Title of Invention

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

Abstract To provide a saddle-ride type vehicle which can prevent the floating of an inner cover from a storing box. [Means for Resolution] A storing box 45 which opens upwardly is mounted on a cross frame 61 which constituents a portion of a vehicle body frame 11, an inner cover 67 which covers an opening portion 45k of the storing box 45 is mounted on an upper portion of the storing box 45, a seat 46 including a bottom plate 68, a cushion material 69 and a seat leather 71 on which a rider sits astride is arranged above the inner cover 67, and a seat hinge 72 which supports the seat 4 6 in an openable manner is arranged between the seat 46 and the vehicle body frame 11. Further, a hole 73 is formed in the bottom plate 68, the cushion material 69 is arranged in a state that the cushion material 69 projects from the hole 73, and when the seat 46 is closed, the cushion material 69 pushes the inner cover 67. [Selected Drawing] Fig. 3
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[Designation of Document] Specification
[Title of the Invention] SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE
[Technical Field]
[0001]
The present invention relates to a saddle-ride type vehicle which arranges a storing box covered with an inner cover which constitutes a lid below a seat. [Background Art]
[0002]
There has been known a saddle-ride type vehicle which arranges a storing box covered with an inner cover which constitutes a lid for preventing the intrusion of foreign materials such as the dust and dirt below a seat on which a rider sits astride, (for example, see patent document 1)
[Patent Document 1] Japanese Utility Model No. 2529779 (Fig. 1)
[0003]
In Fig. 1 of the patent document 1, a storing box 13 is mounted on a rear frame 8 (symbols used in patent document 1 being also used hereinafter) which constitutes a vehicle body frame, an opening portion 13a is formed in an upper surface of the storing box 13, an inner cover 18 is mounted on the opening portion 13a by way of an inner cover hinge 17b in an openable manner, and a seat 5 on which a rider sits astride is arranged above the inner cover 18 by way of a seat hinge 17a in an openable

manner,
[0004]
In a vehicle disclosed'in the patent document 1, the inner cover 18 is fitted in the opening portion 13a of the storing box 13. Unless the inner cover 18 includes a biasing means on the inner cover 18, a gap may be formed or noises may be generated due to traveling vibrations and, further, when an open-close operation of the inner cover 18 is repeated, fitting between the opening portion 13a and the inner cover 18 may become loosened. When the fitting between the opening portion 13a and the inner cover 18 becomes loosened, a rear portion of the inner cover 18 floats and hence, foreign materials such as dust and dirt can easily intrude into a fitting portion. To prevent the floating of the inner cover 18, a member which pushes the inner cover 18 becomes necessary. However, it is desirable that the number of parts is decreased as much as possible.
[Disclosure of the Invention] [Problems that the Invention is to Solve]
[0005]
It is an object of the present invention to provide a saddle-ride type vehicle which can prevent the floating of an inner cover from a storing box. [Means for Solving the Problem]

The invention according to claim 1 is characterized in that, in a saddle-ride type vehicle which arranges a storing box covered with an inner cover which constitutes a lid below a seat on which a rider sits astride, the inner cover is sandwiched between the seat and the storing box when the seat and the inner cover is closed and is fixed in a state that the inner cover is pushed to the storing box.
[0007]
The invention according to claim 2 is characterized in that the inner cover is arranged below a seat sitting portion on which the rider sits and is brought into close contact with the storing box in a state that both left and right ends and a rear end of the inner cover are pushed by a bottom plate of the seat.
[0008]
The invention according to claim 3 is characterized in that the seat is constituted of a bottom plate in which a hole is formed, a seat leather which covers the bottom plate, and a cushion material which is filled between the seat leather and the bottom plate, and the cushion material is configured to project from the hole to allow a projection of the cushion material to push the inner cover.
[0009]
The invention according to claim 4 is characterized in that a recessed portion is formed in either one of a periphery

of the inner cover and a periphery of the storing box and a projection is formed on another of the periphery of the inner cover and the periphery of the storing box, and the projection is engaged with the recessed portion when the inner cover is
closed.
[0010]
The invention according to claim 5 is characterized in that the seat is mounted on the storing box in an openable manner using a hinge shaft, and the hinge shaft coaxially andpivotally supports the seat and the inner cover.
[0011]
The invention according to claim 6 is characterized in that the hinge shaft is inserted into the storing box and the seat, the inner cover is engaged with both end portions of the hinge shaft in an openable manner, and restriction portions extend to both end portions of the hinge shaft from engaging portions formed on the inner cover.
[0012]
The invention according to claim 7 is characterized in that an engaging pawl is formed on the inner cover and an engaging hole is formed in the storing box, and the engaging pawl is engageable with the engaging hole^ [Advantage of the Invention]
[0013]
According to the invention of claim 1, the inner cover

