US Pat. No. 9,386,735

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An electronic component mounting apparatus comprising:
a loading unit configured to move a printed circuit board in a first horizontal direction to load the printed circuit board;
a first substrate moving unit configured to move the printed circuit board, loaded by the loading unit, in a second horizontal
direction perpendicular to the first horizontal direction;

a substrate holding unit configured to temporarily hold the printed circuit board moved by the first substrate moving unit;
a component mounting unit configured to mount an electronic component on the printed circuit board held by the substrate holding
unit;

a second substrate moving unit configured to move the printed circuit board with the electronic component mounted thereon
in the second horizontal direction; and

an unloading unit configured to move the printed circuit board, moved by the second substrate moving unit, in the first horizontal
direction to unload the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,258,935

BOARD PROCESSING APPARATUS

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A board processing apparatus comprising:
a head unit for performing a predetermined operation for a board; and
a moving device for moving the head unit in a uniaxial direction, the moving device including a guide rail having one end
and other end and a sliding member that is moved along the guide rail between the one end and the other end,

wherein the head unit is fixed to the sliding member in such a manner that at least a portion of the head unit protrudes outwardly
from an edge face of the sliding member oriented in a moving direction thereof, the edge face being an edge face facing to
the one end or the other end of the guide rail, and the portion of the head unit protrudes outwardly from the first end or
the second end of the guide rail in a direction in which the guide rail extends when the edge face is moved to a position
of the first end or the second end of the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 9,260,160

SNOWMOBILE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A snowmobile comprising:
an engine including a crankshaft;
a driving shaft rotatable together with the crankshaft;
an endless track belt drivable by the driving shaft; and
a vehicle body frame including a tunnel portion located above the track belt and extending in a vehicle front-rear direction,
the vehicle body supporting the engine; wherein

the tunnel portion includes a top wall located above the track belt and made of a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic material,
a left side wall extending downward from a left end of the top wall, located to the left of the track belt and made of a carbon
fiber-reinforced plastic material, a right side wall extending downward from a right end of the top wall, located to the right
of the track belt and made of a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic material, a left reinforcing member that reinforces the left
side wall and made of a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic material, and a right reinforcing member that reinforces the right
side wall and made of a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic material; and

a first closed cross-section is defined by being enclosed by the top wall, the left side wall and the left reinforcing member,
and a second closed cross-section is defined by being enclosed by the top wall, the right side wall and the right reinforcing
member.

US Pat. No. 9,258,474

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS, COMPONENT TESTING APPARATUS, AND SUBSTRATE INSPECTION APPARATUS

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An image capturing apparatus for capturing images of a first component and a second component under mutually different
illumination conditions, the image capturing apparatus comprising:
a TDI sensor having: a light receiving unit including pixel rows each having a plurality of image capturing elements arranged
in a first direction and generating and holding electric charges corresponding to respective exposure amounts, and electric
charge holding rows each having a plurality of electric charge holding sections having only a function of holding the electric
charges and being arranged in the first direction so as to correspond to respective image capturing elements of the pixel
rows, one of the pixel rows and one or a plurality of the electric charge holding rows being alternately arranged in a second
direction orthogonal to the first direction; and a transfer unit sequentially, on a row-by-row basis, transferring electric
charges held by the image capturing elements of the pixel rows and the electric charge holding sections of the electric charge
holding rows to adjacent rows, and the transfer unit outputs, as a signal of a line image, a signal corresponding to electric
charges finally accumulated by the transfer;

a moving device including two heads arranged in the first direction for moving the first component and the second component
at the same time in the second direction relative to the TDI sensor in a state in which the two components are respectively
held by the two heads;

an illumination device capable of illuminating the two components moved by the moving device at the same time under the same
illumination conditions, and changing an illumination condition thereof to illumination conditions of the two components;

an image capture control device for controlling an image capture timing of the TDI sensor and a switching timing of the illumination
conditions of the illumination device so that line images of the two components for each of the illumination conditions are
taken in at the same time by the image capturing elements of the pixel rows, while the illumination condition of the illumination
device is sequentially switched to the illumination conditions of the two components as the two components are moved relative
to the TDI sensor, and also for controlling transfer timings of the electric charges in the TDI sensor so that the electric
charges are transferred synchronously with the image capture timing; and

an image processing device for generating images of the first component by extracting images of the first component from the
line images of the two components captured under the illumination condition of the first component, and generating images
of the second component by extracting images of the second component from the line images of the two components captured under
the illumination condition of the second component, from among the line images outputted from the TDI sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,245,395

RIDER CHARACTERISTIC DETERMINING APPARATUS AND SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A rider characteristic determining method for determining control characteristics of a rider controlling a saddle riding
type vehicle, the rider characteristic determining method comprising:
a turning movement discriminating step that discriminates a section where the saddle riding type vehicle has made a turning
movement;

a vehicle state amount detecting step that detects at least one of a roll rate, a roll angle, a pitch rate, a pitch angle,
and a caster angle of the saddle riding type vehicle as a vehicle state amount;

a component separating step that separates prediction components that are low-frequency band components lower than a threshold
frequency set beforehand, from the vehicle state amount in the section where the turning movement has been made; and

a turning characteristic determining step that determines a turning characteristic of the saddle riding type vehicle;
wherein the turning characteristic determining step calculates a turning performance score of the saddle riding type vehicle
based on the prediction components of the vehicle state amount.

US Pat. No. 9,162,213

PRODUCTION METHOD FOR EXHAUST GAS-PURIFYING CATALYST AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A method for producing an exhaust gas purifying catalyst, comprising:
step (a) of preparing a metal oxide support containing zirconium;
step (b) of preparing a solution containing rhodium; and
step (c) of adding the metal oxide support, and ammonium carbonate or ammonium hydrogencarbonate or ammonia water, to the
solution to obtain the solution having a pH adjusted to a range of 3.0 or higher and 7.5 or lower; wherein

either the step (c) includes:
substep (c-1 A) of mixing the metal oxide support in the solution; and
substep (c-2 A) of adding ammonium carbonate, ammonium hydrogencarbonate or ammonia water to the solution containing the rhodium
after the substep (c-1 A) to adjust the pH of the solution to a range of 3.0 or higher and 7.5 or lower:

or the step (c) includes:
substep (c-1 B) of adding ammonium carbonate, ammonium hydrogencarbonate or ammonia water to the solution containing the rhodium
to adjust the pH of the solution to a prescribed range; and

substep (c-2 B) of mixing the metal oxide support in the solution after the substep (c-1 B); wherein
the prescribed range in the substep (c-1 B) is set such that the pH of the solution becomes a value in a range of 3.0 or higher
and 7.5 or lower after the substep (c-2 B) is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,156,401

RUNNING-LINKED SOUND PRODUCING DEVICE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A running-linked sound producing device for producing a running-linked sound according to a running state of a vehicle,
the running-linked sound producing device comprising:
a vehicle speed estimating unit programmed to estimate a vehicle speed of the vehicle using an output signal of at least one
sensor provided in the running-linked sound producing device and without using an output signal from a vehicle sensor;

an accelerator command value estimating unit programmed to estimate an accelerator command value based on the vehicle speed
estimated by the vehicle speed estimating unit; and

a running-linked sound generating unit programmed to generate a running-linked sound based on the vehicle speed estimated
by the vehicle speed estimating unit and the accelerator command value estimated by the accelerator command value estimating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,267,469

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KABUSHIKI KAISHA YAMATO S...

1. A straddle-type vehicle comprising:
an engine;
a lead-in duct including a first end connected with the engine and a second end including an opening;
an air cleaner case connected with the opening of the lead-in duct;
a convex cleaner element protruding in a direction opposite to a direction extending toward the lead-in duct, the cleaner
element being located in the air cleaner case and covering the opening; and

a support frame configured to support the cleaner element; wherein
the cleaner element includes:
a convex element body; and
a seal protruding from a periphery of the element body toward an inner side of the element body;
the support frame includes an outer frame contacting the periphery of the element body to push the seal onto a surrounding
edge of the opening; and

the periphery of the element body has a thickness smaller than that of portions of the element body that are located inward
of the outer frame as viewed in a direction of a protrusion of the element body.

US Pat. No. 9,162,728

SADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A saddle type vehicle comprising:
a frame;
an engine supported by the frame;
a swing-arm supported on the frame and configured to be vertically swingable;
a rear wheel supported on the swing-arm;
a rear suspension arranged between the engine and the rear wheel;
an air cleaner arranged in an intake passage connected to the engine; and
an exhaust chamber arranged in an exhaust passage connected to the engine; wherein
at least a portion of the air cleaner is arranged above the rear suspension;
at least a portion of the exhaust chamber is arranged below the rear suspension and overlaps the rear suspension in plan view;
the rear suspension extends in a direction intersecting with a vertical direction when viewed from a side of the saddle type
vehicle, and the rear suspension is coupled to the engine and the swing-arm; and

a height of the rear suspension in the vertical direction is smaller than a length of the rear suspension in a front-back
direction of the saddle type vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,156,445

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A straddle-type vehicle comprising:
a power unit;
a drive shaft connected to the power unit and extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle, the drive shaft being configured
to rotate by receiving a driving force from the power unit;

an input shaft connected to the drive shaft and extending in the vehicle front-rear direction;
a housing including a wall portion facing rearward or frontward and in which at least a portion of the input shaft is housed;
an output shaft connected to an axle and extending in a right-left direction of the vehicle, the output shaft being configured
to rotate by receiving a driving force from the input shaft;

a brake operator configured to have an operation performed thereon to brake the input shaft;
a cam member disposed inside the housing and spaced away from the wall portion of the housing in the vehicle front-rear direction;
a plate group disposed between the wall portion of the housing and the cam member, the plate group including annular rotation
plates attached to the input shaft so as to be rotated together with the input shaft, and annular fixed plates each disposed
between an adjacent one of the rotation plates and the cam member and/or between an adjacent one of the rotation plates and
the wall portion of the housing; and

an annular cam plate disposed between the cam member and the plate group; wherein
the cam member and/or the cam plate are/is provided with a cam groove including an inclined surface;
the straddle-type vehicle further comprises:
a cam ball located between the cam member and the cam plate and disposed inside the cam groove;
a rotatable operation shaft passing through the housing and extending in a direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular
to an axial direction of the input shaft, the operation shaft including an inner portion located inside the housing and an
outer portion located outside the housing;

a first engagement protrusion disposed inside the housing and protruding outward from the cam plate in a radial direction
of the cam plate;

a second engagement protrusion protruding outward from the inner portion of the operation shaft in a radial direction of the
operation shaft, and engaging with the first engagement protrusion;

a lever attached to the outer portion of the operation shaft and rotatable together with the operation shaft; and
an operation cable connected to the brake operator and the lever.

US Pat. No. 9,150,294

OUTBOARD MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An outboard motor control system comprising:
a plurality of outboard motors mounted on a stern of a watercraft, each of the plurality of outboard motors including a propeller
and configured to be steered independently of one another;

a vibration detecting section configured to detect a vibration of the plurality of outboard motors; and
a control section configured and programmed to, when the vibration detecting section detects a vibration of the plurality
of outboard motors, execute a vibration suppression control that changes at least one of a direction of a rotational axis
of the propeller and a position of the propeller with respect to at least one of the plurality of outboard motors.

US Pat. No. 9,200,681

CLUTCH AND STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE WITH THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A friction clutch comprising:
a first member and a second member opposed to each other in an axial direction of a rotation shaft, the first member and the
second member configured to be relatively movable in the axial direction of the rotation shaft and to change in a relative
position in a rotation direction thereof;

a friction plate provided between the first member and the second member and configured to be relatively rotatable with respect
to the first member and the second member;

a spring configured to press one of the first member and the second member toward the other of the first member and the second
member in the axial direction of the rotation shaft to engage the first member and the second member with the friction plate;

a first cam portion and a second cam portion provided on the first member and the second member, respectively, and configured
to come into contact with each other such that a force in the axial direction of the rotation shaft is generated between the
first member and the second member when the relative position of the first member and the second member changes in the rotation
direction; and

a damper member configured to damp a collision between the first cam portion and the second cam portion when the relative
position of the first member and the second member changes in the rotation direction; wherein

the first cam portion and the second cam portion are not in contact with each other until the damper member contracts by a
predetermined dimension, and directly come into contact with each other when the damper member contracts by the predetermined
dimension; and

a position of the damper member is shifted in the axial direction from positions of the first cam portion and the second cam
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,126,586

ANTISKID APPARATUS, VEHICLE, AND MOTORCYCLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An antiskid apparatus for a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle including an engine that outputs a rotational power from
a crankshaft as a propelling force of the vehicle; a power generator that is connected to the crankshaft of the engine, the
power generator configured to be driven by the crankshaft to generate electricity and to generate an auxiliary driving force
that assists driving of the crankshaft; a battery that supplies electricity to the power generator and is configured to store
the electricity generated by the power generator; and a transmission that changes a rotation speed of the crankshaft and transmits
the rotational power to a driving wheel, the antiskid apparatus comprising:
a generator control section programmed to adjust a deceleration torque of the driving wheel by controlling the power generator
to change from an operation of decreasing a generated amount of power from the power generator to an operation of assisting
driving of the crankshaft when an engine rotation speed is higher than a predetermined rotation speed during deceleration
in which a vehicle deceleration speed is at a predetermined value or more or during deceleration associated with shift-down
through the transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,126,652

STEERING DAMPER CONTROL APPARATUS, AND A SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A steering damper control apparatus comprising:
a damper configured to generate a damping force which acts on a steering device;
a load information detector configured to detect information relating to a load received by a front wheel;
a steering angle detector configured to detect a steering angle of the steering device; and
a damping force adjuster configured to adjust the damping force of the damper with one of a first command value which is a
damping force command value according to a change rate of the load or a value corresponding to the change rate, and a second
command value which is a damping force command value according to a steering angular speed, based on each detection result
of the load information detector and the steering angle detector.

US Pat. No. 9,139,276

OUTBOARD MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An outboard motor control system comprising:
a plurality of outboard motors mounted on a stern of a watercraft and configured to be steered independently;
a target steering angle setting section configured to set a target steering angle for each of the plurality of outboard motors;
a plurality of actuators configured to steer each of the plurality of outboard motors such that a steering angle of each of
the plurality of outboard motor becomes equal or substantially equal to the target steering angle;

an actual steering angle detecting section configured to detect an actual steering angle of each of the plurality of outboard
motors; and

a control section programmed and configured to control a steering operation of the plurality of outboard motors such that,
when a steering angle difference defining a difference between the actual steering angles of adjacently arranged outboard
motors becomes equal to or larger than a prescribed value, an increase of the steering angle difference is prevented.

US Pat. No. 9,242,709

PROPULSION UNIT CONTROL SYSTEM

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A propulsion unit control system for a boat including a plurality of propulsion units arranged side-by-side and electrically
connected to two adjacent operation levers arranged to be controlled by an operator to operate shift actuators and/or throttle
actuators of the plurality of propulsion units, the control system comprising:
an engine speed detecting device arranged to detect an engine speed of a reference propulsion unit and an engine speed of
a propulsion unit to be synchronized;

an averaging processing device configured to average the engine speed of the reference propulsion unit and the engine speed
of the propulsion unit to be synchronized; and

a control device configured to control the engine speed of the propulsion unit to be synchronized to synchronize the engine
speed of the propulsion unit to be synchronized with the engine speed of the reference propulsion unit; wherein

the control device is further configured to compute a deviation between the averaged engine speed of the reference propulsion
unit and the averaged engine speed of the propulsion unit to be synchronized, and to correct a throttle opening of the propulsion
unit to be synchronized based on the computed deviation in order to control and synchronize the engine speeds of the reference
propulsion unit and the propulsion unit to be synchronized with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,073,454

VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a pair of front wheels;
at least a pair of rear wheels;
a frame portion supported by the pair of front wheels and the pair of rear wheels;
a first seat portion, a second seat portion and a third seat portion supported by the frame portion and disposed side by side
in this order in a width direction of the vehicle;

a steering wheel in front of the first seat portion; and
a grab bar at least a portion of which is disposed directly in front of the third seat portion; wherein
the grab bar includes a first grip portion directly in front of the second seat portion.

US Pat. No. 9,284,892

SIX-STROKE CYCLE ENGINE HAVING SCAVENGING STROKE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A six-stroke cycle engine including a scavenging stroke, comprising:
an intake passage including a downstream end connected to a combustion chamber and having no throttle valve therein;
an exhaust passage including a catalyst and an upstream end connected to the combustion chamber;
a first valve configured to open and close the intake passage;
a second valve configured to open and close the exhaust passage; and
a valve gear configured to operate the first valve and the second valve so that an intake stroke, a compression stroke, an
expansion stroke, and an exhaust stroke are executed, in this order, and to operate only the first valve so that a scavenging
intake stroke and a scavenging exhaust stroke are executed, in this order, following the exhaust stroke; wherein

the valve gear includes a variable valve mechanism configured to continuously change an opening and closing timing and a lift
amount of the first valve; and

the variable valve mechanism is configured to control an intake air volume during the intake stroke.

US Pat. No. 9,156,537

WATERCRAFT PROPULSION SYSTEM AND PROPULSION MACHINE CONTROLLING METHOD

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A watercraft propulsion system comprising:
a normal watercraft operating unit including throttle levers and a steering wheel, the throttle levers being configured to
adjust outputs of at least two propulsion machines mounted to a hull, and the steering wheel being configured to adjust rudder
turning angles of the at least two propulsion machines;

a joy stick watercraft operating unit including a joy stick configured to move the hull in at least each of front, rear, left,
and right directions;

a control unit configured and programmed to control the outputs and the rudder turning angles of the at least two propulsion
machines in a control mode including a normal mode in accordance with an operation of the normal watercraft operating unit
and a control mode including a joy stick mode in accordance with an operation of the joy stick watercraft operating unit;

a control mode switching unit configured to output a control mode switching instruction to the control unit when the control
mode switching unit has received a switching operation of the control mode; and

a detection unit configured to detect rotational speeds of engines of the at least two propulsion machines; wherein
when throttle valves of the engines have moved from an open position to a fully closed position in a case where the control
mode is the normal mode, the control unit does not receive the control mode switching instruction output from the control
mode switching unit until a control mode switching prohibition time period elapses, and the control mode switching prohibition
time period is set based on the rotational speed detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,079,638

STORAGE SYSTEM FOR A WATERCRAFT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A watercraft, comprising:
a cockpit;
a stern-facing seat disposed outside of the cockpit, and having a backrest movable to a first position and to a second position;
an aquatic activity platform extending to a stern of the watercraft from the seat, and defining a foot rest for the seat;
an engine positioned substantially further towards a bow of the watercraft than the seat; and
a storage compartment having an opening positioned further towards the bow than the backrest of the seat, the backrest exposing
the opening and providing access to the storage compartment when in the first position, and the backrest concealing the opening
when in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,332,685

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An electronic component mounting apparatus comprising:
a loading unit configured to move a printed circuit board in a first horizontal direction to load the printed circuit board;
a first substrate moving unit configured to move the printed circuit board, loaded by the loading unit, in a second horizontal
direction perpendicular to the first horizontal direction;

a substrate holding unit configured to temporarily hold the printed circuit board moved by the first substrate moving unit;
a component mounting unit configured to mount an electronic component on the printed circuit board held by the substrate holding
unit;

a second substrate moving unit configured to move the printed circuit board with the electronic component mounted thereon
in the second horizontal direction; and

an unloading unit configured to move the printed circuit board, moved by the second substrate moving unit, in the first horizontal
direction to unload the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,248,877

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle, comprising:
a vehicle body frame;
a power unit supported by the vehicle body frame;
a steering system supported by the vehicle body frame;
a pair of driving wheels spaced apart from each other in a vehicle width direction;
a transmission unit configured to transmit a driving force generated by the power unit to the pair of driving wheels and to
cause the pair of driving wheels to always rotate at a same rotation speed; and

a vehicle body vibration control damper that is arranged to extend between a first portion and a second portion spaced apart
from each other, each of the first portion and the second portion being located on the vehicle body frame or a member fixed
to the vehicle body frame, and configured to generate a damping force relative to vibration that changes a distance between
the first portion and the second portion; wherein

the vehicle body vibration control damper includes oil, pressurized gas, and a spring sealed therein;
the first portion and the second portion are spaced apart from each other in a vehicle front-back direction;
the vehicle body frame includes a metal pipe;
the vehicle body frame includes a cabin frame that constitutes a portion of a cabin configured to be occupied by an occupant
of the vehicle; and

at least a portion of the cabin frame includes the metal pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,272,764

REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VESSEL AND REMOTE CONTROL METHOD FOR VESSEL PROPULSION DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A remote control device for a vessel that is installed in a vessel and remotely controls a vessel propulsion device of
the vessel, the remote control device comprising:
an operation member that is supported rotatably around a rotation axis, and is operated by an operator to switch a shift position
of a forward-reverse switching mechanism in the vessel propulsion device according to an operation angle of the operation
member;

an operation load applying mechanism that applies an operation load to the operation member and includes an actuator that
adjusts the operation load; and

a control section programmed to control the operation load by controlling the actuator based on a vessel speed of the vessel;
wherein

the vessel propulsion device includes an engine; and
the operation member includes a single lever that is operated by the operator to both switch the shift position of the forward-reverse
switching mechanism and change a throttle opening degree of the engine according to the operation angle of the operation member.

US Pat. No. 9,243,572

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE ENGINE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A single-cylinder internal combustion engine for a vehicle, the single-cylinder internal combustion engine comprising:
a crankcase including one or more holes;
a cylinder block including one or more through-holes and including a cylinder provided therein, the cylinder including a cylinder
axis;

a cylinder head including one or more through-holes and being mounted on top of the cylinder block;
a bolt inserted through one of the one or more holes of the crankcase, one of the one or more through-holes of the cylinder
block, and one of the one or more through-holes of the cylinder head, to fix the crankcase, the cylinder block, and the cylinder
head to each other;

a sensor mounting boss provided on the crankcase or the cylinder head; and
a sensor arranged to detect knocking of the single-cylinder internal combustion engine; wherein
the sensor is mounted to the sensor mounting boss;
when viewed in an axial direction of the sensor mounting boss, a center of the sensor mounting boss is positioned on a same
side of the cylinder axis as the bolt; and

when viewed in the axial direction of the sensor mounting boss, the center of the sensor mounting boss is positioned between
the cylinder axis and a central line of the bolt.

US Pat. No. 9,126,600

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND MOTORCYCLE WITH SAME

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A control device for a vehicle, the vehicle including, in a power transmission path to transmit a power of an engine, first
and second clutches arranged to receive the power from the engine, and first and second transmission mechanisms arranged downstream
of the first and second clutches and including a common output shaft, each of the first and second transmission mechanisms
including a first gear which rotates together with a driven member of a respective one of the first and second clutches, and
a second gear which rotates together with the output shaft, is movable relative to the first gear, and is engageable with
the first gear by dog clutches, the control device being programmed to switch the path to transmit the power from one of the
first and second clutches and the first and second transmission mechanisms to the other of the first and second clutches and
the first and second transmission mechanisms according to a shift command, the control device comprising:
a gear control unit that brings the first gear and the second gear close to each other in the first transmission mechanism
which starts the power transmission according to the shift command;

a rotation speed control unit that is programmed to set, as a target rotation speed, an engine rotation speed corresponding
to a vehicle velocity and a speed reduction ratio realized by of the first gear and the second gear being brought close to
each other and then into engagement with each other by the gear control unit, and to control the engine rotation speed toward
the target rotation speed, and to prevent the engine rotation speed from arriving at the target rotation speed until the first
gear and the second gear are engaged with each other; and

a clutch control unit that brings the first clutch which starts the power transmission according to the shift command close
to an engaged state, and the second clutch close to a disengaged state when the engine rotation speed arrives at the target
rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 9,126,653

STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM AND STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A straddle type vehicle comprising:
a chassis;
a front wheel;
a handlebar configured to control a direction of the front wheel; and
a straddle type vehicle brake system including
a front brake;
a rear brake;
a front brake operating device configured to operate the front brake;
a rear brake operating device configured to operate the rear brake;
an interlocking brake operating device configured to operate the front brake and the rear brake; and
an operating force dividing unit configured to divide an operating force received by the interlocking brake operating device
into an operating force for the front brake and an operating force for the rear brake;

wherein the front brake and the rear brake work in an interlocked manner; and
wherein the operating force dividing unit includes a timing adjusting unit configured to cause an operating force to be transferred
to the front brake after a time at which an operating force is transferred to the rear brake.

