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Patent: Motorcycle Chain Lubricator Driven By Air

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Ideas
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling

This is an interesting concept/patent. I reviewed a few years back the Scottoiler automatic chain oiler system (link Open link in a new window). The system is awesome, and great for lazy people like me. Having my motorcycle's chain lubricated automatically not only makes sense but it's safer as well (you can't forget to lube the chain, it's done automatically).

But one slight disadvantage is that when you are at a red light or just plain stopped, but your engine is still running, the system keeps dripping oil on the chain. This can lead to some drops falling on the ground, and one part of the chain more oiled than not. Not that it's dangerous or problematic, but still it's an issue. But chains do need regular oil, if not you will have some serious problems.

Motorcycle Chain Needing Oil

Michael Steele in the USA filed for a smart patent a couple of years ago that could change that. His patent makes use of air flow to push oil onto the chain. This means that without any electronics, when you start riding, the "wind" pushes the oil onto the chain. There will be a mechanism to regulate the quantity of oil, since you don't want a stream of oil going on to the chain when riding very fast on your motorcycle. But it does mean that when you are stopped, so is the oiler.

Here is the introduction of the patent:

In one embodiment air pressure is created in a reservoir assembly which stores a liquid lubricant from a forward motion of a motorcycle. The reservoir assembly is attached to a motorcycle frame, and comprises a containment chamber, a cap, a cap seal, an air inlet port, a lubricant outlet port, an air inlet connector and a lubricant outlet connector to facilitate the external attachment of conduit. The air pressure is collected by and delivered to the reservoir assembly via an air collection conduit attached to a motorcycle front portion by a mount and urges liquid lubricant through a suction conduit and a flow restrictor and delivers lubricant via discharge conduit to a chain applicator attached to a motorcycle swing arm assembly and to the inner circumference of a drive chain. Lubricant flow ceases after motorcycle is stopped.

Click here to read the whole patent Open Google link in a new window.

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