Velocipede Type Patents (Class 296/78.1)
  • Patent number: 10442491
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a straddle-type vehicle that enables reducing the number of components. Between front forks at the bottom edge of a top bridge configuring a motorcycle, a stay is provided which supports turn signals on each of the front forks. In this case, the stay is configured from a single member. Further, a stay fixing unit for fixing the stay and a first front fork fixing unit for fixing the front forks are provided on the top bridge. By this means, it is possible for the stay to be a single common member that supports turn signals on each of the front forks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kudo
  • Patent number: 10399630
    Abstract: A motorcycle fairing adjustment member and assembly and method of adjusting a motorcycle fairing are provided. The motorcycle fairing adjustment member includes at least one first bracket attachment point configured for attachment of the fairing adjustment member to the fairing bracket, at least one fairing attachment point configured for attachment of the inner fairing member of the motorcycle to the fairing adjustment member, and an adjustment distance formed by the at least one first bracket attachment point and the at least one fairing attachment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Yaffe
  • Patent number: 10351198
    Abstract: A motorcycle component adjustment member having an second side configured for mounting against a headlight of a motorcycle and an first side configured for mounting against a fairing member outer surface of a fairing member of a motorcycle. An adjustment angle is formed by the second side and the first side. The adjustment angle adjusts an angle of the headlight relative to the fairing member of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Yaffe
  • Patent number: 10315719
    Abstract: A vehicle has a longitudinal centerline and comprises a plurality of ground-engaging members, a seat supported by the plurality of ground-engaging members, a fuel tank positioned adjacent the seat, a steering assembly operably coupled to at least one the ground-engaging members, and a display movable with the steering assembly and intersecting the longitudinal centerline of the vehicle. The display is positioned rearward of a front plane of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Indian Motorcycle International, LLC
    Inventors: Neil P. Quade, Josh L. Edel, John E. Feldman, Clark D. Davis, Steven F. Kruger, Matthew R. Gschwind
  • Patent number: 10293741
    Abstract: A straddle vehicle comprises a cover member covering a vehicle body; a head lamp unit which is disposed at a front portion of the straddle vehicle and emits a light beam with which a forward region of the vehicle body is irradiated; and a sub-light-unit which is provided separately from the head lamp unit and emits the light beam with which the forward region is irradiated, wherein the sub-light-unit includes: a housing disposed along an edge of the cover member; a light source member which emits the light beam inside the housing; a reflector which is accommodated in the housing and reflects the light beam emitted from the light source member; and an optical axis adjustment mechanism which supports the reflector on the housing in such a manner that the reflector is tiltable with respect to the housing, and changes a posture of the reflector with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taro Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10286969
    Abstract: An extensible roof for vehicles such as scooter-type motorcycles is provided. The extensible roof protects the passengers of the vehicle from the inclement climate and is able to be retreated in the front part of the vehicle and to be opened in the case of rain, snow or at the passenger's will, covering him/them totally from said inclement climate by means of the surface formed by different plates of roof linked to each other through a sliding system. The proposed roof is of the type comprising a mobile transparent covering panel, slidable in an upward and downward direction characterized in that when folded, the higher border of said at least one covering panel is below the handlebar of the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Amadeo José Srabstein
  • Patent number: 10232901
    Abstract: Replaceable forward foldable curved motorcycle windshield assemblies, systems, devices and methods with a base separated from an upper curved main section attached together with a pair of hinges which allows the main section to fold outward away in a vertical to horizontal direction forward of the motorcycle when force is applied to the main section of windshield. An elongated trim covers the upper leafs of the hinges between of the windshield. The base of the windshield is hidden beneath the existing mounting frame on the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: John W. Kalmus
  • Patent number: 10222827
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus disposed within an existing gauge slot in a motorcycle to secure an electronic device thereto is provided. The mounting apparatus is coupled to the gauge slot by a bracket and mechanical fasteners. The mounting apparatus includes a cylindrical base member having a front face and a rear face, the front face having a generally cylindrical cap coupled thereto, and a mounting member mechanically coupled to the base member and having an exposed portion extending out the front face. The exposed portion of the mounting member permits attachment of the electronic device thereon. The cylindrical base member is disposed within the bracket and coupled to an interior of the gauge slot by the mechanical fasteners, thereby permitting the electronic device to be mounted to the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Abraham Rambur