which is sandwiched between the seat and the storing box is brought into close contact with the storing box by pushing and hence, it is possible to suppress the intrusion of foreign materials such as the dust into the inside of the storing box with the simple structure which uses existing parts.
[0014]
According to the invention of claim 2, by pushing both left and right ends and the rear end of the inner cover using the bottom plate of the seat, it is possible to enhance the close contact of the inner cover with the storing box by making use of a weight of the seat and a weight which is applied to the seat. Further, due to the enhancement of the close contact of the inner cover with the storing box, for example, a sealing property of the inner cover can be held without adopting the steel-made pushing structure. Accordingly, it is possible to increase a degree of freedom in a shape of the bottom plate of the seat and, at the same time, it is possible to firmly support a weight of the rider by increasing the number of portions where the weight from the seat side can be supported,
[0015]
According to the invention of claim 3, the hole is formed in the bottom plate of the seat, and the cushion material is allowed to project from the hole so as to push the inner cover by the projecting portion of the cushion material. Accordingly, it is possible to prevent the floating of the inner

cover.
[0016]
The inner cover is pushed by the projecting portion of the cushion material and hence, it is possible to hold the inner cover in the storing box without requiring additional parts. Further, the projecting portion of the cushion material pushes the inner cover to bring the inner cover into close contact with the storing box and hence, it is possible to suppress the intrusion of foreign materials such as the dust into the inside of the storing box.
[0017]
According to the invention of claim 4, the recessed portion is formed in either one of the periphery of the inner cover and the periphery of the storing box and the projection is formed on another of the periphery of the inner cover and the periphery of the storing box, and the projection is engageable with the recessed portion. Accordingly, it is possible to prevent the intrusion of foreign materials into the inside of the storing box.
[0018]
According to the invention of claim 5, the seat is mounted on the storing box in an openable manner using the hinge shaft, and the hinge shaft coaxially and pivotally supports the seat and the inner cover and hence, the hinge shaft for the seat and the hinge shaft for the inner cover can be used in common.

Accordingly, it is possible to reduce the number of parts of the vehicle.
[0019]
According to the invention of claim 6, the inner cover is engaged with both end portions of the hinge shaft in an openable manner, and the restriction portions extend to both end portions of the hinge shaft from the engaging portions formed on the inner cover and hence, it is possible to restrict the movement of the hinge shaft in the axial direction.
By forming the restrict portions on the engaging portions in an extending manner, it is possible to prevent removal of the hinge shaft with the simple structure without providing a particular hinge shaft removal preventing means.
Further, such structure does not bring about the increase of the number of parts and hence, it is possible to suppress an increase of a cost of the vehicle.
[0020]
According to the invention of claim 7, the engaging pawl is formed on the inner cover and the engaging hole is formed in the storing box and the engaging pawl is engageable with the engaging hole. Accordingly, the inner cover can be locked in the storing box by engaging the engaging pawl with the engaging hole. Accordingly, it is possible to prevent the inner cover from being opened against the will of a rider when the seat is opened.

[Best Mode for Carrying out the Invention]
[0021]
Best mode for carrying out the present invention is explained in conjunction with attached drawings hereinafter. In the drawing, the directions of 'front", 'rear', 'left", "right", "up" and "down" are directions as viewed from a rider. Here, the drawings are viewed in the same direction as numerals.
Fig. 1 is a left side view of a motorcycle according to the present invention. The motorcycle 10 which is a saddle-ride type vehicle is a vehicle which rockably mounts a power unit 15 on a rear portion of a vehicle body frame 11 thereof by way of a link mechanism 14 which includes a pivot shaft 12.
[0022]
The power unit 15 is constituted of an engine 16 forming a drive source and a transmission case 17 which is arranged behind the engine 16, In the transmission case 17, a belt-type continuously variable transmission 18 which transmits a drive force of the engine 16 to a rear wheel 19 is incorporated. Further, by rockably mounting the transmission case 17 on a rear end portion of the vehicle body frame 11, the power of the engine 16 is transmitted to the rear wheel 19.
[0023]
The vehicle body frame 11 is constituted of a head pipe 21, a down frame 22 which is mounted on the head pipe 21 and

extends in the oblique rearward direction and, thereafter, extends in the substantially horizontal rearward direction, a floor lower frame 23 which is mounted on a rear end portion of the down frame 22, and left and right frames 24L, 24R which are raised from the floor lower frame 23 in the oblique rearward direction.
Amain frame 25 is constituted of the down frame 22, the floor lower frame 23 and the left and right frames 24L, 24R.
[0024]
Further, the motorcycle 10 is configured such that a front fork 26 is steerablly mounted on the head pipe 21, a front wheel 28 is mounted on a lower end of the front fork 26, and a steering handle 29 is mounted on an upper portion of the front fork 26.
The rear wheel 19 is mounted on a rear end of the power unit 15 which also functions as a rear swing arm, and a rear cushion unit 31 is extended between the rear portion of the power unit 15 and the frame 24L.
[0025]
The link mechanism 14 which is interposed between the power unit 15 and the floor lower frame 23 includes a support shaft 32 which is arranged close to the floor lower frame 23, a link member 33 which extends from the support shaft 32 in the rearward direction and the pivot shaft 12 which is mounted on a rear end portion of the link member 33.

