Title of Invention

"REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A LIGHT VEHICLE"

Abstract In a vehicle comprising a frame (F), an engine (E) operatively attached to the frame (F) and a steering handlebar (26), the improvement comprising a remote control apparatus comprising a transmission antenna (225), a portable transmitter (226), a receiver (227) and a handlebar lock module (211), wherein the handlebar lock module (211) comprises a locking mechanism and is operable to selectively engage the locking mechanism for locking and unlocking the steering handlebar (26), the handlebar lock module (211) also comprises a knob (212) operably connected to the locking mechanism for enabling at least a starting operation of the engine (E), the handlebar lock module (211) being operatively attached to a portion of the vehicle frame, the portable transmitter (226) provided for being carried by a vehicle user and operated at a location which is distant from the vehicle, wherein the receiver (227) is operable to receive a signal from the portable transmitter (226) and to provide input to the handlebar lock module (211); the transmission antenna (225) is operable to provide transmission of a signal that urges the portable transmitter (226) to transmit an identity (ID) signal to the handlebar lock module (211), and the transmission antenna (225) is mounted to the vehicle at a position spaced away from said handlebar lock module(211), wherein the handlebar lock module (211) is operable to provide a handlebar lock cancellation operation is response to the reception of the ID signal from the portable transmitter (226); the receiver (227) is separate from the handlebar lock module (211); the receiver (227) is disposed on the vehicle in a position spaced away from the transmissions antenna (225); and the receiver (227) is not directly physically connected to the transmission antenna (225). Figure: 17
Full Text [Name of Document] Specification [Title of the Invention]
Remote Control Apparatus for a Light Vehicle [Technical Field] [0001]
This invention relates to a remote control apparatus for a light vehicle which includes a transmission antenna for transmitting a signal for urging a normal portable transmitter carried by a vehicle user to transmit an ID signal and a handle lock module having a knob for enabling at least starting operation of an engine and a handle lock cancellation operation in response to reception of an ID signal from the normal portable transmitter. [Background Art] [0002]
A scooter type vehicle wherein a knob of a handle lock module is disposed on a leg shield is already known, for example, by Patent Document 1 and so forth.
[Patent Document 1]
Japanese Patent Laid-Open No. 2001-278154 [Disclosure of the Invention] [Problem to be Solved by the Invention] [0003]
Incidentally, in such a remote control apparatus for a light vehicle as described above, it is usually the case that a transmission antenna is provided on a handle lock module. Thus, upon transfer of a signal to and from a portable transmitter carried by a vehicle user, the position of the transmission antenna is restricted, and the degree of freedom in arrangement for disposing the transmission antenna so that it may require lower output power is much restricted. [0004]
It is an object of the present invention to provide a remote control apparatus for a light vehicle which raises the degree of freedom in arrangement of a transmission antenna. [Means for Solving the Problem] [0005]
In order to attain the object described above, according to the present invention, a remote control apparatus for a light vehicle which includes a transmission antenna for transmitting a signal for urging a normal portable transmitter carried by a vehicle user to transmit an ID signal and a handle lock module having a knob for enabling at least starting operation of an engine and a handle lock cancellation operation in
response to reception of an ID signal from the normal portable transmitter is characterized in that the transmission antenna is disposed at a position spaced away from the handle lock module. [Effect of the Invention] [0006]
With the invention described above, since the transmission antenna is disposed in a spaced relationship from the handle lock module, the degree of freedom in arrangement of the transmission antenna can be raised. [Best Mode for Carrying Out the Invention] [0007]
In the following, an embodiment of the present invention is described with reference to a working example of the present invention shown in the accompanying drawings.
[Brief Description of the Drawings]
[0132]
[FIG. 1]
FIG. 1 is a left side elevational view of a scooter type vehicle. [FIG. 2]
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a vehicle body frame in a state wherein a fuel tank and a radiator are attached thereto. [FIG. 3]
FIG. 3 is a left side elevational view of an intermediate portion in a forward and rearward direction of the scooter type vehicle in a state wherein a riding seat and a vehicle body cover are removed. [FIG. 4]
FIG. 4 is a view as viewed in the direction of an arrow mark 4 of FIG. 3 in a state wherein an accommodating box is removed. [FIG. 5]
FIG. 5 is an enlarged vertical sectional side elevational view of a rear portion of the scooter type vehicle. [FIG. 6]
FIG. 6 is a view showing relative arrangement of a unit swing engine and a rear wheel. [FIG. 7]
FIG. 7 is a right side elevational view of a rear portion of the scooter type vehicle. [FIG. 8]
FIG. 8 is a vertical sectional view of a portion of the accommodating box in the proximity of a rear portion of the same. [FIG. 9]
FIG. 9 is a view as viewed in the direction of an
arrow mark 9 of FIG. 8. [FIG. 10]
FIG. 10 is an enlarged sectional view taken along line 10-10 of FIG. 1. [FIG. 11]
FIG. 11 is an enlarged view of part of FIG. 5 in a state wherein a front seat is open. [FIG. 12]
FIG. 12 is a view as viewed in the direction of an arrow mark 12 of FIG. 11. [FIG. 13]
FIG. 13 is a view as viewed in the direction of an arrow mark 13 of FIG. 1. [FIG. 14]
FIG. 14 is a schematic sectional view taken along line 14-14 of FIG. 13. [FIG. 15]
FIG. 15 is a sectional view taken along line 15-15 of FIG. 13. [FIG. 16]
FIG. 16 is a sectional view taken along line 16-16 of FIG. 15. [FIG. 17]
FIG. 17 is a sectional view taken along line 17-17
Of FIG. 13. [FIG. 18]
FIG. 18 is a sectional view taken along line 18-18 of FIG. 13. [FIG. 19]
FIG. 19 is a view showing a configuration of a remote control system. [FIG. 20]
FIG. 20 is an exploded perspective view of a reception unit. [FIG. 21]
FIG. 21 is a view showing a general configuration of an emergency unlocking system for a seat lock.
[0008]
FIGS. 1 to 21 show a working example of the present invention, and FIG. 1 is a left side elevational view of a scooter type vehicle; FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a vehicle body frame in a state wherein a fuel tank and a radiator are attached thereto; FIG. 3 is a left side elevational view of an intermediate portion in a forward and rearward direction of the scooter type vehicle in a
state wherein a riding seat and a vehicle body cover are removed; FIG. 4 is a view as viewed in the direction of an arrow mark 4 of FIG. 3 in a state wherein an accommodating box is removed; FIG. 5 is an enlarged vertical sectional side elevational view of a rear portion of the scooter type vehicle; FIG. 6 is a view showing relative arrangement of a unit swing engine and a rear wheel; FIG. 7 is a right side elevational view of a rear portion of the scooter type vehicle; FIG. 8 is a vertical sectional view of a portion of the accommodating box in the proximity of a rear portion of the same; FIG. 9 is a view as viewed in the direction of an arrow mark 9 of FIG. 8; FIG. 10 is an enlarged sectional view taken along line 10-10 of FIG. 1; FIG. 11 is an enlarged view of part of FIG. 5 in a state wherein a front seat is open; FIG. 12 is a view as viewed in the direction of an arrow mark 12 of FIG. 11; FIG. 13 is a view as viewed in the direction of an arrow mark 13 of FIG. 1; FIG. 14 is a schematic sectional view taken along line 14-14 of FIG. 13; FIG. 15 is a sectional view taken along line 15-15 of FIG. 13; FIG. 16 is a sectional view taken along line 16-16 of FIG. 15; FIG. 17 is a sectional view taken along line 17-17 of FIG. 13; FIG. 18 is a sectional view taken along line 18-18 of FIG. 13; FIG. 19 is a view showing a
configuration of a remote control system; FIG. 20 is an exploded perspective view of a reception unit; and FIG. 21 is a view showing a general configuration of an emergency unlocking system for a seat lock. [0009]
Referring first to FIG. 1, a vehicle body frame F of a scooter type vehicle in the form of a motorcycle includes, at a front end thereof, a front fork 25 for supporting a front wheel WF for rotation thereon and a head pipe 27 for supporting a steering handle bar 26 connected to the front fork 25 for steering operation. A unit swing engine UE is supported for upward and downward rocking motion at an intermediate portion of the vehicle body frame F in the forward and rearward direction and supports a rear wheel WR at a rear end thereof. A fuel tank 28 formed long upwardly and downwardly as viewed in side elevation and a radiator 29 disposed rearwardly of the fuel tank 28 are carried on the vehicle body frame F forwardly of the unit swing engine UE. Further, an accommodating box 30 is attached to the vehicle body frame F in such a manner as to cover the unit swing engine UE from above, and a riding seat 31 formed as a seat of the tandem type having a front seat 32 and a rear seat 33 is disposed on the accommodating box 30.
Furthermore, a vehicle body cover 34 made of a synthetic resin material is attached to the vehicle body frame F and covers over the vehicle body frame F, a front portion of the unit swing engine UE, the fuel tank 28, the radiator 29 and the accommodating box 30. [0010]
Referring also to FIGS. 2 and 3, the vehicle body frame F includes the head pipe 27, a pair of left and right upper down frames 37, ... connected to the head pipe 27 and extending rearwardly downwards, and a pair of left and right lower down frames 38, 38. The lower down frames 38, 38 include inclined portions 38a, ... connected to the head pipe 27 below the upper down frames 37, ... and extending rearwardly downwards and horizontal portions 38b, ... connected integrally to rear ends of the inclined portions 38a, .... Further, the lower down frames 38, 38 are welded at rear ends thereof to rear end portions of the upper down frames 37, .... The vehicle body frame F further includes a pair of left and right seat rails 39, 39 extending rearwardly upwards from intermediate portions of the upper down frames 37, ... and a pair of left and right rear frames 40, 40 for interconnecting rear portions of the upper down frames 37, ... and rear portions of the seat rails 39, 39. The vehicle body frame
