Bicycle Or Motorcycle Patents (Class 434/61)
  • Patent number: 9728044
    Abstract: A gaming machine having a display that displays a determined screen including a character, during execution of a game, a touch panel sensor, disposed above the display, that is capable of detecting the contact position, the position of the character contacted by a player, and a CPU that determines the contact position of the character as well as the contact mode, and that displays an image on the display, that is changed based on the result of this determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo Okada, Hirobumi Toyoda
  • Patent number: 9561419
    Abstract: A bicycle trainer includes a body having two spaced positioning portions for supporting the wheel axle of a bicycle wheel, a damper unit for giving a damping resistance to the bicycle wheel, and a holding fixture mounted at the two positioning portions of the body for securing the bicycle wheel in a non-coaxial manner relative to the axial direction of the wheel axle. Thus, the invention can conveniently, rapidly and steadily secure the bicycle wheel in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: GIANT MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen-Hai Lo
  • Patent number: 9402578
    Abstract: A crank angle indicating system is provided for a pedaling device. The crank angle indicating system may include a crank angle detector configured to detect a crank angle of a crankshaft of a pedaling device, and an indication device configured to output at least one of an aural and a haptic indicator when a predetermined crank angle is reached, allowing a cyclist to time the application or release of force to the pedals accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Toshio Tetsuka
  • Patent number: 9108694
    Abstract: A bicycle fitting method for producing a bicycle is provided. The method includes the steps of receiving a bicycle riding information and a body measurement corresponding to a cyclist. According to the bicycle riding information, a bicycle model is provided. According to the body measurement and the selected bicycle model, a bicycle frame size and a set of bicycle geometric adjustment parameters are provided. According to the bicycle model, the bicycle frame size, and the set of bicycle geometric adjustment parameters, a bicycle which fits the cyclist is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Chen, Wei-Chieh Ho
  • Publication number: 20140315157
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a hydraulically assisted stationary motorcycle training device for teaching motorcycle riding skills in a controlled and supervised environment. In some embodiments, the stationary motorcycle training device includes a set of equipment for responding to operations of a motorcycle positioned on the stationary motorcycle training device. In some embodiments, the stationary motorcycle training device is hydraulically assisted for simulating a motorcycle riding experience to a person seated on the motorcycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: PAUL MICHAEL BOBER, DAVID M. DUNCAN
  • Publication number: 20140186803
    Abstract: The teachings provided herein relate to an articulable crankset for converting a pedal-powered vehicle into a push-powered vehicle having the articulable crankset in a retracted position to provide at least less of an obstruction to a user's legs during use of the push-powered vehicle than a non-retractable crankset. The vehicle can be a bicycle, and the articulable crankset can be a component of a production bicycle or a component of a conversion kit that will convert a bicycle from a pedal-powered bicycle to a convertible bicycle that can also function as a push-powered bicycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Kroozn, LLC
    Inventors: BRIAN Kinting SHIU, Vanessa Chen-Hwa Shiu
  • Patent number: 8706317
    Abstract: A data processing method for determining the drift values of at least one tire comprising, for various positions of the vehicle on a track, determining coordinates of GPS antennas, determining values of roll of the vehicle, determining various points of contact between tire and track based on coordinates of at least one GPS antenna and based on various values of roll of the vehicle, said contact points defining a trajectory of the tire on the track; determining a tangent to the trajectory of the tire at at least one contact point, determining, based on coordinates of the GPS antenna, an orientation of a wheel plane associated with the tire, and determining a drift value based on the tangent and on the orientation of the wheel plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventor: Denis Martin
  • Patent number: 8454366
    Abstract: An actuated support frame for transmitting motion to a seat with respect to a ground as a function of motion signals associated with video output, comprises a frame. The frame is expandable/retractable along translational degrees of freedom. Support surfaces are provided on the frame. The support surfaces are displaceable with respect to one another by expansion/retraction of the frame so as to be sized to support a seat. Actuators are provided between the frame and the ground. The actuators receive signals and selectively displace the frame with respect to the ground in synchronization with a video output, whereby a seat supported on the frame is displaceable within the frame. A method for installing a seating system of a motion simulator system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Gauthier Orban, Michel Bérubé, Philippe Roy
  • Publication number: 20130115577