US Pat. No. 9,126,667

MARINE VESSEL PROPULSION CONTROL DEVICE, MARINE VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS, AND MARINE VESSEL

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A marine vessel propulsion control device comprising:
a marine vessel maneuvering pattern storage section that stores a plurality of marine vessel maneuvering patterns corresponding
to a propulsion device attached to a marine vessel and an operation device attached to the marine vessel, including a plurality
of marine vessel maneuvering patterns corresponding to a specific operation of the operation device;

a selection information storage section that stores selection information that specifies one marine vessel maneuvering pattern
selected from the plurality of marine vessel maneuvering patterns;

a selection device to be operated by an operator to select a marine vessel maneuvering pattern stored in the marine vessel
maneuvering pattern storage section, the selection device including a display unit that displays the plurality of marine vessel
maneuvering patterns selectable by the operator; and

a control section programmed to read out from the marine vessel maneuvering pattern storage section a marine vessel maneuvering
pattern corresponding to the selection information stored in the selection information storage section, and to output a command
signal to the propulsion device according to an operation signal of the operation device based on the read-out marine vessel
maneuvering pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,097,343

CONTROLLER OF CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION AND VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A controller of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) mounted on a vehicle, which includes an engine and an accelerator
manipulating element manipulated by hand to control an accelerator, the controller including
an accelerator manipulated variable detector that detects a manipulated variable of the accelerator manipulating element,
and

a speed change ratio controller that sets a target speed change ratio of the CVT on the basis of the manipulated variable
of the accelerator manipulating element and controls the CVT so that a current speed change ratio, that the CVT reaches, becomes
the target speed change ratio, and

wherein the speed change ratio controller comprises
a standard speed change ratio setting unit that sets a standard speed change ratio, according to a normal map, as the target
speed change ratio so that V-N (vehicle speed-engine rotational frequency) characteristics prescribed by a vehicle speed and
an engine rotational frequency fall in a predetermined region of speed change that has a top limit defined by V-N characteristics
determined when the accelerator is fully opened to accelerate under a condition of a normal load and a lower limit defined
by V-N characteristics determined when the accelerator is fully closed to decelerate under the condition of the normal load,
when the manipulated variable of the accelerator manipulating element is in a predetermined standard range, the normal map
being set so that the V-N characteristics do not get out of the predetermined region of speed change,

a specific speed change ratio setting unit that corrects the standard speed change ratio and sets a corrected speed change
ratio, which is outside the normal map, as the target speed change ratio so that the V-N characteristics get out of the predetermined
region of speed change and the current speed change ratio, that the CVT reaches, becomes the target speed change ratio that
gets the V-N characteristics out of the predetermined region of speed change so that the target speed change ratio is set
without being restricted by the predetermined region of speed change, when the manipulated variable of the accelerator manipulating
element exceeds the standard range, and

an automatic return unit that, when the V-N characteristics get out of the predetermined region of speed change, resets the
target speed change ratio so that the V-N characteristics having gotten out of the predetermined region of speed change return
to the predetermined region of speed change and the current speed change ratio, that the CVT reaches, becomes the target speed
change ratio that returns the V-N characteristics to the predetermined region of speed change.

US Pat. No. 9,065,403

RUNNING-LINKED SOUND PRODUCING DEVICE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A running-linked sound producing device for producing a running-linked sound according to a running state of a vehicle,
the running-linked sound producing device comprising:
a first component sound data generation unit programmed to generate first component sound data by changing a tone of first
component basic sound data according to a motor rotation speed of the vehicle;

a second component sound data generation unit programmed to generate second component sound data by changing a volume of second
component basic sound data according to the motor rotation speed and an accelerator command value of the vehicle, without
changing a tone of the second component basic sound data; and

a synthetic sound data generation unit programmed to generate synthetic sound data by combining the first component sound
data generated by the first component sound data generation unit and the second component sound data generated by the second
component sound data generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,181,917

START CONTROL SYSTEM AND VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A start control system for a vehicle, the start control system comprising:
an input unit that inputs an accelerator position;
a clutch controller that controls a clutch; and
a storing unit that stores setting information; wherein
the storing unit includes:
a setting value storage that stores a first setting value used to control the clutch to attain a start standby state and a
second setting value used to control the clutch to attain a start preparation state; and

an association information storage that stores association information that associates the accelerator position with an engine
target speed;

the clutch controller includes:
a first controller that controls the clutch to attain the start standby state based on the first setting value upon determining
that the vehicle has proceeded to a start standby period;

a second controller that controls the clutch to attain the start preparation state based on the second setting value upon
determining that the vehicle has proceeded to a start preparation period, a distance between clutch disks in the start preparation
state being smaller than a distance between the clutch disks in the start standby state; and

a third controller that controls the clutch such that the distance between the clutch disks is smaller than that in the start
preparation state and carries out control such that an engine speed approaches the engine target speed based on the association
information.

US Pat. No. 9,139,308

DISPLAY DEVICE AND UNMANNED HELICOPTER

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An unmanned helicopter comprising:
a display device, the display device including:
a light source portion including an LED that emits light at least in a first direction; and
a cover portion covering the light source portion while being exposed to an outside; wherein
the cover portion includes an opposed portion opposed to the light source portion in the first direction of the light source
portion, and a side wall portion extending from an outer edge of the opposed portion in a reverse direction from the first
direction;

the opposed portion includes a straight-through portion which allows light emitted from the light source portion to travel
straightly;

the side wall portion includes a first scatter portion which scatters the light emitted from the light source portion; and
the first scatter portion is provided on a portion of the side wall portion which extends from top to bottom so that its lower
end portion is on a more inward side of the cover portion in terms of a left-right direction than is its upper end portion
in a rear view, and the first scatter portion is visible in a bottom view.

US Pat. No. 9,120,548

MARINE VESSEL STEERING SYSTEM

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A steering system for a marine vessel that includes at least two outboard motors, each of the least two outboard motors
including a motor and a propeller rotated by the motor, the marine vessel steering system comprising:
a steering member;
at least two turning mechanisms respectively arranged to turn the at least two outboard motors individually and each of the
at least two turning mechanisms including an electric motor driven in accordance with an operation of the steering member;
and

an electric motor control unit arranged and programmed to control the at least two electric motors so that during straight
traveling of the marine vessel a toe angle between the at least two outboard motors is equal to a straight traveling toe angle
set in advance; wherein

the straight traveling toe angle is set to an angle such that electric currents flowing through the at least two electric
motors during the straight traveling of the marine vessel are minimized.

US Pat. No. 9,370,999

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a body frame;
a first seat including a first seating portion supported by the body frame and on which an occupant sits;
a second seat including a second seating portion supported by the body frame and on which an occupant sits, the second seat
being disposed rightward of the first seat;

an engine including a crankshaft extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle, the engine being supported by the body
frame and disposed rearward relative to the first and second seating portions;

a transmission configured to rotate by receiving a driving force from the crankshaft and including a main shaft provided with
a plurality of first gears including a first axially movable gear, and a drive shaft provided with a plurality of second gears
including a second axially movable gear and configured to intermesh with the first gears; and

a transmission case provided as a component separate from the engine and spaced away from the engine and in which the transmission
is contained; wherein

at least a portion of the transmission case is disposed between the first and second seating portions, and above a lower end
of the first seating portion and a lower end of the second seating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,256,930

X-RAY INSPECTION METHOD AND DEVICE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An X-ray inspection method for computing a cross-sectional shape of a three-dimensional target having a first surface and
a second surface facing the first surface by transmitting X-rays through the target using an X-ray source for radiating X-rays,
an X-ray detector for detecting the X-rays and a computing device, comprising:
arranging the X-ray source in a predetermined first direction and at a predetermined first elevation angle with respect to
the target and the X-ray detector to face the X-ray source across the target and, in this state, causing the X-rays to be
radiated from the X-ray source and the X-ray detector to obtain a first X-ray image of the target;

arranging the X-ray source in a second direction different from the first direction and at a predetermined second elevation
angle with respect to the target and the X-ray detector to face the X-ray source across the target and, in this state, causing
X-rays to be radiated from the X-ray source and the X-ray detector to obtain a second X-ray image of the target;

causing the computing device to compute first thickness data of the target viewed in the first direction and in a direction
of the first elevation angle based on a luminance value distribution of the first X-ray image along the first direction and
further compute first cross-section data based on the first surface of the target and second cross-section data based on the
second surface based on the first thickness data;

causing the computing device to compute second thickness data of the target viewed in the second direction and in a direction
of the second elevation angle based on a luminance value distribution of the second X-ray image along the second direction
and further compute third cross-section data based on the first surface of the target and fourth cross-section data based
on the second surface based on the second thickness data; and

causing the computing device to partially extract cross-section data of a highly reliable region determined by the first and
second directions from the first to fourth cross-section data and derive cross-section data of the target by synthesizing
the extracted pieces of partial cross-section data.

US Pat. No. 9,096,123

STRADDLE-RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A straddle-riding type vehicle comprising;
a vehicle body frame;
an engine;
a pair of front wheels spaced apart from each other in a vehicle width direction; and
a secondary air introduction unit that introduces secondary air into an exhaust passage of the engine; wherein
the vehicle body frame includes:
an engine supporting portion that supports the engine; and
a front wheel supporting portion located in front of the engine supporting portion, wherein a wheel supporting arm that supports
the pair of front wheels and a suspension arm that supports the wheel supporting arm are mounted to the front wheel supporting
portion; and

at least a portion of the secondary air introduction unit is positioned directly behind the front wheel supporting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,082,070

SCREEN PRINTING APPARATUS

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A screen printing apparatus sequentially carrying out printing on a plurality of print substrates, the screen printing
apparatus comprising:
a mask sheet on which a printing pattern is formed;
a squeegee configured to print an applying material supplied to a front surface of the mask sheet on a print substrate put
beneath a rear surface of the mask sheet, by contacting with the front surface of the mask sheet;

a cleaning unit configured to clean the rear surface of the mask sheet by feeding out a cleaning sheet at every predetermined
execution interval of cleaning;

a cleaning agent supply unit configured to supply a cleaning agent to the cleaning sheet at every predetermined execution
interval of the cleaning;

a residual quantity obtaining section configured to obtain a residual quantity of a consumable item consumed during cleaning;
a processable quantity predicting section configured to predict a number of executable printings based on the residual quantity
obtained by the residual quantity obtaining section, the number of executable printings being a scheduled number of printings
for producing the substrates; and

a prediction-result informing section configured to provide a prediction-result by the processable quantity predicting section,
wherein

the cleaning unit executes wet type cleaning for cleaning the mask sheet using the cleaning sheet at a timing when the cleaning
agent is supplied to the cleaning sheet by the cleaning agent supply unit, and the cleaning unit executes dry type cleaning
for cleaning the mask sheet using the cleaning sheet without supply of the cleaning agent based on a predetermined execution
interval of the dry type cleaning within one cleaning cycle, supposing that the one cleaning cycle is a cycle from a certain
wet type cleaning to a next wet type cleaning, and

the processable quantity predicting section calculates a number of times of wet type cleaning execution, as a number of cleaning
cycles, that is executable with the residual quantity of the cleaning sheets, based on the residual quantity of the cleaning
sheets obtained by the residual quantity obtaining section, a consumption of the cleaning sheets consumed in one wiping operation
in the dry type cleaning, and a consumption of the cleaning sheets consumed in one wiping operation in the wet type cleaning,
and the processable quantity predicting section executes calculations of the number of executable printings based on the calculated
number of times of wet type cleaning.

US Pat. No. 9,254,888

STRADDLE-TYPE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A straddle-type electric vehicle comprising:
a front wheel and a rear wheel;
a seat at least a portion of which is disposed farther forward than the rear wheel;
a foot rest portion located farther rearward than the front wheel and farther forward than the rear wheel and configured to
support feet of an occupant seated on the seat from below;

a stand located between the front wheel and the rear wheel and configured so as to swing and support the vehicle in an upright
state when the stand is rotated downwards by using a front portion as a fulcrum;

a leg shield provided between the foot rest portion and the front wheel and which includes a surface extending in an up-and-down
direction;

a receptacle arranged to face an opening portion provided in the leg shield; and
a body frame which supports the front wheel, the rear wheel, the seat, the stand, the leg shield, and the receptacle; wherein
the receptacle is disposed between a ground contact point of the front wheel in a state in which the stand is rotated downwards
and the leg shield, the receptacle including a connecting port which opens to a top, a left, or a top-left and configured
to transmit a force which the receptacle receives via the body frame when a charging plug is fitted therein to the front wheel.

US Pat. No. 9,468,135

SUBSTRATE CONVEYING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A substrate conveying system for an electronic component mounting device, comprising:
a mounting device conveyor configured to convey a printed substrate from one end portion to the other end portion of the electronic
component mounting device in a first direction that is horizontal;

an upstream-side conveyor configured to unload the printed substrate from an upstream-side apparatus positioned upstream of
the electronic component mounting device in a conveying direction of the printed substrate;

a downstream-side conveyor configured to load the printed substrate onto a downstream-side apparatus positioned downstream
of the electronic component mounting device in the conveying direction of the printed substrate;

a buffer conveyor arranged between at least one of the upstream-side conveyor and the downstream-side conveyor and the mounting
device conveyor; and

a controller configured to control operations of the mounting device conveyor and the buffer conveyor,
wherein the mounting device conveyor has a function of moving the printed substrate in a second direction that is horizontal
and perpendicular to the conveying direction,

the upstream-side conveyor is spaced apart from the downstream-side conveyor in the second direction,
the buffer conveyor has a function of conveying the printed substrate in the first direction, and a function of moving the
printed substrate in the second direction,

the printed substrate is transferred from one of the mounting device conveyor and the buffer conveyor to the other in a state
in which the mounting device conveyor and the buffer conveyor are positioned in the same position in the second direction,

the buffer conveyor includes a downstream-side buffer conveyor installed between the downstream-side conveyor and the mounting
device conveyor, and

the controller is configured to:
i) determine whether the downstream-side buffer conveyor is waiting for unloading of the printed substrate from the mounting
device conveyor,

ii) determine whether a processed printed substrate and a printed substrate to be processed next exist on the mounting device
conveyor, when the controller has determined that the downstream-side buffer conveyor is waiting for unloading of the printed
substrate,

iii) move the mounting device conveyor to a next position in the second direction where a step next to the printed substrate
unloading step is performed, when the controller has determined that the processed printed substrate and the printed substrate
to be processed next exist on the mounting device conveyor, and

iv) move the downstream-side buffer conveyor having unloaded the printed substrate to the same position in the second direction
as that of the mounting device conveyor.

US Pat. No. 9,398,696

SCREEN PRINTING MACHINE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A screen printing machine comprising:
a pair of substrate supporting tables, each of which is provided for holding a substrate that is a print object, the substrate
supporting tables being juxtaposed along a specific direction that is perpendicular to a conveying direction of the substrate;

a print executing section which performs a printing process alternately on respective substrates held by the pair of substrate
supporting tables;

a print executing section driving mechanism that drives the print executing section along the specific direction;
a print position setting section configured to set a print position that is a position of the print executing section within
a range in which one of the pair of substrate supporting tables and the other of the pair of substrate supporting tables oppose
each other in the specific direction, by controlling a drive of the print executing section driving mechanism; and

a screen mask holding mechanism provided with the print executing section.

US Pat. No. 9,254,904

VESSEL

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vessel comprising:
an outboard motor including an upstream exhaust port that emits exhaust;
a hull including a rear portion on which the outboard motor is mounted;
a cabin disposed above the hull and including a windshield disposed in front of the outboard motor in a plan view of the vessel,
a height of the cabin from a rearmost end of the outboard motor being not less than about ½ of a horizontal distance in a
front/rear direction from the rearmost end of the outboard motor to a rear end edge of the windshield;

a downstream exhaust port disposed farther to a lateral side of the vessel than the outboard motor; and
an exhaust passage extending from the upstream exhaust port to the downstream exhaust port and configured to guide the exhaust
from the upstream exhaust port to the downstream exhaust port; wherein

the cabin, the outboard motor, and the windshield are configured and arranged with respect to each other to prevent an inflow
of the exhaust into the cabin.

US Pat. No. 9,200,586

ENGINE SYSTEM

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An engine system comprising:
an engine;
an air intake passage that supplies air to the engine;
a throttle valve, provided in the air intake passage, that adjusts a throttle opening degree which is an opening degree of
the air intake passage;

a bypass passage that supplies air to the engine and bypasses the throttle valve;
an on/off valve, provided in the bypass passage, that opens and closes the bypass passage; and
a control unit programmed to perform an ignition lag control of the engine to control an output of the engine when the on/off
valve is in an open state; wherein

the control unit is programmed to judge whether or not the engine is in a starting period, and when the control unit judges
that the engine is in the starting period, the control unit is programmed to control the on/off valve to be in the open state
and thereafter to execute the ignition lag control of the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,750,169

METHOD FOR MOUNTING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A method for mounting an electronic component onto a circuit board, the method comprising:
providing a mounting device including a rotatable mounting head, a holding means provided at the rotatable mounting head to
hold the electronic component, a component recognition camera, a memory device and a microcomputer, the electronic component
held by the holding means being mounted onto the circuit board based on a result of performing recognition processing by the
microcomputer with respect to an acquired image by the component recognition camera;

determining a mid-operation instruction action mode at start of a production operation of the circuit board;
executing an instruction of obtaining an offset value relative to a rotation center of the rotatable mounting head and storing
the offset value in the memory device at a time interval according to the determined mid-operation instruction action mode;

executing the instruction at a longer time interval than the time interval according to the mid-operation instruction action
mode when the instruction has continuously met a required accuracy more than once; and

mounting the electronic component onto a circuit board after executing the instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,284,883

SIX-STROKE CYCLE ENGINE HAVING SCAVENGING STROKE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A six-stroke cycle engine including a scavenging stroke, comprising:
an intake passage including a throttle valve and a downstream end defined by an intake port open to a combustion chamber;
an exhaust passage including a catalyst and an upstream end defined by an exhaust port open to the combustion chamber;
a scavenging passage including a first end defined by a scavenging port open to the combustion chamber and a second end connected
to the intake passage upstream of the throttle valve;

an intake valve configured to open and close the intake port;
an exhaust valve configured to open and close the exhaust port;
a scavenging valve configured to open and close the scavenging port; and
a valve gear configured to operate the intake valve and the exhaust valve so that an intake stroke, a compression stroke,
an expansion stroke, and an exhaust stroke are executed, in this order, in a state in which the scavenging valve is closed,
and to operate only the scavenging valve in a state in which the intake valve and the exhaust valve are closed so that a scavenging
intake stroke and a scavenging exhaust stroke are executed, in this order, following the exhaust stroke.

US Pat. No. 9,139,275

SUSPENSION DEVICE FOR OUTBOARD MOTOR AND VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A suspension device for an outboard motor, the suspension device comprising:
a clamp bracket to be attached to a hull;
a tilting shaft connected to the clamp bracket;
a swivel bracket including a first support portion arranged to support a first steering mechanism and a second support portion
arranged to support a second steering mechanism at a position different from that of the first steering mechanism, connected
to the tilting shaft, rotatable about a central axis of the tilting shaft relative to the clamp bracket, and supporting one
of the first steering mechanism and the second steering mechanism;

a steering shaft held by the swivel bracket rotatably about a central axis of the steering shaft so as to be driven about
the central axis of the steering shaft by one of the first steering mechanism and the second steering mechanism, the steering
shaft arranged to be connected to the outboard motor, the first steering mechanism including a first steering device that
produces power to drive the steering shaft, the second steering mechanism including a second steering device that produces
power to drive the steering shaft, and the first steering device is different from the second steering device; wherein

the first steering mechanism includes a first steering arm connected to the steering shaft and arranged to rotate about the
central axis of the steering shaft together with the steering shaft;

the second steering mechanism includes an arm attaching portion connected to the steering shaft arranged to rotate about the
central axis of the steering shaft together with the steering shaft; and

the arm attaching portion is located at a height higher than that of the first steering arm.

US Pat. No. 9,073,551

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS, VEHICLE, AND MOTOR

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A vehicle control apparatus mounted in a vehicle including an engine, two clutches mounted downstream of the engine to
individually receive an output torque from the engine, two actuators to change torque capacities of the two clutches, and
two dog clutch type transmission mechanisms mounted downstream of the two clutches and including a common output shaft, the
vehicle control apparatus being configured and programmed to execute, during a gear change period, switching control to switch
transmission paths of the output torque from one of the two clutches and two transmission mechanisms to another of the two
clutches and two transmission mechanisms and to execute rotation control to change a rotation speed of the engine by ensuring
a difference between the output torque and the torque capacities, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:
a target value determination unit configured and programmed to determine a target value of the output torque;
a target value restriction unit configured and programmed to restrict the target value such that the output torque becomes
smaller than a load torque input from the transmission path to the engine when the rotation speed of the engine exceeds a
threshold; and

a restriction release unit configured and programmed to release a restriction on the target value before the rotation control
is started during the gear change period.

US Pat. No. 9,254,638

BOARD PRINTING APPARATUS AND BOARD PRINTING METHOD

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A board printing apparatus comprising:
at least one board working table holding a board to be printed on;
a first printing table and a second printing table aligned in a prescribed direction in a horizontal direction above the board
working table; and

a control portion controlling printing operations of the first printing table and the second printing table,
the first printing table holding a small component mask having a first thickness configured to perform first printing to print
a viscous material on the board,

the second printing table holding a large component mask having a second thickness thicker than the first thickness, formed
with a relief portion having a depth larger than the first thickness on a board contact surface to relieve the viscous material
printed by the small component mask, and configured to perform second printing to print the viscous material on the board
after the first printing performed by the first printing table,

the at least one board working table and at least one of the first printing table and the second printing table are configured
to be movable in the prescribed direction in the horizontal direction,

the at least one board working table and at least one of the first printing table and the second printing table being configured
to be movable in a vertical direction, and

the control portion being configured to perform the second printing on the board held by the at least one board working table
by the large component mask of the second printing table after the first printing performed on the board held by the at least
one board working table by the small component mask of the first printing table.

US Pat. No. 9,227,713

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:
an engine;
an exhaust passage member disposed below the engine, the exhaust passage member defining a main exhaust passage arranged to
guide exhaust gases of the engine to a main exhaust port disposed in water, the exhaust passage member also defining a portion
of an idle exhaust passage, the idle exhaust passage diverging from the main exhaust passage and arranged to guide exhaust
gases in the main exhaust passage to an idle exhaust port opened to outside;

an idle exhaust passage member including an upstream end connected to the exhaust passage member and a downstream end that
defines the idle exhaust port and is disposed at a higher position than the upstream end, the idle exhaust passage member
defining a downstream portion of the idle exhaust passage, the downstream portion connecting the portion of the idle exhaust
passage defined by the exhaust passage member to the idle exhaust port, the idle exhaust passage member being integrally formed
from the upstream end to the downstream end; and

an upstream-side mounting structure that includes a cylindrical projection provided on the exhaust passage member, the cylindrical
projection including an inner peripheral surface defining a portion of the idle exhaust passage, wherein an upstream end portion
of the idle exhaust passage member is attached to the exhaust passage member by the upstream end portion of the idle exhaust
passage member being attached to the cylindrical projection.

US Pat. No. 9,150,298

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR A BOAT

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A power supply system for a boat comprising:
a generator arranged to generate electric power in conjunction with driving of an internal combustion engine provided in a
boat propulsion system;

a rectifier circuit arranged to convert an alternating current output from the generator to a direct current;
a main electric system arranged to supply electric power to a control system controlling the boat propulsion system, the main
electric system including a first storage battery to be charged by the direct current output from the rectifier circuit;

an auxiliary electric system arranged to supply electric power to auxiliary equipment provided on the boat, the auxiliary
electric system including a second storage battery to be charged by the direct current output from the rectifier circuit;

an actuating device arranged to actuate the boat propulsion system, the actuating device being connected to the main electric
system;

a detector arranged to detect an operation signal supplied to the actuating device;
a deciding device arranged to decide, based on the operation signal detected by the detector, whether or not to prioritize
the main electric system over the auxiliary electric system; and

a restricting device arranged to restrict, when the deciding device decides to prioritize the main electric system, current
supply to the auxiliary electric system before driving the actuating device to supply electric current to the main electric
system in priority to the auxiliary electric system, and to drive the actuating device after the restriction of the current
supply to the auxiliary electric system; wherein

the actuating device includes a motor; and
the operation signal is a drive signal to the motor, wherein the main electric system and the auxiliary electric system are
connected in parallel with respect to each other and with respect to the rectifier circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,062,578

ENGINE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An engine comprising:
an engine body including a combustion chamber and an oil passage in which lubricating oil flows; and
an exhaust pipe including an exhaust gas passage linked to the combustion chamber and an oil jacket linked to the oil passage;
wherein

the exhaust pipe includes an outer pipe and an inner pipe arranged such that exhaust gas directly contacts an inner surface
of the inner pipe; and

the oil jacket is disposed between and defined by the outer pipe and the inner pipe such that the lubricating oil directly
contacts an outer surface of the inner pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,156,535

VESSEL PROPULSION SYSTEM AND VESSEL INCLUDING THE SAME

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A vessel propulsion system comprising:
a plurality of propulsion apparatuses that are turnably mounted on a stern of a hull in an inclined manner such that a turning
center line intersects a hull center line;

a plurality of turning actuators configured to respectively turn the plurality of propulsion apparatuses left and right with
respect to the hull;

a steering device configured to output a steering command; and
a control unit configured or programmed to control the plurality of turning actuators individually according to the steering
command output by the steering device; wherein

the control unit is configured or programmed to include:
a storage unit configured to store a reference angle that the turning center line of each propulsion apparatus defines with
respect to the hull center line, and a turning command angle computing unit configured or programmed to determine a turning
command angle of each propulsion apparatus based on the steering command output by the steering device and the reference angle
of each propulsion apparatus stored in the storage unit; wherein

the control unit is configured or programmed to drive the corresponding turning actuator based on each turning command angle.

