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- Michelin patent Friction wheel drive as a maneuvering aid
- Maneuvering at walking pace
- Compact unit
Tire manufacturer Michelin has patented an electric maneuvering aid for motorcycles.
The compact unit sits above the rear wheel tread on a swing arm.
If necessary, the electrically driven friction wheel roller is tilted onto the running surface.
The wheel can be moved in both directions by remote control.
The system allows a maximum of walking pace.
Alternatively, the maneuvering aid can also be mounted on the front wheel or on a rear wheel cover.
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Michelin patent: friction wheel drive as a maneuvering aid
Friction wheel drive as a maneuvering aid
The French tire manufacturer Michelin has patented a maneuvering aid for motorcycles that is based on a friction wheel drive.
The legs too short, the strength too little, the ground too slippery or uneven – there are many reasons that can make it difficult for the rider to maneuver his motorcycle. Tire manufacturer Michelin wants to give bikers a helping hand – better their legs – and has patented an electrically powered maneuvering aid.
Maneuvering at walking pace
The French use the swing arm mounted on numerous modern motorcycles, which, depending on the design, already carries the splash guard, the license plate or the indicators. In the area that covers the rear wheel tread, Michelin has integrated a friction wheel roller as well as its electric drive and a buffer battery. Similar to bicycle dynamos, the roller can be tilted against the tire. Here, however, by remote control. Once contact has been made with the tire, the driver can set the friction roller in the desired direction of rotation at the push of a button and thus drive the rear wheel. Maneuvering should be child’s play.
The small electric motor draws its energy from a two Ah lithium-ion battery. The direct current motor delivers a torque of two to four Nm – sufficient to move a bike at around one km / h – completely sufficient for maneuvering. Michelin also mentions loading scenarios in which the motorcycle has to be moved over ramps as a possible area of application in its patent specification.
The Michelin construction bundles all components of the drive compactly in the swing arm. In addition, only the electrical connection and the remote control have to be laid. This means that the system can easily be adapted to many models. For the sake of completeness, it should be mentioned that the patent also provides for a possible installation of the maneuvering aid on a rear wheel cover as well as on the front wheel.
As always, a patent does not make a series product. Whether Michelin will ever bring a suitable maneuvering aid is in the stars.
Caravan owners have known similarly designed maneuvering aids for years. A maneuvering aid that can be retrofitted on the motorcycle could be of interest to some target groups.
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