    Abstract: A bicycle training aid may teach children and toddlers how to ride a bike with light assistance from a trainer. With conventional bicycle training methods, a user must hold onto the bicycle to help balance the rider, which may be tiring or may cause back pain. With the bicycle trainer of the present invention, the trainer may hold onto a handle that is readily attached to the bicycle. The handle may be used to balance the bicycle while the rider learns to provide their own balance and control of the bicycle. The bicycle trainer may be easily removed from the bicycle for convenient storage and transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Lionnell Donnell
  • Patent number: 8414299
    Abstract: A vehicle simulation system equipped to display information on the rear side of a driver (rider). The simulation system includes a dummy bicycle operated by the rider, a monitor on the front side for displaying a scene based on the operations of the dummy bicycle, and a lamp unit connected to the dummy bicycle and provided on the rear side relative to the seated position of the rider. The lamp unit has a red lamp, a yellow lamp and a green lamp, and is controlledly turned ON under the action of a main control unit. An input device is provided on a steering handle of the dummy bicycle. The input device has a switch for red, a switch for yellow, and a switch for green. The rider checks behind, and operates the input device according to the ON/OFF conditions of the lamp unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sadanao Ichimi, Yukio Miyamaru
  • Patent number: 8408910
    Abstract: An activity device including an activity sensor for generating an activity interaction signal responsive to a sustained large-muscle physical activity of a user operating the activity device; a controller, coupled to the activity monitor, generating a virtual environment supporting a virtual user frame-of-reference in the virtual environment, the controller generating a set of virtual education elements in the environment and a goal for the set virtual representation with respect to the virtual education elements wherein the controller is responsive to the activity interaction signal to produce an affected interaction of the virtual representation with the virtual education elements with the controller measuring a conformation of the goal by the affected interaction; and a feedback system, coupled to the controller, for presenting the virtual environment with the frame-of-reference in relation to the virtual education elements for providing the user with feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: H. Christian Hölljes
  • Patent number: 8408911
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and a method for using the apparatus for safely training a motorcycle rider to perform a wheelie, either while moving or while stationary. The apparatus provides a safety system which prevents the motorcycle from tipping over backwards or sideways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Steven Gray
  • Patent number: 8123527
    Abstract: An activity device including an activity sensor generating an activity interaction signal responsive to a sustained large-muscle physical activity of a user operating the activity device; a controller, coupled to the activity monitor, generating a virtual environment supporting a virtual user frame-of-reference in the virtual environment, the controller generating a set of virtual education elements in the environment and a goal for the set virtual representation with respect to the virtual education elements wherein the controller is responsive to the activity interaction signal to produce an affected interaction of the virtual representation with the virtual education elements with the controller measuring a conformation of the goal by the affected interaction; and a feedback system, coupled to the controller, presenting the virtual environment with the frame-of-reference in relation to the virtual education elements providing the user with feedback regarding the goal and the conformation of the goal by the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: H. Christian Hölljes
  • Patent number: 8109830
    Abstract: A driving simulation device for executing a simulating game includes a mounting frame and a seat body. The seat body has a coupling portion and a seating portion located above the coupling portion. The seat body further includes first and second connecting rods having at least two fixing parts journaled to the mounting frame, two swinging parts journaled to the coupling portion of the seat body and two coupling parts interconnecting the fixing parts and the swinging parts and transversely crossing each other. Once a rider is seated on the seating portion and swings the seat body so as to simulate a driving action, the seating portion and the coupling portion swing respectively in two directions opposite to each other, and thereby a swinging center of the seat body can fall between the coupling portion and the seating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: International Games System Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Li-Hsien Chang, Chi-Shian Wang
  • Patent number: 8033830
    Abstract: A vehicle simulation system equipped to display information on the rear side of a driver (rider). The simulation system includes a dummy bicycle operated by the rider, a monitor on the front side for displaying a scene based on the operations of the dummy bicycle, and a lamp unit connected to the dummy bicycle and provided on the rear side relative to the seated position of the rider. The lamp unit has a red lamp, a yellow lamp and a green lamp, and is controlledly turned ON under the action of a main control unit. An input device is provided on a steering handle of the dummy bicycle. The input device has a switch for red, a switch for yellow, and a switch for green. The rider checks behind, and operates the input device according to the ON/OFF conditions of the lamp unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sadanao Ichimi, Yukio Miyamaru
  • Patent number: 8029287
