
    Abstract: Improved blow-molded wheels, methods for producing the same, and children's ride-on vehicles including the same are disclosed. The blow-molded wheels may include a blow-molded wheel body that is configured to rotate about an axis and has a tread surface that extends circumferentially around the wheel body and may have a circumferential profile that is defined as the locus of points at which the radial distance from the axis to the tread surface is greatest at each position around the circumference of the tread surface. The radial distance from the axis to the circumferential profile may change from a first radius to a second radius that is larger than the first radius at a plurality of spaced-apart positions along the circumferential profile. The method for producing the blow-molded wheels may include providing a mold with pinch-off rings that have an opening configured to form the circumferential profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher F. Lucas, John Rhein, Gerald P. Sitarski, Steven R. Drosendahl
  • Patent number: 7854460
    Abstract: A receiver rack includes a main framework piece that is attached to a mounting surface of the personal recreational vehicle. The main framework may be flat and may be fashioned generally in the image of a cargo rack. The main framework may have mounting flanges for facilitating its connection to the recreational vehicle. The main framework includes at least one coupler mounted thereon. The coupler enables the main framework to be joined to one or more auxiliary frame pieces that contain at least one coupling member that mates with the coupler of the main framework. The coupler may also be used for joining a variety of seating and cargo units to the main framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Arctic Cat Inc.
    Inventors: Ole E. Tweet, Kenneth Q. Kalsnes, Ryan Hughes, Douglas Wolter, Tim Michalke, Ronald G. Solberg
  • Patent number: 7828098
    Abstract: A battery arrangement structure for a vehicle that concentrates a mass of a vehicle body while effectively making use of a space in the vehicle body. The engine of the vehicle is mounted on a vehicle body frame, an intake device which includes a throttle body is connected to the engine, and a battery is arranged inside a pair of left and right upper frames which constitute the vehicle body frames. The throttle body is arranged on either one of left and right sides with respect to a vehicle body center line which extends in the longitudinal direction of a vehicle body, and the battery is arranged on anotheer side with respect to the vehicle body center line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takao Yamamoto, Shigeto Inami
  • Patent number: 7815008
    Abstract: The invention relates firstly to a frame construction for a road vehicle, comprising a main frame of, for example, a motorcycle. This main frame is on the front edge provided with a fork head. A front frame is also provided, which is suspended from the fork head. In addition, the front frame is fastened to the main frame by means of further, separate front suspension means. Further, a rear frame can also be provided, which is provided with rear suspension means standardly present on the main frame. The rear frame can possess a drive train having a differential, the housing of which can be driven by means of a chain or pulley transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Sandy Augustinus Maria Poglavec
  • Patent number: 7806215
    Abstract: A straddle-type three-wheeled vehicle has a frame having an upper frame member, a lower frame member, a forward cross member interconnecting a forward portion of the upper frame member with a forward portion of the lower frame member, and a rearward cross member interconnecting a rearward portion of the upper frame member with a rearward portion of the lower frame member. A strut extends diagonally from the forward cross member to the lower frame member. The vehicle has an engine mounted to the frame. An air box of the vehicle has at least a portion thereof disposed above at least a portion of the engine. A fuel tank of the vehicle is disposed rearwardly of the air box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Codere, Brian Mastine
  • Patent number: 7802800
    Abstract: A vehicle with lean control has a frame with a steering assembly. An arm assembly is connected to the frame. A pair of first and second shock absorbers is mounted between the frame and the arm assembly on opposite sides of the frame. Each shock absorber has a fluid-filled chamber and floating piston. A load sensor is mounted to the steering assembly for detecting changes of pressure on the steering assembly. The load sensor has a housing, a pressure sensing area disposed in the housing, and provides an electrical signal in response to the pressure sensing area. The load sensor detects pressure applied to the top plate of the housing. An electronic control unit is coupled to the electrical contact of the load sensor. A motor and pump assembly is responsive to the electronic control unit for transferring fluid between the chambers of the first and second shock absorbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas W. Melcher
  • Patent number: 7802816