F further includes a pair of left and right support frames 41, 41 disposed outwardly sidewardly of the upper down frames 37, ..., lower down frames 38, ... and rear frames 40, 40 and extending forwardly and rearwardly. [0011]
The two support frames 41, 41 support step floors 159, ... provided on the left and right of the vehicle body cover 34 from below, and front ends of the support frames 41, ... are coupled to lower portions of the inclined portions 38a, ... of the lower down frames 38, ... while rear ends of the support frames 41, ... are coupled to intermediate portions of the rear frames 40, .... [0012]
Referring also to FIGS. 4 to 6, the unit swing engine UE includes an engine E of the water cooled type having a cylinder axis extending substantially horizontally, and a continuously variable transmission M of the belt type for transmitting to the rear wheel WR output power of the engine E at a continuously variable speed by means of a transmission belt and pulleys. The continuously variable transmission M drives a movable pulley on the crankshaft side in response to operation of an electric motor 42 for speed change to continuously vary the transmission gear ratio.
[0013]
A transmission case 43 of the continuously variable transmission M is connected to the left side of a crankcase 4 4 of the engine E such that it projects to the left side from the engine E, and extents to the left side of the rear wheel WR. A swing arm 48 is coupled at a front end portion thereof to the right side of the crankcase 44, and the rear wheel WR is supported for rotation between a rear end portion of the transmission case 43 and a rear end portion of the swing arm 48. [0014]
Incidentally, the electric motor 42 for speed change is disposed leftwardly of a cylinder 45 of the engine E forwardly of the continuously variable transmission M, and is attached to a front projection 43a of the transmission case 43 with an axis of rotation thereof directed in a widthwise direction of the vehicle body. Besides, the electric motor 42 is disposed below a left side one of a pair of left and right passenger steps 162, ... provided on the vehicle body cover 34 and is disposed such that it is positioned below the left side one of the support frames 41, .... which form part of the vehicle body frame F, as viewed in side elevation. [0015]
A pair of brackets 49, 49 are provided between intermediate portions of the seat rails 39, ... and the rear frames 40, ... of the vehicle body frame F, and a pair of supporting projections 44a, 44a are provided in a projecting manner on an upper face of the crankcase 44 of the engine E. A link 50 includes a link tube portion 50a extending in the widthwise direction of the vehicle body and a pair of cylindrical supporting tube portions 50b, 50b provided integrally on and coaxially with the link tube portion 50a at the opposite ends of the link tube portion 50a. The supporting projections 44a, 44a and the link tube portion 50a are connected to each other by a connecting shaft 51 in the form of a bolt. Further, the supporting tube portions 50b, 50b at the opposite ends of the link 50 are supported for turning motion on the brackets 49, 49 through pivots 52, 52 extending in parallel to the connecting shaft 51. In other words, the unit swing engine UE is supported for rocking motion around the axial line of the pivots 52, 52 on the vehicle body frame F. [0016]
Incidentally, a tension rod 53 is provided between the engine E and the vehicle body frame F, and connecting portions 53a, 53b each in the form of a ring are provided
at the opposite ends of the tension rod 53. The connecting portion 53a at one end of the tension rod 53 is connected for turning motion to an attaching portion 54 provided on the seat rail 39 and the rear frame 40 on the right side of the vehicle body frame F while the connecting portion 53b at the other end of the tension rod 53 is connected for rotation to the right end of the connecting shaft 51 which connect the crankcase 44 to the link 50. [0017]
The attaching portion 54 includes a support tube 55 extending obliquely rearwardly downwards from a front portion of the right side seat rail 39, a bracket 56 fixedly mounted at the rear end of the support tube 55 and having a substantially U-shape open rearwardly, and a connecting tube 57 for interconnecting the rear frame 40 on the right side and the bracket 56. The connecting portion 53a at the one end of the tension rod 53 is supported for pivotal motion on the attaching portion 54 by means of a bolt 58 extending through the bracket 56 and the connecting tube 57 and secured to the vehicle body frame F. [0018]
A pair of support plates 61, 61 are fixedly mounted
at rear ends of the seat rails 39, ... of the vehicle body frame F such that they extend downwardly. Rear cushions 64, 64 are connected at upper end portions thereof to a pair of brackets 63, 63 provided on a support pipe 62 serving as an attaching portion provided between the support plates 61, 61. Lower end portions of the rear cushions 64, 64 are connected to a rear end portion of the transmission case 43 and a rear end portion of the swing arm 48. [0019]
Brackets 65, ... are attached to rear ends, that is, lower ends, of the two upper down frames 37, ..., and a main stand 66 is supported for pivotal motion on the
brackets 65 If the main stand 66 is erected uprightly,
then the scooter type vehicle can stand itself with the rear wheel WR lifted as seen in FIG. 1, and when the scooter type vehicle is to run, the main stand 66 should be retracted so that the rear wheel WR may contact with the ground. [0020]
A throttle body 68 is connected at a downstream end thereof to an upper face of the cylinder head 46 of the engine E through an intake pipe 67 which is curved toward the rear side from the cylinder head 46. The throttle
body 68 is connected at an upstream end thereof to an air cleaner 69 through a connecting pipe 70 which passes above the link tube portion 50a of the link 50. The air cleaner 6 9 is disposed above the continuously variable transmission M of the unit swing engine UE. [0021]
A fuel injection valve 74 is attached to the intake pipe 67. A control box 76 is attached to the throttle body 68 and accommodates a controller 75 for controlling the ignition timing of the engine E and the fuel injection amount of the fuel injection valve 74. [0022]
An exhaust pipe 77 is connected to a lower face of the cylinder head. The exhaust pipe 77 is connected to an exhaust muffler 78 disposed on the right side of the swing arm 48 as shown in FIG. 7. [0023]
Incidentally, the swing arm 48 is formed so as to have a substantially triangular shape which is narrowed on the rear end side thereof as viewed in side elevation. The swing arm 48 is fastened to the crankcase 44 of the engine E at two upper and lower locations at a front portion of the swing arm 48 by means of bolts 79, 79. An axle 80 of the rear wheel WR is supported at a rear
portion of the swing arm 48, and the rear cushion 64 is connected at a lower end thereof to a rear end of the swing arm 48 rearwardly of the axle 80. [0024]
An opening 81 is provided substantially at a middle portion of the swing arm 48, and a brake caliper 85 of a rear brake 84 is disposed in the opening 81. The rear brake 84 is a disk brake which includes a brake disk 83 attached to a hub 82 of the rear wheel WR. A caliper bracket 86 is fixedly mounted on the swing arm 48, and the brake caliper 85 is secured to the caliper bracket 86. [0025]
Besides, the opening 81 is formed such that the upward and downward dimension thereof decreases rearwardly, and the brake caliper 85 disposed at a rear portion of the opening 81 is secured to the caliper bracket 86 fixedly mounted on the swing arm 48 rearwardly of the opening 81. [0026]
A drum brake 87 as a parking brake is mounted on the hub 82 of the rear wheel WR. A lever 88 for operating the drum brake 87 for braking is disposed outwardly of the swing arm 48. The lever 88 is fixedly mounted at a base end thereof to a pivot shaft 89, which extends for
pivotal motion through the swing arm 48 into the drum brake 87. Meanwhile, an outer cable 91 provided in a brake cable 90 is supported at an end portion thereof to a lower portion of the swing arm 48. An end portion of an inner cable 92 projects from an end portion of the outer cable 91 and is connected to a free end portion of the lever 88. [0027]
Three support bosses 48a, 48b and 48c are provided integrally in a projecting manner on the swing arm 48 such that they project to the outer side. The exhaust muffler 78 is fastened to the support bosses 48a to 48c by means of bolts 93, ... and is disposed outwardly sidewardly of the swing arm 48 in such a manner as to cover the brake caliper 85 disposed in the opening 81 from outwardly. Besides, the brake caliper 85 is disposed between the support bosses 48a, 48b from among the support bosses 48a to 48c so that the brake caliper 85 can be protected by the support bosses 48a, 48b. [0028]
A lower portion of the exhaust muffler 78 is disposed on the opposite front and rear sides of the axle 80 of the rear wheel WR below the exhaust muffler 78 among the support bosses 48a to 48c. In particular, the
lower portion of the exhaust muffler 78 is fastened at the two locations thereof on the opposite front and rear sides of the axle 80, and the fastening portions of the axle 80 and the rear cushion 74 to the swing arm 48 are disposed between a straight line L interconnecting the fastening portions of the exhaust muffler 78 and the exhaust muffler 78. [0029]
Incidentally, a level gauge 94 is disposed at a lower portion of the crankcase 44 in the proximity of the connecting portion of the exhaust muffler 78 to the exhaust pipe 77 so that it detects the oil level in the crankcase 44 provided on the engine E. In order to prevent interference of the exhaust pipe 77 in the proximity of the connecting portion thereof to the exhaust muffler 78 with the level gauge 94, a curved portion 77a is formed on the exhaust pipe 77 such that it is curved in an upwardly convex state. [0030]
Fuel from the fuel tank 28 is supplied to the fuel injection valve 74 for injecting fuel toward the engine E. The fuel tank 28 is installed in a space defined by the pair of left and right upper down frames 37, ... and the pair of left and right lower down frames 38, ... of the

