Handle Bar Type Patents (Class 74/488)
  • Patent number: 10336329
    Abstract: A saddled vehicle configured to be driven by a driver sitting on a saddle seat and steering with a handlebar can include a grasping grip to be grasped by a driver and a throttle grip for an accelerator operation respectively, two brakes for braking a front wheel and a rear wheel of the vehicle, each having a different braking operation target, and a cruise control for performing automatic propulsion control of the vehicle wherein the control by the cruise control is performed by changing a control degree in accordance with operation conditions of the first brake and the second brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha F.C.C.
    Inventors: Tatsuyuki Ohashi, Kazuyoshi Miyachi
  • Patent number: 9950767
    Abstract: A bicycle shifter is provided as part of a bicycle electric system. The bicycle shifter basically includes a transmission cable winding element, an operating unit and a detection device. The operating unit operatively coupled to the transmission cable winding element. The detection device is arranged to detect a movement of the operating unit. The detection device outputs a signal according to the movement of the operating unit with respect to the winding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Tadashi Ichida, Noriaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9849932
    Abstract: A bicycle component operating apparatus includes a first operating device and a second operating device. The first operating device includes a base member and an operating member movably arranged with respect to the base member, and the first operating device being configured to perform an operation of at least one of a bicycle transmission component and a bicycle brake component, the base member having an attachment area. The second operating device is detachably attached to the attachment area of the base member, the second operating device being configured to perform an operation of a bicycle height adjustable seat post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Miki, Kazutaka Fukao, Kentaro Kosaka
  • Publication number: 20150128747
    Abstract: An operating device for a bicycle that includes a fixing member that is adapted to be fixed to a bicycle handlebar and includes an adjustment portion, and a housing that includes first, second and third members. The first member and the second member define an adjustment space therebetween and the third member fixes the first member and the second member to each other without passing through the adjustment portion. The adjustment portion of the fixing member is at least partially received in the adjustment space such that the adjustment portion is adjustable relative to the housing in at least a first adjustment direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Miki, Yasuhisa Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9027434
    Abstract: An actuator for pulling and releasing a bicycle control cable, including an actuator body including a hollow interior. A plunger is disposed in the hollow interior and is axially movable. The plunger includes at least one driving lug and at least one latching lug. A latching ring is rotatably disposed in the hollow interior, the rotation of which by the plunger lugs creates a cable pull and a cable release state of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventor: Eric Neeley
  • Publication number: 20150096400
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a mounting clamp and an adapter member. The mounting clamp is configured to be mounted to a bicycle tube member and comprises a first radius portion, a second radius portion, and a clamp opening. The first radius portion defines a first inner radius. The second radius portion defines a second inner radius different from the first inner radius. The bicycle tube member is to extend through the clamp opening. The clamp opening is defined by the first radius portion and the second radius portion. The adapter member is configured to be provided between the second radius portion and the bicycle tube member in a state where the mounting clamp is mounted to the bicycle tube member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu MIKI, Yasuhisa WATANABE, Kazutaka FUKAO, Toshihiko TAKEUCHI
  • Publication number: 20150096399
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises an operating unit, a mounting member, and a positioning structure. The operating unit includes a first portion. The mounting member includes a second portion configured to be connected with the first portion of the operating unit. The positioning structure is configured to adjustably position the first portion with respect to the second portion in a first direction and a second direction. The positioning structure comprises an abutment member and a fixing member. The abutment member is arranged opposite to the first portion with respect to the second portion. The fixing member is configured to fix the second portion with respect to the first portion by sandwiching the second portion between the first portion and the abutment member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu MIKI, Yasuhisa WATANABE, Kazutaka FUKAO, Toshihiko TAKEUCHI
  • Patent number: 8958962
    Abstract: An electric shift operating device is basically provided with a base member, a first operating member, a clicking mechanism, a signal generating arrangement and a controller. The base member is configured to be attached to a bicycle. The first operating member is movably supported on the base member from a rest position to an operated position. The clicking mechanism is operated by the first operating member to produce a haptic feedback response upon the first operating member reaching the first operated position. The signal generating arrangement generates a first shift start signal prior to or upon the first operating member reaching the first operated position. The controller controls a gear position of the electric gear changing device. The controller receives the first shift start signal and operates the electric gear changing device towards a target gear position upon receiving the first shift start signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Miki, Satoshi Shahana