US Pat. No. 9,456,505

COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A component mounting method by multiple mounting machines arranged in series along a transport direction of a substrate
in a component mounting system,
the method comprising:
a setup step of deciding component feeding apparatuses to be attached to each of the mounting machines based on the decision;
and

a component mounting step of mounting components on the substrate by the respective mounting machines according to substrate
data, wherein

in the setup step, executed are:
a first step of deciding the component feeding apparatuses to be attached to each of the mounting machines based on the substrate
data preliminarily defining components to be mounted by each of the mounting machines wherein the substrate data allocates
at least one common component to be mounted by each of the mounting machines;

a second step of determining whether or not there is within the components included in the substrate data a sole mounted component
to be mounted by only one mounting machine among the multiple mounting machines;

a third step of deciding, when the determination has been made that the sole mounted component exists in the second step,
to attach the component feeding apparatuses for feeding the sole mounted component or an alternative component capable of
replacing the sole mounted component onto at least one mounting machine other than the only one mounting machine; and

a fourth step of attaching the component feeding apparatuses to each of the mounting machines based on the decisions in the
first and third steps, and

in the component mounting step, when an operation time per substrate of the only one mounting machine is longer than an operation
time per substrate of a mounting machine other than the only one mounting machine, the sole mounted component or the alternative
component is mounted by an alternative mounting machine which is other than the only one mounting machine and to which the
component feeding apparatuses feeding the sole mounted component or the alternative component is attached, instead of mounting
the sole mounted component by the only one mounting machine.

US Pat. No. 9,221,624

PARTS FEEDING DEVICE, PARTS MOUNTING DEVICE AND PARTS FEEDING METHOD

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A parts feeding device placed adjacent to a working device capable of retrieving parts housed in a tray using a head having
a predetermined movable range, comprising:
a magazine which includes a plurality of pallets each having the tray mounted thereon, the pallets being housed in a state
of being arranged in a vertical direction so as to be inserted and removed in a horizontal first direction;

a parts feeding table which is placed opposite to the magazine in the first direction, and which can support the pallets that
are pulled out from the magazine; and

a relay device which is provided movably in a vertical direction at a position between the magazine and the parts feeding
table, and which delivers the pallets in the first direction between the magazine and the parts feeding table,

wherein the parts feeding table includes a support member having a plurality of pallet supporting portions at a plurality
of levels for supporting the pallets in a state where the plurality of pallets are arranged in the vertical direction, and
in a state where a tray mounted on a topmost pallet, among the plurality of pallets, is positioned within the movable range
of the head and an upside of the tray is open,

the relay device includes:
a guide portion for guiding each pallet in the first direction;
a first insertion/removal head and a second insertion/removal head respectively movable in the first direction, each of the
first and second insertion/removal heads having an engaging portion shiftable between an actuated position of engaging with
the pallet and a retracted position below the pallet;

an engaging portion drive mechanism for displacing the engaging portion between the actuated position and the retracted position;
and

an insertion/removal head drive mechanism for associatedly moving the first insertion/removal head and the second insertion/removal
head in opposite directions, the insertion/removal head drive mechanism includes:

a rail for movably supporting the first insertion/removal head and the second insertion/removal head in the first direction;
a pair of pulleys arranged away from each other in the first direction;
a motor for rotatably driving one of the pair of pulleys; and
an endless drive belt placed across the pair of pulleys, and coupled to the first insertion/removal head and the second insertion/removal
head on the opposite sides of a center line connecting the centers of the pair of pulleys, and

the pallet includes a first engaged portion at a front end of the pallet and a second engaged portion at a rear end of the
pallet in a pulling-out direction from the magazine, the first and the second engaged portions being for the first and second
insertion/removal heads,

the parts feeding device further comprising:
a control device which executes controls of:
controlling the engaging portion drive mechanism and the insertion/removal head drive mechanism;
inserting and removing the pallet into and from the magazine by moving the first insertion/removal head in the first direction
in a state where the first insertion/removal head is engaged with the first engaged portion; and

inserting and removing the pallet into and from the parts feeing table by moving the second insertion/removal head in the
first direction in a state where the second insertion/removal head is engaged with the second engaged portion.

US Pat. No. 9,301,436

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An electronic component mounting apparatus comprising:
a loading unit configured to move a printed circuit board in a first horizontal direction to load the printed circuit board;
a first substrate moving unit configured to move the printed circuit board, loaded by the loading unit, in a second horizontal
direction perpendicular to the first horizontal direction;

a substrate holding unit configured to temporarily hold the printed circuit board moved by the first substrate moving unit;
a component mounting unit configured to mount an electronic component on the printed circuit board held by the substrate holding
unit;

a second substrate moving unit configured to move the printed circuit board with the electronic component mounted thereon
in the second horizontal direction; and

an unloading unit configured to move the printed circuit board, moved by the second substrate moving unit, in the first horizontal
direction to unload the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,199,693

DRIVING UNIT AND BATTERY-ASSISTED BICYCLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A driving unit that assists a rider's pedaling effort, the driving unit comprising:
an electric motor configured to provide a driving force to assist the rider's pedaling effort;
a crankshaft to which pedals are to be connected;
a torque detector configured to detect a torque generated at the crankshaft by the rider's pedaling effort; and
an assist control stopping unit programmed to stop an assist control provided by the driving force from the electric motor
based on an amplitude of the torque detected by the torque detector while the crankshaft rotates over a prescribed rotation
angle range; wherein

the assist control stopping unit includes:
a torque amplitude calculator that calculates an amplitude of the torque, the amplitude of the torque being defined as a difference
between a maximum value and a minimum value of the torque detected by the torque detector over the prescribed rotation angle
range; and

an assist stop determination unit that determines to stop the assist control if the amplitude of the torque obtained by the
torque amplitude calculator is equal to or less than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,239,023

STRADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A straddle type vehicle, comprising:
a handlebar;
a grip attached to the handlebar;
an engine;
an intake passage connected with the engine;
a throttle body, including a throttle valve, provided on the intake passage;
a drive pulley configured to be rotated as the grip is rotated;
a first throttle cable and a second throttle cable located between the drive pulley and the throttle valve;
a processing unit configured to perform a specified operation or issue an instruction in response to an operation of the grip;
and

an opening control mechanism configured to control a degree of opening of the throttle valve, wherein the opening control
mechanism includes:

a frame;
a support shaft supported by the frame and rotatable in a first direction of rotation starting from a first reference position;
a first pulley attached to the support shaft, the first pulley being non-rotatable relative to the support shaft, and the
first throttle cable being connected with the first pulley;

a second pulley attached to the support shaft, the second throttle cable being connected with the second pulley, the second
pulley being rotatable relative to the first pulley; and

a first elastic member located between the frame and the first pulley,
wherein when the grip is rotated in an opening direction that causes the degree of opening of the throttle valve to increase,
a force is transmitted from the first throttle cable to the first pulley such that the first pulley is rotated in the first
direction of rotation to move the support shaft from the first reference position in the first direction of rotation,

the processing unit issues the instruction, which opens the throttle valve, as the support shaft is rotated in the first direction
of rotation from the first reference position, and

with the support shaft being positioned at a position forward in the first direction of rotation relative to the first reference
position, the first elastic member causes a force in a second direction of rotation, which is opposite the first direction
of rotation, to act on the first pulley,

further wherein a position taken by the second pulley, when no force acts on the grip, is referred to as a second reference
position, and the second pulley is rotatable in the second direction of rotation starting from the second reference position,
and

further wherein when the grip is rotated in a closing direction that causes the degree of opening of the throttle valve to
decrease,

a force is transmitted from the second throttle cable to the second pulley such that the second pulley is rotated in the second
direction of rotation, and

the processing unit performs the specified operation when the second pulley has been rotated by a predetermined amount in
the second direction of rotation starting from the second reference position.

US Pat. No. 9,193,409

SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A saddle riding type vehicle capable of making turns by leaning a vehicle body, the saddle riding type vehicle comprising:
a support mechanism arranged to support at least a pair of wheels provided at opposite sides of the vehicle body to be movable
up and down relative to the vehicle body;

a switching mechanism arranged to switch between a movable state in which the pair of wheels are permitted to move up and
down and a locked state in which the pair of wheels are restricted from moving up and down; and

a controller arranged and programmed to control the switching mechanism; wherein
the support mechanism includes at least one shock absorber to absorb impacts from a traveling surface; and
the switching mechanism includes:
a coupling pin member arranged to engage with a recess of the support mechanism to restrict movement of the support mechanism
relative to the vehicle body thereby setting the locked state, and to disengage from the support mechanism to permit movement
of the support mechanism relative to the vehicle body thereby setting the movable state; and

a solenoid fixed to the vehicle body and arranged to drive the coupling pin member to engage with and to disengage from the
support mechanism;

the solenoid is arranged to insert the coupling pin member into the recess of the support mechanism when the solenoid advances
the coupling pin member to engage with the support mechanism; and

the solenoid is arranged to withdraw the coupling pin member from the recess of the support mechanism when the solenoid retracts
the coupling pin member to disengage with the support mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,103,278

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A straddle-type vehicle comprising:
a head pipe;
a body frame including a main frame extending obliquely downward and rearward from the head pipe and a seat frame extending
obliquely upward and rearward from the main frame; and

a three cylinder internal combustion engine supported by the body frame, the three cylinder internal combustion engine including:
a first cylinder;
a second cylinder disposed leftward of the first cylinder in a front view of the vehicle;
a third cylinder disposed leftward of the second cylinder in the front view of the vehicle;
a first intake pipe in communication with the first cylinder;
a second intake pipe in communication with the second cylinder;
a third intake pipe in communication with the third cylinder;
a first exhaust pipe in communication with the first cylinder;
a second exhaust pipe in communication with the second cylinder; and
a third exhaust pipe in communication with the third cylinder; wherein
the first, second, and third exhaust pipes have different lengths; and
the first, second, and third intake pipes have different lengths.

US Pat. No. 9,260,171

VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS AND VESSEL

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A vessel propulsion apparatus comprising:
an engine including a plurality of combustion chambers in which a mixed gas of air and fuel is combusted;
a catalyst that purifies an exhaust generated in the plurality of combustion chambers;
an exhaust passage including a plurality of exhaust ports respectively connected to the plurality of combustion chambers,
an exhaust collecting passage connected to each of the plurality of exhaust ports, and a catalyst housing passage connected
to the exhaust collecting passage and that guides the exhaust, discharged from the plurality of combustion chambers into the
exhaust collecting passage via the plurality of exhaust ports, to the catalyst housed in the catalyst housing passage;

a water pump that takes water outside the vessel propulsion apparatus as cooling water into an interior of the vessel propulsion
apparatus; and

a cooling water passage including an upstream water passage that guides the cooling water taken into the interior of the vessel
propulsion apparatus by the water pump and a first parallel water passage and a second parallel water passage that are connected
in series to the upstream water passage and connected in parallel to each other, the cooling water passage supplying the cooling
water from the upstream water passage to each of the first parallel water passage and the second parallel water passage to
cool the catalyst housing passage by the first parallel water passage being disposed along the catalyst housing passage and
to cool the exhaust collecting passage by the second parallel water passage being disposed along the exhaust collecting passage.

US Pat. No. 9,193,420

JET PROPELLED WATERCRAFT

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A jet propelled watercraft comprising:
a vessel body;
a jet propulsion mechanism configured to propel the vessel body;
an engine configured to drive the jet propulsion mechanism;
at least three switches including an engine stop switch, a lanyard switch, and a rollover switch, the engine stop switch being
configured to stop the engine in response to manual operation, the lanyard switch being configured to stop the engine in response
to detachment of a lanyard

coupled to a vessel operator, the rollover switch being configured to stop the engine in response to rollover of the vessel
body; and

an emergency contact unit programmed and configured to define a determination portion and an instruction portion, the determination
portion being programmed and configured to determine whether or not rescue is required based on an actuation status of the
at least three switches when the engine has been stopped, the instruction portion being programmed and configured to instruct
transmission of a distress signal to a predetermined emergency contact when the determination portion has determined that
rescue is required; wherein

the determination portion is programmed and configured to determine that rescue is not required when the engine has been stopped
without actuation of any of the engine stop switch, the lanyard switch, and the rollover switch.

US Pat. No. 9,238,494

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a vehicle body frame;
a right front wheel and a left front wheel arranged side by side in a left-right direction of the vehicle body frame;
a right shock absorbing device supporting the right front wheel at a lower portion thereof and configured to buffer displacement
of the right front wheel in an up-down direction of the vehicle body frame relative to an upper portion thereof;

a left shock absorbing device supporting the left front wheel at a lower portion thereof and configured to buffer displacement
of the left front wheel in the up-down direction of the vehicle body frame relative to an upper portion thereof;

a link mechanism including:
a right side rod supporting the upper portion of the right shock absorbing device so that the right shock absorbing device
is configured to turn about a right axis extending in the up-down direction of the vehicle body frame;

a left side rod supporting the upper portion of the left shock absorbing device so that the left shock absorbing device is
configured to turn about a left axis extending parallel or substantially parallel to the right axis;

an upper cross member including a right end portion turnably supporting an upper portion of the right side rod, a left end
portion turnably supporting an upper portion of the left side rod, and an intermediate portion supported by the vehicle body
frame and configured to turn about an upper axis extending in the front-back direction of the vehicle body frame; and

a lower cross member including a right end portion turnably supporting a lower portion of the right side rod, a left end portion
turnably supporting a lower portion of the left side rod, and an intermediate portion supported by the vehicle body frame
and configured to turn about a lower axis extending parallel or substantially parallel to the upper axis;

a steering shaft including an upper end portion located above the lower axis in the up-down direction of the vehicle body
frame, the steering shaft being supported by the vehicle body frame at a position between the right side rod and the left
side rod in the left-right direction of the vehicle body frame, and the steering shaft is configured to turn about an intermediate
axis extending in the up-down direction of the vehicle body frame;

a handlebar provided on the upper end portion of the steering shaft;
a turn transmitting mechanism configured to transmit a turning motion of the steering shaft in accordance with an operation
of the handlebar to the right shock absorbing device and to the left shock absorbing device; and

a resisting force changing mechanism configured to change a resisting force applied against turning actions of the upper cross
member and the lower cross member relative to the vehicle body frame; wherein

the resisting force changing mechanism includes a first portion and a second portion which are configured to be displaced
relative to each other and to change a resisting force against the relative displacement;

the first portion includes a first supporting portion supported by at least one of the right shock absorbing device and the
left shock absorbing device;

the first supporting portion is supported by one of the right shock absorbing device and the left shock absorbing device at
a position which is below the lower cross member in the up-down direction of the vehicle body frame, and which is closer to
the one of the right shock absorbing device and the left shock absorbing device in the left-right direction of the vehicle
body frame than the intermediate axis when the vehicle body frame is in an upright state; and

the second portion includes a second supporting portion supported by at least one of the upper cross member, the lower cross
member, the vehicle body frame, the other one of the right shock absorbing device and the left shock absorbing device, and
one of the right and left side rods supporting the other one of the right shock absorbing device and the left shock absorbing
device.

US Pat. No. 9,303,586

BOAT PROPULSION DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A boat propulsion device comprising:
an engine including a crankshaft extending in an up-and-down direction;
a first bracket fixed to the engine; and
a first electric component attached to the first bracket; wherein
the first bracket includes a first support portion and a second support portion;
the first support portion includes a first lateral surface and a second lateral surface, the first electric component is attached
to the first lateral surface, and the second lateral surface is arranged opposite to the first lateral surface; and

the second support portion is connected to the second lateral surface in a position spaced away from both ends of the second
lateral surface in a top view, and the second support portion includes a first coupling portion coupled to the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,296,198

SCREEN PRINTING APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A screen printing apparatus, comprising:
a print executing part placed between a substrate loading position and a substrate unloading position aligned in a specific
direction, the printing executing part being configured to perform screen printing on a substrate using a screen mask;

a transferring and holding device configured to receive a substrate at a specific position that is defined at a standby space
defined at a substrate loading position side which is closer to the substrate loading position than a print executing position
at which the print executing part enables printing on the substrate, the transferring and holding device being configured
to transfer the substrate to the print executing position, and the transferring and holding device being further configured
to hold the substrate during the printing;

a transferring device configured to transfer the substrate loaded from the substrate loading position to the specific position
and causing the substrate to standby, the transferring device also being configured to receive a printed substrate from the
transferring and holding device, and the transferring device being further configured to transfer the printed substrate to
the substrate unloading position;

a substrate imaging device being configured to image the substrate held by the transferring and holding device before printing
is performed by the print executing part; and

a control unit configured to control the transferring and holding device and the transferring device,
the transferring and holding device being configured to receive the substrate at the specific position, and the transferring
and holding device being configured to transfer the substrate from the specific position to the print executing position upon
holding the substrate in advance in a state such that the substrate is printable by the print executing part,

the substrate imaging device being disposed at a position where the substrate imaging device enables imaging of the substrate
in the course of the transfer of the substrate from the specific position to the print executing position by the transferring
and holding device, and

the control unit controlling the transferring and holding device so that the transferring and holding device moves to the
specific position and the transferring and holding device holds a subsequent substrate after the transferring and holding
device delivers a printed preceding substrate to the transferring device, and the transferring and holding device transferring
the subsequent substrate to the print executing position, and the control unit also controlling the transferring device so
that the subsequent substrate reaches the specific position after the delivery of the preceding substrate and before the transferring
and holding device reaches the specific position, and the control unit further controlling the transferring device so that
the preceding substrate is transferred more downstream than the print executing position before the subsequent substrate is
transferred by the transferring and holding device and reaches the print executing position.

US Pat. No. 9,609,795

METHOD OF SUPPLYING SOLDER TO PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A solder supply method for a printing apparatus which includes a solder supply nozzle, a mask sheet, and a squeegee extending
in an X-direction that is a lengthwise direction thereof such that, under control of a controller, solder is supplied onto
the mask sheet via the solder supply nozzle and the squeegee is moved on the mask sheet along a Y-direction perpendicular
to the X-direction so that solder is to be printed on a printed circuit board placed underneath the mask sheet, the method
comprising:
(A) causing a detection sensor to detect an amount of a remaining solder remaining on the mask sheet for a plurality of points
in the X direction of the squeegee after a first process of printing the solder and before a second process of printing the
solder,

(B) causing the controller to calculate an amount of solder to be supplied on the mask sheet for a plurality of points in
the X direction based on a detecting result of the detection sensor;

(C) causing the controller to change the amount of solder supplied at each point on the mask sheet in the X direction from
the solder supply nozzle based on a result of the calculation, and

(D) causing the solder supply nozzle to supply solder with an amount corresponding to a result of the change on the mask sheet
for preparation of the second process of printing the solder.

US Pat. No. 9,278,711

VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a body frame;
a right front wheel and a left front wheel aligned side by side in a left-and-right direction of the body frame;
a right shock absorbing device supporting the right front wheel at a lower portion thereof and configured to absorb a displacement
of the right front wheel in an up-and-down direction of the body frame in relation to an upper portion thereof;

a left shock absorbing device supporting the left front wheel at a lower portion thereof and configured to absorb a displacement
of the left front wheel in the up-and-down direction of the body frame in relation to an upper portion thereof;

a link mechanism including:
a right side member supporting the upper portion of the right shock absorbing device so as to turn about a right steering
axis extending in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a left side member supporting the upper portion of the left shock absorbing device so as to turn about a left steering axis
that is parallel or substantially parallel to the right steering axis;

an upper cross member supporting an upper portion of the right side member at a right end portion thereof so as to turn about
an upper right axis extending in a front-and-rear direction of the body frame, supporting an upper portion of the left side
member at a left end portion thereof so as to turn about an upper left axis parallel or substantially parallel to the upper
right axis, and supported on the body frame at a middle portion thereof so as to turn about an upper middle axis parallel
or substantially parallel to the upper right axis and the upper left axis; and

a lower cross member supporting a lower portion of the right side member at a right end portion thereof so as to turn about
a lower right axis parallel or substantially parallel to the upper right axis, supporting a lower portion of the left side
member at a left end portion thereof so as to turn about a lower left axis parallel or substantially parallel to the upper
left axis, and supported on the body frame at a middle portion thereof so as to turn about a lower middle axis parallel or
substantially parallel to the upper middle axis;

a steering shaft supported on the body frame between the right side member and the left side member in the left-and-right
direction of the body frame, and including an upper end portion provided above the lower middle axis in the up-and-down direction
of the body frame and configured to turn about a middle steering axis extending in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a handlebar provided at the upper end portion of the steering shaft;
a turn transfer mechanism configured to transfer a turning motion of the steering shaft according to an operation of the handlebar
to the right shock absorbing device and to the left shock absorbing device; and

a resisting force change mechanism configured to change a resisting force exerted against turning operations of the upper
cross member and the lower cross member with respect to the body frame, and to change a resisting force which occurs when
the upper cross member and the lower cross member are displaced from respective positions relative to the body frame in at
least two different magnitudes; wherein

the resisting force change mechanism includes a first portion and a second portion that turn relative to each other about
a resisting force change axis parallel or substantially parallel with the upper middle axis and that change a resisting force
against the relative turning;

the first portion is non-turnably fixed to one member of the right side member, the left side member, the upper cross member,
the lower cross member, and the body frame; and

the second portion is supported by the other member of the right side member, the left side member, the upper cross member,
the lower cross member, and the body frame, at least a portion of which is turnably supported by the one member, and the second
portion is configured to turn relative to the first portion about the resisting force change axis in synchronization with
a turning of the one member relative to the other member.

US Pat. No. 9,327,644

SOUND GENERATING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE, AND SOUND GENERATING METHOD FOR VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A sound generating device for a vehicle that transmits an air intake sound of an engine of a vehicle to an occupant inside
the vehicle, the sound generating device comprising:
a plurality of pressure sensors that detect pressures of air intake pulsation of the engine and outputting the pressures as
pressure signals,

the plurality of pressure sensors being provided at an interval in a circumferential direction of an outer periphery of an
air intake duct at positions on an air cleaner side of the air intake duct with respect to a center of the air intake duct,

the air intake duct connecting the air cleaner to an air amount control valve,
the air cleaner being provided on an air inlet side of the air intake duct on which outside air is to be taken in,
the air amount control valve being provided on the engine side of the air intake duct;
a signal processor that performs processing of changing the pressure signals in accordance with a driving condition of the
vehicle; and

a loudspeaker installed inside the vehicle that outputs a sound pressure signal processed by the signal processor as the air
intake sound of the engine.

US Pat. No. 9,756,770

DEVICE FOR MOUNTING ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A device for mounting an electronic component, the device comprising:
a feeder to which a cover tape processing unit is detachably attached; and
a control device, the control device:
determining whether or not confirmation of the type of the cover tape processing unit is necessary;
executing identification processing of the type of the cover tape processing unit when the confirmation of the type of the
cover tape processing unit is determined as necessary;

determining whether or not the identification processing of the type has been performed and an electronic component handleable
by the cover tape processing unit coincides with an electronic component of a component arrangement number in a feeder base;
and

controlling the device for mounting the electronic component to perform an extraction operation of the electronic component
with a component extractor when the electronic component is determined as coinciding, wherein

the cover tape processing unit includes an outlet opening set up for exposing the electronic component having been sealed
in a storage portion by a cover tape covering the storage portion of a storage tape, supplying the electronic component to
a component extraction position and extracting the supplied electronic component with the component extractor, and mounting
the electronic component extracted from the component supply unit on a substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,254,970

COVER FOR SLIDER OF LINEAR CONVEYER, LINEAR CONVEYER, SLIDER ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD OF DETACHING COVER FROM SLIDER OF LINEAR CONVEYER

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A cover for a linear conveyer, the linear conveyer including a stationary module including a rail extending linearly, a
stator including armature coils fixed to the rail, a slider including a mover component having magnetic poles arranged linearly,
and a rail guide fitted to the rail, the slider sliding from an end surface of the rail along an elongated direction of the
rail to be arranged on the rail and moving on the rail by a linear motor,
the cover being attached to the slider to cover a magnetic pole face of the mover component of the slider, the cover having
a thickness so as to come in contact with an end portion of the stationary module when the slider is mounted on the rail,
and the cover being detached from the slider by movement of the slider and contact with the end portion of the stationary
module.