In a front portion 17a of the transmission case 17^ an opening portion 35 which introduces the outside air into the transmission case 17 is formed, and a duct 36 which constitutes the outside air introduction pipe is connected to the opening portion 35.
The opening portion 35 is formed in the transmission case 17 and the duct 36 is connected to the opening portion 35* By supplying the outside air into the inside of the transmission case 17 using the duct 36, the belt-type continuously variable transmission 18 can be cooled.
[0027]
To a cylinder block 37 of the engine 16 which constitutes a front portion of the power unit 15, an intake device 38 and an exhaust device 39 are connected.
The intake device 38 is constituted of an air cleaner 41 and a fuel supply device 42 which is connected to the air cleaner 41.
The exhaust deice 39 is constituted of an exhaust pipe 43 which is connected to the engine 16 and extends rearwardly and a silencer 44 which is connected to the exhaust pipe 43 and extends rearwardly.
[0028]
A storing box 4 5 which opens upwardly is mounted on the frames 24L, 24R, a seat 46 on which the rider sits astride is

arranged above the storing box 45, a fuel tank 47 is arranged behind the storing box 45, and the seat 46 is mounted on the storing box 45 and the fuel tank 47 from above in an openable manner. The detailed structure of the seat 46 and portions surrounding the seat 46 are described later.
[0029]
Numeral 51 indicates a pillion step frame, numeral 52 indicates a step floor support frame, numeral 53 indicates a grab rail, numeral 54 indicates a front brake unit, numeral 55 indicates a front fender, numeral 56 indicates a cowl member, and numeral 57 indicates a rear fender.
[0030]
That is, the motorcycle 10 which is the saddle-ride type vehicle includes the vehicle body frame 11, the transmission case 17 which is rockably mounted on the rear end portion of the vehicle body frame 11 and incorporates the belt-type continuously variable transmission 18 which transmits the drive force of the engine 16 to the rear wheel therein,- the seat 46 which is arranged above the vehicle body frame 11 and on which the rider sits astride, the storing box 45 which is arranged below the seat 46 and stores articles, and the duct 36 which connects the storing box 45 and the transmission case 17 and guides the outside air to the transmission case 17.
[0031]
Fig. 2 is a left side view of the seat of the motorcycle

according to the present invention and the portions surrounding the seat, and also is a view for explaining the constitution of the motorcycle in a state that the cowl member (indicated by numeral 56 in Fig. 1) which covers a lower portion of the seat is removed.
The left and right frames 24L, 24R extend in the oblique rearward and upward direction from the floor lower frame 23, a cross frame 61 is arranged to extend between the respective frames 24L, 24R, the storing box 45 is mounted on the cross frame 61, and the seat 46 on which the rider sits astride is mounted on the storing box 45.
[0032]
The duct 36 which cools the transmission case 17 is connected to a rear window 62 which is formed in a side portion of the storing box 45. The duct 36 includes an extendable-and-shrinkable portion 63 formed in a bellows shape on a side portion thereof. With the use of the extendable-and-shrinkable portion 63, the duct 3 6 can be configured to follow a rocking of the power unit 15. The engine 16 is arranged below the storing box 45.
In the drawing, numeral 65 indicates a battery which is arranged in the inside of the storing box 45,
[0033]
Fig. 3 is a cross-sectional view of an essential part in Fig. 2, and also is a view for explaining the structure of

the storing box 45 and the structure of the seat 46 which is arranged above the storing box 45 in an openable manner.
The storing box 45 which opens upwardly is mounted on the cross frame 61 which constitutes one constitutional element of the vehicle body frame 11, an inner cover 67 which covers an opening portion 45k of the storing box 45 is mounted on an upper portion of the storing box 45, the seat 46 which includes a bottom plate 68, a cushion material 69 and a seat leather 71 and on which the rider sits astride is mounted on an upper portion of the inner cover 67, and a seat hinge 72 which supports the seat 4 6 in an openable manner is interposed between the seat 46 and the storing box 45.
[0034]
Further, a hole 73 is formed in the bottom plate 68 of the seat 46, and the cushion material 69 is arranged in a state that the cushion material 69 projects from the hole 73. When the seat 4 6 is closed, the cushion material 69 is brought into contact with a projection 66 which is formed on a substantially center portion of the inner cover 67 in an upwardly projecting manner. Due to such a constitution, the projection 66 can push the inner cover 67.
[0035]
That is, the motorcycle 10 which constitutes one mode of the saddle-ride type vehicle 20 includes the storing box 45 covered with the inner cover 67 which constitutes a lid below