  • Patent number: 10214260
    Abstract: The detachable motorcycle windshield is a windshield. The detachable motorcycle windshield is configured for use with a motorcycle. The detachable motorcycle windshield removably attaches to the fairing of a motorcycle. The detachable motorcycle windshield is foldable. The detachable motorcycle windshield comprises a windshield, a bracket, and a pouch. The bracket attaches the windshield to the motorcycle. The windshield breaks down into a plurality of sections that are stored in the pouch. The bracket is stored in the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: James Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10189526
    Abstract: A front structure for a saddle-riding vehicle includes a meter unit, a meter covering for covering at least an area forwardly of the meter unit, and a windshield disposed forwardly of the meter covering. When viewed from lateral side, the windshield is disposed having been rearwardly upwardly tilted. The windshield has a rear surface is of a curved shape in which a region from its opposite side end portions to an intermediate portion is bulged forwardly. The meter covering has a front wall so shaped as to have a forwardly protruding shape effective to divert sunlight, coming from rear and subsequently reflected from the windshield, away from the focal point of the reflected sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Wada, Takeshi Kashihara
  • Patent number: 10183714
    Abstract: A control pad system for a motorcycle has a substantially U-shaped saddle-like unit having a horizontally-disposed upper portion adapted to engage a frame of a motorcycle beneath a seat of the motorcycle, with downward-extending first and second opposite side portions, disposed on each side of the motorcycle frame with the upper portion engaged to the motorcycle frame, and two control pads fashioned from resilient rubber-like material, each having a length, a height and a thickness, one each of the control pads mounted to each of the first and second opposite side portions, such that an outer surface of each control pad is presented outwardly from the motorcycle frame on each side portion. The control pads are positioned in a manner to enable the rider to grip the control pads between the knees, constraining the rider's position forward and rearward on the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: MX Control Tech
    Inventor: James Lee Jones, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10065476
    Abstract: A device for controlling a lighting and/or signaling system of a vehicle that includes a controller adapted to determine a dew point temperature value inside the system from at least one value of the temperature inside the system and at least one value of the relative humidity inside the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Fabien Bonneau, Erwan Faoucher, Michel Hermitte
  • Patent number: 10046822
    Abstract: A cover fastening structure for a motorcycle, including a cover member around a headlight that can be made smaller in size and, at the same time, with highly accurate fastening. The cover fastening structure for the motorcycle includes: a headlight for lighting the front side of the motorcycle; middle cowls as exterior parts for covering lateral sides of the motorcycle; a headlight under cover disposed under the headlight such as to be continuous with the middle cowls; and a center upper cowl disposed rearwardly of the headlight under cover such as to cover the lower side of the headlight. The headlight under cover includes a rearward extending wall fitted to the center upper cowl, and the rearward extending wall is provided with a cutout. The center upper cowl is provided with a solid cylindrical fitting-receiving section. The cutout of the headlight under cover and the fitting-receiving section of the center upper cowl are fastened together by being fitted to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kurogi, Shin Yokoyama, Kenji Morita
  • Patent number: 9937972
    Abstract: In a windshield device for a saddle-ride type vehicle equipped with a windshield portion provided adjustably in height, the windshield portion is attached through a rail member 41, the rail member 41 is equipped with an upper elongate hole 48b, a lever member 42 covering the upper elongate hole 48b and a lock pin 46 fixed to a body side are equipped, the rail member 41 is provided slidably relative to the lock pin 46 inserted through the upper elongate hole 48b, and the lever member 42 is equipped with a plurality of holes 68 with which the lock pin 46 is engageable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Nakano, Shota Suzuki, Sakae Endo
  • Patent number: 9889900
