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Title:
COVER STRUCTURE AROUND MOTORCYCLE STEP
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/209699
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A cover structure around a motorcycle step is provided, in which a step portion that is located forward of a step and is not painted in a color different from the material color is integrally formed in a center cover, thereby reducing the number of components to reduce costs, and improving easiness of assembly. The cover structure around a motorcycle step includes a step 30 that is provided below a motorcycle seat 16 for a driver to sit on and that the driver is supposed to rest his/her foot on, and a cover member that covers a section below the seat 16 and a section inward of the step 30. The cover member is formed of a center cover 33 extending integrally from at least part of the section below the seat 16 to a step portion 33a located forward of the step 30 and not having its outer surface painted in a color different from the color of the material of the cover member. The step portion has a lower end extending to below the step.

Inventors:
SAKAWPRYPU, Paritas (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
HARNSOPAWANAKUL, Thanadon (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
AYDOUNG, Tawatchai (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
TONGDEE, Athayuth (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
POONSAWAT, Puntawee (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
HONGSAI, Tanayoot (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
Application Number:
TH2016/000049
Publication Date:
December 07, 2017
Filing Date:
May 30, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD (1-1 Minami-Aoyama 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-8556, JP)
SAKAWPRYPU, Paritas (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
HARNSOPAWANAKUL, Thanadon (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
AYDOUNG, Tawatchai (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
TONGDEE, Athayuth (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
POONSAWAT, Puntawee (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
HONGSAI, Tanayoot (209 Moo 1, Romklao 1 Road, Klong Song Tonnun, Ladkrabang Bangkok, 10520, TH)
International Classes:
B62J23/00
Domestic Patent References:
2015-06-11
2002-07-18
Foreign References:
JP2006248418A2006-09-21
EP2161188A12010-03-10
EP2497703A12012-09-12
JP2012166756A2012-09-06
JP2011255869A2011-12-22
EP2960144A12015-12-30
JP2008201150A2008-09-04
JP2013226977A2013-11-07
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
NAGADATTA, Sivanas et al. (N&K IP LTD, 18/4 Soi Amnuey Wat Suthisarn Road,,Samsennok, Huay Kwang, Bangkok, 10310, TH)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A cover structure around a motorcycle step, the cover structure comprising:

a step (30) that a driver is supposed to rest his/her foot on, the step being provided below a motorcycle seat (16) for the driver to sit on; and

a cover member that covers a section below said seat (16) and a section inward of said step (30),

said cover member being formed of a center cover (33) extending integrally from at least part of the section below said seat to a step portion (33 a) located forward of said step, said step portion not having an outer surface painted in a color different from a material color of said cover member, and said step portion having a lower end extending to below said step.

2. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to claim 1, wherein the lower end of said step portion is formed to be bent approximately in an inverted V shape and to extend to a position below said step.

3. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to claim 1 or 2, wherein said step portion is formed with clear paint on the outer surface of said step portion.

4. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the outer surface of said step portion is unpainted.

5. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein said step portion is formed in a color darker than a paint color of a leg shield disposed rearward of a front wheel and forward of said center cover.

6. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein said step portion is to be connected to a section on a rearward side in a motorcycle main pipe side cover, and said main pipe side cover has a pawl mounted in engagement with an engagement hole formed in said step portion.

7. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein said step portion has a bolt fastening portion at a bottom of said step portion, and said bolt fastening portion is superimposed on a back surface side of a bolt fastening portion formed in a motorcycle main pipe side cover and is fastened together with a bolt.

8. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein a pillion step (22) for a pillion passenger to rest his her foot on and a pillion step bracket (15) that supports said pillion step are provided on said rearward side, and said center cover has a bracket cover portion (33b) that covers a side of said pillion step bracket.

9. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 8, wherein said pillion step is pivotable between a protruding state in which a pillion passenger is supposed to rest his/her foot on said pillion step and a retracted state in which said pillion step is folded and retracted, and said bracket cover portion is fastened to said pillion step bracket at a position where said bracket cover portion overlaps with said pillion step and is hidden when said pillion step is in the retracted state. 10. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one ofclaims 1 to 9, wherein said bracket cover portion has a step bracket receiving portion (33ba) fitted in a support section for said pillion step in said pillion step bracket.

AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 05 October 2017 (05.10.17)

1. A cover structure around a motorcycle step, the cover structure comprising: a step (30) that a driver is supposed to rest his/her foot on, the step being provided below a motorcycle seat (16) for the driver to sit on; and

a cover member that covers a section below said seat (16) and a section inward of said step (30),

said cover member being formed of a center cover (33) extending integrally from at least part of the section below said seat to a step portion (33 a) located forward of said step, said step portion not having an outer surface painted in a color different from a material color of said cover member, and said step portion having a lower end extending to below said step; and

a pillion step is pivotable between a protruding state in which a pillion passenger is supposed to rest his/her foot on said pillion step and a retracted state in which said pillion step is folded and retracted, and a bracket cover portion is fastened to a pillion step bracket at a position where said bracket cover portion overlaps with said pillion step and is hidden when said pillion step is in the retracted state.

2. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to claim 1, wherein the - lower end of said step portion is formed to be bent approximately in an inverted V shape and to extend to a position below said step. 3. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to claim 1 or 2, wherein said step portion is formed with clear paint on the outer surface of said step portion.

4. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 2, wherein the outer surface of said step portion is unpainted.

5. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein said step portion is formed in a color darker than a paint color of a leg shield disposed rearward of a front wheel and forward of said center cover.

6. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein said step portion is to be connected to a section on a rearward side in a motorcycle main pipe side cover, and said main pipe side cover has a pawl mounted in engagement with an engagement hole formed in said step portion.

7. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein said step portion has a bolt fastening portion at a bottom of said step portion, and said bolt fastening portion is superimposed on a back surface side of a bolt fastening portion formed in a motorcycle main pipe side cover and-is fastened together with a bolt.

8. . The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein said pillion step (22) for said pillion passenger to rest his/her foot on and said pillion step bracket (15) that supports said pillion step are provided on said rearward side, and said center cover has said bracket cover portion (33b) that covers a side of said pillion step bracket.

9. The cover structure around a motorcycle step according to any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein said bracket cover portion has a step bracket receiving portion (33ba) fitted in a support section for said pillion step in said pillion step bracket.

Description:
DESCRIPTION

COVER STRUCTURE AROUND MOTORCYCLE STEP

Technical Field

The present invention relates to a cover structure around a motorcycle step, which includes a step that is provided below a motorcycle seat for a driver to sit on and that the driver's foot can rest on, and a cover member that covers a section below the seat and the vicinity of the step. Background

A conventional cover structure around a motorcycle step is disclosed in, for example, Patent Literature 1, in which a rear leg shield 64L and an outer body 63 L are separately formed and those two cover parts may be painted or unpainted and may be formed of various materials. This configuration can improve the durability of the rear leg shield 64L vulnerable to damage and can reduce the cost for part replacement because, if damaged,, the rear leg shield 64L alone is replaced.

Citation List

Patent Literature

Patent Literature 1 : Japanese Patent Application Publication No. 2012-240522

Summary

Technical Problem

However, the conventional cover structure around a motorcycle step requires separate cover parts, resulting in more components and cost increase. Moreover, during assembly work, attention should be given to align the cover parts with each other, which reduces workability. In particular, the vicinity of the step for the driver to rest his/her foot on is easily damaged or soiled due to foot operation such as shifting operation and braking operation, and this section alone may be formed with a separate component. In such a case, however, the number of components increases to increase the cost, and in addition, the workability in assembly is reduced, as described above.

The present invention is made in view of such circumstances and aims to provide a cover structure around a motorcycle step, in which a step portion located forward of the step and not having its outer surface painted in a color different from the color of the material of a cover member is integrally formed in a center cover, thereby reducing the number of components to reduce costs, and improving easiness of assembly. Solution to Problem

The invention according to claim 1 is a cover structure around a motorcycle step, which includes: a step that a driver is supposed to rest his/her foot on, the step being provided below a motorcycle seat for the driver to sit on; and a cover member that covers a section below said seat and a section inward of said step. Said cover member is formed of a center cover extending integrally from at least part of the section below said seat to a step portion located forward of said step, said step portion not having an outer surface painted in a color different from a material color of said cover member. Said step portion has a lower end extending to below said step.

The invention according to claim 2 is the cover structure around a motorcycle step of claim 1 , in which the lower end of said step portion is formed to be bent approximately in an inverted V shape and to extend to a position below said step.

The invention according to claim 3 is the cover structure around a motorcycle step of claim 1 or 2, in which said step portion is formed with clear paint.

In the invention according to claim 4, in the cover structure around a motorcycle step of any one of claims 1 to 3, said step portion is unpainted.