  • Patent number: 8950287
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device is provided with a base member, a brake operating lever and a shift operating lever. The shift operating lever moves from a rest position in a second direction to perform a gear shift operation in response to operation of the shift operating lever by the user. The shift operating lever has a handlebar engagement portion that is moved by a handlebar of the bicycle relative to the brake operating lever in a third direction toward the brake operating lever to move closer to the brake operating lever when the brake operating lever is pivoted in the first direction by the user. The third direction is a non-shifting direction that is different from the first and second directions. The shift operating lever does not perform the gear shifting operation when moved in the third direction by the handlebar of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Etsuyoshi Watarai
  • Publication number: 20150000452
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device mounting assembly is basically provided with a handlebar mounting clamp and an adapter member. The handlebar mounting clamp has a clamp opening. The adapter member includes at least a first part that is detachably disposed within the clamp opening. The first part is configured to be clamped between the handlebar mounting clamp and a handlebar as the handlebar mounting clamp is tightened in a state that the first part is disposed within the clamp opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Shinya HIROTOMI, Kentaro KOSAKA, Yoshimitsu MIKI, Kazutaka FUKAO, Takaaki FUJIWARA
  • Publication number: 20140360304
    Abstract: A control module, which is mounted on a handlebar of a bicycle, includes a base, a grip, a control bar, and a bolt. The base has a hole, and the hole has a first section and a second section, wherein the second section is bigger than the first section. The base is fitted to the handlebar whereby a sidewall of the first section touches the handlebar. The grip is fitted to the handlebar, and has a portion received in the second section of the hole of the base. The control bar is provided on the base to control a brake module or a derailleur module. The bolt is provided on the base, wherein both the base and the grip are fixed to the handlebar at the same time by tightening the bolt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Yu-Hsin LIN
  • Publication number: 20140360303
    Abstract: The bicycle handlebar assembly comprises a handlebar rod and at least one oleo-hydraulic group for controlling on-board bicycle equipment; the oleo-hydraulic group is housed inside the handlebar rod. The internal housing in the handlebar rod overcomes any problems of bulk of the oleo-hydraulic group. Moreover, thanks to the relatively large size of the handlebar rod, the dimensional constraints imposed on the designer are much less stringent with respect to controls associated directly to the brake lever; it is thus relatively easy to make controls capable of exerting very large forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventor: Mario MEGGIOLAN
  • Publication number: 20140352478
    Abstract: A control device is configured to be installed on a handlebar of a bicycle and configured to operate a brake device on the bicycle. The control device basically includes a bicycle attachment member, a brake operating member and at least one of a wireless communication unit and a notification unit. The brake operating member is pivotally coupled to the attachment member to pivot about a first axis. The least one of the wireless communication unit and the notification unit is disposed on the brake operating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Jun GAO
  • Patent number: 8887594
    Abstract: An assembly for selectively locking the angular position of a biased throttle grip mounted on an end of a handlebar to control engine speed is provided. The assembly includes a first member having a first face and adapted to be mounted on the end of the handlebar and a second member having a second face in close-spaced opposition to the first face and a third face spaced from the second face and in close-spaced opposition to an end face of the throttle grip when the first member is mounted on the end of the handlebar. The second member is mounted for rotation about an axis and for controlled shifting movement along the axis relative to the first member between a first position which corresponds to the unlocked mode of the assembly and a second position which corresponds to a locked mode of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: AKS Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen M. Ruth
  • Publication number: 20140260754
    Abstract: A bicycle handle system comprises a handle element to be fastened on a handlebar. Further, a control element is arranged laterally next to the handle element. The control element serves to control an electric auxiliary motor. The control element has a bearing element on which an actuation element can be turned. The bearing element has switching tabs connected thereto. By turning the actuation element, the switching tabs actuate electric switching elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: RTI Sports Vertrieb von Sportartikeln GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Mueller, Andreas Krause