US Pat. No. 9,479,851

VEHICLE SOUND GENERATION APPARATUS, AND VEHICLE SOUND GENERATION METHOD

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle sound generation apparatus for transmitting an intake sound of an engine of a vehicle to an occupant in the vehicle,
characterized by comprising:
a first pressure sensor which is provided on an intake duct, the intake duct connects an air cleaner provided on a side of
the intake duct toward an intake port that introduces external air and a throttle body provided on a side of the intake duct
toward the engine, the first pressure sensor being located on the air cleaner side of a midpoint between the air cleaner and
a throttle valve provided in the throttle body, detecting pressure of intake pulsation of the engine, and outputting a pressure
signal representing the detected pressure;

a second pressure sensor which is provided between the engine and the throttle valve and which detects the pressure of the
intake pulsation of the engine and outputs a pressure signal representing the detected pressure;

a signal processor which performs processing of changing the pressure signals output from the first and second pressure sensors
in accordance with an operation state of the vehicle;

a speaker disposed in the vehicle and outputting the pressure signals processed by the signal processor as the intake sound
of the engine; and

a noise gate processor which performs noise gate processing on the pressure signals before being processed by the signal processor.

US Pat. No. 9,212,744

COMBINATION TORSION SPRING, AND SHIFT MECHANISM PROVIDED WITH SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A combination torsion spring comprising:
a first torsion spring and a second torsion spring each including a coil section and a first hook section and a second hook
section provided at ends of the coil section; wherein

the first torsion spring and the second torsion spring are arranged so that directions in which the coil sections are wound
in a helical shape are different to each other, and an inner diameter of the coil section of the first torsion spring is approximately
equal to an outer diameter of the coil section of the second torsion spring;

the coil section of the second torsion spring is inserted into an inside of the coil section of the first torsion spring;
a set of the first hook section of the first torsion spring and the first hook section of the second torsion spring and a
set of the second hook section of the first torsion spring and the second hook section of the second torsion spring are positioned
at positions that sandwich the coil sections;

the first hook section of the first torsion spring and the first hook section of the second torsion spring are engaged with
one of a pair of action members, the pair of action members mutually transmitting torque via the first torsion spring and
the second torsion spring;

the second hook section of the first torsion spring and the second hook section of the second torsion spring are engaged with
another one of the pair of action members; and

a change direction of a coiling diameter of the coil section of the first torsion spring by deflection of the first torsion
spring is equal to a change direction of a coiling diameter of the coil section of the second torsion spring by deflection
of the second torsion spring when one of the pair of action members is rotated relatively to the another one of the pair of
action members, the change direction of the coiling diameter being the direction that the coiling diameter is expanded or
reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,189,454

TWO-WHEELED MOTOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL DEVICE THEREFOR

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A control device for a two-wheeled motor vehicle, in which a curvature radius of a cross-section of a tire mounted on one
of a front wheel and a rear wheel is larger than a curvature radius of a cross-section of a tire mounted on the other of the
front wheel and the rear wheel, the control device comprising:
a sensor arranged to detect a rotation speed of the one of the front wheel and the rear wheel;
a sensor arranged to detect a rotation speed of the other of the front wheel and the rear wheel; and
a turn determining processor programmed to determine that the vehicle is turning based on a condition that a value corresponding
to a bank angle of the vehicle is higher than a threshold; wherein

a value corresponding to the bank angle of the vehicle is defined as a value indicating a relative amount of the rotation
speed of the one of the front wheel and the rear wheel relative to the rotation speed of the other of the front wheel and
the rear wheel;

the turn determining processor compares the rotation speed of the one of the front wheel and the rear wheel and the rotation
speed of the other of the front wheel and the rear wheel, while utilizing a coefficient corresponding to a difference in a
diameter between the tire of the one of the front wheel and the rear wheel and the tire of the other of the front wheel and
the rear wheel; and

the control device includes a coefficient updating processor that is programmed to determine whether or not the diameter of
the tire of the one of the front wheel and the rear wheel or the diameter of the tire of the other of the front wheel and
the rear wheel is changed based on the rotation speed of the one of the front wheel and the rear wheel and the rotation of
the other of the front wheel and the rear wheel, and then to update the coefficient when it is determined that the diameter
has changed.

US Pat. No. 9,968,019

COMPONENT FEEDING DEVICE, AND COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A component feeding device comprising:a first drive sprocket for transporting a component feeding tape; and
a second drive sprocket arranged on a downstream side beyond the first drive sprocket, wherein
a first backlash that is a clearance of meshing with a power transmission portion of the first drive sprocket is larger than a second backlash that is a clearance of meshing with a power transmission portion of the second drive sprocket.

US Pat. No. 9,839,169

PRINTED BOARD TRANSPORT APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A printed board transport apparatus comprising:
a first conveyor installed in a working apparatus for performing work on a printed board, and configured to transport the
printed board between a working portion where the working apparatus performs work on the printed board and a printed board
loading/unloading portion of the working apparatus; and

a second conveyor configured to transport the printed board to the first conveyor in a loading step of loading the printed
board into the working apparatus through the printed board loading/unloading portion, and receive the printed board from the
first conveyor in an unloading step of unloading the printed board from the working apparatus through the printed board loading/unloading
portion,

wherein the first conveyor includes a first transport member on which the printed board is to be placed, and transports the
printed board by using both a function of transporting the printed board by rotating the first transport member, and a function
of moving between the working portion and the printed board loading/unloading portion in a direction parallel to a transport
direction of the printed board,

the second conveyor includes a second transport member on which the printed board is to be placed, and transports the printed
board by rotating the second transport member,

the printed board is to be transferred from the second conveyor to the first conveyor in the loading step, when the first
transport member and the second transport member rotate in the same direction at a predetermined rotational speed in a state
in which the first conveyor has moved to and stopped at a position adjacent to the second conveyor, and transferred from the
first conveyor to the second conveyor in the unloading step, when the first transport member and the second transport member
rotate in the same direction at a predetermined rotational speed in a state in which the first conveyor has moved to and stopped
at a position adjacent to the second conveyor,

the first conveyor moves toward the working portion in at least one of the loading step and the unloading step by changing
a rotational speed of the first transport member from a rotation speed at a conveyor transfer start timing to a predetermined
rotational speed for conveyor movement, after a length of a downstream portion of the printed board, which is placed on one
of the first conveyor and the second conveyor, which is positioned downstream in the transport direction, has reached a predetermined
support length,

the support length is a length of a minimum downstream portion with which the printed board placed on one of the first conveyor
and the second conveyor positioned downstream in the transport direction does not fall, and

the rotational speed for conveyor movement is a rotational speed at which the printed board does not slip with respect to
the first transport member and the second transport member.

US Pat. No. 9,422,044

VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vessel propulsion apparatus comprising:
a prime mover that generates power by which a propeller is rotated;
a drive shaft rotationally driven by the prime mover;
a drive gear connected to the drive shaft;
a front gear that engages the drive gear;
a rear gear that engages the drive gear and that is disposed behind the front gear;
a dog clutch that moves in a front-rear direction of the vessel propulsion apparatus between an engagement position in which
the dog clutch engages either the front gear or the rear gear and a non-engagement position in which the dog clutch engages
neither the front gear nor the rear gear; and

an oil passage passing through an inside of the front gear and that guides oil from a forward space in front of the front
gear to a rearward space behind the front gear.

US Pat. No. 9,054,145

SUBSTRATE TRANSFER APPARATUS

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A substrate transfer apparatus adapted to transfer a substrate stopped at a first position toward a second position and
to stop the substrate at the second position, the substrate transfer apparatus comprising:
a substrate transfer mechanism that transfers a substrate along a substrate transfer path extending from the first position
to the second position;

a detection unit that detects the substrate at an intermediate position between the first position and the second position
when the substrate is traveling along the substrate transfer path; and

a control unit that controls the substrate transfer mechanism, such that, when one substrate is transferred from the first
position toward the second position, a velocity of the one substrate is controlled after the one substrate arrived at the
intermediate position in accordance with a detecting result by the detection unit, the control unit including:

a time measurement section adapted to measure an intermediate position arrival time that is required for transferring the
one substrate from the first position to the intermediate position where the one substrate is detected by the detection unit;
and

a velocity control section adapted to control a deceleration pattern in accordance with the intermediate position arrival
time so that the one substrate detected by the detection unit is decelerated to stop at the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,555,867

JET PROPELLED WATERCRAFT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A jet propelled watercraft comprising:
a body;
a prime mover;
a jet pump driven by the prime mover and jetting water from a jet port;
a reverse gate changing a direction of a jet flow jetted from the jet pump;
a shift actuator configured to move a position of the reverse gate to a plurality of shift positions including a forward drive
position, at which the direction of the jet flow is toward the rear of the body, a reverse drive position, at which the direction
of the jet flow is toward the front of the body, and an intermediate position in between the forward and reverse drive positions;
and

a controller configured or programmed to execute a stoppage shift control to control the shift actuator to move the reverse
gate to the forward drive position when stoppage of the prime mover is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,296,456

MARINE VESSEL

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A marine vessel comprising:
an outboard motor mounting portion provided at a stern of a hull;
a platform provided rearward of the outboard motor mounting portion; and
an outboard motor mounted to the outboard motor mounting portion and configured to be tilted with respect to the hull around
a horizontal axis from a tilting origin position to a maximum tilt position; wherein

when the outboard motor is at the maximum tilt position, a lower portion of the outboard motor is located above the platform;
and

the platform is located rearward of the outboard motor when the outboard motor is at the tilting origin position.

US Pat. No. 9,206,763

ENGINE AND STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An engine comprising:
a cylinder head;
a spark plug attached to the cylinder head; and
a pipe located around the spark plug; wherein the cylinder head includes:
an attachment portion to which the spark plug is attached; and
a surrounding wall located around the spark plug and extending in a first direction, the first direction being an axial direction
of the pipe;

the surrounding wall includes:
a first surrounding wall portion against which one end of the pipe is pressed in; and
a second surrounding wall portion located more distant from the attachment portion than the first surrounding wall portion
is as measured in the first direction, and having an inner diameter larger than that of the first surrounding wall portion;

the pipe includes an annular projection projecting from an outer periphery of the pipe to divide a space defined by the outer
periphery of the pipe and an inner periphery of the second surrounding wall portion into subspaces arranged in the first direction
when the one end of the pipe is pressed in against the first surrounding wall portion; and

a liquid gasket is included in a first subspace which is closer to the first surrounding wall portion than the annular projection
is.

US Pat. No. 9,132,958

CIRCUIT BOARD TRANSPORTATION DEVICE, CIRCUIT BOARD WORKING APPARATUS, AND CONVEYOR BELT

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A circuit board transportation device for transporting a circuit board in a predetermined transport direction, comprising:
a guide member that is provided in such a manner as to extend in the transport direction and has a guide surface that comes
into abutment with a circuit board from the outside of the circuit board in a perpendicular direction that is a direction
perpendicular to the transport direction;

a conveyor belt that extends along the guide surface in the transport direction to support an end of the circuit board positioned
in the perpendicular direction;

a supporting member that supports the conveyor belt from below; and
a drive unit that moves the conveyor belt in the transport direction,
wherein the conveyor belt has:
a belt base portion that is located under the guide member and extends both ways of the perpendicular direction from the position
of the guide surface; and

a projection that extends upward along the guide surface from a position, in the belt base portion, closer to the circuit
board than the guide surface in the perpendicular direction up to a position between upper and lower ends of the guide surface,
and comes into abutment with the guide surface to thereby regulate an outward displacement of the conveyor belt, and

the conveyor belt supports the circuit board by means of the projection.

US Pat. No. 10,021,819

PRINTED BOARD WORKING APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A printed board working apparatus comprising:a transport device configured to transport a printed board in a first horizontal direction;
a support member which extends in a second horizontal direction above the transport device;
a moving member which is supported by the support member to be freely movable in the second horizontal direction in a first predetermined range having a moving member range center;
a base member which is formed into a plate shape and detachably attached on a first plate surface of the base member to the moving member to move together with the moving member as the base member is attached to the moving member; and
at least one working head which is detachably attached on a second plate surface of the base member, the at least one working head having a first working head center in the second horizontal direction, and the first working head center is movable in a second predetermined range having a first working head range center, the first working head range center positioned within a third predetermined range in which the moving member range center is located, the third predetermined range defined by an area in which every one of the at least one work head is able to perform work,
wherein the base member is attached to the moving member in one of a plurality of predetermined positions in which the base member is to be attached to the moving member, and the plurality of predetermined positions are aligned in the second horizontal direction,
the base member includes a plurality of portions on the second plate surface to any of which the working head is attached, and the plurality of portions are aligned in the second horizontal direction as the base member is attached to the moving member,
a position of the base member to the moving member can be changed in the second horizontal direction by changing the position of the base member from the one of the plurality of predetermined positions to another one of the plurality of predetermined positions,
after another working head is positioned on the second plate surface of the base member alongside the at least one working head, a second working head center in the horizontal direction is defined by the presence of the another working head, the second working head center movable in a new second predetermined range having a second working head range center, and the position of the second working head range center is outside the third predetermined range, and
the base member is moved from the one of the plurality of predetermined positions to another one of the plurality of predetermined positions to move the second working head range center from a position outside the third predetermined range to a position within the third predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,555,858

POWER UNIT AND STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A power unit, comprising:
a main shaft having a plurality of first gears including a first movable gear that is movable around an axis of the main shaft;
a drive shaft having a plurality of second gears including a second movable gear that is movable around an axis of the drive
shaft, the second gears being configured to intermesh with the first gears;

a shift fork configured to engage with the first movable gear and the second movable gear;
a shift drum having a groove with which the shift fork engages;
a crankcase housing the main shaft, the drive shaft, the shift fork and the shift drum;
a rotation plate fixed to an end of the shift drum, to thereby rotate with the shift drum, the rotation plate including an
outer peripheral surface having a plurality of recessed portions;

a shift lever configured to engage with the rotation plate;
a shift shaft fixed to the shift lever;
a support shaft disposed substantially in parallel with the shift drum;
a stopper lever, including a first end portion and a second end portion that is rotatably supported by the support shaft;
a stopper roller disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion of the stopper lever, and being configured
to engage with one of the recessed portions of the rotation plate; and

an elastic member including a first engagement end portion that is configured to engage with the first end portion of the
stopper lever, and a second engagement end portion that is configured to engage with the crankcase, so as to apply a force
to the stopper lever to thereby press the stopper roller against the one recessed portion,

wherein the stopper lever is so disposed as to, when viewed in an axial direction of the shift shaft, intersect a first line
segment that connects a center of the shift shaft to a center of the rotation plate.

US Pat. No. 9,463,854

JET PROPELLED WATERCRAFT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A jet propelled watercraft comprising:
a jet pump that jets water rearward from a jet port;
a reverse gate movable in an up/down direction between a reverse drive position at which an entirety of the jet port is covered
by the reverse gate as seen in a rear view and a forward drive position at which the entirety of the jet port is open as seen
in the rear view, the reverse gate being arranged to guide forward the water that has been guided to the jet port when the
reverse gate is at the reverse drive position;

a reverse gate mover including an electric motor that generates power to move the reverse gate between the reverse drive position
and the forward drive position, and a transmission that defines a transmitting pathway connecting the electric motor and the
reverse gate and transmits the power by the electric motor to the reverse gate; and

a withdrawal controller programmed to monitor for a malfunction in the reverse gate mover, the withdrawal controller further
programmed to cause the reverse gate to withdraw to the forward drive position when the reverse gate mover malfunctions; wherein

the withdrawal controller is programmed to monitor for the malfunction of the reverse gate mover based on detection values
of a motor position detector and detection values of a reverse gate position detector.

US Pat. No. 9,403,586

JET PROPELLED WATERCRAFT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A jet propelled watercraft comprising:
a body;
a prime mover;
a jet pump driven by the prime mover and jetting water from a jet port;
a reverse gate changing a direction of the jet flow jetted from the jet pump;
a shift actuator capable of moving the reverse gate to a plurality of shift positions including at least a forward drive position,
at which the direction of the jet flow is toward a rear of the body, and a reverse drive position, at which the direction
of the jet flow is toward a front of the body;

a reverse gate operator operated by an operator to set a position of the reverse gate;
a reverse gate operation detector detecting an operation state of the reverse gate operator; and
a controller configured or programmed to determine, in accordance with the operation state of the reverse gate operator detected
by the reverse gate operation detector, whether or not the reverse gate operator is being operated and to prohibit startup
of the prime mover when it is determined that the reverse gate operator is being operated.

US Pat. No. 9,387,907

FRONT BODY FOR SNOWMOBILE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A snowmobile comprising:
a frame;
an engine mounted on the frame;
a pair of skis connected to the frame; and
a front body including a nose cone, a pair of side panels, and a hood covering a front portion of the frame; wherein
the nose cone, the pair of side panels, and the hood are made of plastic;
the nose cone includes a front surface and side surfaces extending rearward from the front surface, the pair of skis being
connected to the frame through a plurality of openings in the side surfaces of the nose cone; and

the nose cone, the pair of side panels, and the hood are all connected to each other at least at one point.

US Pat. No. 9,371,122

VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vessel propulsion apparatus comprising:
an engine main body including a crankshaft that is rotatable about a rotation axis extending in an up-down direction;
auxiliary machinery mounted on the engine main body;
a bracket that couples the auxiliary machinery to the engine main body, the bracket including a first mounting portion mounted
on the engine main body, a second mounting portion mounted on the auxiliary machinery, a coupling portion coupling the first
mounting portion and the second mounting portion to each other, and a holding portion provided in the coupling portion to
hold wiring or piping; and

an engine cowling that houses the engine main body, the auxiliary machinery, and the bracket; wherein
the auxiliary machinery is an electrical device; and
the bracket is housed entirely within the engine cowling.

US Pat. No. 9,296,457

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:
an engine including a cylinder body and a crank case adjacent to the cylinder body in a horizontal direction and bonded to
the cylinder body along a first bonding surface;

an engine holder configured to come into contact with both the cylinder body and the crank case along a second bonding surface,
and including an upper surface to which the engine is fixed;

a power transmission shaft including a crank shaft rotatably supported between the cylinder body and the crank case and including
a drive shaft coupled to the crank shaft and configured to pass through a hole between the cylinder body, the crank case,
and the engine holder in a direction intersecting with the second bonding surface; and

a first sealing member between a portion of the power transmission shaft above the second bonding surface and above both the
cylinder body and the crank case, and configured to separate an oil region above the first sealing member from an external
water entering region below the first sealing member.

US Pat. No. 9,120,631

BOARD WORKING SYSTEM, BOARD CONVEYING APPARATUS, AND BOARD WORKING APPARATUS

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A board working system comprising:
a board working apparatus working on a board;
a board conveying apparatus including a first board conveying portion conveying the board in a prescribed direction, a second
board conveying portion arranged adjacent to the first board conveying portion in a direction orthogonal to the prescribed
direction, and a cover member covering the first board conveying portion and the second board conveying portion, the board
conveying apparatus being connected to the board working apparatus, and

at least one of the board working apparatus and the board conveying apparatus being provided with a shutter device closing
such that a maximum interval of an opening gap leading from the first board conveying portion to the board working apparatus
is not more than a prescribed value when setup for the first board conveying portion is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,079,584

LONGITUDINAL FORCE CONTROL APPARATUS AND SADDLED VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A longitudinal force control apparatus comprising:
a lateral acceleration acquisition section configured to acquire a lateral acceleration, the lateral acceleration being an
acceleration along a right-left direction acting on a vehicle;

a bank angle acquisition circuit configured to acquire a bank angle of the vehicle; and
a longitudinal force controller configured to decrease an absolute value of a longitudinal force at least with respect to
a driving wheel of the vehicle based on the acquired lateral acceleration and the bank angle, the longitudinal force being
a sum of forces along a front-rear direction acting on the driving wheel, the longitudinal force controller including

a lateral-skid acceleration calculation circuit configured to at least calculate a lateral-skid acceleration of the driving
wheel based on at least the acquired lateral acceleration and the bank angle, and

a judgment circuit configured to determine whether the calculated lateral-skid acceleration is equal to or greater than a
predetermined threshold,

the longitudinal force controller determining first and second velocity ranges, the second velocity range being greater in
velocity than the first velocity range, the threshold being greater when a velocity of travel of the vehicle is in the second
velocity range than when the velocity of travel of the vehicle is in the first velocity range.

US Pat. No. 9,062,587

EXHAUST PIPE CONNECTING STRUCTURE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An engine unit comprising:
an exhaust pipe connecting structure including:
a first exhaust pipe;
a second exhaust pipe that is a separate part from the first exhaust pipe, the second exhaust pipe being connected to the
first exhaust pipe, the second exhaust pipe defining an exhaust passage together with the first exhaust pipe;

a plurality of seal members between the first exhaust pipe and the second exhaust pipe in a connecting portion where the first
exhaust pipe and the second exhaust pipe connect together; and

a heat resistant gasket located in a gap in the connecting portion where the first exhaust pipe and the second exhaust pipe
are separated by the gap, the heat resistant gasket being located in the connecting portion between the plurality of seal
members and the exhaust passage such that the heat resistant gasket is configured to prevent exhaust gas from reaching any
of the plurality of seal members; wherein

a first end of the first exhaust pipe is connected to the engine unit;
a second end of the first exhaust pipe is connected to a first end of the second exhaust pipe; and
a second end of the second exhaust pipe is connected to the engine unit.

US Pat. No. 9,820,420

FEEDER FOR AN ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A feeder comprising
a tape chute guiding movement of a supply tape,
a third sprocket having a third tooth fitting with a sprocket hole of the supply tape inserted into an insertion port and
moving the supply tape on the tape chute by rotation, a second sprocket driving motor driving the third sprocket using a second
mechanism that connects the second sprocket driving motor to the third sprocket,

a second sprocket provided in a downstream direction of the third sprocket, having a second tooth fitting with the sprocket
hole of the supply tape fed by the third sprocket and moving the supply tape on the tape chute by rotation,

an exposing mechanism provided in a downstream direction of the second sprocket for exposing an electronic component in a
pocket covered by a cover tape of the supply tape fed by the second sprocket,

a first sprocket provided in a downstream direction of the exposing mechanism, having a first tooth fitting with the sprocket
hole of the supply tape and moving the supply tape storing the electronic component exposed by the exposing mechanism on the
tape chute by rotation,

a first sprocket driving motor synchronously driving the first sprocket and the second sprocket using a first mechanism that
connects the first sprocket driving motor to the first sprocket and the second sprocket, and

a control portion controlling the first sprocket driving motor and the second sprocket driving motor, wherein
the third sprocket, the second sprocket driving motor, the second sprocket, the exposing mechanism, the first sprocket and
the first sprocket driving motor are attached to a feeder body.

US Pat. No. 9,435,269

VEHICLE AND INTAKE AMOUNT CONTROL DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a main body;
an engine that generates a torque to move the main body;
a drive wheel driven by the engine;
a clutch that switches between a connected state in which the torque is transmitted between the engine and the drive wheel,
and a disconnected state in which the torque is not transmitted between the engine and the drive wheel;

an intake amount adjustor that adjusts an intake amount of the engine by changing a control parameter corresponding to the
intake amount of the engine;

a movement speed detector that detects a movement speed of the main body; and
a controller programmed or configured to, during deceleration of the vehicle and at least when the clutch is in the disconnected
state:

calculate a hypothetical engine rotation speed, the hypothetical engine rotation speed being a rotation speed of the engine
calculated based on the movement speed detected by the movement speed detector and an assumption that the clutch is in the
connected state; and

acquire a target value of the control parameter as a first value based on the hypothetical engine rotation speed and a set
target engine torque, and to set the control parameter of the intake amount adjustor to the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,382,883

INTAKE NOISE REDUCTION DEVICE AND STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An intake noise reduction device that leads air to an engine, comprising:
an air cleaner;
an intake funnel having an upstream opening positioned in the air cleaner;
a throttle body provided between a downstream opening of the intake funnel and an intake port of the engine; and
a resonator having a chamber portion and a pipe portion, the resonator being arranged in the air cleaner such that an opening
end of the pipe portion is inserted into the intake funnel, and

a cross-sectional area of a passage formed between an inner peripheral surface of the intake funnel and an outer peripheral
surface of the pipe portion is set to be not less than an opening area of an intake passage of the throttle body opened to
a maximum throttle opening.

US Pat. No. 9,376,164

ELECTRICALLY ASSISTED VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An electrically assisted vehicle comprising:
a vehicle body;
pedals to input human power;
a crank that is coupled to the pedals and freely rotatably supported on the vehicle body;
a wheel that is attached to the vehicle body and is configured to rotate according to a rotation of the crank;
a first electric motor that is attached to the vehicle body and is configured to drive the wheel;
a second electric motor that is attached to the vehicle body and is configured to drive the wheel or another wheel;
a torque detection unit that is configured to detect a torque applied to the crank;
a torque command value calculation unit that is configured or programmed to calculate a first torque command value for the
first electric motor and a second torque command value for the second electric motor according to the torque detected by the
torque detection unit and calculate the first and second torque command values such that the first and second torque command
values are mutually shifted in phase; and

a motor drive unit that is configured to drive the first electric motor and second electric motor according to, respectively,
the first torque command value and the second torque command value calculated by the torque command value calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,199,683

SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A saddle riding type vehicle, comprising:
a meter;
a wind screen provided in front of the meter; and
a wind screen elevating device that elevates and lowers the wind screen, the wind screen elevating device including
a pair of rails each
extending in a front-back direction of the vehicle,
having a front end thereof positioned below a rear end thereof, and
at least partly overlapping the meter in a side view of the vehicle, a pair of sliders each
being supported by a respective one of the rails,
being movable along the respective one rail, and
including a plurality of sliding members that are arranged side by side in an extending direction that the respective one
rail extends in,

a pair of support members coupled to the sliders and movable along the rails through the sliders, and
a coupling member that couples to each of the support members, the coupling member supporting the wind screen, the coupling
member being in direct contact with the wind screen.