The invention according to claim 5 is the cover structure around a motorcycle step of any one of claims 1 to 4, in which said step portion is formed in a color darker than a paint color of a leg shield disposed rearward of a front wheel and forward of said center cover.

The invention according to claim 6 is the cover structure around a motorcycle step of any one of claims 1 to 5, in which said step portion is to be connected to a section on a rearward side in a motorcycle main pipe side cover, and said main pipe side cover has a pawl mounted in engagement with an engagement hole formed in said step portion.

The invention according to claim 7 is the cover structure around a motorcycle step of any one of claims 1 to 6, in which said step portion has a bolt fastening portion at a bottom thereof, and said bolt fastening portion is superimposed on a back surface side of a bolt fastening portion formed in a motorcycle main pipe side cover and is fastened together with a bolt.

The invention according to claim 8 is the cover structure around a motorcycle step of any one of claims 1 to 7, in which a pillion step for a pillion passenger to rest his/her foot on and a pillion step bracket that supports said pillion step are provided on said rearward side, and said center cover has a bracket cover portion that covers a side of said pillion step bracket.

The invention according to claim 9 is the cover structure around a motorcycle step of any one of claims 1 to 8, in which said pillion step is pivotable between a protruding state in which a pillion passenger is supposed to rest his/her foot on said pillion step and a retracted state in which said pillion step is folded and retracted, and said bracket cover portion is fastened to said pillion step bracket at a position where said bracket cover portion overlaps with said pillion step and is hidden when said pillion step is in the retracted state.

The invention according to claim 10 is the cover structure around a motorcycle step of any one of claims 1 to 9, in which said bracket cover portion has a step bracket receiving portion fitted in a support section for said pillion step in said pillion step bracket.

Advantageous Effects of Invention

In the invention according to claim 1 , a cover member is formed of a center cover extending integrally from at least part of a section below a seat to a step portion located forward of a step and not having its outer surface painted in a color different from a material color of said cover member, and said step portion has a lower end extending to below said step. This configuration minimizes scratches and dirt due to foot operation such as shifting operation and braking operation, and if any, scratches and dirt on said step portion are less noticeable. In said cover member that covers the section below the seat and the vicinity of said step, said step portion located forward of said step is integrally formed, thereby reducing the number of components to reduce costs, and improving easiness of assembly.

In the invention according to claim 2, the lower end of said step portion is formed to be bent approximately in an inverted V shape. This configuration improves the strength of said step portion and effectively covers the range of the driver's foot operation.

In the invention according to claim 3, said step portion is formed with clear paint.

With this configuration, scratches and dirt on the paint on said step portion are less noticeable, if any.

In the invention according to claim 4, said step portion is unpainted. With this configuration, scratches and dirt on said step portion are less noticeable, if any.

In the invention according to claim 5, said step portion has a color darker than a paint color of a leg shield disposed rearward of a front wheel and forward of said center cover. With this configuration, scratches and dirt on the paint on said step portion are less noticeable, if any.

In the invention according to claim 6, said step portion is to be connected to a section on a rearward side in a motorcycle main pipe side cover, and said main pipe side cover has a pawl mounted in engagement with an engagement hole formed in said step portion. This configuration facilitates the positioning and assembly of said center cover to said main pipe side cover. In addition, said pawl is formed in said main pipe side cover, which is relatively large in size to ensure the rigidity of said pawl and prevents cracks and other damages.

In the invention according to claim 7, said step portion has a bolt fastening portion at a bottom thereof, and said bolt fastening portion is superimposed on a back surface side of a bolt fastening portion formed in said motorcycle main pipe side cover and is fastened together with a bolt. This configuration strengthens the fixing structure of said center cover to said main pipe side cover. In addition, since said bolt fastening portion formed in said step portion is superimposed on the back surface side of said bolt fastening portion formed in said main pipe side cover and is fastened together with a bolt, said bolt fastening portion is hidden from the outer surface of said step portion, thereby avoiding interference of the foot with said bolt fastening portion during the driver's foot operation.

In the invention according to claim 8, a pillion step for a pillion passenger to rest his/her foot on and a pillion step bracket that supports said pillion step are provided on said rearward side, and said center cover has a bracket cover that covers a side of said pillion step bracket. With this configuration, said pillion step bracket is covered and protected. In addition, since the periphery of said pillion step is covered with the unpainted member, scratches and other damages caused by the foot of the pillion passenger are less noticeable.