    Abstract: A riding simulation system includes a steering handle mechanism capable of being gripped by an operator for steering a front wheel of a motorcycle displayed on a display of a personal computer or the like. The system also includes a frame body for rotatably holding the steering handle mechanism, and a control unit mounted to the frame body for performing control based on the operation amounts of the steering handle mechanism, a clutch lever and a brake lever, with a circuit substrate being incorporated in the control unit and being connected to the detection units through connection cables. The riding simulation system provides a relatively small system with a control unit that is easily mounted to enhance maintenance and installation of system components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yohei Makuta
  • Patent number: 8016595
    Abstract: In an interactive driving simulation apparatus for a two-wheeled vehicle, a real-time test drive performance by a student operator around a simulated driving route sequence is recorded. The recorded performance is later replayed for the benefit of the student, to provide real-world simulation, education, and performance evaluation. During the simulated driving, pre-recorded performance evaluation comments are selected and stored, corresponding to the student's specific performance at a traffic driving situation on the driving route sequence. Then, upon displaying of a replay screen image of the simulated driving on a display unit, when a particular traffic driving situation is arrived at, a simulated operating environment of the traffic driving situation and the selected performance evaluation comments are automatically superimposed and displayed together as a replay screen 154.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhito Aoki, Sadanao Ichimi, Yukio Miyamaru
  • Patent number: 7998033
    Abstract: A bicycle trainer frame adapted for use with a bicycle includes a frame member having spaced apart ends. A coupler is disposed in at least one of the ends, the coupler having engaging cam elements to cause linear movement of a rod. A lever is connected to one of the cam elements wherein the cam surfaces are configured to cause linear movement for rotation of lever less than one revolution such that the rod moves from a first position to a second position, the first position being spaced apart from a component of the bicycle to allow removal of the bicycle from the frame, and the second position being sufficient to secure the bicycle to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Kurt Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Duane G. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7976433
    Abstract: Presented is a bike fitting and diagnostic machine with adjustable rider contact points of the saddle, the pedals, and the handlebars. Adjustments can be made while the rider pedals, and while the rider's output is measured in watts, calories, heart rate, or other units. Optimal bike fit parameters are determined to help a rider select a well fitting bike or have one made to his specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Todd N. Kenyon
  • Patent number: 7901333
    Abstract: One embodiment of an improved self-centering mechanism restoring the handlebar or control of an electronic exercise bicycle or video game bike to the straight ahead position when the rider removes his hands from the handlebars or controls. The self-centering mechanism is configured with a compression spring (52) assisting and pressurizing a mechanical device comprised of two opposing circular ball ramps (32) and (44) with radial tapered depth grooves (42). Round balls (40) of similar diameter to the radius of the depth grooves (42) are situated in the grooves (42) between the opposing ball ramps (32) and (44). The compression spring (52) is located over a connecting bolt (56) which connects the ball ramps (32) and (44) to a shaft (26) that is supported with bearings (22) and (28) in a housing (24). Below the spring assembly is the mount assembly for the potentiometer (66), which sends the data signals communicating the rotation amount of the handlebars to the video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Kentopp
  • Patent number: 7837595
    Abstract: A controller is disclosed, especially but not exclusively, for use in combination with an exercise apparatus. The controller comprises in one arrangement a handlebar assembly and one or more input devices, of at least one of the input device being responsive to movement of the handlebars. The controller may include a support such as a handlebar stem, and may provide output signals to a microprocessor in turn to control operation of a programme running on the microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Patrick Rice
  • Patent number: 7798814
    Abstract: A riding simulation system for providing an operator with a pseudo-experience of a running motorcycle. A steering handle mechanism of the system which enables the operator to perform steering operations is turnably held on a frame body and a connection shaft is supported to be inclinable relative to the frame body through an inclination lock mechanism. The connection shaft is provided to be extendable and contractable along the axial direction thereof through an extension/contraction lock mechanism, so that the position of a pedal mechanism mounted on the lower side of the connection shaft can be displaced to a desired position relative to the position of the steering handle mechanism. The system also includes a vibrator and a click generator to simulate the vibration of a motor and the sound of gear shifting, as well as a mechanism to simulate a reaction force to a steering handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Makuta, Kyohei Ueda, Yukio Miyamaru
  • Patent number: 7766798