vehicle body frame F and positioned immediately rearwardly of the front wheel WF. Besides, the fuel tank 28 is formed such that it extends upwardly and downwardly from a location rearwardly of a lower portion of the head pipe 27 to lower portions of the lower down frames 38, .... [0031]
Attaching plates 95, ... for fastening an upper portion of the fuel tank 28 are welded to the inclined portions 38a, ... of the lower down frames 38, ..., and attaching plates 96, ... for fastening a lower portion of the fuel tank 28 are welded to the horizontal portions 38b, ... of the lower down frames 38, .... [0032]
A pump unit 9 7 is accommodated at a lower portion in the fuel tank 28. The pump unit 97 is attached to the fuel tank 28 from the rear face side of the fuel tank 28 such that it is inserted into the fuel tank 28 through an attaching hole 98 provided in the rear face of a lower portion of the fuel tank 28. [0033]
Besides, the pump unit 97 is attached to the fuel tank 28 in a posture wherein an axis of rotation thereof is inclined forwardly downwards. A fuel filter 99 is provided for the pump unit 97 such that it sucks fuel in
the fuel tank 28 and is disposed at a lowermost portion in the fuel tank 28. A float 101 extends from the pump unit 9 7 and moves upwardly and downwardly in response to the fuel amount in the fuel tank 28. The remaining amount of fuel detected by the float 101 is transmitted to the controller 75 in the control box 76 attached to the throttle body 68. [0034]
The radiator 29 has a radiator fan 35 and is disposed at a position spaced rearwardly from the fuel tank 28. The radiator 29 is supported by rear portions of the horizontal portions 38b, ... of the lower down frames 38, ... of the vehicle body frame F and a support frame 100. The support frame 100 is provided between rear portions of the upper down frames 37, ... of the vehicle body frame F. [0035]
A reservoir tank 104 is connected to the radiator 29 and disposed below a right side one of the pair of left and right step floors 159, ... provided on the vehicle body cover 34. A hose 105 is connected to the reservoir tank 104 and extends upwardly. The hose 105 is connected at an upper end thereof to a water supply port forming member 108 which forms a water supply port 107 which can
be opened and closed with a cap 106. [0036]
Besides, the water supply port forming member 108 is supported by the attaching portion 54 of the tension rod 53, which is provided between the vehicle body frame F and the unit swing engine UE supported for rocking motion on the vehicle body frame F, to the vehicle body frame F side. In other words, the water supply port forming member 108 is supported on the support tube 55 which extends obliquely rearwardly downwards from a front portion of the right side seat rail 39 and forms part of the attaching portion 54. [0037]
Referring also to FIGS. 8 and 9, the accommodating box 30 is disposed among rear portions of the upper down frames 37, ..., the seat rails 39, ... and the rear frames 40, ... of the vehicle body frame F. The accommodating box 30 includes a box body 110 open at an upper end thereof, and an upper face cover 111 coupled to the box body 110 in such a manner as to cover a rear portion of the box body 110 from above. The accommodating box 30 is disposed below the riding seat 31 such that it extends from a location below the front end of the riding seat 31 to another location in the proximity of upper portions of
the rear cushions 64, .... [0038]
In order to support the accommodating box 30 on the vehicle body frame F, front supporting members 112, ... are welded at intermediate portions of the pair of seat rails 39, 39 of the vehicle body frame F and rear supporting members 113, ... elongated forwardly and rearwardly are welded to rear portions of the seat rails 39, .... Meanwhile, front attaching portions 110a, ... for being placed on the front supporting members 112, ... and rear attaching portions 110b, ... for being placed on intermediate portions of the rear supporting members 113, ... in the longitudinal direction are provided at upper portions of the opposite sides of the box body 110 of the accommodating box 30. The front attaching portions 110a, ... are fastened to the front supporting members 112, ... by means of bolts 114, ... while the rear attaching portions 110b, ... are fastened to the rear supporting members 113, ... by means of bolts 115, .... [0039]
A front helmet accommodation portion 119, a rear helmet accommodation portion 120 and a substantially flat shallow bottom portion 110c are formed on a bottom wall of the accommodating box 30, that is, a bottom wall of
the box body 110. The front helmet accommodation portion 119 is disposed below the front seat 32 so that a helmet HI can be accommodated into the front helmet accommodation portion 119. The rear helmet accommodation portion 120 is disposed below the rear seat 33 so that another helmet H2 can be accommodated into the rear helmet accommodation portion 120. The shallow bottom portion 110c is disposed between the front helmet accommodation portion 119 and the rear helmet accommodation portion 120. The front and rear helmet accommodation portions 119 and 120 are formed in a downwardly swollen shape. Besides, a front edge of the upper face cover 111 of the accommodating box 30 is formed so as to have an arcuate shape swollen rearwardly as viewed in top plan so as to permit the helmet H2 to be accommodated into the rear helmet accommodation portion 120. An illuminant 116 for illuminating the inside of the accommodating box 30 is attached to an inner side face of the box body 110 at a location corresponding to a front portion of the upper face cover 111. [0040]
The throttle body 68 and the fuel injection valve 74 are disposed below the shallow bottom portion 110c of the accommodating box 30 such that the positions of the
upper ends thereof are substantially same as each other. Further, the water supply port 107 of the reservoir tank 104 is disposed below the shallow bottom portion 110c. A first maintenance lid 117 is attached for opening and closing movement to the shallow bottom portion 110c above the water supply port 107. [0041]
A rear swollen portion 121 is provided at a rear portion of the accommodating box 30 and is swollen rearwardly farther than the rear ends of the support pipe 62, which serves as an attaching portion of the rear cushions 64, 64 to a rear portion of the vehicle body frame F, and the rear seat 33. The rear swollen portion 121 is swollen rearwardly to a position substantially same as the position of the rear end of a grab rail 118 disposed around the rear seat 33. Besides, a reduced width portion 121a is provided at a middle portion of a rear portion of the rear swollen portion 121 such that it extends into a space between left and right tail lamp units 123, 123 as viewed in top plan. [0042]
A lower portion of the rear swollen portion 121 is disposed below the support pipe 62 which serves as an attaching portion of upper portions of the rear cushions
64, 6 4 to rear portions of the vehicle body frame F. Thus, a swollen portion llOd corresponding to the attaching portion of an upper portion of the rear cushion 64 to the vehicle body frame F is formed by partly swelling the bottom wall of the accommodating box 30, that is, the bottom wall of the box body 110. A container portion 124 is formed in the rear swollen portion 121 such that the swollen portion llOd is interposed between the rear helmet accommodation portion 120 and the container portion 124. [0043]
The rear seat 33 of the riding seat 31 is formed in such a manner as to cover the front portion side of the accommodating box 30 with respect to the upper face cover 111. The front edge of the rear seat 33 is formed in an arc swollen rearwardly as viewed in top plan in conformity with the front edge of the upper face cover 111. [0044]
Referring to FIG. 10, the rear seat 33 is removably mounted on the upper face cover 111 of the accommodating box 30. Receiving plate portions Ilia, ... are provided integrally on the opposite sides of a front portion of the upper face cover 111 such that they project
sidewardly. Resilient rings 125, ... made of a resilient substance are individually mounted on the receiving plate portions Ilia, .... Meanwhile, fitting projections 126, ... are provided integrally in a projecting manner on a bottom plate 33a of the rear seat 33. The fitting projections 126, ... have annular recesses 126a, ... provided on outer peripheries thereof for resiliently engaging with the resilient rings 125, .... The rear seat 33 is removably mounted on the upper face cover 111 by resiliently engaging the annular recesses 126a, ... with the resilient rings 125, ... in which the fitting projections 126, ... are fitted. [0045]
A first rib 127 of a quadrangular shape connecting in an endless manner is provided in a projecting manner on an upper face of the upper face cover 111. An accommodation space 128 is formed on the upper face of the upper face cover 111 in a manner surrounded by the first rib 127 such that it can be utilized in response to engagement and disengagement of the rear seat 33. A second rib 129 projects from the bottom plate 33a of the rear seat 33 and connects in an endless manner so as to surround the first rib 127. A labyrinth structure surrounding the accommodation space 128 is formed from
the first and second ribs 127, 129. [0046]
The grab rail 118 is made of metal and integrally has gripping portions 118a, 118a disposed on the opposite sides of the rear seat 33 and extending forwardly and rearwardly and a connecting portion 118b for interconnecting rear ends of the gripping portions 118a,
The gripping portions 118a are fastened at front portions thereof to the rear supporting members 113, ... by means of bolts 134, ... at two places which sandwich the fastening portions of the accommodating box 30 to the rear supporting members 113, ... from forwardly and backwardly. The rear supporting members 113, ... are welded to rear portions of the seat rail 39 of the vehicle body frame F. [0047]
The connecting portion 118b is provided integrally and contiguously to the rear ends of the gripping portions 118a, ... such that it is disposed at a position spaced upwardly from an upper portion of the rear swollen portion 121 of the accommodating box 30 and at a height substantially equal to the upper face of the rear seat 33. A back rest 135 is removably attached to the connecting portion 118b. The back rest 135 holds the waist portion
of a passenger seated on the rear seat 33 from rearwardly. [0048]
In particular, a plurality of leg portions 136a are provided integrally in a projecting manner on a bottom plate 136 of the back rest 135 such that they contact with the connecting portion 118b of the grab rail 118. Nuts 138, ... are individually implanted on the leg portions 136a. By screwing and tightening bolts 137, ..., which is inserted from downwardly of the connecting portion 118b of the grab rail 118, to the nuts 138, ..., the back rest 135 is removably attached to an upper face of a rear portion of the grab rail 118, that is, an upper face of the connecting portion 118b. [0049]
Besides, the back rest 135 has a forwardly downwardly inclined front inclined face 135a and a rearwardly downwardly inclined rear inclined face 135b as viewed in side elevation on an upper face thereof such that it is formed in a substantially streamline shape while the width thereof gradually decreases rearwardly as viewed in top plan. The grab rail 118 and the back rest 135 overlap with each other at almost all portions thereof as viewed in top plan. [0050]
The front seat 32 of the riding seat 31 has a back rest portion 32a provided integrally at a rear portion thereof. The back rest portion 32a is swollen upwardly so that it holds the waist portion of the driver seated on the front seat 32 from rearwardly. The front seat 32 is disposed on the accommodating box 30 such that it covers the front opening of the accommodating box 30, which is not covered with the upper face cover 111, from above. The front seat 32 is connected at a front end portion thereof to the front end of the accommodating box 30 by a hinge pin 139. In other words, the front end portion of the front seat 32 is supported for upwardly and downwardly opening and closing movement on the accommodating box 30. [0051]
A substantially U-shaped striker 141 is attached to a rear portion of a bottom plate 140 of the front seat 32. A seat catcher 142 is disposed among a front portion of the upper face cover 111 of the accommodating box 30 and front portions of the front and rear seats 32 and 33 at a position corresponding to a central portion in the widthwise direction of the rear seat 33. The seat catcher 142 can perform changeover between a seat catch state wherein it grips the striker 141 to hold the front seat
32 in the closing state and a seat catch releasing state
wherein it cancels the gripping of the striker 141 to
allow opening and closing movement of the front seat 32.
The seat catcher 142 is configured such that it engages,
when the front seat 32 which is in an upwardly open state
is moved downwardly to close up the front opening of the
accommodating box 30, with the striker 141 to establish a
seat catching state, but it is changed over from the seat
catching state to a seat catch releasing state by a
pulling action of a motion transmitting cable 143.
[0052]
The seat catcher 142 is provided on a bridge plate 144 made of metal and provided between the front ends of the gripping portions 118a, ... of the grab rail 118. The bridge plate 144 is configured such that it extends from the front ends of the gripping portions 118a, ... to a space between the upper face cover 111 and the rear seat
33 and then extends along an upper face of a front
portion of the upper face cover 111.
[0053]
A cover 146 is attached to a front portion of a middle portion in the widthwise direction of the rear seat 33 such that it covers the seat catcher 142 from above when the front seat 32 is in an open state. The
cover 146 has a recess 145 (refer to FIG. 12) into which
the striker 141 can be removably inserted.
[0054]
Referring also to FIGS. 11 and 12, the fuel tank 28 is disposed forwardly of the accommodating box 30. A front swollen portion 122 is provided at a lower portion of the front end of the accommodating box 30 such that it is swollen forwardly to a location in the proximity of the bottom portion of the fuel tank 28 and is disposed between the fuel tank 28 and the radiator 29. A battery 147 which is an electric equipment is accommodated in the front swollen portion 122. In other words, the battery 147 is disposed between the fuel tank 28 and the radiator 29. [0055]
Not only the battery 147 but also electric equipments 148, 149, 150 and so forth are accommodated in the front swollen portion 122. [0056]
A second maintenance lid 151 is attached for opening and closing movement on the bottom wall of the box body 110 of the accommodating box 30 and partitions the front swollen portion 122 and the front helmet accommodation portion 119 from each other. If the second