In the invention according to claim 9, said pillion step is pivotable between a protruding state in which a pillion passenger is supposed to rest his/her foot on said pillion step and a retracted state in which said pillion step is folded and retracted, and said bracket cover portion is fastened to said pillion step bracket at a position where said bracket cover portion overlaps with said pillion step and is hidden when said pillion step is in the retracted state. This configuration improves the appearance design when said pillion step is in the retracted state.

In the invention according to claim 10, said bracket cover portion has a step bracket receiving portion fitted in a support section for said pillion step in said pillion step bracket. In this configuration, when said center cover is assembled to the vehicle, said step bracket receiving portion can be fitted in the support section for said pillion step to be temporarily secured, thereby improving easiness of assembly.

Brief Description of Drawings

[Fig. 1] Fig. 1 is a side view showing a motorcycle to which a cover structure around a motorcycle step according to an embodiment of the present invention is applied.

[Fig. 2] Fig. 2 is a side view showing the vicinity of a center cover in the motorcycle to which the cover structure around a motorcycle step is applied.

[Fig. 3] Fig. 3 is a plan view showing the vicinity of the center cover in the motorcycle to which the cover structure around a motorcycle step is applied.

[Fig. 4] Fig. 4 is an enlarged side view showing a connection part between the center cover and a main pipe side cover in the cover structure around the motorcycle step.

[Fig. 5] Fig. 5 is a sectional view along line V-V in Fig. 4.

[Fig. 6] Fig. 6 is a sectional view along line VI- VI in Fig. 4.

[Fig. 7] Fig. 7 is a sectional view along line VII- VII in Fig. 4.

[Fig. 8] Fig. 8 is a sectional view along line VIII- VIII in Fig. 3.

[Fig. 9] Fig. 9 is an overview showing the center cover in the cover structure around the motorcycle step.

[Fig. 10] Fig. 10 is a side view showing the vicinity of a bracket cover portion of the center cover in the cover structure around the motorcycle step.

[Fig. 11] Fig. 11 is a sectional view along line XI-XI in Fig. 10.

[Fig. 12] Fig. 12 is a sectional view along line XII-XII in Fig. 10.

[Fig. 13] Fig. 13 is a sectional view along line XIII-XIII in Fig. 10. Description of Embodiments

An embodiment of the present invention will be specifically described below with reference to the drawings.

A cover structure around a motorcycle step according to the present embodiment is applied to a motorcycle shown in Figs. 1 to 3 and mainly includes: a step 30 that is provided below a motorcycle seat 16 for a driver to sit on and that the driver is supposed to rest his/her foot on; and a center cover 33 (right center cover 33R and left center cover 33L) formed of a cover member for covering the side of the motorcycle. The cover member covers a section below the seat 16 and the vicinity of the step 30. Additionally, in the drawings, the vehicle forward side is denoted by a reference sign FR, the vehicle rearward side is denoted by a reference sign RR, the vehicle right side is denoted by a reference sign RS, and the vehicle left side is denoted by a reference sign LS.

Additionally, as shown in the drawings, the motorcycle applied in the present embodiment includes a handle cover 1, a front cover 2, a head light 3, a rear- view mirror 4, a handle 5, a front tire 6, a front fender 7, a leg shield 8, a main pipe side cover 9 covering the side of a main pipe 11, a head pipe 10, the main pipe 11, a seat frame 12 for supporting the seat 16, a canister 13, a back stay 14 extending rearward of the seat frame 12, a pillion step bracket 15 for supporting a pillion step 22, a utility box 17 formed of a container provided under the seat 16, a rear side cover 18, a rear fender 19, a rear tire 20, a muffler 21, the pillion step 22 formed on the vehicle rearward side for a pillion passenger to rest his/her foot on, a pivot frame 23, a pivot shaft 24, a swing arm 25 coupled to the main pipe 11 with the pivot shaft 24 interposed therebetween, a rear cushion 26, an engine 27 serving as a drive source, an engine case 28, an exhaust pipe 29, a brake pedal 31 , and a gear operating pedal 32.

The center cover 33 (cover member) is formed of a resin molded product extending integrally from a section below the seat 16 to a step portion 33a located forward of the step 30 (the right side in Figs. 1 and 2). As shown in Fig. 3, the center cover 33 includes a right center cover 33R covering the vehicle right side and a left center cover 33L covering the vehicle left side. As shown in Figs. 3 and 8, the right center cover 33R and the left center cover 33L overlap in alignment with each other together with a rearward portion of a main pipe upper cover 36 at the center of the vehicle and are fastened together with a bolt B2.