  • Patent number: 8763487
    Abstract: An engagement mechanism amplifies an applied force to a lever by torque conversion about a rotation point to a higher reaction force that is applied to a master cylinder assembly for operation of a hydraulic clutch or brake system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen L. Pohl, Jerry D. Lund
  • Publication number: 20140165769
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a brake lever, which include an assembling base, a lever body and a pulling portion. The assembling base is connected to the handle of the bicycle, the lever body is pivotally connected to the assembling base, and the pulling portion is connected to and protruded from the lever body. The pulling portion has a pulling surface, wherein the pulling surface is toward at least one fingertip of the rider's hand when a rider's hand holds the second holding position of the handle. When the handle of the bicycle provides two or more than two holding position, the lever body is for braking when the first holding position is held, and the pulling portion is for braking when the second holding position is held. Therefore, the rider can hold the different positions of the handle for operating the brake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: GIANT MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Liang HUNG, Wei-Cheng LO
  • Patent number: 8739648
    Abstract: A bicycle control device is basically provided with a base member, a shift control unit and an operating lever. The base member includes a handlebar mounting structure defining a handlebar receiving area with a central handlebar mounting axis. The shift control unit is mounted to the base member. The operating lever is pivotally mounted relative to the base member to pivot from a rest position towards the handlebar receiving area about a non-shift operating pivot axis that is angled relative to the handlebar receiving area such that the operating lever moves along a non-shift operating path that avoid interference with a handlebar in a lateral direction with respect to the handlebar receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Miki, Satoshi Shahana
  • Publication number: 20140144275
    Abstract: A bicycle control device basically includes a housing member, a hydraulic fluid pressure generator, a control lever member and a shift-operating mechanism. The housing member has an attachment part for attachment to a handlebar, and a grip part configured to be gripped by a rider in a riding position. The hydraulic fluid pressure generator has a cylinder provided inside the grip part of the housing member, and a piston movably disposed within the cylinder to generate fluid pressure for controlling a braking device. The control lever member has a first operation lever pivotably coupled relative to the housing member for pivoting about a first axis to operate the piston. The shift-operating mechanism is configured to be coupled to a shifting device by a control cable control. The shift-operating mechanism is mounted on the control lever member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Osamu KARIYAMA, Tatsuya KAWAKAMI, Daisuke NAGO, Tatsuya MATSUSHITA, Masahiro NAKAKURA
  • Patent number: 8695452
    Abstract: A shifter designed to actuate a gear change device of a bicycle by pulling and releasing a control cable. The shifter includes a base plate mountable to the bicycle, a cable spool and cable-pull and cable-release lever assemblies. The cable spool is rotated in a cable-pull direction to wind the control cable thereon and in a cable-release direction to unwind the control cable therefrom. The cable-pull and cable-release lever assemblies are operatively connected to the cable spool to rotate the cable spool in the cable-pull and cable-release directions, respectively. The cable-pull lever assembly includes a cable-pull lever rotated about a first axis and at least two winding pawls received by and rotating with the cable-pull lever about the first axis to transmit rotational movement of the cable-pull lever to the cable spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: SRAM Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Weiss
  • Patent number: 8700289
    Abstract: A snowmobile includes an engine, an engine power controller, an operation portion, an operation input detector, an operation amount detector, and a control portion. The control portion does not control the engine power controller based on an amount detected by the operation amount detector in a preliminary zone in which the operation amount detected by the operation amount detector is not more than a first operation amount. The control portion controls the engine power controller based on an operation amount detected by the operation amount detector if the operation amount is greater than the first operation amount. A second operation amount smaller than the first operation amount is set in the preliminary zone and the control portion determines whether operation of the operation portion is carried out based on whether operation corresponding to the second operation amount is detected by the operation input detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tokinari Nagao, Atsushi Sawabuchi, Takashi Ashida, Tomokazu Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 8646353
    Abstract: A bicycle brake operating device is provided with a handlebar bracket, a brake lever, an operation unit and a detection device. Rotation of the operation unit is detected by the detection device. The operation unit is arranged so that it does not readily hinder a braking operation. The operation unit also arranged so that it us not readily damaged when the bicycle falls over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kouji Uno