    Abstract: Vertical movement of support members disposed on both left and right sides of a screen are guided by a pair of left and right fixed rail brackets. A manipulation lever manually operable so as to vertically move the screen and connected to at least one of the pair of support members includes a lever main portion which is rotatably supported on at least one of the pair of rail brackets and is connected to one of the support members, and a grip which is connected to the lever main portion. The grip is connected to the lever main portion such that the grip is operable between a projecting position where the grip projects from the lever main portion and a storage position where the grip is folded toward a lever main portion side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haruka Tsuda, Ippei Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9893416
    Abstract: An antenna assembly for a motor vehicle particularly has an antenna rod and an antenna base module. The antenna base module is arranged between an outer panel component of the vehicle body and a vehicle body shell component. Furthermore, the antenna rod is arranged on an exterior side of the outer panel component of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ali Jenaiah
  • Patent number: 9815512
    Abstract: A motorcycle includes a lower cowl that covers a lower portion of a vehicle. At least a part of the lower cowl is disposed on a front side of a rear wheel. The lower cowl includes a groove-shaped depressed portion on a lower portion. The depressed portion extends in a front-rear direction of the vehicle, and a lower side and a rear side of the depressed portion are opened. The depressed portion is disposed on the front side of the rear wheel. A cross-sectional area of the depressed portion taken in a direction perpendicular to the front-rear direction of the vehicle increases in area toward a rear side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Konno
  • Patent number: 9796442
    Abstract: Replaceable forward foldable curved motorcycle windshield assemblies, systems, devices and methods with a base separated from an upper curved main section attached together with a pair of hinges which allows the main section to fold outward away in a vertical to horizontal direction forward of the motorcycle when force is applied to the main section of windshield. An elongated trim covers the upper leafs of the hinges between of the windshield. The base of the windshield is hidden beneath the existing mounting frame on the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: John W. Kalmus
  • Patent number: 9580127
    Abstract: Left and right coupling assemblies are adapted to couple the windshield to the motorcycle. Left and right bars have apertures for securing the bars to the windshield. Left and right peg sets have upper and lower pegs extending through the apertures of an associated bar and through associated short slots in the left and right coupling assemblies. Each post has a head located between the windshield and an associated bar. Each post has a free end spaced inwardly of the short slots. A nut is coupled to the free end of each post. A washer is slidably received on each post between an associated short slot and nut. A coil spring is slidably received on each post between an associated washer and nut. A leaf spring coupled between each bar and an associated washer urges the posts and the windshield toward a laterally central location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Mark A. Stadnyk
  • Patent number: 9561831
    Abstract: A motorcycle fairing support member and assembly and method of supporting a motorcycle fairing are disclosed. The fairing support member includes a central portion extending laterally when mounted on a motorcycle and having a first end, a second end, and a central coupling portion configured to couple the fairing support member to a fairing bracket of the motorcycle. A first support portion is disposed at the first end of the central portion and extends to support a motorcycle fairing. A second support portion is disposed at the second end of the central portion and extends to support the motorcycle fairing. The central portion, first support portion, and second support portion are configured to be concealed by the motorcycle fairing when the motorcycle fairing support member is mounted on the motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Yaffe
  • Patent number: 9522709
    Abstract: In a windshield device of a saddle-ride type vehicle, a guide rail is fixed to a vehicle front portion; a moving assembly is movably provided on the guide rail; and a windscreen is supported on the moving assembly. The moving assembly includes a slide member movably attached to the guide rail, a screen supporting member configured to support the windscreen, and a link mechanism arranged between the slide member and the screen supporting member. The link mechanism is configured to increase a movement amount of the screen supporting member to an amount greater than a sliding length of the slide member. Such configuration of the windshield device for the saddle-ride type vehicle reduces the size of a moving mechanism including a moving assembly for the windscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Hara, Hiroo Takemura
  • Patent number: 9421860
    Abstract: A two-wheeled vehicle includes a frame, a plurality of ground-engaging members for supporting the frame, and an engine supported by the frame and operably coupled to the ground-engaging members. Additionally, the two-wheeled vehicle includes a windshield assembly operably coupled to the frame and an adjustment member operably coupled to the windshield assembly. A vehicle control unit is operably coupled to the adjustment member and is configured to automatically actuate the adjustment member for adjusting the position of the windshield assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Indian Motorcycle International, LLC