    Abstract: A vehicular frame assembly is provided and includes a pair of control arm support brackets. Each of the control arm support brackets define a pair of recesses. The first control arm support bracket and the second control arm support bracket are substantially identical and are configured to be positioned along a vehicular frame such that one of the pairs of recesses defined by a control arm support bracket receives forward legs of right and left suspension support members and the other of the pairs of recesses defined by the other of the control arm support bracket receives rearward legs of right and left suspension support members. A vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeremy T. McGuire
  • Patent number: 7789174
    Abstract: A transporter for transporting a subject over a surface that may be irregular. The transporter includes a support platform for supporting a load, the loaded support platform defining fore-aft and lateral planes and characterized by a load distribution. A plurality of ground contacting elements are coupled to the support platform such that the transporter is statically stable with respect to tipping in the fore-aft plane. At least one of the plurality of ground contacting elements is driven by a motorized drive arrangement. A sensor module generates a signal indicative of the local distribution. Based at least on the load distribution, a controller commands the motorized drive arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean L. Kamen, Richard Kurt Heinzmann, John David Heinzmann, Robert R. Ambrogi, Christopher C. Langenfeld, J. Douglas Field
  • Patent number: 7771299
    Abstract: A V-belt continuously variable transmission (CVT) for a straddle-type vehicle includes a measurement plate for a rotational speed sensor for detecting a rotational speed of a primary sheave shaft to control a speed change ratio. The measurement plate is disposed on an opposite end of the primary sheave shaft, to one end of which a driving force of an engine is input, with respect to a primary sheave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigehiro Mochizuki, Kazuhiko Izumi
  • Patent number: 7743864
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention is a multi-purpose vehicle having a frame, a suspension secured to the frame, four wheels tires secured to the suspension, and handlebars for steering the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a straddle mount seat secured to the frame with seating positions for a driver and a passenger of the vehicle. The seating position for the passenger is located rearward on the vehicle relative to the seating position of the driver. The vehicle also has foot and hand positions for the passenger. Optionally, the vehicle includes a backrest and armrests for the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Arctic Cat Inc.
    Inventor: Ole Tweet
  • Patent number: 7726689
    Abstract: An anti-tip system is provided for improving the stability of a powered vehicle, such as a powered wheelchair. The vehicle includes a drive-train assembly pivotally mounted to a main structural frame. A suspension system biases the drive-train assembly and its connected anti-tip wheel to a predetermined resting position. The drive-train assembly bi-directionally rotates about a pivot in response to torque applied to or acceleration forces on the vehicle. A linkage arrangement is provided and is characterized by a suspension arm pivotally mounting to the main structural frame about a pivot at one end thereof and an anti-tip wheel at the other end. The linkage may further include at least one link operable to transfer the bi-directional displacement of the drive-train assembly to the suspension arm. The link may include a bell crank member and/or may be resiliently compressible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Mulhern, Ronald Levi, Christopher E. Grymko
  • Patent number: 7717206
    Abstract: An off-road vehicle includes a frame and four wheels that support the frame. Two seat assemblies are disposed side by side on the frame. The seat assemblies are separated from each other to define a space therebetween. An engine powers the wheels. The engine defines an air intake port that communicates with a combustion chamber. An air intake system delivers air to the intake port. At least a portion of the air intake system extends through the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignees: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America
    Inventors: Norihiko Tanaka, Kazuhiko Izumi, Akira Inui, Eiji Kato, Colby Nash
  • Patent number: 7694769
    Abstract: A vehicular frame assembly includes a mainframe, a support bracket, and a subframe. The support bracket is coupled with the mainframe. The subframe is coupled with the support bracket such that the subframe is stationary with respect to the mainframe. The support bracket is configured for pivotal attachment to a suspension element. Vehicles including a frame assembly having a support bracket are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeremy T. McGuire
  • Patent number: 7690661