As shown in Fig. 9, the center cover 33 according to the present embodiment (the right center cover 33R and the left center cover 33L) is formed integrally with the step portion 33a as well as a bracket cover portion 33b and a utility box cover portion 33 c. The bracket cover portion 33b covers the side of the pillion step bracket 15 of the motorcycle. The utility box cover portion 33c covers the side of the utility box 17. Additionally, at the vehicle rear side of the center cover 33 (the left side in Figs. 1 and 2), connection holes hi for connection with the rear side cover 18 and a bolt fastening portion H2 are formed.

As shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the step portion 33a includes a section located at the toe of the driver's foot rested on the step 30. The foot toe may interfere with this section during operation of the brake pedal 31 and the gear operating pedal 32. In addition, as shown in Figs. 2 and 9, the step portion 33a according to the present embodiment has a lower end formed to be bent approximately in an inverted V shape and extend to a position below the step 30 (as shown in Fig. 1, the position below an installation position M for the step 30). That is, the center cover 33 according to the present embodiment is formed of the cover member extending over the engine case 28 in the motorcycle and is formed integrally with the step portion 33a at a position that covers the section above the step 30.

Furthermore, the step portion 33a covers the section forward of the engine case 28. As shown in Fig. 9, the lower end of the step portion 33a has an edge portion 33ab extending from a bend apex portion 33aa to the vehicle forward side and an edge portion 33ac extending from the bend apex portion 33aa to the vehicle rearward side. The edge portion 33ab, the bend apex portion 33aa, and the edge portion 33ac as a whole are shaped so as to be bent in an inverted V shape (a notch shape projecting upward). This configuration improves the strength of the step portion 33a and ensures that the range of the driver's foot operation is covered.

Furthermore, as shown in Fig. 4, the step portion 33a is to be connected to a section on the rearward side in the main pipe side cover 9 of the motorcycle (the left-side section in Figs. 1 and 2). As shown in Figs. 6 and 7, the main pipe side cover 9 has a pawl 9a mounted in engagement with an engagement hole 35 formed in the step portion 33 a. This configuration facilitates the positioning and assembly of the center cover 33 to the main pipe side cover 9. In addition, the pawl 9a is formed in the main pipe side cover 9, which is relatively large in size to ensure the rigidity of the pawl 9a and prevent cracks and other damages.

Furthermore, as shown in Figs. 4 and 9, the step portion 33a has a bolt fastening portion HI at its bottom. As shown in Fig. 5, the bolt fastening portion HI is superimposed on the back surface side of a bolt fastening portion K4 formed in the main pipe side cover 9 of the motorcycle and is fastened together with a bolt Bl. Specifically, as shown in the drawing, the bolt B 1 is inserted and screwed in a nut Nl firmly welded to a stay 34 for supporting the main pipe side cover 9, whereby the main pipe side cover 9 and the step portion 33a are fastened together. This configuration strengthens the fixing structure of the center cover 33 to the main pipe side cover 9. In addition, since the bolt fastening portion HI formed in the step portion 33a is superimposed on the back surface side of the bolt fastening portion K4 formed in the main pipe side cover 9 and is fastened together with the bolt Bl, the bolt fastening portion HI is hidden from the outer surface of the step portion 33 a, thereby avoiding interference of the foot with the bolt fastening portion HI during the driver's foot operation.

The bracket cover portion 33b includes a section that covers the side of the pillion step bracket 15 as shown in Figs. 10, 12, and 13 and has a bolt fastening portion H3 to be coupled with the pillion step bracket 15 as shown in Figs. 9 and 11. That is, as shown in Fig. 11 , a bolt B3 inserted in the bolt fastening portion H3 is inserted through a bolt hole formed in the pillion step bracket 15 and screwed in a nut N2, whereby the bracket cover portion 33b is fastened to the pillion step bracket 15. Additionally, the pillion step bracket 15 is thus covered and protected. Additionally, the pillion step bracket 15 is fastened to the back stay 14 with a bolt B4 as shown in Figs. 12 and 13.

In addition, the pillion step 22 according to the present embodiment is pivotable between a protruding state in which the pillion passenger may rest his/her foot on the pillion step 22 and a retracted state in which the pillion step 22 is folded and retracted. The bracket cover portion 33b is fastened to the pillion step bracket 15 at a position where it overlaps with the pillion step 22 and is hidden when the pillion step 22 is in the retracted state. That is, the pillion step 22 is folded and retracted in a range P shown by the dashed and double-dotted line in Fig. 10 in the retracted state, and the bolt fastening portion H3 is formed within the range P. This configuration improves the appearance design when the pillion step 22 is in the retracted state.