    Inventors: Kory J. Schuhmacher, Gustavo A. Aramayo, II
  • Patent number: 9422020
    Abstract: A driver protective device for a two-wheeled vehicle according to the present invention, includes: a main frame including a mounting frame which is mounted on a body of the two-wheeled vehicle, and a panel frame which is fixed to the mounting frame and has a front transparent panel installed therein; a storage box which is mounted on a rear portion of the two-wheeled vehicle; and an attachable protection panel including an upper panel which is attached to or detached from one end of the panel frame of the main frame, and a back panel which is attached to or detached from one side of the storage box, wherein the upper panel and the back panel are pivotly connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: INNODESIGN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young-Se Kim
  • Patent number: 9394859
    Abstract: A two-wheeled vehicle includes a frame having a front frame portion, a mid-frame portion, and a rear frame portion. The mid-frame portion is coupled to the rear frame portion and the front frame portion. The vehicle further includes a plurality of ground-engaging members for supporting the frame. The engine includes an air deflector to assist in cooling a rear cylinder of a V-twin engine. An accessory windshield is also shown which may be coupled to the handlebars and front forks of the vehicle. Also, a rear accessory attachment is shown mountable to the rear fender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Indian Motorcycle International, LLC
    Inventors: Lauren E. Parnofiello, David L. Bagnariol, Joel M. Notaro, Todd M. Zinda, Richard J. Christoph
  • Patent number: 9387899
    Abstract: An add-on implement for an open-air vehicle windshield to allow for suitable protection and viewing therethrough while simultaneously forcing blown air over the driver's/rider's/passenger's sight line is provided. Such a device includes a wing that produces a venturi effect when placed a specific range of distances from the windshield's outer surface and having a certain height range relative to the windshield. The venturi action sends air over the top of the windshield as much as four inches higher than a normal open-air vehicle windshield, thereby allowing the driver, etc., the ability to see well over the windshield without the problem of turbulent air in his or her face or on top of his or her head. The device is adjustable to permit the driver on-demand modification of wind displacement height. An open-air vehicle (again, such as a motorcycle) including such a device is also encompassed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Allen B. Mueller
  • Patent number: 9283830
    Abstract: A vehicle body cover formed by a front cowling covering, from a front direction, a front-head part of a vehicle body, meter panels, and a front panel, which are mutually coupled, covers the front part of the vehicle body. A windscreen capable of being vertically moved by a varying mechanism is disposed at a position above the front cowling. A traveling air taken in at a front part of the vehicle body cover via an air introduction part is exhausted from air-exhaust parts at proper places on the meter panel or the front panel, and an overlap area between the windscreen and the air introduction part in front elevational view of the vehicle changes in accordance with an aspect of the windscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiko Takahashi, Yuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9216789
    Abstract: A two-wheeled vehicle includes a frame, a plurality of ground-engaging members for supporting the frame, and an engine supported by the frame and operably coupled to the ground-engaging members. Additionally, the two-wheeled vehicle includes an upper and lower fairing assembly that cooperate together to define wind flow around the vehicle. Vents and deflectors are controllable to regulate the airflow to the rider. A vehicle control unit is operable to control the heated grips and the cruise control. A trunk is provided for mounting to the motorcycle and is electrically coupled to a harness running beneath the seat. The vehicle is further profiled to receive a hand held GMRS handset and smart phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Indian Motorcycle International, LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Hamlin, Neil P. Quade, Clark E. Zellmer, Michael M. Song
  • Patent number: 9199683
    Abstract: A saddle riding type vehicle including a wind screen elevating device that can support a wind screen in a stable manner is provided. The saddle riding type vehicle includes a meter, a wind screen provided in front of the meter, and a wind screen elevating device that elevates/lowers the wind screen. The wind screen elevating device includes a pair of rails, a pair of sliders, a pair of support members, and a coupling member. The coupling member couples the pair of support members. The coupling member supports the wind screen. The slider includes a plurality of sliding members. The plurality of sliding members is provided side by side in an extending direction of each of the rails. Each of the rails at least partly overlaps the meter in a side view of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiko Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 9199682