  • Patent number: 8640566
    Abstract: A reduction in the size of a housing for containing a magnetic sensor is provided for a throttle device for a vehicle in which the turning amount of a throttle grip is detected by use of the magnetic sensor. An extension part of the throttle grip is provided at its outer periphery with an enlarged diameter part for holding magnets of the magnetic sensor. A right switch box is provided with Hall sensors of the magnetic sensor, and the enlarged diameter part and each of the Hall sensors are opposed to each other in the axial direction of a right handle bar. The throttle grip is urged toward the throttle full-closing position by a grip urging mechanism. The throttle full-closing position is maintained by only an urging force exerted from the grip urging mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hajime Soda, Hiroto Hibi, Tetsuya Kondo
  • Patent number: 8549955
    Abstract: A bicycle control device is basically provided with a base member, a shift control unit, a non-shift operating lever, a first shift operating lever and a second shift operating lever. The shift control unit is mounted to the base member. The non-shift operating lever is movably coupled relative to the base member. The first and second shift operating levers are operatively coupled to the shift control unit. The second shift operating lever is a separate member from the first shift operating lever. The first and second shift operating levers are configured and arranged relative to each other such that the second shift operating lever is moved by the first shift operating lever when the first shift operating lever is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Hisayuki Sato, Kenji Ose
  • Patent number: 8528442
    Abstract: A bicycle component positioning device is basically provided with a stationary support member, a positioning element, a position maintaining member, a winding element, a release member and a winding element control member. The winding element moves between a winding position and a disengaging position. The release member moves the position maintaining member between a holding position and a position releasing position in response to pivotal movement of the release member between a neutral position and a position releasing position. The winding element control member moves between a rest position and a control position that holds the winding element in the disengaging position in response to pivotal movement of the release member between the neutral position and the position releasing position. The winding element control member is guided by the stationary support member during movement of the winding element control member between the rest position and the control position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kawakami
  • Patent number: 8511200
    Abstract: A speed control device which is adapted to be used in connection with a derailleur type bicycle has one operation mode for up-shifting the speed and another operation mode for down-shifting the speed. The two operation modes can be affected by an operation lever, with the operation lever pivoted in a first plane for the up-shifting operation and in a second plane for the down-shifting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Tien Hsin Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Feng Tsai, Chia-Wei Liao
  • Patent number: 8505673
    Abstract: A control system for a saddle-type vehicle is provided. The control system includes a reverse lever, a hand brake lever, a throttle lever and at least one mount bracket. Each of the reverse lever, the hand brake lever and the throttle lever are pivotably coupled to the at least one mount bracket and the at least one mount bracket is configured to be connected to a first one of a right handlebar and a left handlebar of a saddle-type vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lee N. Bowers
  • Patent number: 8459143
    Abstract: A bicycle brake and shifting device comprises a mounting bracket structured to be mounted on a bicycle handlebar; a brake lever pivotably coupled to the brake bracket; a first shift operating member movably coupled to the brake lever; a second shift operating member movably coupled to the brake lever, wherein the second shift operating member is a separate member from the first shift operating member; a first electric switch operated by the first shift operating member; and a second electric switch operated by the second shift operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Shimano, Inc.
    Inventor: Toshio Tetsuka
  • Patent number: 8443697
    Abstract: A shifter designed to actuate a gear change device of a bicycle by pulling and releasing a control cable. The shifter includes a base plate mountable to the bicycle, a cable spool and cable-pull and cable-release lever assemblies. The cable spool is rotated in a cable-pull direction to wind the control cable thereon and in a cable-release direction to unwind the control cable therefrom. The cable-pull and cable-release lever assemblies are operatively connected to the cable spool to rotate the cable spool in the cable-pull and cable-release directions, respectively. The cable-pull lever assembly includes a cable-pull lever rotated about a first axis and at least two winding pawls received by and rotating with the cable-pull lever about the first axis to transmit rotational movement of the cable-pull lever to the cable spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: SRAM Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Weiss
  • Patent number: 8281910