Furthermore, as shown in Fig. 10, the bracket cover portion 33b according to the present embodiment has a step bracket receiving portion 33ba fitted in a support section 37 for the pillion step 22 (a base on which the pillion step 22 is pivotably mounted) in the pillion step bracket 15. Specifically, the step bracket receiving portion 33ba is formed of a notch in conformity with the shape of the outer periphery of the support section 37 and can be temporarily secured by fitting the step bracket receiving portion 33ba in alignment with the support section 37. Thus, when the center cover 33 is assembled to the vehicle, the step bracket receiving portion 33ba can be fitted in the support section 37 of the pillion step 22 to be temporarily secured, thereby improving easiness of assembly.

Additionally, the utility box cover portion 33 c is formed of a section that covers the side of the utility box 17 under the seat 16, and is mounted on the vehicle with a bolt inserted in the bolt fastening portion H2. The center cover 33 according to the present embodiment (the right center cover 33R and the left center cover 33L) is formed of the cover member formed integrally with the step portion 33 a, the bracket cover portion 33b, and the utility box cover portion 33c and is to be mounted on the vehicle.

Here, almost the whole of the center cover 33 according to the present embodiment, including the step portion 33 a, is formed to be unpainted and in a dark color. That is, the center cover 33 is not coated with paint on its surface and formed in a dark color such as black or navy blue. This configuration minimizes scratches and dirt due to foot operation such as shifting operation and braking operation, and if any, scratches and dirt on the step portion 33a are less noticeable. Thus, in the cover member (that is, the center cover 33 according to the present embodiment) that covers the section below the seat 16 and the vicinity of the step 30, the unpainted and dark-color step portion 33a located forward of the step 30 is integrally formed, thereby reducing the number of components to reduce costs, and improving easiness of assembly.

In particular, almost the whole of the center cover 33 according to the present embodiment, including the step portion 33 a, is formed to be unpainted and in a dark color, thereby reducing costs compared with a product in which the step portion 33a alone is unpainted and in a dark color. In addition, since a large part of the center cover 33 is hidden under the driver's foot when the driver sits on the seat 16, having the center cover 33 unpainted and in a dark color does not impair the appearance design, and the number of components can be reduced to reduce costs, and easiness of assembly can be improved.

However, The center cover 33 according to the present embodiment is thus configured to extend integrally from at least part of the section below the seat 16 to the step portion 33a located forward of the step 30 and not having its outer surface painted in a color different from the material color and such that the lower end of the step portion 33a extends to below the step 30. Additionally, the step portion 33a may be coated with clear paint having the same color as the material color.

Although the present embodiment has been described above, the present invention is not limited to this embodiment. As long as at least the step portion 33a is formed so as not to be painted in a color different from the material color, for example, a section other than the step portion 33a may be coated with paint or may be colored with a color different from dark colors. In addition, in the center cover 33 according to the present embodiment, besides the step portion 33 a, the bracket cover portion 33b is integrally formed. However, the center cover 33 may not have the bracket cover portion 33b. Additionally, in a vehicle not equipped with the utility box 17, for example, the utility box cover portion 33c may not be formed.

Industrial Applicability

The cover structure around a motorcycle footstep, in which the cover member is formed of the center cover (33) that extends integrally from at least part of the section below the seat to the step portion (33 a) located forward of the step and not having its outer surface painted in a color different from the material color of the cover member and the step portion has a lower end extending to below the step, is applicable to any other structure that has a different outer shape or other additional functions.

Reference Signs List

1 Handle cover

2 Front cover

3 Head light

4 Rear- view mirror

5 Handle

6 Front tire

7 Front fender

8 Leg shield

9 Main pipe side cover

9a Pawl

10 Head pipe

11 Main pipe

12 Seat frame

13 Canister

14 Back stay

15 Pillion step bracket

16 Seat

17 Utility box

18 Rear side cover

19 Rear fender

20 Rear tire

21 Muffler

22 Pillion step

23 Pivot frame

24 Pivot shaft

25 Swing arm

26 Rear cushion

27 Engine

28 Engine case Exhaust pipe

Step

Brake pedal

Gear operating pedal

Center cover (cover member)r Right center cover

1 Left center cover

a Step portion

b Bracket cover portionba Step bracket receiving portionc Utility box cover portion Stay

Engagement hole

Main pipe upper cover

Support section