the seat 46 on which the rider sits astride.
The seat 46 is constituted of the bottom plate 68 in which the hole 73 is formed, the leather seat 71 which covers the bottom plate 68, and the cushion material 69 which is filled between the seat leather 71 and the bottom plate 68, The cushion material 69 projects from the hole 73 and, at the same time, projecting portion 74 of the cushion material 59 pushes the projection 66 of the inner cover 67.
Here, an upper surface of the inner cover 67 may be made flat by omitting the projection 66 without any problem.
[0036]
The storing box 45 includes a partition means 78 which partitions the storing box 45 into an accessory chamber 76 and an electric-component storing chamber 77 for storing electric components. In the electric-component storing chamber 77, a window portion 79 which takes the outside air into the storing box 45 is formed.
Here, the window portion 79 is covered with a cowl member (indicated by numeral 64 in Fig. 1) and hence, there is no possibility that rain or the like intrudes into the storing box 45 from the window portion 79.
[0037]
The partition means 78 is an inner lid 81 which is detachably mounted on the storing box 45, and small ribs 82... (symbol ... indicating a plural form hereinafter) are formed

on an electric-component-storing-chamber-77 side of the inner
lid 81,
That is, the inner lid 81 is a member which is substantially horizontally arranged in the storing box 45. The storing box 45 is partitioned by the inner lid 81 into a lower half portion which defines the electric-component storing chamber 77 and an upper half portion which defines the accessory chamber 76.
[0038]
On an electric-component-storing-chamber-77 side of the
inner lid 81, the small ribs 82... are formed to define a space S between the inner lid 81 of the electric-component storing chamber 77 and electric components 84. Due to the provision of the space S, the outside air can pass through the space S thus effectively cooling the electric components 84.
[0039]
For example, in arranging the inner lid 81 above the battery 65, the outside air can pass above the battery 65 with the use of the small ribs 82 and hence, it is possible to enhance a cooling efficiency of the battery 65.
[0040]
Fig. 4 is a plan view of the storing box 45 according to the present invention and shows a stat in which the inner cover (indicated by numeral 67 in Fig. 3) and the inner lid (indicated by numeral 81 in Fig. 3) are removed from the storing

box 45.
The electric components 84 include the battery 65, a GDI (Capacitive Discharge Ignition) unit 86, a fuse box 87 and a
stator unit 88. Ribs 92... are formed on a bottom portion 77s of the electric-component storing chamber 77 in an upwardly erected manner, and the electric components 84 such as the
battery 65 are arranged on a portion of the ribs 92....
Here, the GDI unit 86 is also referred to as a capacitive discharge unit and includes a capacitor having large capacitance. The GDI unit 86 is a device which discharges in conformity with ignition timing of the engine after charging the capacitor. [0041]
Returning to Fig. 3, the ribs 92... are formed on the bottom portion 77s of the electric-component storing chamber 77 in
an upwardly erected manner, and the battery 65 is mounted on
the portion of the ribs 92... and hence, some of the outside air which enters the storing box 45 through the window portion
79 can pass a space which is formed between the ribs 92... or the like. That is, it is possible to allow the outside air to pass along a bottom surface 65s of the battery 65.
Since the outside air is allowed to pass along the bottom surface 65s of the battery 65, the cooling efficiency of the battery 65 can be enhanced.

Fig. 5 is an exploded perspective view of the seat according to the present invention and the portions surrounding the seat. The inner lid 81 is arranged above the storing box 45, the inner cover 67 is arranged above the inner lid 81, and the seat 46 is arranged above the inner cover 67. The inner cover 67 and the seat 4 6 are rotatably mounted on the storing box 45 by way of a common hinge shaft 93.
[0043]
Fig. 6 is a cross-sectional view of an engaging portion which engages the seat and the storing box according to the present invention with each other,
A recessed portion 94 is formed in a periphery 67m of the inner cover 67, and a projection 95 is formed on a periphery 45m of the storing box 45. The projection 95 engages with the recessed portion 94 when the inner cover 67 is closed.
[0044]
In this manner, the recessed portion 94 of the inner cover 67 is configured to be engageable with the projection 95 of the storing box 45 and hence, it is possible to prevent the intrusion of foreign materials into the inside of the storing box 45.
Here, contrary to this embodiment, a recessed portion may be formed in the periphery 45m of the storing box 45 and a projection may be formed on the periphery 67m of the inner cover 67 without any problem.

Fig. 7 is a cross-sectional view of the hinge portion according to the present invention, Fig. 8 is a cross-sectional view taken along a line 8-8 in Fig. 7, and Fig. 9 is a cross-sectional view taken along a line 9-9 in Fig. 7. Hereinafter, the embodiment of the present invention is explained in conjunction with Fig. 7 to Fig. 9.
The seat hinge 72 is constituted of a hinge base 96 which is mounted on the storing box 45 and forms support holes 73, 73 therein, an inner hinge 98 which is arranged inside the hinge
base 96 and includes cover support portions 97... mounted on the inner cover 67, an outer hinge 101 which is arranged outside
the hinge base 96 and includes seat support portions 99, 99 mounted on the seat 46, and a hinge shaft 93 which supports the hinge base 96, the inner hinge 98 and the outer hinge 101 in common.
The inner hinge 98 is rotatably mounted on the hinge shaft 93 which is mounted on the hinge base 96 and, at the same time, the outer hinge 101 is also rotatably mounted on the hinge shaft 93.
[0046]
That is, the seat 4 6 is mounted on the vehicle body frame 11 in an openable manner using the seat hinge 72 and, at the same time, the seat hinge 72 supports the seat 46 and the inner cover 67 coaxially.