    Abstract: The invention is a bicycle trainer to which a standard bicycle temporarily attaches for exercise and simulated rides. A lifting mechanism raises and lowers the front tire, and in preferred embodiments, a frame engages the rear tire to hold the rear tire in an elevated position against a resistance cylinder. The resistance cylinder provides a force against rear tire revolution and varies the resistance to pedaling. The resistance cylinder can vary resistance against back tire revolution by pumping a resistance fluid into and out of the cylinder, by changing the position of the resistance cylinder in relation to the back tire, or by translation of the bicycle back and forth. In other embodiments, the trainer is electronically controlled to simulate real-world geographical courses programmed into a readable format for electronically maneuvering front tire and back tire positions as necessary to provide resistance to pedaling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Brian H. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 7758474
    Abstract: A bicycle trainer includes a frame, a resistance unit interconnected with the frame, and a wheel mounting arrangement for securing the bicycle wheel to the frame. The wheel mounting arrangement includes first and second spaced apart wheel engagement areas, one of which includes a threaded wheel engagement member. A fixed-position threaded actuator member is rotatably interconnected with the frame. Rotation of the actuator member causes extension and retraction of the wheel engagement member, to move the wheel engagement member toward and away from the second wheel engagement area, and to selectively clamp the wheel between the second wheel engagement area and the wheel engagement member. The threads of the actuator member and the wheel engagement member are lead threads, and a guide arrangement is associated with the threaded wheel engagement member for guiding inward and outward movement of the wheel engagement member upon rotation of the actuator member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Saris Cycling Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Fabio Pedrini
  • Publication number: 20100096833
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and a method for using the apparatus for safely training a motorcycle rider to perform a wheelie, either while moving or while stationary. The apparatus provides a safety system which prevents the motorcycle from tipping over backwards or sideways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Steven Gray
  • Publication number: 20100035218
    Abstract: A vehicle simulation system equipped to display information on the rear side of a driver (rider). The simulation system includes a dummy bicycle operated by the rider, a monitor on the front side for displaying a scene based on the operations of the dummy bicycle, and a lamp unit connected to the dummy bicycle and provided on the rear side relative to the seated position of the rider. The lamp unit has a red lamp, a yellow lamp and a green lamp, and is controlledly turned ON under the action of a main control unit. An input device is provided on a steering handle of the dummy bicycle. The input device has a switch for red, a switch for yellow, and a switch for green. The rider checks behind, and operates the input device according to the ON/OFF conditions of the lamp unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Sadanao ICHIMI, Yukio Miyamaru
  • Patent number: 7660656
    Abstract: To realize versatility for corresponding to various speed change systems, and to provide a transmission having a simple configuration. A transmission for a motorcycle has a shift pedal elastically inclined up and down from a reference position with a potentio-sensor for detecting the inclination. A control unit determines a shift position value Po obtained from the potentio-sensor, and outputs the shift position value Po to a predetermined speed change coping unit. A comparative determination unit in the control unit determines the inclination of the gear shift pedal through comparing and judging a range B indicative of the reference position, a range N1 set in a predetermined angle range to the lower direction, a range C1 greater in inclination angle than the range N1, a range N2 in a predetermined angle to the upper direction he range B, and a range C2 greater in inclination angle than the range N2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Miyamaru, Sadanao Ichimi
  • Publication number: 20090282941
    Abstract: A driving simulation device for simulating a driving game includes a mounting frame, a coupler shaft journaled to the mounting frame, extending along a coupling axis and cooperating with a horizontal direction to define an inclined acute angle, a seat body fixed on the coupler shaft above the mounting frame and having an extending direction, a seating portion and a driving portion disposed on the seat body along the extending direction. The extending direction of the seat body cooperates with the coupling axis to define a deviating acute angle therebetween. A swinging action of a rider on the seat body relative to the mounting frame results in turning of the seat body about the coupling axis, which, in turn, causes swinging action of the driving portion and the seating portion such that a swinging range of the driving portion is smaller than that of the seating portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: IGS INTERNATIONAL GAMES SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: LI-HSIEN CHANG, CHI-SHIAN WANG
  • Patent number: 7608017
    Abstract: In a balance exercise machine, a swing mechanism swings a seat with composition of a swing motion in an anteroposterior direction and a swing motion in a widthwise direction. The swing motion of the seat in the anteroposterior direction is driven faster than, preferably twice as fast, as that in the widthwise direction. The origin of the swing motion of the seat in the widthwise direction is discrepant from origin of the swing motion of the seat in the anteroposterior direction within a half-cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryusuke Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 7601097