US Pat. No. 9,097,201

MOTORCYCLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A motorcycle comprising:
a main body that supports a front wheel and a rear wheel;
an engine provided on the main body;
a fuel injection device provided at the engine;
a fuel tank provided on the main body;
a fuel pump including an inlet port in the fuel tank and that supplies fuel in the fuel tank to the fuel injection device
through a fuel pipe;

a fuel heating device that heats the fuel in the fuel pipe;
a tilt detector that detects a tilt of the main body; and
a controller arranged and programmed to control the fuel heating device and to determine a first state in which a sufficient
amount of the fuel is present at the inlet port of the fuel pump, and a second state in which an insufficient amount of the
fuel is present at the inlet port of the fuel pump based on a detection result of the tilt detector;
wherein
the controller prohibits an operation of the fuel heating device when the second state is determined by the controller.

US Pat. No. 9,073,302

SCREEN PRINTING MACHINE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A screen printing machine that prints applying material on a substrate, comprising:
a screen mask detachably mounted to a mask mounting area set in advance;
a squeegee arranged above the screen mask mounted to the mask mounting area, the squeegee being configured to reciprocate
relative to the screen mask in a squeegee-movement direction being set in advance as a Y-axis direction on a horizontal plane
and perpendicular to an X-axis direction being set in advance on the horizontal plane; and

a scraping member that comes into sliding contact with the squeegee upon suspension of printing and scraping off applying
material adhered to the squeegee,

the scraping member is supported in such a manner that the scraping member contacts an entire width of the squeegee along
a direction perpendicular to the X-axis direction, and

the scraping member is configured to move along the X-axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,061,676

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS, VEHICLE, AND MOTOR

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A vehicle control apparatus mounted in a vehicle including an engine, two clutches mounted downstream of the engine to
individually receive an output torque from the engine, two actuators to change torque capacities of the two clutches, two
transmission mechanisms mounted downstream of the two clutches and including a common output shaft, an accelerator operated
by a driver, and a throttle valve to adjust an amount of air flowing into the engine, the vehicle control apparatus being
programmed to execute in a gear change period switching control to switch transmission paths of the output torque from one
of the two clutches and two transmission mechanisms to another of the two clutches and two transmission mechanisms and to
execute rotation control to change a rotation speed of the engine by ensuring a difference between the output torque and the
torque capacities, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:
a target value determination unit programmed to determine a target value of the output torque based on an amount of operation
of the accelerator; and

a change suppression unit programmed to reduce a time rate of changing of the target value of the output torque in the gear
change period with a decrease of the rotation speed of the engine, in case the target value of the output target is changed
from a value greater than a load torque inputted from the transmission path to the engine toward a boundary value where the
output torque is equal to the load torque.

US Pat. No. 9,428,235

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a body frame that leans to a right of the vehicle when the vehicle turns right and that leans to a left of the vehicle when
the vehicle turns left;

a right front wheel and a left front wheel that are aligned in a left-and-right direction of the body frame;
a right suspension device that supports the right front wheel at a lower portion thereof and that absorbs an upward displacement
of the right front wheel in an up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a left suspension device that supports the left front wheel at a lower portion thereof and that absorbs an upward displacement
of the left front wheel in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a link mechanism which includes:
a right side portion that supports an upper portion of the right suspension device so as to allow the upper portion of the
right suspension device to turn about a right steering axis that extends in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a left side portion that supports an upper portion of the left suspension device so as to allow the upper portion of the left
suspension device to turn about a left steering axis that is parallel or substantially parallel to the right steering axis;

an upper cross portion that supports an upper portion of the right side portion at a right end portion thereof so as to allow
the upper portion of the right side portion to turn about an upper right axis that extends in a front-and-rear direction of
the body frame and supports an upper portion of the left side portion at a left end portion thereof so as to allow the upper
portion of the left side portion to turn about an upper left axis that is parallel or substantially parallel to the upper
right axis and that is supported on the body frame at a middle portion thereof so as to turn about an upper middle axis that
is parallel or substantially parallel to the upper right axis and the upper left axis; and

a lower cross portion that supports a lower portion of the right side portion at a right end portion so as to allow the upper
portion to turn about a lower right axis that is parallel or substantially parallel to the upper right axis and supports a
lower portion of the left side portion at a left end portion thereof so as to allow the upper portion to turn about a lower
left axis that is parallel or substantially parallel the upper left axis and that is supported on the body frame at a middle
portion thereof so as to turn about a lower middle axis that is parallel or substantially parallel to the upper middle axis;

a headlamp including a light source that emits light to a front of the vehicle; and
a body cover that covers at least a portion of the headlamp, the upper cross portion, and a right side surface, a left side
surface, and an upper surface of the lower cross portion; wherein

at least a portion of the headlamp is disposed on the left of a right end of the right front wheel and on the right of a left
end of the left front wheel when the vehicle is in an upright state, above upper ends of the right front wheel and the left
front wheel, below an upper end of the lower cross portion in relation to the up-and-down direction of the body frame in a
position located ahead of a front end of the lower cross portion in a side view of the vehicle;

in a front end portion of the vehicle that includes the headlamp and the body cover:
a front edge of the front portion of the vehicle extends from a front end to above the upper cross portion and to behind the
front end of the lower cross portion in the side view of the vehicle when the vehicle is in the upright state; and

the front end of the front portion of the vehicle is disposed on the left of the right end of the right front wheel and on
the right of the left end of the left front wheel when the vehicle is in the upright state, above the upper ends of the right
front wheel and the left front wheel, and below the upper end of the lower cross portion in relation to the up-and-down direction
of the body frame in a position located ahead of the front end of the lower cross portion in the side view of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,382,012

UNMANNED HELICOPTER

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An unmanned helicopter comprising:
a main rotor;
a rotor shaft supporting the main rotor and extending in an up-down direction;
an engine disposed below the main rotor at a more forward position than the rotor shaft and configured to drive the rotor
shaft;

a radiator disposed at a more forward position than the engine and configured to dissipate heat from the engine; and
a body cover which houses the engine and the radiator; wherein
the body cover includes a first air vent portion penetrated by the rotor shaft, a second air vent portion located at a position
more forward than the first air vent portion and configured to introduce air to the radiator, and a third air vent portion
located at a position more forward than the first air vent portion and more rearward than the radiator; and

at least a portion of the third air vent portion is located at a position higher than the second air vent portion and the
radiator.

US Pat. No. 9,308,981

BOAT PROPULSION DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A boat propulsion device comprising:
an engine unit including:
an engine including a crankshaft extending vertically;
an exhaust pipe connected to the engine; and
a coolant passage configured to cool the engine or the exhaust pipe;
an attachment portion integral with the engine unit outside the coolant passage;
an electrical component attached to the attachment portion;
a wiring connected to the electrical component;
a holder connected to the engine unit outside the coolant passage, the holder being configured to hold the wiring;
a connector that connects the wiring to the electrical component; and
an engine cover housing the engine unit, the attachment portion, the electrical component, the wiring, and the holder; wherein
the holder is spaced away from the connector.

US Pat. No. 9,233,729

STEERING DAMPER CONTROL APPARATUS, AND A SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A steering damper control apparatus comprising:
a damper having an adjustable steering damping force;
a load information detecting unit that detects information relating to a load acting upward on a front wheel;
a command value output unit that determines a damping force command value according to a rate of change of the load acting
upward on the front wheel or a value corresponding to the rate of change based on a detection result of the load information
detecting unit; and

a damper driver that causes the damper to generate a damping force according to the damping force command value.

US Pat. No. 9,079,650

ELECTRIC STEERING APPARATUS FOR VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS, AND VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An electric steering apparatus for a vessel propulsion apparatus, the electric steering apparatus comprising:
a steering motor configured to generate a driving force to turn a steering shaft joined to an outboard motor;
a lock clutch including an input shaft to which rotation is transmitted from the steering motor, an output shaft configured
to transmit the rotation transmitted to the input shaft to the steering shaft, and a casing configured to rotatably hold the
input shaft and the output shaft, the lock clutch being configured to transmit a driving force from the input shaft to the
output shaft when a forward input in which a driving force is transmitted from the steering motor to the steering shaft is
generated, and to transmit a driving force from the output shaft to the casing so as to shut off a driving force transmission
from the output shaft to the input shaft when a reverse input in which a driving force is transmitted from the steering shaft
to the steering motor is generated; and

a rotation stopper mechanism configured to switch between a lock state in which the rotation stopper mechanism restricts rotation
of the casing and a release state in which the rotation stopper mechanism releases a rotation restriction of the casing.

US Pat. No. 9,079,651

MARINE VESSEL PROPULSION SYSTEM AND MARINE VESSEL INCLUDING THE SAME

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A marine vessel propulsion system comprising:
a plurality of outboard motors arranged to be mounted on a hull so as to enable a steering angle of each of the plurality
of outboard motors to change with respect to the hull, each of the steering angles of the plurality of outboard motors having
a maximum angular range of about 60 degrees;

a plurality of operation levers provided correspondingly to the plurality of outboard motors, the plurality of operation levers
arranged to be operated by a marine vessel maneuvering operator to control the plurality of outboard motors to change respective
shift states selected from among a forward drive state, a neutral state, and a reverse drive state;

a plurality of lever position sensors provided correspondingly to the plurality of operation levers and arranged to detect
positions of the plurality of operation levers and to output a plurality of detection results; and

a control unit programmed to control the shift states of the respective outboard motors and to change the steering angle of
at least one of the outboard motors based only on the plurality of detection results from the plurality of lever position
sensors in order to turn, pivot, or laterally move the hull due to a direction of a propulsive force of the at least one of
the outboard motors.

US Pat. No. 9,044,929

PRINTING APPARATUS

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a base;
a frame member fixedly installed on the base;
a printer supported by the frame member to subject a board to printing;
a board conveyer provided on the base displaceably within a range including a printing zone where the printing is performed
by the printer, to convey the board;

a driver for driving the board conveyer;
a controller configured to control the driving of the board conveyer by the driver;
a mark provided on the frame member; and
an image pickup section mounted on the board conveyer to pick up an image of the mark,
wherein the controller is configured to cause the board conveyer to be displaced so as to allow the board to be set in the
printing zone, and, based on the image of the mark picked up by the image pickup section, to perform a strain compensation
for correcting an error in displacement of the board conveyer due to a strain of the driver,

the image pickup section comprises an illuminator capable of emitting illumination light toward the mark,
the frame member has a background plate disposed adjacent to the mark, and
the controller is configured to adjust a luminance of the illumination light based on an image of the background plate picked
up by the image pickup section together with the image of the mark.

US Pat. No. 9,463,843

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A straddle-type vehicle, comprising:
a body frame;
a power unit freely swingably supported on the body frame;
a seat cushion located higher than the power unit;
a foot rest lever being rotatably supported on the body frame using a pivot and the foot rest lever having a foot carrying
face switchable between a received state and an expanded state; and

a vehicle shell covering the body frame and comprising a foot pedal and a back shell portion, the foot pedal being located
forward of and below the seat cushion, the foot pedal further being located forward of the power unit, the back shell portion
being connected to a back edge of the foot pedal, wherein when the straddle-type vehicle is viewed sideways, the back shell
portion is located below the seat cushion so as to divide a space below the seat cushion,

the back shell portion including:
a central cover portion connected to the back edge of the foot pedal, when the straddle-type vehicle is viewed from the top,
a center of a front edge of the central cover portion is located further forward in the front-back direction of the straddle-type
vehicle than two ends of the front edge of the central cover portion;

a front side cover portion, when the straddle-type vehicle is viewed sideways,
the front side cover portion is located further rearward in the front-back direction than the central cover portion and extends
from a lower end of the seat cushion in the up-down direction of the straddle-type vehicle so that the front side cover portion
is further downward than an upper end portion of the power unit, and

a front end portion of an upper portion of the front side cover portion is located further forward in the front-back direction
of the straddle-type vehicle than a back end portion of a lower portion of the front side cover portion, and

when the straddle-type vehicle is viewed from the top, the upper portion of the front side cover portion is located further
inward than the lower portion of the front side cover portion in the left-right direction of the straddle-type vehicle;

a bearing cover portion, when the straddle-type vehicle is viewed from the top, the bearing cover portion is connected between
a lower side edge of the central cover portion and a front edge of the lower portion of the front side cover portion by extending
in the left-right direction of the straddle-type vehicle, the bearing cover portion has a bearing face for bearing the foot
rest lever and facing upwards, and when the straddle-type vehicle is viewed sideways, an imaginary extension line extending
from the bearing face passes through the seat cushion; and

a back side cover portion, when the straddle-type vehicle is viewed sideways, a lower edge of the back side cover portion
is located above the power unit and extends backward from a back edge of the upper portion of the front side cover portion.

US Pat. No. 9,376,188

JET PROPULSION BOAT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A jet propulsion boat comprising:
a boat body;
an engine housed inside the boat body;
a jet propulsion mechanism configured to generate a propulsion power from a driving power of the engine;
a deflector including a jet orifice to discharge a jet flow backward from the jet propulsion mechanism, the deflector being
arranged to swing upward and downward to change a direction of the jet flow upward and downward;

a bucket disposed behind the deflector, the bucket configured to move between a forward movement position in which the bucket
is moved away from a position facing the jet orifice and an operating position in which the bucket faces the jet orifice;

a shift operating portion configured to be switched between a forward movement shift position corresponding to the forward
movement position of the bucket and an operating shift position corresponding to the operating position of the bucket;

a deflector drive mechanism configured to cause the deflector to swing;
a trim adjustment portion to adjust a position of the deflector;
a storage portion that stores a first trim position and a second trim position as swing positions of the deflector; and
a deflector control portion programmed to cause the deflector to swing by controlling the deflector drive mechanism in response
to an operation of the shift operating portion, to cause the deflector to move to the first trim position when the shift operating
portion is switched to the forward movement shift position, and to cause the deflector to move to the second trim position
when the shift operating portion is switched to the operating shift position; wherein

the first trim position includes an up trim position, a neutral trim position, and a down trim position;
the deflector control portion stores the position of the deflector set by the trim adjustment portion in the storage portion
as the first trim position when the shift operating portion is set to the forward movement shift position; and

the deflector control portion is programmed to return the deflector from the second trim position to the first trim position
stored in the storage portion when the shift operating portion is switched from the operating shift position to the forward
movement shift position.

US Pat. No. 9,329,139

COMPLEX INSPECTION DEVICE FOR PRINTED-SUBSTRATE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A complex inspection device for a printed substrate,
comprising:
a substrate table configured to support a printed substrate on which a plurality of electronic components are mounted;
an optical imaging apparatus configured to capture an optical image of an inspection object portion of the printed substrate
placed on the substrate table;

an X-ray irradiation unit configured to irradiate X-rays onto the inspection object portion;
an X-ray camera configured to capture an X-ray image of the inspection object portion from X-rays traveling through the printed
substrate;

a magnification changing unit configured to change a magnification of the X-ray image by relatively displacing the X-ray irradiation
unit and the X-ray camera within a range between a close-up position where an arrival path of X-rays arriving at the X-ray
camera from the X-ray irradiation unit has a first distance for close-up imaging, and a non-close-up position where the arrival
path has a distance longer than the first distance;

a drive unit configured to move the optical imaging apparatus between an imaging position where the optical imaging apparatus
faces the inspection object portion at a space between the X-ray irradiation unit and the X-ray camera, and a withdrawn position
to which the optical imaging apparatus is moved out from the imaging position so that the X-ray irradiation unit and the X-ray
camera are enabled to relatively move toward the close-up position;

an imaging position control unit configured to control the drive unit such that, where at least one of the X-ray irradiation
unit or the X-ray camera is required to move, the optical imaging apparatus is moved out in advance to the withdrawn position;

a table-driving mechanism configured to move the substrate table in a plane parallel to the substrate table, such that the
optical imaging apparatus placed in the withdrawn position is allowed to capture an image of the inspection object portion;
and

a table movement control configured to control the table-driving mechanism so as to capture an image of the inspection object
portion at the withdrawn position, where the optical imaging apparatus has moved out to the withdrawn position.

US Pat. No. 9,233,727

SADDLE TYPE VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A saddle type vehicle comprising:
a rear wheel;
a vehicle frame arranged above the rear wheel in a side view of the vehicle;
a mudguard unit arranged above the rear wheel and attached to the vehicle frame; and
a plurality of nuts configured to secure the mudguard unit to the vehicle frame;wherein
the mudguard unit includes:
a first mudguard member made from resin;
a second mudguard member made from resin, the second mudguard member being a separate component from the first mudguard member,
and the second mudguard member being configured to be attached to the first mudguard member from below the first mudguard
member; and

a plurality of bolts, each of the plurality of bolts including a head sandwiched between the first mudguard member and the
second mudguard member and a male screw protruding upward from the first mudguard member;

the vehicle frame includes an attaching portion provided with a plurality of holes through which the plurality of bolts pass;
the plurality of nuts are mutually separate components, and each of the plurality of nuts includes a locking mechanism; and
the plurality of nuts are configured to be tightened onto the male screws of the plurality of bolts above the attaching portion
to secure the mudguard unit to the attaching portion.

US Pat. No. 9,193,425

JET PROPULSION BOAT

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A jet propulsion boat comprising:
a boat body;
an engine housed in the boat body;
a jet propulsion mechanism arranged to generate a propulsion power based on a driving power from the engine; and
a reverse gate arranged rearward of the jet propulsion mechanism, the reverse gate arranged to be moved to a forward movement
position that allows a jet flow from the jet propulsion mechanism to flow backward, a reverse movement position that allows
the jet flow from the jet propulsion mechanism to flow forward and downward, and a neutral position that allows the jet flow
from the jet propulsion mechanism to flow in a lateral direction; wherein

the reverse gate includes a first member and a second member;
the first member includes a downward opening and a pair of lateral openings, the downward opening opens downward and the pair
of lateral openings open to a right side and to a left side when the reverse gate is positioned in the neutral position; and

the second member covers at least a portion of the downward opening when the reverse gate is positioned in the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 9,132,497

VISCOUS MATERIAL FEEDER AND VISCOUS MATERIAL PRINTER

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A viscous material feeder comprising:
a nozzle to discharge a viscous material stored in a storage portion storing the viscous material; and
a feeding mechanism transferring the viscous material from the storage portion to the nozzle and discharging the viscous material
from the nozzle, wherein the nozzle has a bent feed route to guide the viscous material from the storage portion to a tip
of the nozzle and is configured to be dividable along the bent feed route,

the bent feed route of the nozzle includes a straight passage portion formed in a linear manner and continuing from an entrance
portion of the bent feed route and an inclined passage portion connected to the straight passage portion and inclined with
respect to the straight passage portion,

the inclined passage portion has a circularly cross-sectional surface and a constant flow path width, and linearly extends
obliquely downward from a portion connecting to the straight passage portion toward an exit portion of the bent feed route.

US Pat. No. 9,090,310

STRADDLE-TYPE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A straddle-type electric vehicle comprising:
a front wheel and a rear wheel;
a seat at least a portion of which is disposed farther forward than the rear wheel;
a body cover including:
a foot rest portion located between the front wheel and the rear wheel and configured to support feet of an occupant seated
on the seat; and

a leg shield provided between the foot rest portion and the front wheel and which includes a surface extending in an up-and-down
direction; and

a receptacle configured to receive a gun plug including a plug portion and a grip portion, the receptacle being arranged to
face an opening portion in the body cover; wherein

the opening portion is provided in the body cover at a position which is within a width of the leg shield in a left-and-right
direction of the vehicle and between the leg shield and the rear wheel in a front-and-rear direction of the vehicle;

the receptacle is configured so that a connection port of the receptacle to which the gun plug is electrically connected faces
upward; and

the receptacle is configured so that at least a portion of the grip portion of the gun plug is positioned farther leftward
on the vehicle than the plug portion of the gun plug when the gun plug is electrically connected with the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 9,453,453

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE ENGINE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A single-cylinder internal combustion engine for a vehicle, the single-cylinder internal combustion engine comprising:
a crankcase accommodating a crankshaft;
a cylinder block connected to the crankcase and including only a single cylinder provided therein;
a cylinder head connected to the cylinder block;
a sensor mounting boss provided on the crankcase or the cylinder block;
a sensor arranged to detect knocking of the single-cylinder internal combustion engine, the sensor being mounted to the boss;
and

an air guide member mounted to at least a portion of the crankcase, the cylinder block, or the cylinder head, to guide air
at least to the sensor mounting boss; wherein

the crankcase, the cylinder block, and the cylinder head are arranged in this order from a rear to a front of the vehicle;
the air guide member comprises a shroud including a suction port positioned at a side of the crankcase and arranged to allow
air to flow into the shroud and covering at least a portion of the crankcase, the cylinder block, and the cylinder head but
not covering at least another portion of the cylinder head, and a fan to introduce air into the shroud in association with
rotation of the crankshaft;

a distance between a center of the suction port and a center of the sensor mounting boss in a direction along a cylinder axis
is shorter than a distance between the center of the suction port and the cylinder head in the direction along the cylinder
axis; and

an entire body of the single-cylinder combustion engine is configured to be cooled by air.

US Pat. No. 9,296,458

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:
an engine including a plurality of cylinders arranged side-by-side above and below one another, a plurality of exhaust ports
provided on the plurality of cylinders, and a crankshaft extending in a vertical direction;

an exhaust manifold connected to the exhaust ports;
an exhaust pipe connected to the exhaust manifold, the exhaust pipe including an outer wall section, an inner wall section
located inward of the outer wall section, a coolant passage located between the outer wall section and the inner wall section,
and a constricted section that constricts a flow cross-section of the coolant passage;

a catalytic converter housed in the exhaust pipe; and
a temperature sensor located in the constricted section to measure a temperature of a pipe wall of the exhaust pipe; wherein
the constricted section and the temperature sensor are upstream of the catalytic converter in the exhaust pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,227,714

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:
an engine including a crankshaft configured to be rotatable about a rotation axis extending in an up-down direction, and a
crank chamber that houses the crankshaft;

an oil pan that includes an oil retaining portion provided at an upper end portion thereof with an opening opened upward,
and that is disposed under the engine and configured to retain lubricating oil to be supplied to at least the crank chamber
inside the oil retaining portion;

a cooling water passage disposed along an outer wall surface of the oil retaining portion;
an oil recovery passage that extends downward from the crank chamber to the oil retaining portion and is configured to lead
lubricating oil inside the crank chamber to an inside of the oil retaining portion; and

a guide member that is provided with a shielding portion disposed inside the oil recovery passage so as to be located over
the opening of the oil retaining portion and a guide hole disposed inside the oil recovery passage so as to be located over
an inner wall surface of the oil retaining portion, and that is configured to guide lubricating oil inside the oil recovery
passage to the guide hole by the shielding portion and allow lubricating oil to flow down to the inner wall surface of the
oil retaining portion from the guide hole.

US Pat. No. 9,200,549

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND MOTORCYCLE EQUIPPED WITH THE ENGINE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:
a crankshaft;
a clutch configured to receive torque from the crankshaft (42);

a cam chain interlocking with the crankshaft;
an upper crankcase disposed above the crankshaft;
a lower crankcase disposed below the crankshaft and joined to the upper crankcase;
the upper crankcase and the lower crankcase including a crank chamber accommodating the crankshaft, a clutch chamber accommodating
the clutch and being in communication with the crank chamber, and a cam chain chamber accommodating a portion of the cam chain;

the upper crankcase including a first upper partition wall separating the cam chain chamber and the crank chamber from each
other, and a second upper partition wall including a bottom surface and separating the cam chain chamber and the clutch chamber
from each other;

the lower crankcase including a first lower partition wall being in contact with the first upper partition wall and separating
the cam chain chamber and the crank chamber from each other, and a second lower partition wall including a top surface in
contact with the bottom surface of the second upper partition wall and separating the cam chain chamber and the clutch chamber
from each other;

an oil passage provided in the first lower partition wall and configured to allow communication between the cam chain chamber
and the crank chamber and to guide oil from the cam chain chamber to the crank chamber;

an oil pan disposed below the lower crankcase and configured to recover oil from the crank chamber; and
a first passage including a groove provided in at least one of the bottom surface of the second upper partition wall and the
top surface of the second lower partition wall, and configured to allow communication between the cam chain chamber and the
clutch chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,061,588

VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a first wheel;
a first electric motor configured to drive the first wheel;
a drive torque operator configured to be operated by an operator;
a slip detection unit configured to detect a slipping state of the first wheel;
a first torque command value calculation unit configured or programmed to, at a time of no detection of a first wheel slip
when the slip detection unit has not detected the slipping state of the first wheel, calculate a first torque command value
for the first electric motor according to an input to the drive torque operator, and at a time of detection of the first wheel
slip when the slip detection unit has detected the slipping state of the first wheel, calculate the first torque command value
such that the first torque command value repeatedly fluctuates alternately between a first value not more than the first torque
command value at the time of no detection of the first wheel slip and a second value smaller than the first value; and

a first motor drive unit that is configured to drive the first electric motor according to the first torque command value
calculated by the first torque command value calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,552,940

SWITCH, SWITCH ASSEMBLY AND SWITCH SEAL STRUCTURE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A switch attached to an attachment object through a seal member, comprising:
an operating portion including an operating surface;
a support portion supporting the operating portion so as to enable a push operation for the operating portion;
a flange portion disposed in a direction of the push operation relative to all of the support portion and including a projected
area larger than that of the operating portion;

a seal holding portion disposed in the direction of the push operation relative to the flange portion, the seal holding portion
having a circular shaped portion or an oval shaped portion in contact with the seal member to hold the seal member with the
circular shaped portion or the oval shaped portion; and

a pawl portion disposed in the direction of the push operation relative to the seal holding portion and configured to be hooked
to the attachment object.