The seat hinge 72 supports the seat 4 6 and the inner cover 67 coaxially by way of the hinge shaft 93 and hence, the hinge shaft of the seat 46 and the hinge shaft 93 of the inner cover 67 can be used in common. Accordingly, the number of parts of the vehicle can be decreased.
[0048]
Fig. 10 is a cross-sectional view of the engaging portion which engages the inner cover of the present invention with the storing box. An engaging pawl 102 is formed on the inner cover 67 and, at the same time, an engaging hole 103 is formed in the storing box 45, and the engaging pawl 102 is configured to be engageable with the engaging hole 103,
[0049]
The engaging pawl 102 is a member having an approximately U-shaped cross section which is formed by extending the rear end portion of the inner cover 67 downwardly and, the engaging pawl 102 is made of a resin having elasticity, for example. The engaging pawl 102 includes a front lug portion 102a, a rear lug portion 102b, a stopper portion 102c which is formed on the rear lug portion 102b and fixes the inner cover 67 for preventing the removal of the inner cover 67 from the storing box 45, and a tab portion 102d. When the engaging pawl 102 engages with the engaging hole 103, a distance between the front lug portion 102a and the rear lug portion 102b becomes

temporarily short and extends outwardly when the stopper portion 102c arrives at an inner side of the engaging hole 103 thus locking the inner cover 67.
[0050]
The engaging pawl 102 is formed on the inner cover 67, the engaging hole 103 is formed in the storing box 45, and the engaging pawl 102 is configured to be engageable with the engaging hole 103 and hence, it is possible to lock the inner cover 67 to the storing box 45 by engaging the engaging pawl 102 with the engaging hole 103. Accordingly, it is possible to prevent the inner cover 67 from being opened against the will of a rider when the seat 46 is opened. To open the inner cover 67, the inner cover 67 is lifted upwardly while pushing the tag portion 103d from a rear side.
[0051]
Fig. 11 is a cross-sectional view for explaining a mechanism which cools the engine, and Fig. 12 is a perspective view for explaining the mechanism which cools the engine. Hereinafter, this embodiment is explained in conjunction with Fig. 11 and Fig. 12.
The engine cooling mechanism 100 is constituted of a case member 64 which surrounds a periphery of the cylinder block 37 of the engine 16, a fan 104 which is arranged on a side of the case member 64 and supplies the outside air to the case member 64, and an the outside air intake member 106 which is

formed with an the outside air intake port 105 in a side of the fan 104.
[0052]
A front end portion of the case member 64 engages with a front portion of the engine 16, and a rear end portion of the case member 64 is mounted on the transmission case 17 using bolts 107.
The fan 104 is connected to a crankshaft 108 of the engine 16, and the outside air is taken into an inner side of the case member 64 by the fan 104 when the engine 16 is rotated.
[0053]
The outside air intake member 106 forming the outside air intake port 105 therein is arranged on a right side of the vehicle, and an exhaust port 109 which discharges exhaust-heat air is formed in a lower portion of the case member 64. The outside air intake port 105 takes the outside air into the inner side of the case member 64, the outside air is allowed to pass between the case member 64 and the engine 16, and exhaust-heat air heated by the engine 16 is discharged downwardly from the exhaust port 109 thus cooling the engine 16.
In the drawing, numeral 111 indicates bolts for fixing the outside air intake member 106 to the case member 64.
[0054]
An exhaust heat of the engine 16 is discharged from the exhaust port 109 arranged below the engine and prevented form

flowing into the storing box (indicated by numeral 45 in Fig. 3) . Accordingly, it is possible to prevent the outside air taken from the window portion (indicated by numeral 79 in Fig. 3) for cooling the belt-type continuously variable transmission from being influenced by the exhaust-heat air of the engine 16.
[0055]
The manner of operation of the saddle-ride type vehicle which includes the above-mentioned inner cover is explained hereinafter.
Returning to Fig, 3, the storing box 45 is defined into the accessory chamber 76 and the electric-component storing chamber 77 by the partition means 78 and, at the same time, the window portion 79 is formed in the electric component storing chamber 77 and hence, the intrusion of foreign materials such as dust and dirt into the accessory chamber 76 can be prevented. By eliminating the intrusion of the foreign materials into the accessory chamber 76, it is possible to prevent the inside of the accessory chamber 7 6 from being smeared.
[0056]
Further, by forming the window portion 79 in the electric component storing chamber 77, the outside air which enters the electric component storing chamber 77 from the window portion 79 moves toward the transmission case 17 through the electric