    Abstract: To simulatively implement a retreating movement of a bicycle in a state wherein a rider dismounts from the bicycle. A simulated bicycle includes a steering angle sensor for detecting a steering angle of a handlebar, a momentary type retreating switch provided at a rear lower portion of a saddle, and a monitor for displaying a scene based on a simulated traveling speed, the steering angle and a signal of the retreating switch. When the retreating switch is operated, an image of a bicycle and a person who operates the bicycle to retreat is displayed on the monitor. The retreating switch is operated through a level so that the rider having dismounted from the bicycle can readily manually operate the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Miyamaru, Atsushi Yonehana
  • Patent number: 7530929
    Abstract: A motion platform system includes a support and a motion platform supported by the support and rotatable about a plurality of bearing axes The motion platform is further rotatable with respect to the support about at least one axis that is offset from the plurality of bearing axes. The motion platform may include an intermediate frame supported by the support, where the intermediate frame is rotatable about a first bearing axis with respect to the support. The motion platform may further include an inner frame supported by the intermediate frame, where the inner frame is rotatable about a second bearing axis with respect to the intermediate frame. Rotations of the inner and intermediate frames about the first and second bearing axes facilitate rotation of the inner frame with respect to the support about at least one axis offset from the bearing axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: PowerGrid Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Feldman, Thomas Bruni, Greg Merril
  • Patent number: 7491154
    Abstract: To realize a light steering handle operation similar to that of a real bicycle, and to obtain an appearance similar to that of a real bicycle. A bicycle simulation system has a turnable steering handle, a left-right pair of pedals, a frame for turnably supporting the steering handle and the pedals, a monitor for displaying a scenery according to the simulated running velocity required by a first speed pickup, a controller supplying sensor signals to a main control unit which controls the monitor. The controller is provided on front forks that function as a front stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yonehana, Ryukou Hanaya, Sadanao Ichimi, Yukio Miyamaru
  • Patent number: 7387513
    Abstract: A riding simulation device allowing a rider to pseudoexperience the running state of a motorcycle, more specifically, to pseudoexperience an operating feeling similar to an actual braking, to be able to switch the operating feeling of an operating lever according to the types of transmissions, and to pseudoexperience roll feeling when the motorcycle is turned by tilting a motorcycle body in running when the device is installed on a pedestal member, comprising an elastic member pressingly deformed by the contact part of a stopper mechanism brought into contact with a rotating member rotated by the operation of a brake lever and a switching mechanism switching between the second stopper member of the stopper mechanism brought into contact with a rotating member rotated by the operation of the operating lever and the first stopper member thereof brought into contact with the rotating member through the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Makuta, Yukio Miyamaru, Futoshi Miyakawa, Sadanao Ichimi, Kyohei Ueda
  • Publication number: 20080003544
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided including means for securing a motorcycle in a substantially stationary position, while a rear motorcycle wheel of the motorcycle is spinning. The apparatus also includes means for obtaining an imprint from a rear tire of the rear motorcycle wheel due to the spinning of the rear motorcycle wheel while the motorcycle is in the substantially stationary position. The apparatus may also include a stage apparatus including a floor and a lift device for raising or lowering the floor and thereby raising or lowering the motorcycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventors: Roy Handel, Dale Handel
  • Patent number: 7270545
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing realistic motorcycle stunts while stationary includes a motorcycle, a restraint bracket, a road simulation means, a failsafe mechanism frame savers, an exhaust vent system, and safety protection. The restraint bracket comprises a bracket system for the attachment of the motorcycle to the apparatus. The road simulation means comprises an apparatus such as a 900 lb. Barrel that spins on two pivot points creating 100% balance under the rear wheel or front wheel of the motorcycle for “popping a wheelie” or performing an “endo” that can simulate actual road conditions. The failsafe mechanism frame savers comprises a series of sensors in electronic communication with the restraint bracket and road simulation means to ensure that the motorcycle does not roll over on one side or pitch back too far.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Dori Milner
  • Patent number: 7246050
    Abstract: This invention provides in a safe and effective manner the experience of observing potential collision obstacles or other hazard images to the human operator of an otherwise conventional vehicle, (such as an automobile or aircraft) moving in a normal manner in a natural environment (such as an outdoor test track). The invention incorporates in addition to the mobile vehicle, computer-based image generation devices, and position, velocity, acceleration, measurement instruments to enable the simulated visual hazard images, including operator perception of and response to those hazard images. Making the actual moving vehicle part of the simulated hazard encounter means the vestibular (motion) cues and visual cues of the natural environment are very realistic, while only the computer-generated hazard images imposed on the natural environment view are virtual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas B. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 7195487