    Abstract: A suspension structure is configured to ensure a large stroke of a shock absorber in a suspension device without moving an upper end supporting position of a damper upward relative to a conventional mounting position. The suspension structure includes a rear suspension for suspending left and right rear wheels. The rear suspension includes left and right lower arms for supporting the left and right rear wheels by way of knuckles, and left and right rear shock absorbers interposed between the respective lower arms and a sub-frame of a vehicle body frame. A lower end connecting portion of the rear shock absorber is cantilevered to a front side of the lower arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Tsuruta, Takashi Shichinohe, Masahiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 7686121
    Abstract: A refueling operation of an all terrain vehicle can be enhanced, even when a fuel tank is arranged below a seat, without changing an entire length of the vehicle. A fuel tank is arranged below a seat. A seat concave portion with a substantially concave shape when viewed from the top is formed in the seat. A fuel filler of the fuel tank is arranged in the seat concave portion to be seen from the top. It becomes possible to perform refueling from the fuel filler without detaching the seat. Also, an overlap between the seat and the fuel filler when viewed from above is avoided, with a reduction in a seating area of the seat minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Takeshima, Masatoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 7650959
    Abstract: An off-road vehicle includes a frame and four wheels that support the frame. An engine powers the wheels. The engine is mounted on the frame. The frame includes multiple frame members that surround the engine. One of the frame members disposed behind the engine is detachably affixed to the rest of the frame members. The frame members are divided into first and second groups. The first and second groups are offset fore to aft relative to each other and overlap with each other in a rear section of the first group and in a front section of the second group. The rear section of the first group defines a bent portion coupled with the second group. The front section of the second group defines a bent portion coupled with the first group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiji Kato, Colby Nash
  • Patent number: 7641217
    Abstract: A detachable mobile seat includes a first part connected to a motor; a second part attached to the seat; and two links, each connected to the first part, the second part, and a wheel. The links transfer movement of the first part to the wheels. The first part includes a shaft connected to the motor, and two nuts disposed around the shaft that have screw threads in opposite directions and move along the shaft in response to operation of the motor. Each link includes a first link connected to the second part and to the nut, and a second link connected to the nut and to the wheel. The end of each second link that is nearest the wheel is rotatably connected to a connecting arm that has a rotating bar that rotates the wheel in response to operation of the links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Yeon Sang Yoo, Ju Young Lee
  • Patent number: 7637343
    Abstract: A small-sized vehicle, such as an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle), includes an engine having an output shaft, a front gear mechanism including a first shaft on a side of a front wheel to which a drive force from a front output shaft portion of the output shaft is transmitted, and a rear gear mechanism including a first shaft on a side of a rear wheel to which a drive force from a rear output shaft portion of the output shaft is transmitted. The front output shaft portion of the output shaft and the first shaft of the front gear mechanism are arranged substantially coaxial with each other, and the rear output shaft portion of the output shaft and the first shaft of the rear gear mechanism are arranged substantially coaxial with each other. The small-sized vehicle is capable of preventing vibrations and noise from being generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiji Nakagaki, Kazuhiko Izumi
  • Patent number: 7631715
    Abstract: A golf caddy vehicle comprise a seat assembly mounted on a frame of the vehicle at an attachment location ahead of an axis of rotation of a pair of rear drive wheels via at least one spring element. A pair of rear legs of the seat assembly are pivotally coupled to the at least one spring member at a location behind the axis of rotation of the rear drive wheels, and a pair of front legs of the seat assembly are releasably attached to the frame by a pair of frictional fittings which may be formed of vibration damping material. The seat assembly pivots back to allow a golf bag to be loaded onto the vehicle frame and straddled by the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas L. Falkiner
  • Patent number: 7617904
    Abstract: A transmission assembly for a vehicle, the transmission assembly having an energy storing mechanism linking its gear selector to the gear shifting mechanism and adapted to limit the force applied to the gear shifting mechanism through the gear selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Fritz Einboeck, Roland Ennsmann