Motorcycle handlebar with shock absorber

  • US 6,860,500 B2
  • Filed: 12/12/2002
  • Issued: 03/01/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/13/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A motorcycle handlebar assembly, comprising:

  • a clamp tube defining a handlebar axis, said clamp tube being sized and shaped to be secured to a motorcycle by a handlebar clamp arrangement;

    an elongated, first handgrip portion, wherein said first handgrip portion is pivotally connected to said clamp tube at a first pivot assembly and is a tubular member extending outwardly from said clamp tube and supporting a hangrip on an outer end thereof, said tubular member and said handgrip being coaxil, said first pivot assembly substantially constraining movement of said first handgrip portion and said handgrip to vertical, arcuate movement about a first pivot axis generally perpendicular to said handlebar axis, said first pivot axis being spaced above said handlebar axis;

    an elongated, second handgrip portion, wherein said second handgrip portion is pivotally connected to said clamp tube at a second pivot assembly and is a tubular member extending outwardly from said clamp tube and supporting a handgrip on an outer end thereof, said tublar member and said handgrip being coaxial, said second pivot assembly substantially constraining movement of said second handgrip portion and said handgrip to vertical, arcuate movement about a second pivot axis generally perpendicular to said handlebar axis, said second pivot axis being spaced above said handlebar axis;

    a first stop and a second stop, said first stop being configured to limit upward movement of said first handgrip portion and said second stop being configured to limit upward movement of said second handgrip portion; and

    at least one shock absorber configured to provide a force resisting downward movement of said first and second handgrip portions.

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