maintenance lid 151 is opened while the front seat 32 is open, maintenance of the battery 147 and the electric equipments 148 to 150 in the front swollen portion 122 can be performed. [0057]
A damper rod 152 is provided between a front portion of the front seat 32 and a front portion of the accommodating box 30 and assists opening and closing movements of the front seat 32 such that the front seat 32 can be opened with low force whereas, when the front seat 32 is to be closed, the closing speed is moderated. A lower portion of the damper rod 152 is accommodated in the front swollen portion 122. A slid 153 is formed in the second maintenance lid 151 and allows the damper rod 152 to pass therethrough such that it permits displacement of the damper rod 152 in response to opening or closing movement of the front seat 32. [0058]
Referring back to FIG. 1, the vehicle body cover 34 includes a front cover 156 for covering a front portion of the head pipe 27 and an upper portion of the front wheel WF, a pair of left and right front side covers 157, ... joined to the opposite left and right sides of the front cover 156, and a leg shield 158 joined to the front
side covers 157, ... such that it covers forwardly of the legs of the rider seated on the front seat 32 and covers the head pipe 27 from the rear side. The vehicle body cover 34 further includes a pair of left and right floor center covers 160, ... connecting to and extending rearwardly from the leg shield 158 and forming step floors 159, ... at lower end portions thereof, a pair of left and right floor side covers 161, ... extending downwardly from outer edges of the step floors 159, respectively, and a pair of left and right passenger steps 162, ... provided at rear portions of the step floors 159, ..., respectively. The vehicle body cover 34 further includes a pair of left and right body side covers 163, ... disposed at locations below the opposite sides of the riding seat 31 and connecting to and extending rearwardly from the floor side covers 161, ..., and a rear lower cover 164 connecting to lower portions of the rear sides of the body side covers 163, .... The vehicle body cover 34 further includes a rear upper cover 165 disposed between the rear swollen portion 121 of the accommodating box 30 and a rear portion of the grab rail 118, and a rear center cover 166 disposed between the pair of left and right tail lamp units 123, ... and connecting to the rear upper cover 165 in such a manner as to cover the reduced
width portion 121a of the rear swollen portion 121 of the
accommodating box 30 from rearwardly.
[0059]
A floor tunnel portion 167 is formed from part of the leg shield 158 and the pair of left and right floor center covers 160 and is swollen upwardly between the step floors 159, .... The floor tunnel portion 167 is formed such that it is disposed to extend from a location rearwardly of the head pipe 27 to another location below the front end of the riding seat 31 and is positioned above the fuel tank 28 and the radiator 29. A fill lid 169 is attached for opening and closing movement on the floor tunnel portion 167 in order to allow a fill cap 168 provided at the upper end of the fuel tank 28 to be opened so as to allow oil to be supplied into the fuel tank 28. A hinge cover 170 is joined to a rear end of the floor tunnel portion 16 7 and covers the hinged portion of the front seat 32 to the accommodating box 30. [0060]
Headlamps 171, ... are individually disposed between the opposite sides of a front portion of the front cover 156 and front portions of the pair of left and right front side covers 157, .... Winkers 172, ... are disposed at front portions of the front side covers 157, ... below the
headlamps 171, .... Further, a panel 173 on which meters are to be disposed is joined to upper portions of the front cover 156, front side covers 157, ... and leg shield 158. A meter visor 173a is provided integrally at a front portion of the panel 173 in such a manner as to be swollen upwardly. Further, a windshield 174 is disposed forwardly of the meter visor 173a. [0061]
A front fender 175 for covering the front wheel WF from above is supported on the front fork 25. A pair of back mirrors 176, .... an audio operating switch case 177, a switch case 178 for operating various lamps and so forth are attached to the steering handle bar 26. [0062]
A plug maintenance lid 180 is attached for opening and closing movement at a position of the left side one of the pair of left and right floor center covers 160, ... forwardly of the passenger step 162. The plug maintenance lid 180 is provided for allowing maintenance of an ignition plug 179 provided in the engine E. [0063]
A license plate 182, a reflector 183 and a license lamp 184 are attached to a rear fender 181 which covers the rear wheel WR from rearwardly. The rear fender 181 is
attached to the rear swollen portion 121 of the accommodating box 30 together with the left and right tail lamp units 123, ... and the rear upper cover 165 and the rear center cover 16 6 which are cover members which form part of the vehicle body cover 34. [0064]
A pair of ribs llOe, ... which implement a function as a rear fender are provided in a projecting manner on a lower face of the box body 110 of the accommodating box 30 forwardly of the rear fender 181 such that they are disposed on the opposite left and right sides of the rear wheel WR as shown in FIG. 5. [0065]
Referring to FIGS. 13 to 16, first and second article accommodating portions 191, 192 are disposed separately leftwardly and rightwardly on the leg shield 158. The first article accommodating portion 191 is formed as an accommodation section of the drawer type including an accommodating case 193 which can be drawn out and removed from the leg shield 158. [0066]
The accommodating case 193 includes a decorative cover 195 fixedly mounted at an outer end of a case body 194 made of, for example, a synthetic resin material and
formed as a rectangular box open at the top thereof. A rectangular opening 196 is formed in the leg shield 158 and allows the accommodating case 193 to be inserted and removed therethrough. A housing wall 197 formed as a rectangular tube is provided integrally on and contiguously to the opening 196 and is closed at an inner end thereof with an end wall 19 7a. [0067]
A pair of movable rails 198, 198 are secured to lower portions of the opposite sides of the case body 194 and extend forwardly and rearwardly. Supporting portions 198a, 198a are formed integrally at upper ends of the movable rails 198, ... such that they have a downwardly open substantially U shape. Meanwhile, a pair of fixed rails 200, 200 are secured to the opposite inner side faces of the housing wall 197 and extend forwardly and rearwardly in a corresponding relationship to the movable rails 198, .... A plurality of, for example, two, rollers 199, 199, ... are supported for rotation at different locations spaced from each other in a longitudinal direction of each of the fixed rails 200, ... such that they receive the supporting portions 198a, ... of the movable rails 198, ... placed thereon. Consequently, the accommodating case 193 is inserted into the housing wall
197 through the opening 196 such that it can be slidably moved between a retracted position wherein the decorative cover 195 of the accommodating case 193 lies substantially in flush with the rear face of the leg shield 158 and a drawn out position wherein most part of the decorative cover 195 is drawn out from the housing wall 197. Also it is possible to draw out the entire accommodating case 193 from the leg shield 158. Besides, the accommodating case 193 is formed such that, at the retracted position thereof, it covers the head pipe 27 from the left side. [0068]
Incidentally, a maintenance window 201 is provided in the end wall 197a of the housing wall 197 for allowing, when the accommodating case 193 is drawn out from the leg shield 158, such a maintenance operation as replacing a bulb 171a of any of the headlamps 171 positioned forwardly of the end wall 197a to be performed. The maintenance window 201 is covered with a removable lid 202. [0069]
A support frame 204 for receiving an audio amplifier 203 placed thereon is attached to an upper face of the housing wall 197. A connector 205 connecting to