US Pat. No. 9,487,283

VESSEL PROPULSION SYSTEM AND VESSEL HAVING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vessel propulsion system comprising:
at least two propulsion devices that are disposed on a left side and on a right side, respectively, with respect to a central
line extending in a front-rear direction through a rotational center of a hull and that are variable in thrust and in steering
angle;

an operating device configured to output a lateral movement command to cause the hull to make a lateral movement in a lateral
direction perpendicular to the central line, the lateral movement command including a commanded direction of either a rightward
direction or a leftward direction in accordance with an operation performed by an operator; and

a controller configured and programmed to control the thrust and the steering angle of each of the two propulsion devices
so that, when the operating device outputs the lateral movement command, a first one of the two propulsion devices that is
disposed on a side existing in the commanded direction with respect to the central line generates a backward thrust, whereas
a second one of the two propulsion devices that is disposed on a side existing in a direction opposite to the commanded direction
with respect to the central line generates a forward thrust, and so that an operating point of a resultant force of the thrusts
of the two propulsion devices is positioned to deviate to the side in the commanded direction from the central line, and so
that a direction of action of the resultant force follows the commanded direction.

US Pat. No. 9,457,605

SCREEN PRINTING MACHINE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A screen printing machine comprising:
a pair of substrate supporting tables including one substrate supporting table and a counterpart substrate supporting table,
each of the pair of substrate supporting tables being provided for holding a substrate that is a print object, the substrate
supporting tables being juxtaposed along a specific direction, the specific direction being horizontally perpendicular to
a conveying direction of the substrate;

a printing executing section that performs a printing process on the substrate held by each of the substrate supporting tables,
the printing process being performed at a print position set in a common area being located between the pair of substrate
supporting tables with respect to the specific direction along which both of the substrate supporting tables are movable;

a substrate supporting table driving mechanism configured to individually drive the pair of substrate supporting tables in
the specific direction; and

a control unit configured to control the substrate supporting table driving mechanism so that the one substrate supporting
table that moves into a printing process enters the print position by moving in a direction approaching the counterpart substrate
supporting table along the specific direction during movement of the counterpart substrate supporting table that has completed
the printing process at the print position as the counterpart substrate supporting table is exiting the print position by
moving in a direction receding along the specific direction,

wherein
the control unit controls the substrate supporting table driving mechanism so that the one substrate supporting table completes
entry to the print position after the counterpart substrate supporting table completes exiting from the print position, in
a way that at least parts of an exit period for the one counterpart substrate supporting table exiting the print position
and an entry period for the one substrate supporting table entering the print position overlap each other.

US Pat. No. 9,434,243

STRADDLE-TYPE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A straddle-type electric vehicle comprising:
a rear wheel;
an electric motor configured to drive the rear wheel;
a battery configured to store and supply power to the electric motor;
a power receiving connector electrically connected to the battery and including a connection port to which a power supply
connector is electrically connected in a first direction; and

a grasped portion configured to be grasped by an operator, the grasped portion being located adjacent to the power receiving
connector and including a portion extending in a second direction orthogonal or substantially orthogonal to the first direction
from the power receiving connector when the connection port of the power receiving connector is viewed in the first direction;
wherein

the power receiving connector and the grasped portion are located above the rear wheel.

US Pat. No. 9,327,815

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:
an engine;
a drive shaft extending downward from the engine;
a drive gear fixed to the drive shaft;
a propeller shaft extending in a direction that intersects the drive shaft;
a forward gear meshed with the drive gear;
a reverse gear meshed with the drive gear;
a shift operating member that is operated to change between forward and reverse;
a dog clutch disposed on the propeller shaft, the dog clutch changing between connecting the forward gear to the propeller
shaft and connecting the reverse gear to the propeller shaft by selectively meshing with the forward gear or the reverse gear
according to an operation of the shift operating member;

a friction clutch including a first friction surface that transmits rotation of the drive shaft, and a second friction surface
that transmits rotation of the propeller shaft, the friction clutch transmitting rotation of the drive shaft to the propeller
shaft by the first friction surface and the second friction surface contacting together;

an actuator that drives the friction clutch; and
a controller configured or programmed, before a shifting stage in which the dog clutch meshes with the forward gear or with
the reverse gear, to execute synchronization control by controlling the actuator to contact the first friction surface and
the second friction surface of the friction clutch together; wherein

in the synchronization control, the controller is configured or programmed to control the actuator so as to maintain a contacting
state between the first friction surface and the second friction surface during a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 9,327,586

SADDLE-TYPE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A saddle-type electric vehicle comprising:
a rear wheel;
a rear arm supporting the rear wheel;
a battery;
an electric motor disposed below the battery such that a rotary shaft of the electric motor extends in a lateral direction
of the vehicle, the electric motor being configured to drive the rear wheel;

a motor control unit configured to receive electrical power from the battery and to supply the electrical power of the battery
to the electric motor; and

an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the motor control unit; wherein
the accommodating portion is positioned below the battery and forward of the electric motor, and is arranged in a posture
in which a length in the front-rear direction of the accommodating portion is less than a vertical height of the accommodating
portion in a side view of the vehicle; and

the battery is accommodated in a battery case, the electric motor is accommodated in a motor case, and the motor case is directly
fixed to the battery case.

US Pat. No. 9,326,434

PARTS FEEDING DEVICE AND SURFACE MOUNTING MACHINE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A parts feeding device equipped in a surface mounting machine body, comprising:
a feed motor for feeding a parts feeding tape which houses parts and is wound around a reel; and
a control unit for controlling the feed motor, the control unit including:
a detection unit for detecting execution of work for removing the parts feeding device from the surface mounting machine body;
and

a rewind execution unit for causing the feed motor to execute a process of rewinding the parts feeding tape, which has become
empty as a result of feeding the parts, when the execution of work for removing the parts feeding device is detected by the
detection unit, wherein

the control unit includes a determination unit for determining a length of an empty portion of the tape, which has become
empty as a result of feeding the parts, from data regarding a feed pitch of the parts and the number of parts that have been
fed, and

the rewind execution unit rewinds the parts feeding tape in an amount of the determined length.

US Pat. No. 9,056,637

CARGO BED AND VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A cargo bed comprising:
a main body portion made of a material including a metal; and
a pair of rear fenders made of a material including a resin and fixed to the main body portion; wherein
the main body portion includes:
a front wall portion extending in an up-down direction and a left-right direction;
a bottom portion extending rearward from a lower edge region of the front wall portion; and
a pair of side wall portions extending upward from two edge regions in the left-right direction, of the bottom portion, and
connected to two edge regions in the left-right direction, of the front wall portion;

the pair of rear fenders are fixed to the pair of side wall portions, respectively;
each of the pair of side wall portions includes:
a main side wall extending upward from the bottom portion;
a first flange portion extending in the left-right direction, from an upper edge of the main side wall to an outside of the
main body portion; and

a second flange portion extending downward from an outside edge of the first flange portion; and
each of the pair of rear fenders covers at least an entire lower edge of the second flange portion; and
each of the pair of rear fenders is fixed to the second flange portion with a fastener.

US Pat. No. 9,464,956

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE ENGINE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A single-cylinder internal combustion engine for a vehicle, the single-cylinder internal combustion engine comprising:
a crankcase accommodating a crankshaft;
a cylinder block connected to the crankcase and including a cylinder provided therein;
a cylinder head connected to the cylinder block;
a sensor mounting boss provided on the crankcase, the cylinder block, or the cylinder head;
a sensor arranged to detect knocking of the single-cylinder internal combustion engine, the sensor being mounted to the sensor
mounting boss;

a fin provided on at least a portion of the cylinder block and the cylinder head; and
a heat insulation member interposed between the sensor mounting boss and the sensor; wherein
the heat insulation member is made of a material having a lower thermal conductivity than that of the sensor mounting boss;
the sensor is arranged to detect vibrations;
the single-cylinder internal combustion engine further includes a bolt arranged to mount the sensor and the heat insulation
member to the sensor mounting boss, a portion of the bolt being in contact with the sensor mounting boss and another portion
of the bolt being in direct contact with the sensor;

each of the cylinder block and the cylinder head includes a top surface, a bottom surface, a left surface, and a right surface;
an intake pipe is connected to one of the to surface, the bottom surface, the left surface, and the right surface of the cylinder
head, and an exhaust pipe is connected to an opposite surface to the surface to which the intake pipe is connected; and

the sensor mounting boss is provided on the surface of the cylinder head to which the intake pipe is connected or on a surface
of the cylinder block that corresponds to the surface of the cylinder head to which the intake pipe is connected.

US Pat. No. 9,371,106

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle driven by power from a power source, the vehicle comprising:
a left front wheel and a right front wheel that are steerable and spaced apart in a left-and-right direction as seen from
a front of the vehicle;

a right shock absorbing device that supports the right front wheel at a lower portion thereof and configured to absorb an
upward displacement of the right front wheel in an up-and-down direction of a body frame;

a left shock absorbing device that supports the left front wheel at a lower portion thereof and configured to absorb an upward
displacement of the left front wheel in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a link mechanism including:
a right side portion that supports an upper portion of the right shock absorbing device so as to turn about a right steering
axis that extends in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a left side portion that supports an upper portion of the left shock absorbing device so as to turn about a left steering
axis parallel or substantially parallel to the right steering axis;

an upper cross portion including a right end portion that supports an upper portion of the right side portion via an upper
right bearing so as to turn about an upper right axis that extends in a front-and-rear direction of the body frame, a left
end portion that supports an upper portion of the left side portion thereof via an upper left bearing so as to turn about
an upper left axis parallel or substantially parallel to the upper right axis, and a middle portion supported on the body
frame via an upper middle bearing so as to turn about an upper middle axis parallel or substantially parallel to the upper
right axis and the upper left axis; and

a lower cross portion includes a right end portion that supports a lower portion of the right side portion via a lower right
bearing so as to turn about a lower right axis parallel or substantially parallel to the upper right axis, a left end portion
that supports a lower portion of the left side portion thereof via a lower left bearing so as to turn about a lower left axis
parallel or substantially parallel to the upper left axis, and a middle portion supported on the body frame via a lower middle
bearing so as to turn about a lower middle axis parallel or substantially parallel to the upper middle axis;

a steering shaft supported on the body frame between the right side portion and the left side portion in a transverse direction
of the body frame, including an upper end portion higher in the up-and-down direction of the body frame than the lower middle
axis, and turnable about a middle steering axis that extends in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a handlebar provided at the upper end portion of the steering shaft; and
a turn transfer mechanism configured to transfer a turning motion of the steering shaft corresponding to an operation of the
handlebar to the right shock absorbing device and to the left shock absorbing device; wherein

in the link mechanism:
the upper cross portion has a different volume than the lower cross portion; and
a displacement of the upper cross portion resulting when a forward or rearward test force in a direction of the upper right
axis is exerted on the upper right bearing with the lower cross portion removed and the upper cross portion mounted, a displacement
of the upper cross portion resulting when a force equal or substantially equal in magnitude and direction as the test force
is exerted on the upper left bearing with the lower cross portion removed and the upper cross portion mounted, a displacement
of the lower cross portion resulting when a force the same in magnitude and direction as the test force is exerted on the
lower right bearing with the upper cross portion removed and the lower cross portion mounted, and a displacement of the lower
cross portion resulting when a force the same in magnitude and direction as the test force is exerted on the lower left bearing
with the upper cross portion removed and the lower cross portion mounted are equal or substantially equal to one another.

US Pat. No. 9,352,798

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a body frame that leans to the right of the vehicle when the vehicle turns right and that leans to the left of the vehicle
when the vehicle turns left;

a right front wheel and a left front wheel that are aligned in a left-and-right direction of the body frame;
a right suspension device that supports the right front wheel at a lower portion thereof and that absorbs an upward displacement
of the right front wheel in an up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a left suspension device that supports the left front wheel at a lower portion thereof and that absorbs an upward displacement
of the left front wheel in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a link mechanism which includes:
right side portion that supports an upper portion of the right suspension device so as to turn about a right steering axis
that extends in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a left side portion that supports an upper portion of the left suspension device so as to turn about a left steering axis
that is parallel to the right steering axis;

upper cross portion that supports an upper portion of the right side portion at a right end portion thereof so as to turn
about an upper right axis that extends in a front-and-rear direction of the body frame and supports an upper portion of the
left side portion at a left end portion thereof so as to turn about an upper left axis that is parallel or substantially parallel
to the upper right axis and that is supported on the body frame at a middle portion thereof so as to turn about an upper middle
axis that is parallel or substantially parallel to the upper right axis and the upper left axis; and

a lower cross portion that supports a lower portion of the right side portion at a right end portion so as to turn about a
lower right axis that is parallel or substantially parallel to the upper right axis and supports a lower portion of the left
side portion at a left end portion thereof so as to turn about a lower left axis that is parallel or substantially parallel
the upper left axis and that is supported on the body frame at a middle portion thereof so as to turn about a lower middle
axis that is parallel to the upper middle axis;

a body cover that is provided at least directly ahead of, directly behind, directly on the left of, or directly on the right
of an outer peripheral surface of the link mechanism excluding an upper surface and a lower surface thereof;

a brake device that is provided directly below the link mechanism to apply a braking force to, at least, one of the right
front wheel and the left front wheel;

a brake controller that is provided directly above the link mechanism to control the brake device; and
a brake controlling operation transmission member that connects the brake controller with the brake device to transmit a brake
controlling operation that is inputted into the brake controller to the brake device; wherein

the body cover includes an outer surface covering portion that covers at least a portion of the outer peripheral surface of
the link mechanism excluding the upper surface and the lower surface thereof; and

when the vehicle is in the upright state, at least a portion of a leaning associated deforming portion of the brake controlling
operation transmission member that deforms in association with the leaning of the body frame is positioned between the outer
peripheral surface of the link mechanism, excluding the upper surface and the lower surface thereof, and the outer surface
covering portion.

US Pat. No. 9,346,421

SADDLE-TYPE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A saddle-type electric vehicle comprising:
an electric motor configured to drive a drive wheel;
a battery configured to be attached to, and detached from, the vehicle and to supply electrical power to the electric motor;
a connector provided on the battery;
an elastic member configured to support the battery; and
a connector on the vehicle configured to be electrically connected to the connector on the battery; wherein
the connector on the vehicle is configured to be switched between an unlock state in which movement of the connector on the
vehicle follows oscillations of the battery during travelling of the vehicle, and a lock state in which the movement of the
connector on the vehicle is restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,297,300

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle a rider straddles comprising:
a body frame having a head pipe, a main frame extending downward to a rear of the vehicle from the head pipe, a down frame
extending downward to the rear from the head pipe in a position below the main frame, and a lower frame connecting an end
of the down frame with an end of the main frame;

a steering shaft rotatably inserted in the head pipe;
a front fork attached to the steering shaft;
a front wheel rotatably attached to the front fork;
an engine having a crankshaft, a crankcase housing the crankshaft, a piston, and a cylinder member attached to the crankcase
and having formed therein a cylinder with an axis extending upward obliquely to the rear, the cylinder having an innermost
radius so as to form an aperture in the cylinder to house the piston, the axis of the cylinder being located in front of a
straight line that intersects an axis of the crankshaft and is parallel to the axis of the cylinder;

a first support plate for fixing the crankcase and the lower frame to each other; and
a second support plate for fixing the cylinder member and the main frame to each other,
wherein both of at least a portion of the first support plate and at least a portion of the second support plate are located
in an area corresponding to an extension of the cylinder in a side view, outermost edges of the extension each being both

disposed a distance, that is equal to said innermost radius, away from said axis of the cylinder, and
parallel to said axis of the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 9,211,773

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A straddle-type vehicle comprising:
a body frame;
left and right front wheels;
a link mechanism configured to connect the left and right front wheels with the body frame;
a shock absorber configured to damp vibrations in a same phase occurring in the left and right front wheels; and
a damper configured to damp vibrations in opposite phases occurring in the left and right front wheels; wherein
the damper is configured such that its damping force increases at least in a certain frequency range as a frequency of the
vibrations in opposite phases increases.

US Pat. No. 9,540,089

MARINE PROPULSION DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A marine propulsion device comprising:
an engine;
a driving shaft coupled to the engine and configured to transmit power;
a first cooling water pump configured to be driven by a driving force of the driving shaft and to pump cooling water to cool
the engine;

a cooling water path configured to supply the cooling water pumped by the first cooling water pump to the engine; and
a pressurization mechanism arranged in a water passage upstream of a suction port of the first cooling water pump and configured
to apply pressure to the cooling water supplied to the suction port of the first cooling water pump; wherein

the pressurization mechanism includes a rotating body configured to be driven by the driving force of the driving shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,434,439

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a body frame;
a left front wheel and a right front wheel disposed in a left and right direction of the body frame when seen from a front
of the vehicle and that are configured to be steered;

a rear wheel disposed behind the left front wheel and the right front wheel;
a hydraulic brake system provided on any one of the right front wheel, the left front wheel, and the rear wheel;
a left shock absorbing device that supports the left front wheel at a lower portion thereof and is configured to absorb an
upward displacement of the left front wheel in an up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a right shock absorbing device that supports the right front wheel at a lower portion thereof and is configured to absorb
an upward displacement of the right front wheel in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a link mechanism including:
a right side member that supports an upper portion of the right shock absorbing device so as to turn about a right steering
axis that extends in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a left side member that supports an upper portion of the left shock absorbing device so as to turn about a left steering axis
parallel or substantially parallel to the right steering axis; and

a plurality of cross members that support the right side member at right end portions thereof so as to turn about right axes
that extend in a front-and-rear direction of the body frame, that support the left side member at left end portions thereof
so as to turn about left axes parallel or substantially parallel to the right axes, and supported on a link support portion
of the body frame at middle portions thereof so as to turn about middle axes parallel or substantially parallel to the right
axes and the left axes;

an external vehicle component of which at least a portion is disposed forward of or rearward of the link mechanism in the
front-and-rear direction of the body frame and that defines at least a portion of an external surface of the vehicle; and

a hydraulic unit configured to control a braking force of the hydraulic brake system; wherein
the hydraulic unit is smaller than a cross member movable area where the plurality of cross members move relative to the body
frame as seen from a direction of the middle axes, is disposed in a position that overlaps at least a portion of the cross
member movable area and at least a portion of the external vehicle component as seen from the direction of the middle axes
and between the cross member movable area and the external vehicle component in relation to the direction of the middle axes,
and is supported on the link support portion of the body frame that supports the link mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,346,510

ATTITUDE CONTROLLER AND SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An attitude controller comprising:
a lateral acceleration obtaining unit that obtains a lateral acceleration as rightward and leftward accelerations acting on
a vehicle;

a bank angle detector that detects a bank angle of the vehicle; and
a longitudinal force controller programmed to decrease, independently of each wheel of the vehicle, an absolute value of a
longitudinal force as a sum of forward and backward forces acting on each of the wheels based on the obtained lateral acceleration
and the detected bank angle; wherein

the longitudinal force controller obtains a skid motion acceleration of each of the wheels based on the lateral acceleration,
a yaw rate, a travelling velocity, and the bank angle, and is programmed to decrease, independently of each of the wheels,
the absolute value of the longitudinal force in accordance with the skid motion acceleration.

US Pat. No. 9,328,638

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:
an engine including a crankshaft that is rotatable about a rotation axis extending in an up-down direction, and a crank chamber
that houses the crankshaft;

an oil pan that is disposed under the engine and retains lubricating oil to be supplied to at least the crank chamber;
an oil recovery passage that extends downward from the crank chamber to the oil pan and leads lubricating oil inside the crank
chamber to an inside of the oil pan; and

a first blowby gas passage that is separated from the oil recovery passage and extends downward from the crank chamber to
the oil pan and that leads a blowby gas inside the crank chamber to an inside of the oil pan.

US Pat. No. 9,296,459

SPACER CASE FOR OUTBOARD MOTOR AND OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A spacer case for an outboard motor is arranged between an upper case and a lower case of the outboard motor and configured
to adjust a position of the lower case in a vertical direction with respect to the upper case, the spacer case comprising:
a front portion including a drive shaft through-hole through which a drive shaft is configured to pass from an upper surface
of the spacer case to a lower surface of the spacer case; and

a rear portion including a lateral opening that opens to a side surface of the spacer case; wherein
the rear portion includes:
an upper fastening hole opening to the upper surface of the spacer case and configured to receive a first fastening member;
and

a lower fastening hole opening to the lower surface of the spacer case and configured to receive a second fastening member;
wherein

at least one of the upper fastening hole and the lower fastening hole connects to the lateral opening inside the spacer case.

US Pat. No. 9,199,710

WATER JET PROPULSION WATERCRAFT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A water jet propulsion assembly comprising:
an engine including a cylinder head including an exhaust port, and a rear surface facing a rear direction of the water jet
propulsion assembly;

a jet propulsion unit configured to be driven by the engine so as to suck in water from outside of the water jet propulsion
assembly and jet the water;

a first exhaust pipe attached to a side of the engine, connected to the exhaust port, extending rearward from the exhaust
port to a rear end of the engine when the engine is viewed from a side direction, and configured to guide exhaust gas discharged
from the engine;

an exhaust pipe cooling unit configured to cool the first exhaust pipe; and
a catalyst unit connected to the first exhaust pipe, extending in a width direction of the water jet propulsion assembly in
a region that is rearward of the rear surface of the engine, and configured to promote reaction of components contained in
the exhaust gas.

US Pat. No. 9,163,550

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:
a crankshaft;
a crankcase supporting the crankshaft;
a cylinder block connected to the crankcase and including an upper surface, a lower surface, and a cylinder provided therein;
a cylinder head superposed on the cylinder block so as to cover the cylinder;
a cooling fan that rotates together with the crankshaft;
a shroud arranged to cover a portion of the crankcase, the cooling fan, a portion of the cylinder block, and a portion of
the cylinder head; and

a plurality of fins are provided at least in a region of the cylinder block covered by the shroud; wherein
the plurality of fins include fins provided at the upper surface of the cylinder block and fins provided at the lower surface
of the cylinder block;

the shroud includes an upper facing wall portion that faces the fins provided at the upper surface of the cylinder block and
a lower facing wall portion that faces the fins provided at the lower surface of the cylinder block; and

an exhaust opening that discharges air to outside of the shroud and opens on a side of the cylinder block that is opposite
to a side of the cylinder block that faces the cooling fan, an end of the exhaust opening being provided directly above the
upper surface of the cylinder block and between the upper facing wall portion and the upper surface of the cylinder block,
or directly below the lower surface of the cylinder block and between the lower facing wall portion and the lower surface
of the cylinder block.

US Pat. No. 9,051,975

DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION MECHANISM AND START CONTROL METHOD

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A dual clutch transmission apparatus comprising:
a first clutch that transmits or blocks a torque from a crankshaft to a first main shaft;
a second clutch that transmits or blocks a torque from the crankshaft to a second main shaft;
an output shaft to which the torque on the first main shaft is transmitted through an odd-numbered transmission gear mechanism
including odd-numbered transmission gears, and to which the torque on the second main shaft is transmitted through an even-numbered
transmission gear mechanism including even-numbered transmission gears;
a transmission mechanism that changes meshing between the odd-numbered transmission gears in the odd-numbered transmission
gear mechanism and the even-numbered transmission gears in the even-numbered transmission gear mechanism; and
a transmission control unit programmed to change a transmission path for the torque by controlling the transmission mechanism,
the first clutch, and the second clutch; wherein

at a start of moving a vehicle, in a state in which a predetermined odd-numbered transmission gear and a predetermined even-numbered
transmission gear are selected, the transmission control unit is programmed to change torque capacities of the first and second
clutches while maintaining the torque capacities in a constant proportion until a clutch rotational speed difference in a
clutch, among the first clutch and the second clutch, on a lower transmission gear side becomes zero or close to zero, thereafter
to set the torque capacity of the clutch on the lower transmission gear side to a sum of the torque capacities of the first
and second clutches, and also to set the torque capacity of a clutch, among the first clutch and the second clutch, on a higher
transmission gear side to zero.

