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1. (WO2001089916) MOTORCYCLE
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Pub. No.:    WO/2001/089916    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2001/002347
Publication Date: 29.11.2001 International Filing Date: 25.05.2001
Chapter 2 Demand Filed:    17.12.2001    
B62K 11/04 (2006.01), B62K 11/06 (2006.01), B62K 19/16 (2006.01)
Applicants: LOTUS CARS LIMITED [GB/GB]; Hethel Norwich Norfolk NR14 8EZ (GB) (For All Designated States Except US).
WILLIAMS, Peter [GB/GB]; (GB) (For US Only).
CALVERT, Ian [GB/GB]; (GB) (For US Only).
TURNER, James, William, Griffith [GB/GB]; (GB) (For US Only)
Inventors: WILLIAMS, Peter; (GB).
TURNER, James, William, Griffith; (GB)
Agent: BOULT WADE TENNANT; Verulam Gardens 70 Gray's Inn Road London WC1X 8BT (GB)
Priority Data:
0012948.6 26.05.2000 GB
Abstract: front page image
(EN)The present invention relates (with reference to Figure 2) to a motorcycle having a front wheel (11) and a rear wheel (12) which lie in a common principal plane (17) of the motorcycle when the front wheel (11) is in a centre position thereof. The front (11) and rear (12) wheels are connected by a frame structure which comprises a main load-bearing element in the form of a monocoque (50); and a bracket (18) mounted to the monocoque (50) which lies in the principal plane (17) to which is mounted a rear wheel suspension assembly for the rear wheel (12).The monocoque (50) is a hollow structure which has first (51) and second (52) opposed wall portions lying one either side of the principal plane (17) and which has a load path which extends completely around a total circumference of the structure, when viewed in a cross-section taken perpendicularly to the principal plane and which has a transverse cross-section area of a magnitude sufficient to permit the hollow structure to provide the motorcycle with acceptable rigidity to torsional loading.
(FR)L'invention concerne (voir figure 2) un motocycle présentant une roue avant (11) et une roue arrière (12) qui appartiennent à un plan principal commun (17) du motocycle, lorsque la roue avant (11) se trouve au centre dudit plan. La roue avant (11) et la roue arrière (12) sont reliées entre elles par une structure de cadre comprenant un élément de chargement-support principal en forme de monocoque (50); qui réside dans le plan principal (17) où est installé l'assemblage de suspension de la roue arrière (12). La monocoque (50) est une structure creuse pourvue d'une première (51) et d'une seconde (52) partie de paroi opposées entre elles, reposant de chaque côté du plan principal (17) et dont le chemin de charge emprunte totalement la circonférence totale de la structure, lorsque l'on peut l'observer en coupe perpendiculairement par rapport au plan principal et présente une zone de section transversale d'une ampleur suffisante pour permettre à la structure creuse de donner au motocycle une rigidité acceptable par rapport à la force de torsion.
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, MZ, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, CH, CY, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE, TR)
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)