    Abstract: A fairing unit (21) for enclosing a front portion of a vehicle body includes a fairing body (22) and a front edge member (23) mounted removably on the fairing body and forming a major component of a front edge of the fairing unit. The front edge member is made up of left and right front edge pieces (23a, 23b). A fairing assembly (43) includes the fairing unit and turn signal lamps (44A, 44B) mounted on the fairing body at a location rearwardly of the front edge member so as to protrude in a direction laterally outwardly thereof. The turn signal lamp is supported for collapsible movement in a direction laterally inwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidefumi Yasuhara, Kaoru Kouchi
  • Patent number: 9156514
    Abstract: An adjustment device for adjusting a windscreen of a vehicle, in particular of a motorcycle, is provided. A windscreen holder is connectable to the windscreen. A carrier structure is fastenable on the vehicle. A slider crank is connected to the carrier structure in a pivotable manner about a first pivot axis and to the windscreen holder in a pivotable manner about a second pivot axis. A linear guide is provided, wherein the windscreen holder is guided by a pivot bearing arrangement in a linearly movable manner in a longitudinal direction of the linear guide and is pivotable about a third pivot axis. The first pivot axis, the second pivot axis and the third pivot axis are oriented parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ian Rowley, Mathias Muehlmann, Jochen Schanz
  • Patent number: 9139247
    Abstract: A front structure for a saddle-ride vehicle includes a transparent windscreen. The windscreen covers a front side of at least one gauge. The gauge is arranged in front of a handlebar for the vehicle. A front cowl that is arranged outside of a front fork in a vehicle width direction and extends in a straddling manner in front of and behind the front fork in a side view. The front cowl is arranged below a supporting member for the handlebar, and the front cowl is spaced away from the windscreen in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yosuke Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9132875
    Abstract: An attachment structure for a windshield is provided in an upper part of a vehicle body front part of a vehicle for easing wind pressure to a driver. The structure includes a plate attached to the windshield, a shield stay attached to a vehicle body, and a clamp capable of fastening the plate and the shield stay from the front and rear sides. The clamp includes an operation portion capable of manually operating fastening and fastening cancellation. By operating the operation portion so as to cancel the fastening of the clamp, the plate is movable upward and downward along the shield stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 9120521
    Abstract: A front cowl structure for a saddle riding type vehicle for preventing turbulence in a stream of air flowing over a front cowl surface. The front cowl structure includes a duct placed inside a front cowl with a duct opening that opens to the front of the vehicle. The front cowl has a cowl front surface opening at a leading end portion thereof for opening a cowl front surface. Headlights are disposed on both lateral sides of the cowl front surface opening with each having a lens surface. The lens surfaces form opening edge portions on both lateral sides of the cowl front surface opening. The lens surfaces are each inclined to a vehicle outer side and rearwardly from the opening edge portions. The duct opening and a cowl opening central portion of the cowl front surface opening are substantially aligned with each other in a vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rui Maeda, Yoshinori Korogi, Shinsuke Yuki, Atsushi Takasaki, Shunji Yokokawa
  • Patent number: 9061722
    Abstract: An examples includes storing a cover for a motorcycle while providing back support for a rider. The example can include a backrest cushion housing to be mounted behind a motorcycle seat of the motorcycle, against a fixed backrest of the motorcycle, the backrest cushion housing sized to extend away from the motorcycle, above the motorcycle seat extending to at least a lumbar height of the rider, the backrest cushion housing defining an inner cavity and an opening. The example can include a cover stowable in the backrest cushion housing. The example can include a configuration wherein in a stowed mode of operation the backrest cushion housing defines a backrest cushion with padding including the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Custom Color Caps, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Darcy SanCartier
  • Patent number: 9051023
    Abstract: A bicycle comprising a frame, a front fork pivotably mounted to the frame, and handle bars coupled to the fork for pivoting with the fork, the handle bars including a pair of laterally spaced arm rests and a pair of laterally spaced extension hand grips, the extension hand grips provided forwardly of the arm rests such that a rider resting his forearms of his arms on the arm rests with his arms extending forwardly from the arm rests may grasp the extension hand grips with his hands, characterized by an aerodynamic element is provided mounted to the handle bars between the arm rests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: VROOMEN/WHITE DESIGN INC.