US Pat. No. 9,487,258

STRADDLED VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A straddled vehicle comprising a body frame and a front wheel portion that includes at least one front wheel, the straddled
vehicle being turnable leftward while the body frame is tilted leftward in a left-right direction of the vehicle and being
turnable rightward while the body frame is tilted rightward in the left-right direction of the vehicle, the straddled vehicle
comprising:
a steering shaft turnably supported by the body frame;
a handlebar that is longest in the left-right direction of the vehicle and that is configured to turn integrally with the
steering shaft;

a left front-wheel support unit located at the left of the steering shaft in the left-right direction of the vehicle and being
turnable with the steering shaft, the left front-wheel support unit including

an upper portion supported by the body frame, and
a lower portion that supports the front wheel portion and that is displaceable with respect to the upper portion in an up-down
direction of the vehicle;

a right front-wheel support unit located at the right of the steering shaft in the left-right direction of the vehicle and
being turnable with the steering shaft, the right front-wheel support unit including

an upper portion supported by the body frame, and
a lower portion that supports the front wheel portion and that is displaceable with respect to the upper portion of the right
front-wheel support unit in the in the up-down direction of the vehicle;

a first highly-directional light unit including
a first light-emitting section that emits highly-directional first light, and
a first optical lens section that refracts the first light to form a first light distribution, the first light distribution
being a light distribution of at least part of a light beam, the light beam being a main beam or dipped beam;

a second highly-directional light unit being configured to turn on when the first highly-directional light unit is turned
on, and to turn off when the first highly-directional light unit is turned off, the second highly-directional light unit including

a second light-emitting section that emits highly-directional second light, and
a second optical lens section that refracts the second light to form a second light distribution, the second light distribution
being a light distribution of at least part of the light beam, which includes the first light distribution; and

a first base portion that supports the first highly-directional light unit and the second highly-directional light unit, the
first base portion being movably supported so that a position of the first base portion relative to the body frame or the
handlebar is changeable, wherein

the first highly-directional light unit and the second highly-directional light unit are formed in such a way that:
in the left-right direction of the vehicle when viewed from a front of the vehicle, each of the first optical lens section
and the second optical lens section has a respective maximum width which is smaller than half a first length,

wherein in the left-right direction of the vehicle when viewed from the front of the vehicle, the first length is measured
in the left-right direction between a left end of the lower portion of the left front-wheel support unit and a right end of
the lower portion of the right front-wheel support unit; and

a second length between the first optical lens section and the second optical lens section is both
smaller than half the first length, and
greater than half a length that is a smaller one of a minimum width of the first optical lens section and a minimum width
of the second optical lens section, the minimum widths of the first and second optical lens sections each being measured in
the left-right direction of the vehicle when viewed from the front of the vehicle,

further wherein the first and second highly-directional light units are fixed to the first base portion so as to maintain,
when a relative position of the first base portion with respect to the body frame or the handlebar is changed, a state in
which a first wall light distribution partially overlaps a second wall light distribution while a remaining part of the first
wall light distribution does not overlap the second wall light distribution,

further wherein the first wall light distribution is the first light distribution projected onto an upright wall body located
10 meters forward of the vehicle from a front end of one of the first optical lens section and the second optical lens section
that is located at a foremost forward position in a front-rear direction of the vehicle from among all portions of the first
and second optical lens sections, and

further wherein the second wall light distribution is the second light distribution projected onto the wall body.

US Pat. No. 9,422,046

BOAT PROPULSION DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A boat propulsion device comprising:
an engine including a crankshaft extending in an up-and-down direction; and
a cowling accommodating the engine; wherein
the cowling includes a first cowling portion made of resin, a second cowling, and a coupling mechanism configured to couple
the first cowling portion to the second cowling portion;

the coupling mechanism includes a first lock portion and a second lock portion, the first lock portion is attached to the
first cowling portion, and the second lock portion is attached to the second cowling portion and locks with the first lock
portion;

the first cowling portion includes a cowling main body and a support portion, the support portion has a plate shape, the support
portion is erected on an inner surface of the cowling main body, and the support portion supports the first lock portion;

the support portion includes a small thickness section and a large thickness section, the small thickness section is connected
with the inner surface, the large thickness section includes an attachment surface to which the first lock portion is attached,
and the large thickness section is continuous with the small thickness section;

a thickness of the large thickness section is greater than a thickness of the small thickness section in a direction perpendicular
or substantially perpendicular to the attachment surface; and

the large thickness section includes a rib connected with the inner surface.

US Pat. No. 9,346,529

VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vessel propulsion apparatus comprising:
an engine that generates power to propel a vessel;
an oil pan that retains lubricating oil to be supplied to the engine;
a water inlet disposed under the engine;
a cooling water supply passage extending from the water inlet to the engine;
a water pump that is disposed in the cooling water supply passage, and that takes in water outside of the vessel propulsion
apparatus from the water inlet and supplies the taken-in water to the engine via the cooling water supply passage, by being
driven by the engine;

an auxiliary cooling passage branching from the cooling water supply passage at a branch position between the engine and the
water pump and extending from the branch position to the oil pan; and

a pressure control valve that performs flow rate limitation to limit a flow rate of water flowing from the cooling water supply
passage to the auxiliary cooling passage when a water pressure inside the cooling water supply passage is less than a set
pressure, and that cancels the flow rate limitation to allow a portion of the water inside the cooling water supply passage
to flow to the auxiliary cooling passage when the water pressure inside the cooling water supply passage is the set pressure
or more to maintain the water pressure inside the cooling water supply passage to be less than the set pressure, and to supply
water to the oil pan via the auxiliary cooling passage.

US Pat. No. 9,315,251

OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:
an engine;
a drive shaft extending downward from the engine;
a drive gear fixed to the drive shaft;
a propeller shaft extending in a direction that intersects the drive shaft;
a forward gear meshed with the drive gear;
a reverse gear meshed with the drive gear;
a dog clutch disposed on the propeller shaft, the dog clutch changing between connecting the forward gear to the propeller
shaft and connecting the reverse gear to the propeller shaft;

a friction clutch arranged in sequence with the dog clutch along an axial direction of the propeller shaft, the friction clutch
transmitting rotation of the drive shaft to the propeller shaft by frictional force; and

a connection changeover mechanism including a shift shaft extending along the axial direction of the propeller shaft and shifting
along the axial direction of the propeller shaft; wherein

the connection changeover mechanism changes a connection of the dog clutch and a connection of the friction clutch according
to the position of the shift shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,056,664

WATER JET PROPULSION WATERCRAFT

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A water jet propulsion watercraft comprising:
a hull;
an engine housed in the hull, the engine including a plurality of exhaust ports;
a jet propulsion unit arranged to be driven by the engine and configured to draw in water from around the hull and jet the
water out;

an exhaust passage configured to guide exhaust gas from the engine to an exterior of the hull;
a catalytic converter unit including a catalyst member arranged in the exhaust passage;
a water lock arranged in the exhaust passage downstream of the catalyst member;
a first oxygen sensor arranged in the exhaust passage upstream of the catalyst member; and
a second oxygen sensor arranged in the exhaust passage at a position downstream of the catalyst member and upstream of the
water lock; wherein

the catalytic converter unit is arranged at approximately a same height as the plurality of exhaust ports;
the exhaust passage includes a first pipe body arranged to face a side surface of the engine and configured to extend in a
longitudinal direction of the watercraft; and

the first oxygen sensor or the second oxygen sensor is arranged at a position higher than a widthwise oriented centerline
of the first pipe body and closer to the engine in a widthwise direction than a vertically oriented centerline of the first
pipe body when the first pipe body is viewed in a cross-section perpendicular to an axial centerline of the first pipe body.

US Pat. No. 9,555,868

BOAT PROPULSION DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A boat propulsion device comprising:
an engine including a crankshaft extending in a vertical direction and ahead portion arranged horizontally adjacent to the
crankshaft;

a drive shaft extending in the vertical direction and connected to the crankshaft; and
a propeller shaft extending in a horizontal direction and connected to the drive shaft; wherein
the head portion includes:
a plurality of plug holes aligned in the vertical direction and arranged parallel or substantially parallel to the crankshaft;
a plurality of first attachment portions arranged about a periphery of the plurality of plug holes, the plurality of first
attachment portions configured to attach a plurality of integrated coils integrated with a plurality of spark plugs in a coil-on-plug
configuration; and

a second attachment portion provided separately from the plurality of first attachment portions, the second attachment portion
configured to attach a separated coil connected via a plurality of cables to a plurality of spark plugs in a double ended
ignition coil configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,505,475

JET PROPELLED WATERCRAFT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A jet propelled watercraft comprising:
a jet pump configured to jet water rearwardly;
an engine configured to drive the jet pump and including a crankshaft configured to rotate around a crankshaft axis, a crankcase
housing the crankshaft, a case cover attached to the crankcase, and a stopper attachment portion integral and unitary with
the crankcase or with the case cover;

a hull housing the engine; and
a stopper disposed between the hull and the engine, the stopper facing the hull in an up-down direction across a space between
the stopper and the hull, the stopper being made of an elastic material, the stopper being attached to the stopper attachment
portion, the stopper being an integral and unitary member, and the stopper being disposed at a more forward position than
the crankcase.

US Pat. No. 9,481,094

ARM COMPONENT AND INDUSTRIAL ROBOT EMPLOYING SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An arm member that is connected to counterpart members each having a pair of counterpart joint portions which faces the
opposite side from each other, comprising:
a first rod and a second rod each of which has a rod side joint portion which constitutes a ball joint, in collaboration with
the counterpart joint portion, and is connected to the counterpart member by the rod side joint portion that is assembled
with the counterpart joint portion;

a first connecting piece disposed at a predetermined axial position of the first rod;
a second connecting piece disposed at an axial position of the second rod corresponding to the position of the first connecting
piece;

a spring member extending between and directly connected to the first connecting piece and the second connecting piece, the
spring member biasing the connecting pieces in directions to approach each other in such a way as to keep the first rod and
the second rod at less than a predetermined distance from each other, the predetermined distance at which the assembled state
of the rod side joint portion with the counterpart joint portion being released; and

a regulating member including a pair of regulating portions which are disposed at a predetermined distance from each other
in an arrangement direction of the first rod and the second rod, and are respectively engaged with the first connecting piece
and the second connecting piece to regulate displacement of the connecting pieces in departing directions, wherein

the regulating member includes a first unit member and a second unit member combined in such a way as to sandwich the connecting
pieces from both sides in the axial direction of the rods, and

each of the first unit member and the second unit member includes a coupling portion which keeps the combined state of the
unit members and permits the unit members to be released from each other upon application of an external force to the, wherein

the spring member is in the form of a tension coil spring extending between the first connecting piece and the second connecting
piece; each of the first connecting piece and the second connecting piece includes an engaging portion disposed outside the
spring member in the arrangement direction of the first rod and the second rod; and the regulating member is in the form of
a box including a peripheral wall portion which encloses the spring member and is engaged with the engaging portions from
the outside in the arrangement direction of the first rod and the second rod, the peripheral wall portion serving as the regulating
portions.

US Pat. No. 9,415,677

AIR INTAKE TEMPERATURE SENSOR ARRANGEMENT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A motorcycle comprising:
a body frame;
an engine supported by the body frame;
a radiator disposed in front of the engine;
a radiator fan disposed between the engine and the radiator and configured to pass air through the radiator from a front of
the radiator;

a frame cover disposed above the radiator, the frame cover being mounted to the body frame and covering at least a portion
of the body frame, and the frame cover being spaced away from the radiator; and

an intake air temperature sensor mounted to the frame cover; wherein
the radiator fan rotates clockwise as viewed from a front of the motorcycle and the intake air temperature sensor is positioned
above a right end of the radiator as viewed from the front of the motorcycle, or the radiator fan rotates counterclockwise
as viewed from the front of the motorcycle and the intake air temperature sensor is positioned above a left end of the radiator
as viewed from the front of the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 9,365,354

LINEAR CONVEYOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A linear conveyor, comprising:
a linear motor stator including a plurality of electromagnets arranged along a predetermined conveyor path, and operable to
individually undergo electric current supply control with respect to each of predetermined zones;

a plurality of conveyor carriages each provided with a linear motor rotor and with a unique information storing device configured
to store predetermined unique information, the linear motor rotor being constituted of a permanent magnet and constituting
a linear motor in cooperation with the linear motor stator, the conveyor carriages being disposed to be movable along the
conveyor path;

a plurality of motor control devices provided in the respective corresponding zones of the linear motor stator, and configured
to individually perform electric current supply control for the electromagnets with respect to each of the zones; and

a reading device configured to read the unique information stored in the unique information storing device,
the unique information storing device being configured to store, as the unique information, position correction data for use
in correcting a movement error unique to the conveyor carriage, and

each of the motor control devices being configured to determine, as control data, either the position correction data read
by the reading device or process data processed with use of the position correction data for performing electric current supply
control for the electromagnets with use of the control data so as to stop the conveyor carriage at a target stop position.

US Pat. No. 9,327,797

VEHICLE SHOCK ABSORBER

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle shock absorber comprising:
an outer tube member connected to a vehicle body;
an inner tube member connected to a wheel and disposed on an inside of the outer tube member so as to be capable of relative
movement in an axial direction of the outer tube member;

a damper cylinder connected to the outer tube member and disposed on an inside of the inner tube member;
a guide member fixed to a portion of an outer peripheral surface of the damper cylinder that is opposite to the inner tube
member; and

a spring member disposed between the inner tube member and the guide member and arranged to expand and contract along with
the relative movement of the outer tube member and the inner tube member; wherein

the guide member includes:
a guide main body; and
a low-friction component provided at a portion of the guide main body that comes into contact with the inner tube member when
the outer tube member and/or the inner tube member is bent; wherein

the low-friction component has a coefficient of friction lower than a coefficient of friction of the guide main body; and
the low-friction component includes a gap between itself and the inner tube member in a state in which neither the outer tube
member nor the inner tube member is bent.

US Pat. No. 9,260,172

OUTBOARD MOTOR AND VESSEL

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An outboard motor comprising:
an engine;
an exhaust passage that guides an exhaust generated in the engine;
a catalyst disposed inside the exhaust passage and that purifies the exhaust flowing inside the exhaust passage;
a cooling water passage including at least a portion disposed at a periphery of the catalyst and that guides cooling water
that cools the exhaust passage;

a water pump disposed lower than the catalyst and that supplies water outside the outboard motor as the cooling water to the
cooling water passage via a water inlet that opens at an outer surface of the outboard motor;

a vent hole disposed higher than the catalyst and that connects an interior of the cooling water passage to an exterior of
the cooling water passage; and

a restriction valve that allows a fluid to flow from the interior of the cooling water passage to the exterior of the cooling
water passage via the vent hole and that restricts the flow of the fluid from the exterior of the cooling water passage to
the interior of the cooling water passage via the vent hole; wherein

the restriction valve restricts the flow of fluid from the exterior of the cooling water passage to the interior of the cooling
water passage at a flow rate smaller than the restriction valve allows the flow of fluid from the interior of the cooling
water passage to the exterior of the cooling water passage.

US Pat. No. 9,216,790

VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a body frame including a headpipe;
a right front wheel and a left front wheel disposed side by side in a left-and-right direction of the body frame;
a right shock absorbing device supporting the right front wheel at a lower portion thereof and configured to absorb a displacement
of the right front wheel in an up-and-down direction of the body frame with respect to an upper portion thereof;

a left shock absorbing device supporting the left front wheel at a lower portion thereof and configured to absorb a displacement
of the left front wheel in the up-and-down direction of the body frame with respect to an upper portion thereof;

a link mechanism including:
a right side rod turnably supporting the upper portion of the right shock absorbing device around a right axis extending in
the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a left side rod turnably supporting the upper portion of the left shock absorbing device around a left axis parallel or substantially
parallel to the right axis;

an upper cross member including a right end portion turnably supporting the upper portion of the right side rod, a left end
portion turnably supporting the upper portion of the left side rod, and an intermediate portion turnably supported by the
body frame around an upper axis extending in a front-and-rear direction of the body frame; and

a lower cross member including a right end portion turnably supporting a lower portion of the right side rod, a left end portion
turnably supporting a lower portion of the left side rod, and an intermediate portion turnably supported by the body frame
around a lower axis which is parallel or substantially parallel to the upper axis;

a steering shaft supported on the headpipe between the right side rod and the left side rod in the left-and-right direction
of the body frame, and including an upper end portion above the lower axis which is a turning axis of the lower cross member
in the up-and-down direction of the body frame, and is turnable with respect to the headpipe around an intermediate axis extending
in the up-and-down direction of the body frame;

a handlebar attached to the upper end portion of the steering shaft;
a turning transmission mechanism configured to transfer a turning motion of the steering shaft corresponding to an operation
of the handlebar to the right shock absorbing device and to the left shock absorbing device; and

a resisting force changing mechanism configured to change a resisting force exerted against a turning operation of the upper
cross member and the lower cross member with respect to the body frame; wherein

the resisting force changing mechanism includes:
an extended member including a first end supported on a first support portion on any one of the link mechanism, the body frame,
the right shock absorbing device, and the left shock absorbing device, and which is turnable around a support axis of the
first support portion;

a frictional force change member supported on a second support portion provided on any one of the link mechanism, the body
frame, the right shock absorbing device, and the left shock absorbing device which are configured to be displaced relative
to the first support portion, the frictional force change member being configured to change a frictional force with the extended
member; and

a guide member configured to guide a middle portion or a second end portion of the extended member to the frictional force
change member; and

a turning angle of the extended member relative to the first support portion resulting from a turning operation of the upper
cross member and the lower cross member relative to the body frame is smaller than a turning angle of the upper cross member
or a turning angle of the lower cross member relative to the body frame resulting from the turning operation.

US Pat. No. 9,120,527

STEERING DAMPER CONTROL APPARATUS, AND A SADDLE RIDING TYPE VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A steering damper control apparatus to control a steering damping force, the steering damper control apparatus comprising:
a damper having an adjustable steering damping force;
an idle spin detecting device that detects an idle spin of a rear wheel; and
a damping force adjusting device that adjusts the damping force of the damper to be higher when the idle spin detecting device
detects an idle spin than the damping force of the damper when the rear wheel is not in an idle spin; wherein

the idle spin detecting device includes:
a front wheel rotational frequency detecting device that detects a rotational frequency of a front wheel;
a rear wheel rotational frequency detecting device that detects a rotational frequency of the rear wheel;
a difference calculating device that calculates a difference in rotational frequency between the front wheel and the rear
wheel; and

a distinguishing device that distinguishes an occurrence of an idle spin based on the difference;
the distinguishing device includes a storage device that stores a first threshold value, and distinguishes an occurrence of
an idle spin based on the difference having exceeded the first threshold value;

the storage device includes, stored therein, a second threshold value larger than the first threshold value; and
the damping force adjusting device increases the damping force to a maximum when the difference in rotational frequency between
the front wheel and the rear wheel is equal to or larger than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,120,549

ENGINE, OUTBOARD MOTOR, AND WATERCRAFT

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An engine comprising:
a cylinder block including a plurality of cylinders disposed along a V-shaped line when viewed in a plan view of the engine;
a pair of cylinder heads attached to the cylinder block;
an exhaust manifold disposed inside the V-shaped line when viewed in the plan view of the engine, the exhaust manifold including
a first passage; and

an exhaust pipe disposed inside the V-shaped line when viewed in the plan view of the engine, the exhaust pipe including a
connection passage into which exhaust gases from the pair of cylinder heads flow; wherein

the first passage includes:
a plurality of first inflow ports into which exhaust gases from the plurality of cylinders flow;
a first collecting portion at which the exhaust gases that have flowed into the plurality of first inflow ports are collected;
and

a first exhaust port from which the exhaust gases collected by the first collecting portion are discharged;
the connection passage includes:
an intermediate inflow port that is connected to the first exhaust port and into which the exhaust gases from the first exhaust
port flows; and

an intermediate exhaust port from which the exhaust gases that have flowed into the intermediate inflow port is discharged;
and

the connection passage is arranged to connect the intermediate inflow port and the intermediate exhaust port.

US Pat. No. 9,091,341

TRANSMISSION AND VEHICLE PROVIDED THEREWITH

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A transmission comprising:
an input shaft that rotates synchronously with a crankshaft of an engine through an intermediate clutch;
an output shaft that rotates synchronously with a driving wheel;
a rotary shift drum that engages with a shift fork to drive at least one of a slide gear fitted on the input shaft and a slide
gear fitted on the output shaft; and

a rotary stopper mechanism including:
a friction spring frictionally engaged in a circumferential recessed groove provided in an outer periphery of the output shaft;
a rocker arm biased by the friction spring toward the rotary shift drum in accordance with a rotation of the output shaft;
and

an engagement recessed portion provided in an outer periphery of the rotary shift drum to restrict rotation of the rotary
shift drum through engagement with the rocker arm.

US Pat. No. 9,574,503

ENGINE AND OUTBOARD MOTOR

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An engine comprising:
a combustion chamber in which an air-fuel mixture of air and fuel is combusted;
a crankshaft which rotates in accordance with a combustion of the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber;
an intake passage which guides a gas toward the combustion chamber;
a throttle valve which changes a flow rate of the gas supplied from the intake passage to the combustion chamber;
a fuel injector which injects a fuel into the intake passage or into the combustion chamber;
an exhaust passage which guides exhaust discharged from the combustion chamber;
a catalyst disposed inside the exhaust passage;
a temperature detecting device which detects a temperature of the engine; and
a controller programmed to judge whether or not the engine is overheating based on a detection value of the temperature detecting
device and, if the engine is overheating, to control an opening degree of the throttle valve or an injection amount of fuel
from the fuel injector to decrease a rotational speed of the crankshaft and to control the injection amount of fuel from the
fuel injector to set a target air-fuel ratio to a value richer than a stoichiometric air-fuel ratio; wherein

the controller includes a storage device that stores an initial map that includes a plurality of target air-fuel ratios, the
plurality of target air-fuel ratios of the initial map are set according to operation conditions of the engine that include
the rotational speed of the crankshaft; and

if the engine is not overheating, the controller is programmed to use the plurality of target air-fuel ratios of the initial
map, and if the engine is overheating, the controller is programmed to change all of the plurality of target air-fuel ratios
of the initial map uniformly to values richer than the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio and to use the initial map after the
change as an overheat map.

US Pat. No. 9,452,803

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a vehicle body frame;
a handlebar configured to turn relative to the vehicle body frame;
a vehicle body cover, at least a portion of which covers the vehicle body frame;
a right front wheel and a left front wheel arranged side by side in a left-right direction of the vehicle body frame;
a steering mechanism configured to transmit a turning motion of the handlebar to the right front wheel and the left front
wheel;

a link mechanism disposed above the right front wheel and the left front wheel, and configured to cause the vehicle body frame
to lean relative to a vertical direction by changing positions of the right front wheel and the left front wheel relative
to the vehicle body frame; and

a power unit supported by the vehicle body frame and including a drive source; wherein
the vehicle body cover includes:
a link cover portion covering at least a portion of the link mechanism, configured to not be displaced relative to the vehicle
body frame, including a front portion disposed forward of rear ends of the right front wheel and the left front wheel in a
front-rear direction of the vehicle body frame, and as seen from a front in the front-rear direction of the vehicle body frame
when the vehicle body frame is in an upright state, configured such that a right lower edge of the front portion directly
above the right front wheel is disposed above a lower end of the link mechanism or the steering mechanism in an up-down direction
of the vehicle body frame, and such that a left lower edge of the front portion directly above the left front wheel is disposed
above a lower end of the link mechanism or the steering mechanism in the up-down direction of the vehicle body frame;

a right aerodynamic portion configured to be displaced relative to the vehicle body frame in accordance with an operation
of the link mechanism, configured to reduce wind pressure received during travelling of the vehicle by at least one of a portion
of the link mechanism, a portion of the steering mechanism, a portion of the vehicle body frame, a portion of the vehicle
body cover, and a portion of the power unit, any one of which is located between an upper edge of the right front wheel and
the right lower edge of the front portion of the link cover portion, and is located above a center in the up-down direction
of the vehicle body frame between an upper end of the right front wheel and a lower edge of the link mechanism or the steering
mechanism directly above the right front wheel as seen from the front in the front-rear direction of the vehicle body frame
when the vehicle body frame is in the upright state; and

a left aerodynamic portion configured to be displaced relative to the vehicle body frame in accordance with the operation
of the link mechanism, configured to reduce wind pressure received during travelling of the vehicle by at least one of a portion
of the link mechanism, a portion of the steering mechanism, a portion of the vehicle body frame, a portion of the vehicle
body cover, and a portion of the power unit, any one of which is located between an upper edge of the left front wheel and
the left lower edge of the front portion of the link cover portion, and is located above a center in the up-down direction
of the vehicle body frame between an upper end of the left front wheel and a lower edge of the link mechanism or the steering
mechanism directly above the left front wheel as seen from the front in the front-rear direction of the vehicle body frame
when the vehicle body frame is in the upright state.