component storing chamber 77. Since the electric components 84 are stored in the electric component storing chamber 77, cooling of the electric components 84 can be effectively performed in addition to the cooling of the belt-type continuously variable transmission 18.
The exhaust heat of the engine 16 is discharged downwardly and hence, there is no possibility that the exhaust heat of the engine 16 flows toward the seat 46 side whereby the cooling efficiency of the electric components 84 is not deteriorated,
[0057]
The seat 46 which is arranged above the storing box 45 is constituted of the bottom plate 68 which opens the hole 73 therein, the seat leather 71 which covers the bottom plate 68, and the cushion material 69 which is filled between the seat leather 71 and the bottom plate 68, wherein the cushion material 69 is made to project from the hole 73 and the inner cover 67 is pushed by the projecting portion 74 of the cushion material 69 and hence, the floating of the inner cover 67 can be prevented,
[0058]
The projecting portion 74 of the cushion material 69 pushes the inner cover 67 when the seat 4 6 is closed and hence, the inner cover 67 can be held in the storing box 45 without requiring additional parts. Further, the inner cover 67 is

brought into close contact with the storing box 45 by pushing the inner cover 67 with the projecting portion 74 of the cushion material 69 and hence, the intrusion of the foreign materials such as dust and dirt into the inside of the storing box 45 can be suppressed. That is, the floating of the inner cover 67 can be prevented while suppressing the increase of cost.
[0059]
Fig, 13 is a view showing another embodiment of Fig. 5. A point which makes this embodiment largely differ from the above-mentioned embodiment shown in Fig. 5 lies in that restriction portions 123, 123 which restrict the axial movement of the hinge shaft 93B are mounted on the cover hinge 122 and the duct (indicated by numeral 36 in Fig. 5) which is mounted on the storing box 4 5B is eliminated. Except for such a constitution, there is no other points which make this embodiment largely differ from the above-mentioned embodiment in Fig. 5 in the arrangement structure of the respective components below the seat and the like.
Hereinafter, the structure of the hinge portion is explained in detail.
[0060]
Fig. 14 is a cross-sectional view of the hinge portion according to another embodiment, Fig. 15 is a cross-sectional view taken along a line 15-15 in Fig. 14, Fig. 16 is a cross-sectional view taken along a line 16-16 in Fig. 14, and

Fig. 17 is a cross-sectional view taken along a line 17-17 in Fig. 14. Hereinafter, this embodiment is explained in conjunction with Fig. 14 to Fig. 17.
A seat hinge 72B includes a hinge base 96B which is formed on a storing box 45B side thereof. On both ends of the hinge base 96B, left and right wall portions 119, 119 which extend upwardly are formed. Support holes 73B, 73B which support the hinge shaft 93B therein are formed in the left and right wall portions 119, 119 respectively.
[0061]
In a region sandwiched by the left and right wall portions 119, 119, a seat portion hinge 121 which extends from the seat 46B is arranged, and a cover hinge 122 which extends from the inner cover 67B is arranged outside the left and right wall portions 119, 119.
The hinge shaft 93B is mounted on the hinge base 96B, the seat portion hinge 121 is rotatably mounted on the hinge shaft 93B and, at the same time, the cover hinge 122 is rotatably mounted on the hinge shaft 93B.
[0062]
The seat portion hinge 121 is rotatably mounted on the wall portions 119 of the storing box 45B by way of the hinge shaft 93B. Further, on distal end portions of the cover hinges 122, engaging portions 124 which are engaged with the hinge shaft 93B are formed.

The hinge shaft 93B is inserted into the storing box 45B and the seat 46B and, at the same time, is engaged with the engaging portions 124/ 124 formed on the cover hinges 122 of the inner cover 67B. The engaging portions 124, 124 of the inner cover 67B are rotatably engaged with both end portions 93Bt/ 93Bt of the hinge shaft 93B, and the restriction portions 123/ 123 for restricting the axial movement of the hinge 93B extend from the engaging portions 124, 124 formed on the cover hinge 122 toward both end portions 93Bt/ 93Bt of the hinge shaft.
[0064]
The inner cover 67B is engaged with both end portions 93Bt, 93Bt of the hinge shaft 93B in an openable manner with respect to the storing box 45B/ and the restriction portions 123/ 123 extend from the engaging portions 124/ 124 formed on left and right sides of the cover hinge 122 of the inner cover 67B to both end portions 93Bt, 93Bt of the hinge shaft 93B and hence/ it is possible to restrict the axial movement of the hinge shaft 93B.
[0065]
By extending the restriction portions 123/ 123 from the engaging portions 124, 124/ it is possible to prevent removal of the hinge shaft 93B with the simple structure without providing a particular hinge shaft removal preventing means.