    Inventor: Philip White
  • Publication number: 20150130209
    Abstract: A two-wheeled vehicle includes a frame, a plurality of ground-engaging members for supporting the frame, and an engine supported by the frame and operably coupled to the ground-engaging members. Additionally, the two-wheeled vehicle includes an upper and lower fairing assembly that cooperate together to define wind flow around the vehicle. Vents and deflectors are controllable to regulate the airflow to the rider. A vehicle control unit is operable to control the heated grips and the cruise control. A trunk is provided for mounting to the motorcycle and is electrically coupled to a harness running beneath the seat. The vehicle is further profiled to receive a hand held GMRS handset and smart phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Indian Motorcycle International, LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Hamlin, Neil P. Quade, Clark E. Zellmer, Michael M. Song, Andrew J. Novak, Ryan P. Lenton, Donald W. Kahl, John M. Nutter
  • Publication number: 20150129342
    Abstract: A two-wheeled vehicle includes a frame having a front frame portion, a mid-frame portion, and a rear frame portion. The mid-frame portion is coupled to the rear frame portion and the front frame portion. The vehicle further includes a plurality of ground-engaging members for supporting the frame. The engine includes an air deflector to assist in cooling a rear cylinder of a V-twin engine. An accessory windshield is also shown which may be coupled to the handlebars and front forks of the vehicle. Also, a rear accessory attachment is shown mountable to the rear fender.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Bryan D. O`Rourke, Cal W. Johnson, Chad M. Cunningham, Neil P. Quade, Steven M. Hamlin, Lauren E. Parnofiello, David L. Bagnariol, Joel M. Notaro, Todd M. Zinda, Richard J. Christoph, Jeffrey D. Oltmans
  • Patent number: 9027995
    Abstract: A system for storing a cover for a motorcycle comprises a storage case mounted to a motorcycle, wherein the storage case includes a main housing and a lid, and a storage pouch defining an inner cavity and at least one opening, wherein the storage pouch is configured to be mounted to the lid of the storage case. The system further comprises a cover that is stowable in the inner cavity of the storage pouch in a stowed mode of operation and configured to extend around at least a portion of the motorcycle in a deployed mode of operation, a mounting bracket mountable to an inner surface of the lid of the storage case, and a retaining member including a first portion mountable to the mounting bracket and a second portion mountable to the main housing of the storage case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Custom Color Caps, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Darcy SanCartier
  • Patent number: 9010835
    Abstract: A front surface of a front cowl and the windscreen are disposed so as to form a gap therebetween, and a screen cover is fixed over the front surface in an engaged state. An upper portion of the screen cover covers a lower portion of the windscreen so that the gap is invisible externally. In addition, an intake port substantially in the shape of a slit elongated in the front-rear direction is provided between each side part of the screen cover and the front surface, in an obliquely rising outwardly opening shape. Traveling wind is laterally taken in through the intake ports, to be led through the gap to the inner side of the windscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Tsukui
  • Patent number: 9004568
    Abstract: In a cowling fastening structure (1) for fastening a first cowling member (2) and a second cowling member (3) to each other by using a clip (30), the two cowling members are provided with opposing walls (13, 21) having a mutually aligned through holes (15, 26) formed therein, the clip is provided with a first member (31) and a second member (32) joined by a hinge (33). A free end of the first member formed with an engagement hole (39) is passed through the through holes, and a free end of the second member formed with an engagement claw (44) is passed around the opposing walls so as to engage the engagement claw with the engagement hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Nifco Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Inoue, Yotaro Abe, Hajime Naoi
  • Patent number: 8960753
    Abstract: A storage structure of a saddle riding type vehicle with enhanced ease of storage and removal of small storage articles. An article storage unit is provided so as to include an opening in a rear surface of a front portion cover and at a position facing a rider and to be longer in a longitudinal length extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction relative to a height direction. In addition, a removable tray including riser walls along its periphery is disposed at a position closer to a lid than an inner wall of the article storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsu Horiuchi, Hiroyuki Shinmura
  • Patent number: 8950799
    Abstract: A windbreak structure for a saddle type vehicle to provide an increase in the windshield effect behind a leg shield. Exhaust ports for letting a flow of air from the front of a vehicle body rearwardly are provided at a side end portion of a leg shield. Further, sideward covering portions are provided that serve as exhaust air guide portions that extend rearwardly on the inner side in a vehicle widthwise direction of the exhaust port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Yokouchi, Tomotake Shimoji, Hiroyuki Sasazawa