US Pat. No. 9,334,008

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A straddle-type vehicle comprising:
an engine;
a body frame supporting the engine; and
an exhaust system configured to discharge exhaust gases from the engine to an outside; wherein
the body frame includes a first main frame extending in top-to-bottom and front-to-rear directions with respect to the vehicle
and a first rear frame extending from the first main frame rearwardly with respect to the vehicle and connected with the first
main frame in at least two locations;

the exhaust system includes an exhaust pipe connected with the engine and a silencer attached to a rear portion of the exhaust
pipe;

a rear portion of the silencer is connected with the first rear frame;
at least one of a front portion of the silencer and the rear portion of the exhaust pipe is connected with the first main
frame below the first rear frame;

the first rear frame includes:
a first upper frame extending from the first main frame rearwardly with respect to the vehicle; and
a first lower frame located below the first upper frame and extending from the first main frame rearwardly with respect to
the vehicle to be connected with a rear portion of the first upper frame;

the body frame further includes:
a second main frame located such that the first and second main frames are arranged in a vehicle width direction, the second
main frame extending in the top-to-bottom and front-to-rear directions with respect to the vehicle to support the engine;
and

a second rear frame located such that the first and second rear frames are arranged in the vehicle width direction, the second
rear frame extending from the second main frame rearwardly with respect to the vehicle and connected with the second main
frame in at least two locations;

the second rear frame includes:
a second upper frame extending from the second main frame rearwardly with respect to the vehicle; and
a second lower frame located below the second upper frame and extending from the second main frame rearwardly with respect
to the vehicle and connected with a rear portion of the second upper frame;

the first lower frame is connected to the first main frame at a location that is higher than a location where the second lower
frame is connected to the second main frame;

the silencer is positioned opposite the second lower frame with respect to a vehicle centerline extending in the front-to-rear
direction so that the silencer overlaps at least a portion of the second lower frame as viewed from the side of the vehicle;

at least a portion of the first lower frame is located higher than the second lower frame as viewed from a side of the vehicle;
and

at least a portion of the silencer is positioned below the first lower frame so as to overlap the first lower frame as viewed
from above the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,327,801

DRIVING UNIT AND BATTERY-ASSISTED BICYCLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A driving unit that assists a rider's pedaling effort, the driving unit comprising:
an electric motor that provides a driving force;
a crankshaft to which pedals are to be connected;
a motor rotation detector that detects rotation of the electric motor;
a torque detector that detects a torque generated at the crankshaft by the rider;
a crank rotation detector that detects rotation of the crankshaft; and
a sensor failure detector that detects a failure in at least one of the motor rotation detector, the torque detector, and
the crank rotation detector based on detection results from all three of the motor rotation detector, the torque detector,
and the crank rotation detector.

US Pat. No. 9,215,836

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD PRODUCTION APPARATUS AND PRINTING MACHINE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A printing machine comprising:
a first printing unit and a second printing unit that are disposed adjacent to each other in a first direction; and
a control section configured to control an operation of the first printing unit,
wherein:
the first printing unit includes a board conveying section for conveying a board in a second direction orthogonal to the first
direction, and a printing mechanism section disposed above the board conveying section for subjecting the board conveyed by
the board conveying section to a given printing process,

the board conveying section includes a conveyer extending in the second direction for board conveyance, a conveying-section
body for supporting the conveyer, and a conveying-section cover which is provided on a side surface of the conveying-section
body and the conveyer covers one side of the board conveying section facing to the second printing unit,

the printing mechanism section includes a mask support segment which supports a mask, a printing segment which is located
above the mask and has a squeegee for spreading solder on an upper surface of the mask, and a mechanical-section cover which
is attached to a side surface of the mask support segment and covers one side of the printing mechanism section facing to
the second printing unit,

the board conveying section and the mask support segment being configured to be relatively displaceable between a machine-setup
position where one side of the first printing unit facing to the second printing unit is covered by the mechanical-section
cover, the mask support segment and the conveying-section cover by setting a gap defined between the conveying-section cover
leading to the second printing unit and the mask support segment becomes equal to or less than a given value to reduce an
exposure area between the first print unit and the second print unit, and a position where the gap becomes greater than the
given value, in the first direction; and

the control section is configured, when machine setup for the first printing unit is performed during operation of the second
printing unit, to displace the board conveying section and the mask support segment relatively to allow the board conveying
section and the mask support segment to be arranged in the machine-setup position.

US Pat. No. 9,194,865

OBJECT SELECTING DEVICE AND OBJECT SELECTING METHOD

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An object selecting device, comprising:
a container including an inner bottom part and configured to store liquid;
a plate having a top surface and a bottom surface and configured to support a selection object by being immersed into the
liquid stored in the container; and

a holder configured to hold the plate in a state where the bottom surface of the plate and the inner bottom part of the container
are separated,

the plate including a through hole at a support position for the selection object; and
the through hole being configured to allow the selection object to precipitate along a direction of gravity and including
a tapered portion for supporting the selection object in contact with an inner wall surface of the through hole in a state
where the plate is immersed in the liquid in the container, an opening area at an upper end of the tapered portion being larger
than an opening area at a lower end of the tapered portion.

US Pat. No. 9,167,701

METHOD OF MOUNTING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. An electronic component mounting method for mounting electronic components using a surface mounting apparatus including
a base, a plurality of feeders holding a plurality of electronic components, a component feeding device with a plurality of
attaching portions to which the feeders are to be mounted, a transport device for conveying a board onto the base, and a component
mounting device for mounting the electronic components on the board conveyed onto the base from the feeders attached to the
component feeding device, the electronic component mounting method comprising:
a removing step of removing a first feeder holding first electronic components, out of the electronic components held by a
respective plurality of the feeders attached to the component feeding device, from the attaching portion when there is a reason
for removing the first feeder from the attaching portion;

a first mounting step of mounting the electronic components other than the first electronic component, out of the electronic
components to be mounted on the board, on the board by the component mounting device when the first feeder is removed from
the attaching portion;

a first attaching step of attaching the first feeder to another attaching portion, to which no feeder is attached, after the
removing step; and

a second mounting step of mounting the first electronic component on the board from the first feeder attached to the other
attaching portion by the component mounting device after the first attaching step.

US Pat. No. 9,061,751

MARINE PROPULSION DEVICE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A marine propulsion device comprising:
a motive force transmission system including a crank shaft and a drive shaft arranged to transmit a motive force from the
crank shaft;

a propeller shaft arranged to transmit the motive force from the drive shaft;
a housing section that houses the motive force transmission system; and
a clutch attached between the motive force transmission system and the housing section, the clutch being arranged to permit
relative rotation between the motive force transmission system and the housing section by opening a connection between the
motive force transmission system and the housing section during a forward rotation of the motive force transmission system,
and to prevent the relative rotation between the motive force transmission system and the housing section by closing the connection
between the motive force transmission system and the housing section during a reverse rotation of the motive force transmission
system.

US Pat. No. 9,980,419

PRESSURE CONTROL DEVICE, SURFACE MOUNT MACHINE AND PRESSURE CONTROL METHOD

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A surface mount machine that ejects a gas from a nozzle to a part after stopping the supplying of a negative pressure to the nozzle sucking the part and mounts the part from a nozzle to a substrate, comprising:a first positive pressure supply pathway to supply the gas at a first positive pressure;
a second positive pressure supply pathway to supply the gas at a second positive pressure that is lower than the first positive pressure;
a nozzle connecting pathway that is connected to the nozzle;
a switch-over valve that selectively switches between a first connected state in which the first positive pressure supply pathway is connected to the nozzle connecting pathway and a second connected state in which the second positive pressure supply pathway is connected to the nozzle connecting pathway; and
a valve controller that controls the connected state of the switch-over valve,
wherein the valve controller executes:
a high pressure mode in which the first connected state is continued and the gas is supplied to the nozzle at the first positive pressure when cleaning the nozzle that does not suck the part;
a low pressure mode in which the second connected state is continued after stopping supplying of the negative pressure to the nozzle and the gas is supplied to the nozzle at the second positive pressure when mounting the part to the substrate from the nozzle; and
an intermediate pressure mode in which the connected state of the switch-over valve is switched multiple times after stopping supplying of the negative pressure to the nozzle, and the gas is supplied to the nozzle at the third positive pressure that is lower than the first positive pressure and is higher than the second positive pressure to remove the defective part from the nozzle when the part sucked by the nozzle is a defective part.

US Pat. No. 9,150,276

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle comprising:
a frame;
an engine supported by the frame;
a wheel support device coupled to the frame;
a wheel rotatably supported by the wheel support device;
an upstream brake hose and a downstream brake hose respectively containing a brake fluid sealed therein;
a brake device mounted to the wheel support device, the brake device being configured to brake the wheel by the brake fluid
being fed thereto from the downstream brake hose;

a master cylinder configured to feed the brake fluid to the upstream brake hose; and
a fluid pressure control device including a brake hose connecting portion to which the upstream and downstream brake hoses
are connected, the fluid pressure control device being configured to control a fluid pressure of the brake fluid in the downstream
brake hose; wherein

the frame includes a head pipe, a main frame, a first down frame, and a second down frame, the head pipe extends in an up-and-down
direction, the main frame extends rearward from the head pipe, the first and second down frames respectively extend rearward
from the head pipe and under the main frame, and the main frame is disposed between the first down frame and the second down
frame in a vehicle top view;

the fluid pressure control device is disposed either between the main frame and the first down frame, or between the main
frame and the second down frame in the vehicle top view;

the fluid pressure control device at least partially overlaps with the main frame in a vehicle side view;
the fluid pressure control device is partially disposed in a space defined by the main frame, the first down frame, and the
second down frame; and

the brake hose connecting portion is located outside of the space.

US Pat. No. 9,045,212

SUSPENSION DEVICE FOR OUTBOARD MOTOR AND VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A suspension device for an outboard motor, the suspension device comprising:
a clamp bracket to be attached to a hull;
a tilting shaft connected to the clamp bracket;
a swivel bracket connected to the tilting shaft, and rotatable about a central axis of the tilting shaft relative to the clamp
bracket;

a steering shaft held by the swivel bracket rotatably about a central axis of the steering shaft, and to be connected to an
outboard motor;

a holding member placed on a placing portion provided in the swivel bracket, and removably attached to the swivel bracket;
an electric motor held by the holding member, and arranged to produce power to rotate the steering shaft about the central
axis of the steering shaft; and

a transmitter held by the holding member, and arranged to transmit power from the electric motor to the steering shaft; wherein
the holding member includes a case that holds the electric motor in an interior of the case and is provided with a first opening;
and

the transmitter transmits power from the electric motor to the steering shaft through the first opening.

US Pat. No. 9,539,871

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a body frame;
a rear wheel;
an upper arm connected to the body frame, the upper arm supporting the rear wheel;
a lower arm disposed lower than the upper arm and connected to the body frame, the lower arm supporting the rear wheel;
a shock absorber connected to the body frame and to the lower arm or to the upper arm;
a first front connector connecting the upper arm and the body frame to each other;
a first rear connector disposed rearward of the first front connector and inward of the first front connector in a width direction
of the vehicle, the first rear connector connecting the upper arm and the body frame to each other;

a second front connector connecting the lower arm and the body frame to each other; and
a second rear connector disposed rearward of the second front connector and inward of the second front connector in the width
direction of the vehicle, the second rear connector connecting the lower arm and the body frame to each other; wherein

a first straight line passing through the first front connector and the first rear connector inclines inward toward a widthwise
center of the vehicle as the first straight line extends rearward in a bottom view of the vehicle;

a second straight line passing through the second front connector and the second rear connector inclines inward toward the
widthwise center of the vehicle as the second straight line extends rearward in the bottom view of the vehicle; and

a midpoint between the first front connector and the first rear connector in a front-rear direction of the vehicle is located
rearward of a midpoint between the second front connector and the second rear connector in the front-rear direction of the
vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,506,393

MUFFLER UNIT AND VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:
a body frame;
a first seat supported by the body frame;
a second seat supported by the body frame, the second seat disposed rightward of the first seat;
an engine supported by the body frame, the engine disposed rearward relative to the first seat and the second seat;
a first exhaust pipe through which exhaust gas discharged from the engine flows; and
a muffler unit supported by the body frame, the muffler unit including a muffler and a second exhaust pipe, the muffler extending
lengthwise in a front-rear direction of the vehicle; wherein

the muffler includes:
a first main body having a tubular or substantially tubular shape and including a first support provided with a first opening,
the first opening being oriented in a radial direction of the first main body;

a first lid covering a first end of the first main body; and
an exhaust outlet at a second end of the first main body;
the second exhaust pipe includes:
a second main body having a tubular or substantially tubular shape; and
an exhaust inlet connected to the first exhaust pipe;
the second exhaust pipe extends into the first opening and is supported by the first support;
the second main body includes a communication port through which an inner space of the first main body and an inner space
of the second main body are in communication with each other;

the body frame includes a center frame, a front frame disposed in front of the center frame, and a rear frame disposed behind
the center frame;

the muffler is supported by the rear frame; and
a rear end of the muffler is disposed frontward relative to a rear end of the rear frame.

US Pat. No. 9,507,280

PRINTER

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A printer comprising:
a mask;
a cleaning section configured to perform cleaning of the mask by movement relative to the mask in a predetermined direction
parallel with an under surface of the mask;

a mask holding section capable of displacing the mask about an axis perpendicular to the under surface of the mask while holding
the mask;

a control section configured to control the mask holding section in such a manner that the cleaning is performed on the mask
placed in a predetermined position about the axis; and

a printing mechanism section configured to carry out a printing process,
the control section controlling the mask holding section in such a manner that the mask is positioned parallel with the predetermined
direction in a plane parallel with the under surface during printing by the printing mechanism section, and being inclined
in the plane by a predetermined inclination angle relative to the predetermined direction during the cleaning.

US Pat. No. 9,399,505

JET PROPULSION WATERCRAFT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A jet propulsion watercraft comprising:
a vessel body;
a steering nozzle configured to be pivoted right and left, the steering nozzle including a jet port from which a jet of water
is ejected to propel the vessel body; and

a bucket configured to move to a retracted position spaced away from the jet of water ejected from the jet port and to a jet
receiving position to receive the jet of water ejected from the jet port; wherein

the bucket includes a rear plate portion, a right plate portion, a left plate portion, a right opening, a left opening, a
first opening, and a second opening;

the rear plate portion is disposed rearward of the steering nozzle and directs the jet of water at least in a right-and-left
direction when the bucket is located in the jet receiving position;

the right plate portion extends forward from a right end portion of the rear plate portion;
the left plate portion extends forward from a left end portion of the rear plate portion;
the right opening is bored in the right plate portion;
the left opening is bored in the left plate portion;
the first opening is a hole in either the rear plate portion or the right plate portion; and
the second opening is a hole in either the rear plate portion or the left plate portion and is spaced apart from the first
opening;

the first opening is located at least partially rightward of a right end of the jet port; and
the second opening is located at least partially leftward of a left end of the jet port;
the jet of water ejected from the jet port flows rightward from the right opening and flows rearward from the first opening
when the bucket is located in the jet receiving position and the steering nozzle is pivoted right; and

the jet of water ejected from the jet port flows leftward from the left opening and flows rearward from the second opening
when the bucket is located in the jet receiving position and the steering nozzle is pivoted left.

US Pat. No. 9,193,412

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A straddle vehicle, comprising:
a vehicle body frame;
an engine supported by the vehicle body frame;
a rear arm at least partially located rearward of the engine;
an exhaust pipe coupled to the engine;
a seat supported by the vehicle body frame;
a rear suspension located below the seat;
a silencer coupled to the exhaust pipe and at least partially located below the seat and the rear suspension; and
a rear wheel supported by a rear end portion of the rear arm and located rearward of the rear suspension; wherein
the rear suspension is configured such that a size thereof in a vehicle up-down direction is larger than a size thereof in
a vehicle front-rear direction;

the rear arm includes a left arm portion located to the left of the rear wheel, a right arm portion located to the right of
the rear wheel, and a cross member coupled to the left arm portion and the right arm portion;

at least one of the left arm portion and the right arm portion is provided with a through-hole extending therethrough in a
vehicle width direction, the through-hole being provided between a top edge and a bottom edge of the at least one of the left
arm portion and the right arm portion provided with the through-hole;

the cross member includes a coupling portion to which a bottom end portion of the rear suspension is coupled; and
as seen in a vehicle side view, at least a portion of the coupling portion overlaps the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 9,446,901

STORAGE DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A component storage system, comprising:
pallets for storing electronic components; and
a storage device adapted to include and vertically store the pallets over a plurality of tiers in such a manner that each
of the pallets can be loaded and unloaded to and from the storage device in a horizontal first direction,

the storage device including:
a storage unit having, in a vertical direction, a plurality of parallel storage sections, that are capable of storing the
pallets; and

a first lifting and lowering mechanism that causes the pallets, stored in the storage unit, to move integrally in the vertical
direction, while the position of the storage unit in the vertical direction is maintained, wherein

the storage unit is configured by a plurality of screw shafts that extend parallel to each other in the vertical direction,
the screw shafts having thread grooves which serve as the storage sections;

each of the pallets is provided with a dish-shaped section having a rectangular shape in a plan view and having a peripheral
wall section, and has a pair of flange sections extending outward from respective opposite sides of the peripheral wall section
in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and tilting and extending along inclined surfaces of the thread grooves
so as to be supported by the inclined surfaces;

the pallets are supported by the screw shafts through insertion of the flange sections of the pallets into the thread grooves;
and

the first lifting and lowering mechanism causes the screw shafts to rotate about axes thereof to thereby move the pallets
in the vertical direction along the thread grooves.

US Pat. No. 9,303,764

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, SHIFT MECHANISM, AND VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A shift mechanism that intermittently rotates a shift cam in response to a transmission operation and holds the shift cam
in each phase in an order of a neutral phase corresponding to a neutral position, a first gear phase corresponding to a first
speed gear position, at least one subsequent gear phase corresponding to at least one subsequent speed gear position, and
a maximum speed gear phase corresponding to a maximum speed gear position, the shift mechanism comprising:
an index cam fixed to one end of the shift cam, the index cam rotating integrally with the shift cam to position the shift
cam in each of the phases;

a drive section that rotates the index cam; and
a cam phase holding portion that holds the shift cam in each of the phases; wherein
the index cam includes concave portions on a peripheral portion thereof, the concave portions are arranged in a circumferential
direction corresponding to the respective phases in the order of the neutral position, the first speed gear position, the
at least one subsequent speed gear position, and the maximum speed gear position that is a top speed gear position;

the concave portions are engaged with the cam phase holding portion to converge and to hold the shift cam in a predetermined
phase; and

the concave portions are disposed on the peripheral portion of the index cam so that a rotation angle between the concave
portions corresponding to the neutral position and the first speed gear position is the same as a rotation angle between the
concave portions corresponding to the first speed gear position and a second speed gear position, and an angle between the
concave portions corresponding to the maximum speed gear position and the neutral position is smaller than the rotation angle
between the concave portions corresponding to the neutral position and the first speed gear position.

US Pat. No. 9,974,218

COMPONENT SUPPLY DEVICE AND COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A component supply device comprising:a replenishing unit performing replenishment of a new component supply tape when a preceding component supply tape is exhausted and a sensor sensing exhaustion of the preceding component supply tape, wherein
the replenishing unit includes a separator spacing the new component supply tape apart from the preceding component supply tape,
a confluent portion where a channel for the preceding component supply tape and a channel for the new component supply tape join with each other is formed between the sensor and the replenishing unit, and a buckling prevention mechanism preventing buckling of at least one of the preceding component supply tape and the new component supply tape is arranged on the confluent portion.

US Pat. No. 9,444,317

ELECTRIC ROTATING MACHINE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An electric rotating machine comprising:
a rotor having a plurality of permanent magnets arranged at an outer peripheral portion of a rotor main body of the rotor;
and

a stator arranged outward of the rotor main body in a radial direction of the rotor main body, the stator including:
a plurality of tooth portions arranged at predetermined intervals in a circumferential direction of the rotor;
a stator yoke portion arranged outside of the plurality of tooth portions; and
a magnetic resistance changing mechanism configured to change a magnetic resistance of a stator magnetic path, which is formed
by the stator yoke portion and each of the plurality of tooth portions, by mechanically changing the stator magnetic path;

wherein each respective tooth portion of the plurality of tooth portions includes a pair of side protruded portions protruding
from both sides of a rotor side end portion of the respective tooth portion in the circumferential direction;

wherein a magnetic resistance of a magnetic path formed by a gap between a pair of adjacent side protruded portions of the
side protruded portions of a pair of adjacent tooth portions of the tooth portions is set to have a value so that

when the magnetic resistance changing mechanism is in a first state in which the stator magnetic path is changed so that the
magnetic resistance of the stator magnetic path is minimum or near minimum, a main magnetic path that extends from one of
the magnetic poles of one of a pair of adjacent permanent magnets of the permanent magnets to one of the magnetic poles of
the other of the pair of the adjacent permanent magnets is formed by a magnetic path passing substantially through the pair
of adjacent tooth portions, which correspond to the pair of adjacent permanent magnets, and the stator yoke portion; and

when the magnetic resistance changing mechanism is in a second state in which the stator magnetic path is changed so that
the magnetic resistance of the stator magnetic path is maximum or near maximum, the main magnetic path is formed by a magnetic
short-path passing substantially through at least one of the rotor side end portions of the adjacent tooth portions;

wherein in a first relative position in which adjacent end portions of the pair of adjacent permanent magnets are positioned
corresponding to a circumferential intermediate portion of the rotor side end portion of one of the adjacent tooth portions,
a first magnetic short-circuit C1 is a magnetic short-circuit C including a magnetic short-path passing substantially through the circumferential intermediate
portion;

wherein in a second relative position in which the adjacent end portions of the pair of adjacent permanent magnets are positioned
corresponding to one of circumferential end portions of the rotor side end portion of one of the pair of adjacent tooth portions,
a second magnetic short-circuit C2 is a magnetic short-circuit C including a magnetic short-path passing substantially through the one of circumferential end
portions;

wherein in a third relative position in which the adjacent end portions of the pair of adjacent permanent magnets are positioned
corresponding to the pair of adjacent side protruded portions, a third magnetic short-circuit C3 is a magnetic short-circuit C including a magnetic short-path passing substantially through the gap between the pair of adjacent
side protruded portions; and

wherein when the magnetic resistance changing mechanism is in the second state, the second magnetic short-circuit C2 has a total magnetic resistance between a total magnetic resistance of the first magnetic short-circuit C1 and a total magnetic resistance of the third magnetic short-circuit C3, and is configured to control a change ratio of the total magnetic resistance of a corresponding one of the magnetic short-circuits
C when the corresponding magnetic short-circuit C is changed from the second magnetic short-circuit C2 to the third magnetic short-circuit C3 and from the third magnetic short-circuit C3 to the second magnetic short-circuit C2 in accordance with a relative rotational movement of the rotor with respect to the stator.

US Pat. No. 9,381,735

PRINTING DEVICE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A printing device, comprising:
a mask raising/lowering mechanical part for raising/lowering a screen mask while holding a screen mask, the screen mask in
a vertical direction and positioning the screen mask relative to a substrate;

a frame part being independent from a raising/lowering operation of the screen mask;
a print head unit movably provided with respect to the frame part and the print head unit being configured to squeegee the
screen mask in a first direction, a solder having been supplied to the screen mask; and

a horizontal positioning mechanical part enabling the mask raising/lowering mechanical part to move in a horizontal direction,
wherein

the frame part includes a support part which extends horizontally in the first direction above the mask raising/lowering mechanical
part, with a clearance formed between the support part and the mask raising/lowering mechanical part, and also includes a
leg part extending in a vertical direction, connected to the support part and supporting the support part from below, and
the frame part is formed in a gate-shaped structure by the leg part and the support part,

the print head unit is movably supported in the first direction by the support part,
the mask raising/lowering mechanical part is disposed inside the frame part having the gate-shaped structure, and wherein
the frame part is fixed to the horizontal positioning mechanical part.

US Pat. No. 10,257,970

FEEDER FOR AN ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A feeder comprisinga tape chute guiding movement of a supply tape,
a sprocket A? having a tooth A? fitting with a sprocket hole of the supply tape inserted into an insertion port and moving the supply tape on the tape chute by rotation,
a second sprocket driving motor driving the sprocket A? using a second mechanism that connects the second sprocket driving motor to the sprocket A?,
a sprocket B? provided in a downstream direction in a moving direction of the supply tape of the sprocket A?, having a tooth B? fitting with the sprocket hole of the supply tape fed by the sprocket A? and moving the supply tape on the tape chute by rotation,
an exposing mechanism for exposing an electronic component in a pocket covered by a cover tape of the supply tape fed by the sprocket B?, the exposing mechanism including a cover tape guide that guides the cover tape so as not to obstruct extraction of the electronic component,
a first sprocket driving motor driving the sprocket B? using a first mechanism that connects the first sprocket driving motor to the sprocket B?, and
a controller controlling the first sprocket driving motor and the second sprocket driving motor, wherein
the sprocket A?, the second sprocket driving motor, the sprocket B?, the exposing mechanism, and the first sprocket driving motor are attached to a feeder body, and
the controller stops the second sprocket driving motor after a forward end portion of the supply tape fits with the tooth B? of the sprocket B?.