    Abstract: A brake operating device for bicycles includes a hydraulic fluid cylinder secured to a housing, a parallel cylindrical member on the cylinder and comprising a hollow threaded fastener at one end, a rod in a right portion of the cylinder and having one end connected to a brake lever; a spring biased magnet in the right portion of the cylinder; a plunger interconnecting the magnet and the rod; a spring biased conductor in the cylindrical member and urged by the fastener; and an electric wire interconnecting the conductor and a connector which is connected to a brake lamp. For decreasing a turn-on time of the brake lamp a loosening of the fastener will push the conductor away from the brake lever to decrease a current generated on the conductor due to a movement of the conductor relative to the magnet. Tightening of the fastener can increase the turn-on time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Tektro Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Szu-Fang Tsai
  • Patent number: 8256323
    Abstract: A manual control device including a handle configured to be grasped by a hand with a thumb, and a trigger configured to be subjected to a pressure from the distal phalanx of the thumb. The trigger is placed relative to the handle so as to be able to be subjected to a pressure from the distal phalanx while the proximal phalanx from the thumb is resting along the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Frederic Vellutini
  • Patent number: 8250944
    Abstract: An accelerating handle assembly for an electric vehicle includes first and second rings fixed together with a gap formed therebetween. A tubular handle has an end received in the gap and abutting a stepped portion of the first ring. A magnet is mounted to the tubular handle. A Hall sensor is fixed to the first or second ring and includes a detecting face facing the magnet. An arcuate clamping member is fixed to an outer periphery of the tubular handle and includes two ends respectively having two attachment seats. A spring unit includes a follower rod having two ends respectively fixed to the attachment seats of the first clamping member. The spring unit further includes a compression spring having a first end abutting an end of the first clamping member. The compression spring further has a second end abutting a restraining block of the second ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Tsung Min Wu
  • Patent number: 8161840
    Abstract: A bicycle brake control device comprises a mounting bracket for mounting the device to a bicycle, a lever mounted to the mounting bracket for rotation around a pivot axis, and an adjustment unit. The adjustment unit comprises a first adjustment component and a second adjustment component, wherein the first adjustment component adjusts a selected position of the lever relative to the mounting bracket, and the second adjustment component adjusts a position of a brake operating element when the lever is in the selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Shimano, Inc.
    Inventor: Daisuke Nago
  • Patent number: 8156841
    Abstract: A manipulation lever connection structure for a vehicle eliminates a striking sound without losing an adjusting function of an adjustment nut. The manipulation lever connection structure for a vehicle includes an arm for operating a driving changeover device and for connecting a wire which extends from a manipulation lever to the arm. An adjustment bolt is mounted on a distal end of the wire with a joint slidably mounted on the adjustment bolt on an axis thereof. An adjustment nut for supporting the joint is fastened to the adjustment bolt. A pair of side plate portions, respectively, forming elongated holes which allow the joint to pass therethrough is mounted on the arm. The adjustment nut is inserted between the pair of side plate portions with a buffer cover being mounted on the adjustment nut with a clearance formed between the adjustment nut and the respective side plate portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Yasuda, Koji Sato, Hideo Yanai
  • Patent number: 8151666
    Abstract: The present invention is a handle grip comprising a twist throttle with an integrated hydraulic master cylinder directed to vehicle throttle and brake or clutch controls and suitable for mounting and use on motorcycle handle bar wherein the operator selectively twists the handle grip in one direction to retract a throttle cable and in the opposite direction to release the throttle cable and activate a hydraulic master cylinder capable of providing hydraulic fluid to a hydraulically activated mechanism on the vehicle. A helical cam surface within the twist grip mechanism guides centrally positioned throttle and hydraulic cam followers within an inner stem cylinder bore forcing the followers longitudinally within the bore to activate the hydraulics or throttle. The pitch of the helical cam surface defines the distance of grip rotation and the twisting torque required to move the followers predetermined distances within the stem bore to provide sufficient activation force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Satya Kraus
  • Publication number: 20110303041
    Abstract: A throttle twist grip controller assembly includes a rotatable hand grip, a throttle housing coupled to the hand grip, and a ring potentiometer assembly located in the throttle housing. In one embodiment, the ring potentiometer assembly is fitted and supported on a sleeve associated with the throttle housing. A ring rotor is seated in the ring potentiometer assembly, surrounds the sleeve of the throttle housing, and includes at least a first tab which couples the rotor to the hand grip for rotation with the hand grip. A second tab on the rotor holds a potentiometer conductor. A spring is fitted and supported on the sleeve of the throttle housing. One end of the spring is coupled to the hand grip and the other end is coupled to the throttle housing for returning the hand grip to idle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Wen Feng Cheng, Yuan Pin Chen