the amplifier 203 can be connected to a portable sound source such as an MP3, CD or MD player accommodated in the accommodating case 193. Besides, in order to prevent interference of the support frame 204 with the accommodating case 193 when the accommodating case 193 is slidably moved between the retracted position and the drawn out position, a cutaway portion 206 corresponding to the support frame 204 is provided at the inner end of the case body 194 of the accommodating case 193. [0070]
It is to be noted that the amplifier 203 may otherwise be disposed fixedly in the accommodating case 193. In this instance, since the support frame 204 is rendered unnecessary, the necessity to provide the cutaway portion 206 at the inner end of the case body 194 is eliminated. [0071]
A swollen portion 193a is provided at an outer end side of the accommodating case 193 such that it is swollen inwardly in the widthwise direction of the vehicle body. A recessed portion 19 7b is formed also on the housing wall 197 in an opposing relationship to the head pipe 27 from the rear side so that it accommodates the swollen portion 193a when the accommodating case 193
is retracted to the retracted position. [0072]
A locking mechanism 208 is provided between the accommodating case 193 and the leg shield 158. The locking mechanism 208 can perform changeover between connection and cancellation of the connection of the accommodating case 193 to the leg shield 158 in response to a key operation from a keyhole 207 facing the front face of the accommodating case 193. The locking mechanism 208 is provided on the swollen portion 193a of the accommodating case 193 such that a cylinder lock 209 which operates in response to a key operation from the keyhole 207 performs changeover between engaging connection and cancellation of the engagement of the recessed portion 197b of the housing wall 197. The locking mechanism 208 is disposed at a position opposing to the head pipe 27 from rearwardly. [0073]
A handle lock module 211 capable of disabling a steering operation of the steering handle bar 26 is disposed in the proximity of the head pipe 27 on the opposite side to the first article accommodating portion 191. The second article accommodating portion 192 is disposed such that the handle lock module 211 is
sandwiched between the first article accommodating portion 191 and the second article accommodating portion 192. [0074]
Referring to FIG. 17, the handle lock module 211 enables a steering operation of the steering handle bar 26 and enables starting of the engine E in response to an operation of a knob 212 under predetermined conditions. The knob 212 is exposed to a rear face of the leg shield 158 between the first and second article accommodating portions 191, 192. A seat unlocking switch 213 is disposed on the rear face of the leg shield 158 below the handle lock module 211 for enabling an opening operation of the front seat 32 of the riding seat 31 in response to an operation thereof under predetermined conditions. [0075]
Referring to FIG. 18, the second article accommodating portion 192 is formed such that an accommodating recess 214 formed on the leg shield 158 is covered for opening and closing movement with a lid member 215 hinged to the leg shield 158. The accommodating recess 214 is formed such that it is smaller than the accommodating case 193 of the first article accommodating portion 191 and has a width
decreasing a little toward the front end thereof. [0076]
The lid member 215 is hinged to the leg shield 158 by a pivot shaft 216 for pivotal movement between a downwardly pivoted open position at which it opens the accommodating recess 214 as indicated in a chain line in FIG. 18 and a closing position at which it closes up the accommodating recess 214 as indicated by solid lines in FIG. 18. A grip 215a for allowing a pivotal operation is pivotably provided on the lid member 215. [0077]
A parking brake lever 217 for operating the brake cable 90 connecting to the drum brake 87 of the rear wheel WR is supported for pivotal operation on the leg shield 158 below the lid member 215. The brake cable 90 extends from a parking brake system 218 which operates in response to an operation of the parking brake lever 217. [0078]
Referring to FIG. 19, the controller 75 accommodated in the control box 76 attached to the throttle body 68, the handle lock module 211 and the seat unlocking switch 213 form part of a remote control system. The handle lock module 211 includes a cylinder lock 220 which is operable for pivotal motion by the knob 212 and
cancels the locked state of the steering handle bar 26 to the head pipe 27 when it is operated to make a pivotal motion, and a lock solenoid 221 capable of disabling the pivotal motion of the cylinder lock 220. The handle lock module 211 further includes a main switch 222 which performs a switching action in response to the pivotal motion of the cylinder lock 220, and a control unit 223 to which a signal from the main switch 222 is inputted. The lock solenoid 221 is controlled by the control unit 223. [0079]
The control unit 223 controls a transmission antenna 225 to transmit a signal for urging a normal portable transmitter 226 carried by the vehicle user to transmit an ID signal. A result of reception of a signal of a reception unit 227 which receives a signal of the portable transmitter 226 is inputted to the control unit 223. When the control unit 223 confirms that an ID signal transmitted from the portable transmitter 226 is a predetermined signal, it renders the lock solenoid 221 operative to permit a pivoting operation of the cylinder lock 220 by the knob 212. [0080]
Further, when the control unit 223 confirms that an
ID signal transmitted from the portable transmitter 226 is a predetermined signal, it operates a seat lock actuator 228 in response an operation of the seat unlocking switch 213 and enables operation control of the engine E by the controller 75 in response to closing of the main switch 222. [0081]
The reception unit 227 is disposed in the accommodating box 30 or in the riding seat 31. In the present working example, a reception unit accommodating portion HOf is provided on the accommodating box 30 by depressing part of the shallow bottom portion 110c of the accommodating box 30 downwardly, and the reception unit 227 is accommodated in the reception unit accommodating portion HOf. Besides, the first maintenance lid 117 for allowing maintenance relating to the engine E disposed below the accommodating box 30 to be performed therethrough is provided for opening and closing movement on the shallow bottom portion 110c, and the reception unit 227 is accommodated in the reception unit accommodating portion HOf such that it is covered with part of the first maintenance lid 117. [0082]
Referring to FIG. 20, the reception unit 227
includes a board 229 having antennae 230, 230, ... disposed on one face thereof and having a reception circuit 231 provided on the other face thereof. The reception unit 227 is accommodated in a case 232 which includes a coupler element 232a integrally provided thereon. [0083]
Meanwhile, the transmission antenna 225 is disposed at a position spaced away from the handle lock module 211. In the present working example, the transmission antenna 225 is disposed above the handle lock module 211 on the center line in the widthwise direction of the vehicle body, for example, immediately below the panel 173 which forms part of the vehicle body cover 34. [0084]
Referring to FIG. 21, the motion transmitting cable 143 connecting to the seat catcher 142 is connected to one end of a link 233 provided in a link mechanism 234. The seat lock actuator 228 is connected to the other end of the link 233 through a cable 235 so as to pivot the link 233 to pull the motion transmitting cable 143 upon operation of the seat lock actuator 228. [0085]
A keyhole 238 of an emergency unlocking key cylinder lock 236 is disposed on an inner side face of