Since no particular hinge shaft removal preventing means is necessary and hence, it is possible to suppress the increase of a cost of the vehicle without increasing the number of parts.
[0066]
Fig. 18 is a view showing another embodiment the structure shown in Fig. 3. A point which makes this embodiment largely differ from the above-mentioned embodiment shown in Fig, 3 lies in that, as a means for bringing the inner cover 67B into close contact with the storing box 45B, the inner cover 67B is pushed by a bottom plate 68B of the seat 46B.
[0067]
When the seat 46B and the inner cover 67B are closed, the inner cover 67B is sandwiched between the seat 46B and the storing box 45B and hence, the inner cover 67B is pushed and fixed to the storing box 45B. In the drawing, symbol L indicates a portion of the bottom plate 68B which pushes the inner cover 67B to bring the inner cover 67B into close contact with the storing box 4 5B.
[0068]
Fig. 19 is a cross-sectional view taken along a line 19-19 in Fig. 18. On both left and right sides of the bottom plate 68B, pushing projections 125s, 125t which are formed in a downwardly projecting manner and push the inner cover 67B are formed. In the same manner, on a middle portion of the bottom plate 68B, a pushing projection (indicated by numeral 125r in

Fig. 18) which is formed in a downwardly projecting manner and pushes the inner cover 67B is formed. The inner cover 67B is pushed by these pushing projections 125s, 125t and 125r.
[0069]
The inner cover 67B is arranged below the seat sitting portion 126 on which the rider sits, and both left and right ends 67Bs, 67Bt and a rear end (indicated by numeral 67Br in Fig. 18) of the inner cover 67B are pushed by the bottom plate 68B of the seat 4 6B. The inner cover 67B is pushed by the bottom plate 68B so as to bring the inner cover 67B into close contact with the storing box 45B-
[0070]
Fig. 20 is a view as viewed in the direction indicated by an arrow 20 in Fig. 18. To explain this embodiment also in conjunction with Fig. 18 to Fig. 19, the pushing projections 125s, 125t and 125r which are formed on the bottom plate 68B of the seat 4 6B in a downwardly projecting manner are continuously arranged over a left portion 4 6Bs, a longitudinally middle portion 46Br and a right portion 46Bt of the seat 46B. Accordingly, it is possible to push an upper surface of the inner cover 67B using the pushing projections 125s, 125t and 125r in a hatched region in the drawing,
[0071]
By pushing both left and right ends 67Bs, 67Bt and the rear end 67Br of the inner cover 67B using the bottom plate

68B of the seat 46B, it is possible to enhance the close contact of the inner cover 67B to the storing box 45B by making use of a weight of the seat 46B and a weight applied to the seat 46B. Further^ with the increase of close contact of the inner cover 67B with the storing box 45B, for example, a sealing property of the inner cover 67B can be held without adopting the steel-made pushing structure. Accordingly, it is possible to enhance the degree of freedom in shape of the bottom plate 68B of the seat 46B and, at the same time, it is possible to firmly support a weight of the rider by increasing portions where a weight from the seat side is supported,
[0072]
Further, by bringing the inner cover 67B into close contact with the storing box 45B by pushing in a state that the inner cover 67B is sandwiched between the seat 46B and the storing box 45B, it is possible to suppress the intrusion of foreign materials such as the dust and dirt into the inside of the storing box 45B with the simple structure which uses existing parts.
[0073]
In this embodiment, the present invention is applied to the motorcycle. However, the present invention is also applicable to a three-wheeled vehicle and, at the same time, the present invention is applicable to a general saddle-ride type vehicle without any problem.

Further, in the constitution of claim 4, the recessed portion formed in one of the periphery of the inner cover and the periphery of the storing box and the projection formed in another periphery may be omitted without any problem.
[0074]
Further, the seat hinge may be configured to support the seat and the inner cover using shafts different from each other.
Still further, the engaging pawl formed on the inner cover and the engaging hole formed in the storing box may be omitted without any problem. [Industrial Applicability]
[0075]
The present invention is suitably applicable to the saddle-ride type vehicle which includes the storing box below the seat. [Brief Description of the Drawings]
[0075]
[Fig. 1] A left side view of a motorcycle according to the present invention.
[Fig. 2] A left side view of the seat of the motorcycle according to the present invention and portions surrounding the seat.
[Fig. 3] A cross-sectional view of an essential part in Fig. 2.
[Fig. 4] A plan view of a storing box according to the

present invention.
[Fig. 5] An exploded perspective view of the seat according to the present invention and the portions surrounding the seat.
[Fig. 6] A cross-sectional view of an engaging portion which engages the seat and the storing box according to the present invention with each other.
[Fig. 7] A cross-sectional view of a hinge portion according to the present invention.
[Fig. 8] A cross-sectional view taken along a line 8-8 in Fig. 7.
[Fig, 9] A cross-sectional view taken along a line 9-9 in Fig. 7,
[Fig. 10] A cross-sectional view of an engaging portion which engages an inner cover of the present invention with the storing box.
[Fig. 11] A cross-sectional view for explaining a mechanism which cools an engine.
[Fig. 12] A perspective view of the mechanism which cools the engine.
[Fig. 13] A view showing another embodiment of the structure shown in Fig. 5.
[Fig. 14] A cross-sectional view of a hinge portion according to another embodiment.
[Fig, 15] A cross-sectional view taken along a line 15-15

in Fig. 14.
[Fig, 16] A cross-sectional view taken along a line 16-16 in Fig. 14,
[Fig. 17] A cross-sectional view taken along a line 17-17 in Fig. 14.
[Fig. 18] A view showing another embodiment of the structure shown in Fig. 3.
[Fig. 19] A cross-sectional view taken along a line 19-19 in Fig. 18.
[Fig. 20] A view as viewed in the direction indicated by an arrow 20 in Fig. 18. [Description of Reference Numerals and Signs]
[0077] 10: motorcycle 11; vehicle body frame 20: saddle-ride type vehicle
45, 45B: storing box
45m: periphery of storing box
46, 46B: seat
67, 67B: inner cover
67m: periphery of inner cover 67Bt: left end of the inner cover 67Bs: right end of the inner cover 67Br: rear end of the inner cover
68, 68B: bottom plate