  • Publication number: 20110271783
    Abstract: A constant speed device for a motorcycle having a twist grip throttle and has a clamping segment and a pressing segment. The clamping segment a clamping space, an abutting face and a gap. The clamping space is defined through the clamping segment to mount around the twist grip throttle of the motorcycle. The abutting face is formed around the clamping space of the clamping segment to abut with the twist grip throttle. The gap is formed through a side of the clamping segment and communicates with the clamping space to allow the twist grip throttle mounting in the clamping space of the clamping segment. The pressing segment is connected to the clamping segment opposite to the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: YU-LUNG HSIA
  • Patent number: 7980155
    Abstract: An operating element for a vehicle steerable with a handlebar, in particular a motorcycle, having an operating ring in the area of a handle of the handlebar. The operating ring can be adjusted in multiple degrees of freedom, i.e., it can be rotated, shifted and depressed. Therefore, it can be used multifunctionally for triggering various functions in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Geiger
  • Patent number: 7970511
    Abstract: An electronic steering damper system is provided for a vehicle. The electronic steering damper system can be supported with respect to the vehicle's frame and can selectively impose resistance to steering of one or more of the vehicle's wheels in response to a vehicle condition signal received from a sensor such as, for example, a vehicle speed sensor. An actuator connected with the electronic steering damper system can be configured for use by an operator to adjust the manner in which the electronic steering damper system selectively imposes resistance to steering of the wheel(s) in response to the vehicle condition signal. Vehicles including an electronic steering damper system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark T. Kohls
  • Patent number: 7918145
    Abstract: A combination shift and brake lever arrangement for a bicycle, includes a single lever. A braking arrangement mounts the single lever for movement in a first pivoting direction to perform a braking operation, and a first shifting arrangement mounts the single lever for movement in a second different pivoting direction. A shift control mechanism controls shifting of gears of the bicycle in a first shifting direction upon movement of the single lever in the second pivoting direction. A second shifting arrangement mounts at least a portion of a reverse shifting lever for linear movement in a first linear direction. A reverse control changes over the shift control mechanism to control shifting of the gears of the bicycle in a second opposite shifting direction upon linear movement of the at least a portion of the reverse shifting lever in the first linear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventor: John L. Calendrille, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110036196
    Abstract: An electronic throttle control device for motorcycles or other similar vehicles with two, three or four wheels, snowmobiles or the like comprising a handlebar (3) on which a rotary handle control (2) is positioned cooperating with electrical/electronic measurement means for measuring its rotation and/or angular position about the axis (W) of the handlebar (3), to hence control a usual element for modifying the vehicle engine r.p.m., i.e. to control the throttling of this latter, said means comprising, functionally rigid with the handle control (2), a first component generally defined by a rotor (12) arranged to cooperate with a second component, generally a position or angular sensor, of said means fixed on the handlebar (3). A grooved insertion piece (8) is provided rigid with the handle control (2) and arranged to cooperate torsionally with said rotor (12), between said insertion piece (8) and said rotor (12) there being a small degree of slack when the handle control is in the zero throttle position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Luca Menghini
  • Publication number: 20110031079
    Abstract: A control lever including a body portion, a mounting portion, at least one mounting screw, and a lever portion. The body portion has a first section configured to fit within an interior of a bar opening, where the first section is configured to house at least a portion of a control mechanism and has an inclined surface on an outer surface thereof. The mounting portion is configured to slide on the inclined surface, and the mounting screw connects the mounting portion to the body portion. The lever portion is connected to the body portion and is configured to actuate the control mechanism. The mounting screw is configured to slide the mounting portion along the inclined surface so as to push the mounting portion and a side of the first section against an inner surface of the bar opening in order to mount the body portion to the bar opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya MATSUSHITA
  • Patent number: 7878089
    Abstract: A trigger shifter for operating a bicycle gear change device that includes a housing mountable to handlebar, a cable spool for pulling and releasing a control cable connected to the gear change device, a pull lever mechanism and a release lever mechanism. The pull lever mechanism includes a pull lever rotatable about a first axis defining a first plane of motion perpendicular to the first axis. The release lever mechanism includes a release lever rotatable about a second axis defining a second plane of motion perpendicular to the second axis. The first and second planes of motion form an angle therebetween in the range of 20 to 70 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: SRAM Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Scott McLaughlin, Martin Weiss, Robert Bohm