the accommodating recess 214 of the second article accommodating portion 192 adjacent the handle lock module 211. The emergency unlocking key cylinder lock 236 is disposed in the leg shield 158 so as to enable at least starting of the engine E and handle lock cancellation without the necessity for the portable transmitter 226. [0086]
The emergency unlocking key cylinder lock 23 6 includes a pivotal lever 236a which is pivoted by an operation of the emergency unlocking mechanical key inserted in the keyhole 238. The pivotal lever 236a is connected to the other end side of the link 233 through a cable 237. [0087]
If the emergency unlocking key cylinder lock 236 is operated for unlocking, then the link 233 pivots the link 233 to pull the motion transmitting cable 143. Thus, by any of the operation of the seat lock actuator 228 and the unlocking operation of the emergency unlocking key cylinder lock 236, the link 233 is pivoted to pull the motion transmitting cable 143. In response to the pivotal motion of the link 233, the seat catcher 142 is changed over from the seat catching state to the seat catch releasing state.
[0088]
When the seat catcher 142 enters the seat catch releasing state, it releases the front seat 32 for opening, and if a predetermined part disposed in the accommodating box 30 is operated, then the control unit 223 enters a control mode similar to that upon reception of an ID signal from the normal portable transmitter 226 and allows the scooter type vehicle to be steered. [0089]
Operation of the present working example is described below. The rear swollen portion 121 which is swollen rearwardly farter than the support pipe 62 which serves as the attaching portion of the upper portion of the rear cushion 64 to the rear end of the rear seat 33 and the rear portion of the vehicle body frame F is provided at the rear portion of the accommodating box 30 which has the front helmet accommodation portion 119 disposed below the front seat 32 provided on the riding seat 31 of the tandem type and the rear helmet accommodation portion 120 disposed below the rear seat 33 provided on the riding seat 31. Therefore, the volume of the accommodating box 30 can be increased so as to allow an elongated article such as a golf club, which extends rearwardly farther than the rear end of the riding seat
31, to be accommodated in the accommodating box 30. Besides, also it becomes possible to accommodate a small article other than a helmet in a rear portion of the accommodating box 30, and an article which is used less frequently such as a tool can be accommodated suitably in the rear portion of the accommodating box 30. [0090]
Further, since the rear swollen portion 121 is swollen rearwardly to a position substantially same as that of the rear end of the grab rail 118 disposed around the rear seat 33, the capacity of the accommodating box 30 can be further increased and the rear portion of the accommodating box 30 can be protected by the grab rail 118. [0091]
Further, since the reduced width portion 121a which extends to the location between the left and right tail lamp units 123, 123 as viewed in top plan is provided at the rear portion of the rear swollen portion 121, the space produced between the pair of left and right tail lamp units 123, 123 can be utilized efficiently to increase the capacity of the accommodating box 30 and it becomes easy to form a space for exchange of a bulb of any of the tail lamp units 123, ....
[0092]
Incidentally, the accommodating box 30 has the upper face cover 111 disposed below the rear seat 33, and since the accommodating space 128 which can be utilized in response to removal of the rear seat 33 is formed on the upper face of the upper face cover 111, a space for accommodating a small article other than the inside of the accommodating box 30 can be assured while preventing increase of the number of parts and complication of the structure. In addition, since the accommodation space 128 is formed in the first rib 127 provided uprightly on the upper face cover 111 and connecting in an endless fashion and the second rib 129 which connects in an endless fashion and cooperates with the first rib 127 to form a labyrinth structure projects from the bottom plate 33a of the rear seat 33, admission of rainwater, dust or the like into the accommodation space 128 from around the accommodation space 128 can be prevented with the simple structure. [0093]
Besides, the illuminant 116 for illuminating the inside of the accommodating box 30 is attached to the inner side face of the accommodating box 30 at a location corresponding to the front portion of the upper face
cover 111, and the inside of the rear portion of the accommodating box 30 which is likely to become dark due to the provision of the upper face cover 111 can be illuminated effectively without being disturbed by an article accommodated in the rear portion of the accommodating box 30. Besides, at the location corresponding to the front portion of the upper face cover 111, the inner side face of the accommodating box 30 is likely to attract the eyes, and dunning down of a bulb of the illuminant 116 or the like can be confirmed readily. [0094]
Further, since the rear upper cover 165 and the rear center cover 166 which cover the rear swollen portion 121, the pair of left and right tail lamp units 123, ... and the rear fender 181 are attached to the rear swollen portion 121, a plurality of parts disposed around the rear portion of the accommodating box 30 can be removed at a time only by removing wiring lines for the tail lamp units 123, .... Consequently, superior facility in maintenance can be assured. [0095]
The accommodating box 30 includes the shallow bottom portion 110c disposed between the front helmet
accommodation portion 119 and the rear helmet accommodation portion 120, and the throttle body 68 for which the control box 7 6 which accommodates the controller 75 therein is provided, and the fuel injection valve 74 are disposed below the shallow bottom portion 110c such that the positions of the top ends thereof are substantially same as each other. Accordingly, by forming the shallow bottom portion 110c flat between the front and rear helmet accommodation portions 119 and 120, the shallow bottom portion 110c can be utilized effectively as a container. Besides, part of the intake system of the engine E can be disposed effectively in the space below the shallow bottom portion 110c. [0096]
The lower portion of the rear swollen portion 121 is disposed below the upper attaching portion of the rear cushion 64 to the rear portion of the vehicle body frame F such that the container portion 124 is formed in the rear swollen portion 121 such that the swollen portion llOd formed by partly swelling the bottom wall of the accommodating box 30 upwardly is interposed between the rear helmet accommodation portion 120 and the container portion 124. The rear helmet accommodation portion 120 and the container portion 124 rearwardly of the rear
helmet accommodation portion 120 are partitioned by the swollen portion llOd so that improvement in convenience in use can be achieved and an article accommodated in the container portion 124 rearwardly can be prevented from moving forwardly or rearwardly by means of the swollen portion llOd. [0097]
Further, since the fuel tank 28 formed long in the upward and downward direction as viewed in side elevation is disposed forwardly of the accommodating box 30 and the front swollen portion 122 is provided at the lower portion of the front end of the accommodating box 30 such that it is swollen forwardly to a location in the proximity of the bottom portion of the fuel tank 28, the front portion of the accommodating box 30 can be formed deep to facilitate accommodation of an elongated article therein and the capacity of the accommodating box 30 can be increased. [0098]
Besides, since the battery 147 and other electric equipments 148 to 150 are accommodated in the front swollen portion 122, they can be accommodated in the accommodating box 30 so as not to make an obstacle to accommodation of the helmet HI or the like.
[0099]
Further, since the second maintenance lid 151 which partitions the inside of the front swollen portion 122 and the front helmet accommodation portion 119 from each other is attached for opening and closing movement to the accommodating box 30, an article accommodated in the front swollen portion 122 and the helmet HI accommodated in the front helmet accommodation portion 119 can be prevented from contacting with and damaging each other. [0100]
Further, since the lower portion of the damper rod 152 which extends upwardly and downwardly in such a manner as to assist the opening or closing movement of the front seat 32 is accommodated in the front swollen portion 122, there is no necessity to assure a space in which the damper rod 152 is to be disposed outwardly of the accommodating box 30. Besides, when the front seat 32 is open, the damper rod 152 is prevented from being exposed to the outside to the utmost so that it does not make an obstacle when an article is to be placed into the accommodating box 30, and the appearance and the form can be improved. [0101]
While the fuel tank 28 and the radiator 29 are
disposed below the floor tunnel portion 167 which is formed from part of the vehicle body cover 34 which covers the vehicle body frame F, the vehicle body frame F includes the head pipe 27, the pair of left and right upper down frames 37, ... extending rearwardly downwards from the head pipe 27, and the pair of left and right lower down frames 38, ... having the inclined portions 38a, ... extending rearwardly downwards from the head pipe 27 below the connecting portions of the upper down frames 37, ... to the head pipe 27. The fuel tank 28 extending upwardly and downwardly from a location rearwardly of the lower portion of the head pipe 27 to the lower portions of the lower down frames 38, ... is disposed in the space surrounded by the upper down frames 37, ... and the lower down frames 38, ... and positioned immediately rearwardly of the front wheel WF. [0102]
Accordingly, since the fuel tank 28 elongated upwardly and downwardly is disposed immediately rearwardly of the front wheel WF, a location corresponding to the lower portion of the head pipe 27 is prevented from becoming a dead space and arrangement of parts which makes effective use of the space below the floor tunnel portion 167 becomes possible. Besides, since
the fuel tank 28 which has a comparatively high weight is positioned nearer to the front wheel WF, the distribution load to the front wheel WF can be raised to achieve improvement in the turning performance. Further, since the level of the remaining amount of the fuel tank 28 elongated upwardly and downwardly can be made comparatively high when the remaining amount of the fuel is small, where the pump unit 97 is provided for the fuel tank 28 as in the present working example, the high level is advantageous for suction of the pump. [0103]
Further, since the radiator 29 is disposed rearwardly of the fuel tank 28 and the battery 147 is disposed between the radiator 29 and the fuel tank 28, the space rearwardly of the fuel tank 28 can be set comparatively great by forming the fuel tank 28 in a vertically elongated configuration. Further, the battery 14 7 which is a heavy article can be disposed at the center in the forward and backward direction of the vehicle body, and this can contribute to improvement of the steering performance. Furthermore, since the battery 147 is disposed between the radiator 29 and the fuel tank 28, it can be prevented that an influence of heat from the radiator 29 is had on the fuel tank 28.
[0104]
Since the pump unit 97 accommodated and disposed at the lower portion of the inside of the fuel tank 28 is attached to the fuel tank 28 from the rear face side of the fuel tank 28, the pump unit 97 can be attached to the fuel tank 28 so that it may not be influenced by an offset of the road surface. [0105]
Besides since the pump unit 97 is attached to the fuel tank 28 in a posture wherein the axis of rotation thereof is inclined forwardly downwards, the intake port of the pump unit 97 can be positioned near to the bottom portion of the fuel tank 28 to the utmost so that the dead remaining amount of fuel in the fuel tank 28 can be minimized. [0106]
The reservoir tank 104 of the radiator 29 is disposed below the step floor 159 which forms part of the vehicle body cover 34, and the water supply port of the reservoir tank 104 is disposed below the first maintenance lid 117 removably attached to the bottom wall of the accommodating box 30 disposed below the riding seat 31. Accordingly, since the radiator 2 9 is disposed rearwardly of the fuel tank 28, it is easy to make the
water supply port 107 of the reservoir tank 104 face the bottom portion of the riding seat 31, and the water supply port 107 can be disposed higher than that where the water supply port faces the step floor 159 or the like which is positioned immediately above the reservoir tank 104 and the operability in water supply can be improved. [0107]