69: cushion material
71: seat leather
72, 72B: seat hinge
73: hole
74: projecting portion
93, 93B: hinge shaft
93Bt: both end portions of the hinge shaft
94: recessed portion
95: projection
102: engaging pawl
103: engaging hole
123: restriction portion
124: engaging portion
126: seat sitting portion











[Designation of Document] Claims [Claim 1]
A saddle-ride type vehicle which arranges a storing box covered with an inner cover which constitutes a lid below a seat on which a rider sits astride, wherein
the inner cover is sandwiched between the seat and the storing box when the seat and the inner cover is closed and is fixed in a state that the inner cover is pushed to the storing box. [Claim 2]
A saddle-ride type vehicle according to claim 1, wherein the inner cover is arranged below a seat sitting portion on which the rider sits and is brought into close contact with the storing box in a state that both left and right ends and a rear end of the inner cover are pushed by a bottom plate of the seat. [Claim 3]
A saddle-ride type vehicle according to claim 1, wherein the seat is constituted of a bottom plate in which a hole is formed, a seat leather which covers the bottom plate, and a cushion material which is filled between the seat leather and the bottom plate, and
the cushion material is configured to project from the hole to allow a projecting portion of the cushion material to push the inner cover.

[Claim 4]
A saddle-ride type vehicle according to claim 1, claim 2 or claim 3, wherein a recessed portion is formed in either one of a periphery of the inner cover and a periphery of the storing box and a projection is formed on another of the periphery of the inner cover and the periphery of the storing box, and
the projection is engaged with the recessed portion when the inner cover is closed. [Claim 5]
A saddle-ride type vehicle according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the seat is mounted on the storing box in an openable manner using a hinge shaft, and the hinge shaft coaxially and pivotally supports the seat and the inner cover. [Claim 6]
A saddle-ride type vehicle according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the hinge shaft is inserted into the storing box and the seat, the inner cover is engaged with both end portions of the hinge shaft in an openable manner, and restriction portions extend to both end portions of the hinge shaft from engaging portions formed on the inner cover. [Claim 7]
A saddle-ride type vehicle according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein an engaging pawl is formed on the inner cover and an engaging hole is formed in the storing box, and the

engaging pawl is engageable with the engaging hole.


Documents:

2781-CHE-2007 AMENDED CLAIMS 12-09-2011.pdf

2781-CHE-2007 AMENDED PAGES OF SPECIFICATION 12-09-2011.pdf

2781-CHE-2007 FORM-18.pdf

2781-CHE-2007 OTHER PATENT DOCUMENT 12-09-2011.pdf

2781-CHE-2007 EXAMINATION REPORT REPLY RECIEVED 12-09-2011.pdf

2781-CHE-2007 FORM-3 12-09-2011.pdf

2781-che-2007-abstract.pdf

2781-che-2007-claims.pdf

2781-che-2007-correspondnece-others.pdf

2781-che-2007-description(complete).pdf

2781-che-2007-drawings.pdf

2781-che-2007-form 1.pdf

2781-che-2007-form 26.pdf

2781-che-2007-form 3.pdf

2781-che-2007-form 5.pdf

2781-che-2007-other document.pdf


Patent Number 249272
Indian Patent Application Number 2781/CHE/2007
PG Journal Number 42/2011
Publication Date 21-Oct-2011
Grant Date 14-Oct-2011
Date of Filing 27-Nov-2007
Name of Patentee HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
Applicant Address 1-1, MINAMI-AOYAMA 2-CHOME, MINATO-KU, TOKYO 107-8556, JAPAN.
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 ODAGIRI, HIROSHI C/O HONDA R&D CO., LTD, 4-1, CHUO 1-CHOME, WAKO-SHI, SAITAMA 351-0193, JAPAN.
2 HOSOYA, YUKIO C/O HONDA R&D CO., LTD, 4-1, CHUO 1-CHOME, WAKO-SHI, SAITAMA 351-0193, JAPAN.
3 KAMEMIZU, FUMINORI C/O HONDA R&D CO., LTD, 4-1, CHUO 1-CHOME, WAKO-SHI, SAITAMA 351-0193, JAPAN.
4 IMADA, NORIHIRO C/O HONDA R&D CO., LTD, 4-1, CHUO 1-CHOME, WAKO-SHI, SAITAMA 351-0193, JAPAN.
PCT International Classification Number B62J9/00
PCT International Application Number N/A
PCT International Filing date
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 2007-176605 2007-07-04 Japan
2 2006-322437 2006-11-29 Japan