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8910993
    Abstract: A cowling structure includes a head pipe mounted to the front of a body frame, a steering gear held such that it is capable of pivoting about the axis of the head pipe, side cowls each arranged at the transverse outside of the body frame, together with an opening so formed in each side cowl that it communicates with the transverse outside and inside of each side cowl. When viewed in a side view, the side cowls are lengthened up to the fore of the head pipe, and the opening is in such a position that it is level with the head pipe and overlaps with the steering gear in the fore of the head pipe. Such cowling structure permits less damages to the external appearance while providing the improvement in the lightness of banking at the time in the early stage of turning of a vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Omi Iida, Jun Hirose, Shigeto Inami, Katsumasa Ieda
  • Patent number: 8899668
    Abstract: An air guide structure for a saddle type vehicle for reducing the influence of a negative pressure on a rider. In an air guide structure for a motorcycle wherein a windscreen for the protection against air is provided on a front cover provided at a front portion of a vehicle body such that air is guided to the rear of the windscreen on the vehicle body to reduce a negative pressure to be generated behind the windscreen, an inlet port is provided between a central portion of a front end of the windscreen and the front cover. Further, a stepped portion that is formed stepwise in the forward and backward direction on an upper face of the front cover in the inside of the inlet port is provided, and a sectoral recessed portion is provided at a central portion of the stepped portion in the vehicle widthwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Yokouchi, Tomotake Shimoji, Hiroyuki Sasazawa
  • Patent number: 8899653
    Abstract: A saddle-type vehicle includes: a water-cooled engine supported on a vehicle body frame; a radiator attached to the vehicle body frame and configured to cool the engine; an outer cowl provided at a lateral side of the vehicle body frame and radiator; and a layer cowl having a front portion disposed inward of a rear portion of the outer cowl in a vehicle width direction. In the saddle-type vehicle, the outer cowl has a slit portion extending upward from a rear lower edge of the outer cowl and the layer cowl has fixing portions which fix portions of the outer cowl in front of and behind the slit portion to improve the airflow exhaust performance while securing the function of the outer cowls as a windscreen and a rider's thermal comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Usa, Daisuke Tokumura, Akihide Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 8894126
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a windshield assembly for a motor vehicle is disclosed. The windshield assembly includes a plate and a shield, where the shield is attached to the plate by one or more fasteners such that the shield and plate define a channel. The channel is configured to accept an attachment portion of a vehicle, and the plate is capable of being attached to the vehicle using one or more fasteners that engage the attachment portion and the plate, whereby no portion of the one or more fasteners is visible from the front side of the windshield assembly when the attachment portion is disposed within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: John Shope
  • Patent number: 8888162
    Abstract: A universal accessory mounting system for at least one of a two-wheeled vehicle and a three-wheeled vehicle including a rider area and a steering assembly including a steering tube, includes a vertical panel located in front of the rider area and aft of the steering tube, and a plurality of standard attachment features mountable to the vertical panel for mounting a plurality of different storage option accessories to the vertical panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Vectrix International Limited
    Inventor: Peter S. Hughes
  • Patent number: 8881776
    Abstract: A bicycle bag protects a bicycle while the bicycle is secured to a rack, such as a vehicle bicycle rack. The bicycle bag includes resealable openings configured to allow the bicycle (and bag) to be securely attached to a wide variety of different rack types. Additionally, because there is risk of obscuring the tail lights of a vehicle for rear-mount racks when a bicycle bag is on the bike and the bike on the rack, the bicycle bag includes pockets designed to support a tail-light system that can be connected to the vehicle to provide additional lighting and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Gabriel S. Waters
  • Patent number: 8844999
    Abstract: An all terrain vehicle with a tool less maintainable drive system, and having a seat designed to be straddled by the operator. The vehicle has a frame, a plurality of wheels attached to the frame, a steering mechanism attached at least one of the plurality of wheels, an engine mounted to the frame, and a clutch attached to the engine. The vehicle contains a system of features that can be removed without the use of tools. The system has a support attached to and extending outward from the frame, a removable footrest, a receiver attached to the removable footrest and configured to mate with the support, a locking mechanism attached to the receiver to secure the removable footrest with respect to the footrest support; and a removable clutch housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: BEAMCO, Inc.
    Inventors: James Bergman, Larry Holter, Rick Nelson, Dave Paschke