    Abstract: A two-wheeled vehicle motion simulation arrangement comprising a platform; a simulated two-wheeled vehicle; an arrangement for retaining the simulated two-wheeled vehicle relative to the platform with a roll axis; and a control system for imparting motion to the platform in response to control inputs from a rider. The arrangement can additionally include mechanisms for moving the platform over a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Alan R. Robbins
  • Patent number: 7195486
    Abstract: A simulator structure with a deck for mounting various components including controls, one or two seats, an instrument panel and an image projector. The components are mounted to the deck using suitable fasteners, such as bolts and nuts. The image projector displays a computer-generated simulated environment. The instrument panel can include actual instruments or a computer-generated image. A dome-shaped image screen can be attached to the structure that can be tiltable on a horizontal axis or, alternatively, can be movable along an arcuate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Robert W. McGraw
  • Patent number: 7156778
    Abstract: A motocross exerciser having a motocross handlebar assembly with a rotatable throttle grip and brake levers under tension which can be utilized to build up hand and wrist forearm strength. The handlebar assembly mounted on a frame which can be rotated about a vertical axis against torque forces to build up the upper arms, shoulder, upper back and lower back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Chad Blough
  • Patent number: 7081070
    Abstract: An articulating platform (20) that is used to vary the longitudinal and lateral angular displacement of an exercise bicycle (22) mounted thereon. The platform includes a bicycle mounting base (24) configured to accept the footprint of a conventionally dimensioned exercise bicycle. The base (24) pivots in both a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis, thereby simulating uphill and downhill bicycle riding and turning when leaning sideways in a turning direction. The base (24) is preferably articulated by a D.C. motor drive system or optionally by a gear motor, pneumatic, hydraulic and worm drive systems each having controls for initiating directional articulation. A platform enclosure (40) supports the base and the drive system to provide a safety barrier for protecting moving components of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Washington, Arthur L. Grebelsky, Clyde L. Tichenor
  • Patent number: 6950788
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for simulating the movement of motor vehicle and bicycle traffic in an environment. Among other things, the system and method scan all traffic signals in the environment over a predetermined time interval, and then update parking activity, pedestrian movement, and motor vehicle and bicycle movement in the environment. The system and method also check whether any parking activity was generated for the predetermined time period, and simulates pedestrian movement in the environment. Finally, the system and method simulate motor vehicle and bicycle movement in the environment using predetermined acceleration and deceleration rates, a motor vehicle following model, and a lane changing model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Ardeshir Faghri
  • Patent number: 6910991
    Abstract: A stationary bike can control a display content appearing on a screen in accordance with its operation. The stationary bike basically includes a body, a handlebar rotatably attached to the body and a control unit controlling the display content on the screen, and is characterized by a restoring mechanism restoring the handlebar to an initial position. The restoring mechanism is configured with a coil spring wound around an outer circumference of a shaft, a hook securing one end of the coil spring to the shaft, and a hook securing the other end of the coil spring to a tubular member. The hooks are respectively engaged with a bolt secured to the shaft and with a bolt secured to the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Cateye Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20040259059
    Abstract: In an interactive driving simulation apparatus for a two-wheeled vehicle, a real-time test drive performance by a student operator around a simulated driving route sequence is recorded. The recorded performance is later replayed for the benefit of the student, to provide real-world simulation, education, and performance evaluation. During the simulated driving, pre-recorded performance evaluation comments are selected and stored, corresponding to the student's specific performance at a traffic driving situation on the driving route sequence. Then, upon displaying of a replay screen image of the simulated driving on a display unit, when a particular traffic driving situation is arrived at, a simulated operating environment of the traffic driving situation and the selected performance evaluation comments are automatically superimposed and displayed together as a replay screen 154.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhito Aoki, Sadanao Ichimi, Yukio Miyamaru
  • Patent number: 6764310