Besides, since the water supply port forming member 108 which forms the water supply port 107 is supported on the attaching portion 54 to the vehicle body frame F side of the tension rod 53 provided between the vehicle body frame F and the unit swing engine UE which is supported for rocking motion on the vehicle body frame F, the water supply port forming member 108 can be supported by the vehicle body frame F while it is made unnecessary to take a special measure for supporting the water supply port forming member 108. [0108]
Further, the fuel from the fuel tank 28 is supplied to the fuel injection valve 74, and the fuel in the fuel tank 28 can be supplied effectively to the fuel injection valve 74 using the pump unit 97 which is urged by the fuel tank 28 wherein the remaining amount of the fuel
exhibits a comparatively high level when the fuel
remaining amount is small.
[0109]
While the swing arm 48 disposed on the right side of the rear wheel WR and supporting the rear wheel WR thereon is formed in a substantially triangular shape in side elevation and the brake caliper 85 of the rear brake 84 is supported on the swing arm 48, since the opening 81 is provided at a substantially central portion of the swing arm 48 and the brake caliper 85 is disposed in the opening 81, the brake caliper 85 can be disposed at a comparatively low position thereby to lower the center of gravity of the scooter type vehicle. Further, since the brake caliper 85 is surrounded by the swing arm 48 therearound, it is possible to assure a substantial dimension in the upward and downward direction of the swing arm 48 as viewed in side elevation to raise the rigidity in the vertical direction and the torsional rigidity. [0110]
Further, since the exhaust muffler 78 is disposed outwardly sidewardly of the swing arm 48 in such a manner as to cover the brake caliper 85 from outwardly sidewardly, the appearance can be improved.
[0111]
Besides, since the opening 81 is formed such that the upward and downward dimension thereof decreases rearwardly and the brake caliper 85 disposed in the rear portion of the opening 81 is supported on the swing arm 48 at a location rearwardly of the opening 81, the brake caliper 85 can be supported at a portion of the swing arm 48 having a high rigidity thereby to raise the rigidity in attachment of the brake caliper 85. [0112]
Furthermore, since the lower portion of the exhaust muffler 78 is fastened to the swing arm 48 at two places which sandwich the axle 80 of the rear wheel WR from the opposite front and rear sides and the axle 80 and the fastening portion to the swing arm 48 of the rear cushion 64 provided between the swing arm 48 and the vehicle body frame F are disposed between the straight line L interconnecting the fastening portions between the exhaust muffler 78 and the swing arm 48 and the exhaust muffler 78, assembly of the exhaust muffler 78 and the rear cushion 64 to the swing arm 48 is facilitated. Further, the axle 80 and the fastening portions can be made less likely to be observed from a location sidewardly upwardly of the scooter type vehicle thereby
to improve the appearance. [0113]
The electric motor 42 for varying the transmission gear ratio of the continuously variable transmission M interposed between the engine E and the rear wheel WR is disposed below the passenger step 162 provided at the rear portion of the step floor 159 provided on the vehicle body cover 34. Since the electric motor 42 is disposed at a comparatively low position, this can contribute to lower the center of gravity of the scooter type vehicle. [0114]
Since the continuously variable transmission M is of the belt type and forms the unit swing engine UE together with the engine E wherein the axis of the cylinder 45 extends substantially horizontally and the electric motor 42 is disposed sidewardly of the cylinder 45 forwardly of the continuously variable transmission M, the electric motor 42 can be protected by the cylinder 45 of the engine E and the continuously variable transmission M. Besides, since the support frame 41 which supports the step floor 159 from below is provided on the vehicle body frame F and the electric motor 42 is disposed below the support frame 41, the electric motor
42 can be protected further effectively by the support
frame 41 having a high rigidity.
[0115]
Furthermore, since the electric motor 4 2 is disposed such that the axis of rotation thereof is directed in the widthwise direction of the vehicle body, the electric motor 42 can be disposed sidewardly of the cylinder 45 provided on the engine E such that it does not project outwardly sidewardly from the outer side face of the continuously variable transmission M. [0116]
The grab rail 118 is attached to the rear portion of the vehicle body frame F, and the back rest 135 which has, on the upper face thereof, the front inclined face 135a inclined forwardly downwards and the rear inclined face 135b inclined rearwardly downwards as viewed in side elevation such that it has a substantially streamline shape and is attached to the upper face of the rear portion of the grab rail 118 is disposed rearwardly of the rear seat 33 provided on the riding seat 31. [0117]
Accordingly, the waist portion of the passenger on the rear seat 33 can be held firmly by the forwardly downwardly inclined front inclined face 135a from within
the upper face of the back rest 135. Besides, since the back rest 135 has a substantially streamline shape, the appearance of the back rest 135 can be improved and improvement of the aerodynamic performance can be achieved. Further, since the rearwardly downwardly inclined rear inclined face 135b from within the upper face of the back rest 135 can be utilized, a load which projects rearwardly from the rear seat 33 can be placed on the back rest 135. [0118]
Further, since the back rest 135 is formed such that the width thereof gradually decreases rearwardly as viewed in top plan, the back rest 135 can be formed compact and the design coordination can be assured together with the shape of the vehicle body cover 34 and besides the aerodynamic performance can be further improved. [0119]
Furthermore, since the upper face of the rear portion of the grab rail 118 is set to a height substantially equal to that of the upper face of the rear seat 33 and the back rest 135 is removably attached to the upper face of the rear portion of the grab rail 118, when the user wants to place a greater amount of luggage
on the rear seat 33, the upper face of the rear portion of the grab rail 118 after the back rest 135 is removed can be utilized effectively to place the luggage. [0120]
In the leg shield 158 provided on the vehicle body cover 34, the first article accommodating portion 191 formed as an article accommodation section of the drawer type including the accommodating case 19 3 which can be drawn out and removed from the leg shield 158 and the second article accommodation section 192 wherein the accommodating recess 214 formed on the leg shield 158 is covered for opening and closing movement with the lid member 215 hinged to the leg shield 158 are disposed separately on the left and right sides. Thus, the comparatively great space of the leg shield 158 can be utilized effectively to accommodate an article in the leg shield 158. Besides, since the accommodating case 193 is formed greater than the accommodating recess 214, a comparatively great amount of articles can be accommodated in the first article accommodating portion 191. Since the first article accommodating portion 191 is of the drawer type, when the lid is opened, the articles in the inside of the accommodating case 193 do not come out at all, and articles can be accommodated fully into
accommodated into the first article accommodating portion
191.
[0122]
Besides, since the accommodating case 193 is formed such that, when it is in the retracted state, it covers the head pipe 27 from one of the left and right sides and the locking mechanism 208 is disposed at a position at which it is opposed to the head pipe 27 from rearwardly, the locking mechanism 208 can be disposed effectively in the space rearwardly of the head pipe 27 to further increase the setting of the accommodation capacity of the accommodating case 193. [0123]
Furthermore, since the handle lock module 211 which can disable a steering operation of the steering handle bar 26 is disposed in the proximity of the head pipe 27 on the opposite side to the first article accommodating portion 191 and the second article accommodating portion 192 is disposed such that the handle lock module 211 is sandwiched between the first article accommodating portion 191 and the second article accommodating portion 192, the first article accommodating portion 191, handle lock module 211 and second article accommodating portion 192 can be disposed in a juxtaposed relationship in the
the accommodating case 193. Further, if the accommodating case 193 is removed from the leg shield 158, then the comparatively great opening 196 can be formed in the leg shield 158, and consequently, maintenance of the bulb 171a of the headlamp 171 disposed forwardly of the first article accommodating portion 191 can be performed easily. [0121]
Further, the locking mechanism 208 which can perform changeover between connection and cancellation of the connection of the accommodating case 193 to the leg shield 158 in response to a key operation from the keyhole 207 facing the front face of the accommodating case 193 is provided between the accommodating case 193 of the first article accommodating portion 191 and the leg shield 158, and when the key is inserted into the keyhole 207 of the locking mechanism 208 to operate the locking mechanism 208, a drawing out operation of the accommodating case 193 is enabled. Consequently, prevention of the theft of an article accommodated in the first article accommodating portion 191 can be anticipated. Further, since the key can be used as a knob to draw out the accommodating case 193, the necessity for provision of a knob on the accommodating case 193 is eliminated, and a greater number of articles can be
leg shield 158 to utilize the comparatively great space
of the leg shield 158 further effectively.
[0124]
Further, since the transmission antenna 225 is disposed at a position spaced away from the handle lock module 211, the degree of freedom in arrangement of the transmission antenna 225 can be raised. [0125]
Further, since the reception unit 22 7 is disposed in the accommodating box 30 or the riding seat 31 and, in the present working example, disposed in the accommodating box 30, the environmental resistance of the reception unit 227 corresponding to mud, dust, water, external force and so forth can be assured while making it unnecessary to cover the reception unit 227 with a cover member made of a synthetic resin material. Accordingly, while the necessity for re-adjustment of the reception unit 227 is eliminated, also the water-proof performance can be assured. [0126]
Besides, the reception unit 227 is configured such that the board 229 having the antennae 230, 230, ... disposed on one face thereof and having the reception circuit 231 provided on the other face thereof is
accommodated in the case 232. Thus, the reception unit 227 can be formed compact, and the space necessary to dispose the reception unit 227 in the accommodating box 30 can be set small to the utmost. [0127]
Furthermore, since the first maintenance lid 117 for allowing maintenance relating to the engine E disposed below the accommodating box 30 to be performed is provided for opening and closing movement on the bottom wall of the accommodating box 30 and the reception unit 227 is disposed in the accommodating box 30 in such a manner as to be covered with part of the first maintenance lid 117, the reception unit 227 can be disposed at a position suitable to perform maintenance thereof while preventing interference with an article accommodated in the accommodating box 30. [0128]
Further, the emergency unlocking key cylinder lock 236 which enables at least starting of the engine E and handle lock cancellation while eliminating the necessity for the portable transmitter 226 is disposed in the leg shield 158. Thus, even if the user of the vehicle loses the portable transmitter 226 or the life of the cell of the portable transmitter 226 comes to an end, if the
emergency unlocking key cylinder lock 23 6 is operated using the mechanical key for emergency unlocking, then the scooter type vehicle can be driven to run. [0129]
Besides, the second article accommodating portion 192 is provided on the leg shield 158 on the right side of the handle lock module 211, and the keyhole 238 of the emergency unlocking key cylinder lock 236 faces the inner side face of the accommodating recess 214 of the second article accommodating portion 192. Since the accommodating recess 214 is normally closed up with the lid member 215, the keyhole 238 is disposed at an inconspicuous place, and the keyhole 238 of the emergency unlocking key cylinder lock 236 can be prevented from being made an object of mischief to the utmost. [0130]
Furthermore, the link mechanism 234 connected to the seat catcher 142 for performing changeover between the seat catch state wherein the front seat 32 which can release the accommodating box 30 is held in the closing state and the seat catch releasing state wherein it allows opening and closing movement of the front seat 32 is connected to the seat lock actuator 228 which operates in response to an operation upon reception of a signal