  • Patent number: 7849760
    Abstract: A speed changer is used to control derailleurs using cables from a single rotating handle, the deraileurs being connected respectively to an elastic return element. The speed changer includes at least two cable-maneuvering mechanisms. The mechanism for maneuvering the cable of the rear derailleur, which rotates integrally with the handle, can cause the rear cable to loosen or tighten when the handle is rotated in one direction. The speed changer is characterized in that the rotating assembly, formed by at least one mechanism for maneuvering the rear cable and the handle, can be connected to rotate intermittently with the mechanism for maneuvering the front cable of the front derailleur which, depending on the direction in which the handle is rotated, can cause the front cable of the front derailleur to tighten or loosen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Etcetera
    Inventor: Norbert Rolland
  • Patent number: 7793563
    Abstract: A steering handlebar apparatus for a vehicle includes a rod-shaped steering handlebar having a hand grip at a distal end thereof, and also includes both a clutch lever and a hot start lever mounted thereon at a position proximal to the hand grip. A switch holder for holding various switches is mounted to the steering handlebar at a position proximal to the hand grip. The hot start lever is journaled on the lower surface of the switch holder so that the user can operate the hot start lever with the thumb of the hand which is holding the hand grip, and can simultaneously turn off the clutch lever with other fingers of the same hand. The inventive arrangement provides a steering handlebar apparatus for a vehicle which facilitates simultaneous operation of a handle lever and a hot start lever using the hand which is holding a hand grip of a steering handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Iguchi, Masaharu Omagari, Masahiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 7779719
    Abstract: A combination of derailleur shifter and brake lever for bicycles includes a lever which can be pivoted relative to the handlebar so as to respectively control the braking mechanism and the derailleur gears. The lever has a rod connected thereto which controls a driving pawl unit which allows the rider to operate the rack of a driving unit to pull or release the derailleur cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Douglas Chiang
  • Patent number: 7775136
    Abstract: A twist-grip controller includes a cylindrical housing adapted to be nonrotatably received within a tubular end of a handlebar, and an elongate support member having a cylindrical internal cavity and a longitudinal guide surface, the support member being supported within the housing for relative rotation about a longitudinal axis. The controller is adaptable to actuate a first cam portion axially constrained within the support member cavity, the first cam portion thereby actuating a vehicle control via fluid power through a first range of motion. Rotating the tubular sleeve through a second range actuates a second follower mounted to a second cam portion axially toward the distal end of the handlebar, thereby generating an output throttle signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Kyle E. E. Schwulst
  • Publication number: 20100204874
    Abstract: A universal motorcycle cruise control system comprised of three elements: control panel, microprocessor based controller and electromechanical drive assembly. The control panel is mounted to allow the vehicle operator access and allows the operator to command the system and receive visual feedback. The controller monitors commands from the control panel, monitors various dynamic signals from the vehicle and controls the drive assembly to maintain requested speed. The electromechanical drive assembly consists of the following: electric motor, gearbox and electro activated clutch. In a preferred configuration, the electromechanical drive assembly is physically installed inside the handlebar under the operators throttle handgrip and is mechanically connected to the handgrip. When activated, the electromechanical drive assembly causes clockwise and counter clockwise rotation of the handgrip as required maintaining requested vehicle speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Michael William Oyer
  • Patent number: 7707906
    Abstract: An ergonomic inertial positioning system comprises a motion sensor, an angle sensor, and a processor. The motion sensor detects movement of an object. The angle sensor detects angle variation of the heading of the object. The processor determines motion status of the object based on detected data provided by the motion sensor and the angle sensor, and calculates displacement of the object utilizing the detected angle variation thereof based on the motion status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Institute for Information Industry
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Lin, Zhi-Hong Zhu, Yung-Jin Wu, Tung-Wu Lu, Shih-Hsiang Liu
  • Publication number: 20100018338
    Abstract: A handlebar grip (10) for a throttle twist grip (1) is arranged on a handlebar tube of a vehicle and is intended for actuating an actuator which determines the fuel supply for an internal combustion engine of the vehicle). The handlebar grip (10) has a spring engagement section (12) for engagement of a restoring spring (20). The spring engagement section (12) is formed in an outer region of the handlebar grip (10) in the longitudinal direction of the handlebar grip (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Johann Mauch