    Abstract: An apparatus for simulating a ride on a vehicle has a base, and a simulated vehicle body which is supported on the base with a freedom of two-axis rotation about a rolling axis and a pitching axis. A pair of linear actuators are disposed in a position offset to one side in an axial direction of one of the rolling axis and the pitching axis, e.g., offset to one axial side of the rolling axis relative to the pitching axis. The actuators are disposed symmetrically relative to a plane which crosses the pitching axis at a right angle and which includes an axial line of the rolling axis. A fixing member and a movable member of each of the actuators are coupled to the base and the simulated vehicle body, respectively, through universal joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Ichihashi, Masayoshi Kai, Ryuichi Okamura, Kunikazu Negishi, Takeshi Masaki
  • Patent number: 6733294
    Abstract: A testing machine and method are provided for simulating cornering loads on at least a vehicle component. This testing machine and method includes an actuator having an actuator rod oriented at an angle with respect to a level support surface, the angle being selected as a function of a cornering angle of the vehicle during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: MTS Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Robin Tuluie, Paul J. Carroll, Gary Stewart
  • Patent number: 6726483
    Abstract: A road simulation apparatus wherein front excitation means capable of exciting a front axle of a motorcycle upwardly and downwardly as well as forwardly and rearwardly is connected to the front axle of the motorcycle while rear excitation means capable of exciting a rear axle upwardly and downwardly is connected to the rear axle so that a road load proximate to that experienced by a motorcycle actually running on a road can be reproduces. A bendable link mechanism L comprised of a plurality of links La and Lb are disposed in the forward and rearward directions of the motorcycle for permitting mutual bending motion therebetween is connected for pivotal motion to a stationary support member S. The posture of the test vehicle body is maintained while the regeneration accuracy of road loads is augmented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shokichi Harashima, Masakazu Kadota
  • Publication number: 20040077464
    Abstract: A motion platform system includes a support and a motion platform supported by the support and rotatable about a plurality of bearing axes. The motion platform is further rotatable with respect to the support about at least one axis that is offset from the plurality of bearing axes. The motion platform may include an intermediate frame supported by the support, where the intermediate frame is rotatable about a first bearing axis with respect to the support. The motion platform may further include an inner frame supported by the intermediate frame, where the inner frame is rotatable about a second bearing axis with respect to the intermediate frame. Rotations of the inner and intermediate frames about the first and second bearing axes facilitate rotation of the inner frame with respect to the support about at least one axis offset from the bearing axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventors: Philip Feldman, Thomas Bruni, Greg Merril
  • Publication number: 20040076929
    Abstract: A training device for motorcycle racing includes a handlebar including a right-hand grip and a left-hand grip, a control lever mounted to the handlebar at or near the left-hand grip for simulating a clutch of a motorcycle, and a timing circuit. The timing circuit may include a display, a timer, and an output such as a LED for generating a signal when activated. A random-timing generator may be connected to the timer and the output, and a switch may be connected to the timer and the random-timing generator and operatively connected to the control lever. In operation, the switch activates the random-timing generator when the control lever is actuated. In turn, the random-timing generator simultaneously activates the timer to begin timing and activates the output to generate a signal, at a random time after being activated by the switch. The switch then stops the timer when the control lever is released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventor: Alan L. Gerkey
  • Publication number: 20030211446
    Abstract: A road simulation apparatus wherein front excitation means capable of exciting a front axle of a motorcycle upwardly and downwardly as well as forwardly and rearwardly is connected to the front axle of the motorcycle while rear excitation means capable of exciting a rear axle upwardly and downwardly is connected to the rear axle so that a road load proximate to that experienced by a motorcycle actually running on a road can be reproduces. A bendable link mechanism L comprised of a plurality of links La and Lb are disposed in the forward and rearward directions of the motorcycle for permitting mutual bending motion therebetween is connected for pivotal motion to a stationary support member S. The posture of the test vehicle body is maintained while the regeneration accuracy of road loads is augmented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Applicant: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shokichi Harashima, Masakazu Kadota
  • Patent number: 6609912
    Abstract: A road simulation apparatus wherein front excitation means capable of exciting a front axle of a motorcycle upwardly and downwardly as well as forwardly and rearwardly is connected to the front axle of the motorcycle while rear excitation means capable of exciting a rear axle upwardly and downwardly is connected to the rear axle so that a road load proximate to that experienced by a motorcycle actually running on a road can be reproduces. A bendable link mechanism L comprised of a plurality of links La and Lb are disposed in the forward and rearward directions of the motorcycle for permitting mutual bending motion therebetween is connected for pivotal motion to a stationary support member S. The posture of the test vehicle body is maintained while the regeneration accuracy of road loads is augmented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shokichi Harashima, Masakazu Kadota