from the normal portable transmitter 226 and is connected to the emergency unlocking key cylinder lock 236. Therefore, the link mechanism 234 for operating the seat catcher 142 is used commonly for a case wherein the portable transmitter 226 is effective and another case wherein the emergency unlocking key cylinder lock 236 is used, and the number of parts can be reduced. [0131]
While a working example of the present invention has been described above, the present invention is not limited to the working example described above, but various design alterations can be carried out without departing from the present invention as set forth in the claims.
[Description of Reference Characters] [0133]
225 ... transmission antenna
226 ... portable transmitter

211 ... handle lock module
212 ... knob E ... engine











We claim:
1. In a vehicle comprising a frame (F), an engine (E) operatively attached to the frame (F) and a steering handlebar (26), the improvement comprising a remote control apparatus comprising a transmission antenna (225), a portable transmitter (226), a receiver (227) and a handlebar lock module (211), wherein
the handlebar lock module (211) comprises a locking mechanism and is operable to selectively engage the locking mechanism for locking and unlocking the steering handlebar (26),
the handlebar lock module (211) also comprises a knob (212) operably connected to the locking mechanism for enabling at least a starting operation of the engine (E), the handlebar lock module (211) being operatively attached to a portion of the vehicle frame,
the portable transmitter (226) provided for being carried by a vehicle user and operated at a location which is distant from the vehicle,
wherein the receiver (227) is operable to receive a signal from the portable transmitter (226) and to provide input to the handlebar lock module (211);
the transmission antenna (225) is operable to provide transmission of a signal that urges the portable transmitter (226) to transmit an identity (ID) signal to the handlebar lock module (211), and the transmission antenna (225) is mounted to the vehicle at a position spaced away from said handlebar lock module(211),
wherein
the handlebar lock module (211) is operable to provide a handlebar lock cancellation operation is response to the reception of the ID signal from the portable transmitter (226);
the receiver (227) is separate from the handlebar lock module (211);
the receiver (227) is disposed on the vehicle in a position spaced away from the transmissions antenna (225); and
the receiver (227) is not directly physically connected to the transmission antenna (225).
2. The vehicle as claimed in claim 1, wherein the handlebar lock module (211) comprises a
main control unit (223) and a lock solenoid (221) operably connected to the locking
mechanism so as to be capable of disabling the locking mechanism, wherein
the lock solenoid (221) is controlled by the main control unit (223) such that when the handlebar lock module (211) receives as ID signal from the portable transmitter (226), the main control unit (223) determines whether the ID signal is a predetermined signal, and
upon determination that the ID signal is a predetermined signal, the main control unit (223) renders the lock solenoid operative to permit operation of the locking mechanism by manipulation of the knob (212).
3. The vehicle as claimed in claim 1, wherein the vehicle comprises a body cover (34) which substantially surrounds the steering handlebar (26), wherein the handlebar lock module (211) is mounted within the body cover (34) adjacent to the steering handlebar (26), and wherein the transmission antenna (225) is positioned within the body cover (34) at a position above the handlebar lock module (211).
4. The vehicle as claimed in claim 3, wherein the transmission antenna (225) is disposed proximate to the vehicle's width centerline.

Documents:

1783-DEL-2004-Abstract-(17-09-2010).pdf

1783-del-2004-abstract.pdf

1783-DEL-2004-Claims-(17-02-2010).pdf

1783-DEL-2004-Claims-(17-09-2010).pdf

1783-del-2004-claims.pdf

1783-DEL-2004-Correspondence-Others (17-02-2010).pdf

1783-DEL-2004-Correspondence-Others-(17-09-2010).pdf

1783-del-2004-correspondence-others.pdf

1783-del-2004-description (complete).pdf

1783-del-2004-drawings.pdf

1783-del-2004-form-1.pdf

1783-del-2004-form-19.pdf

1783-del-2004-form-2.pdf

1783-DEL-2004-Form-3-(17-02-2010).pdf

1783-del-2004-form-3.pdf

1783-del-2004-form-5.pdf

1783-DEL-2004-GPA-(17-02-2010).pdf

1783-del-2004-gpa.pdf

1783-DEL-2004-Petition -137-(17-02-2010).pdf

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Patent Number 244286
Indian Patent Application Number 1783/DEL/2004
PG Journal Number 49/2010
Publication Date 03-Dec-2010
Grant Date 29-Nov-2010
Date of Filing 21-Sep-2004
Name of Patentee HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., a corporation of Japan having a place of business at 1-1, Minamiaoyama 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Applicant Address 1-1, MINAMIAOYAMA 2-CHOME, MINATO-KU, TOKYO, JAPAN.
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 TAKESHI KONNO C/O KABUSHIKI KAISHA HONDA GIJUTSU KENKYUSHO, 4-1, CHUO 1-CHOME, WAKO-SHI, SAITAMA, JAPAN.
2 FUMINORI KAMEMIZU C/O KABUSHIKI KAISHA HONDA GIJUTSU KENKYUSHO, 4-1, CHUO 1-CHOME, WAKO-SHI, SAITAMA, JAPAN.
PCT International Classification Number A63H 30/00
PCT International Application Number N/A
PCT International Filing date
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 2003-355488 2003-10-15 Japan