Patent Number: 8,584,711

Title: Outer tube for front fork

Abstract: An outer tube for a front fork having an FRP pipe body which is subjected to braiding processing using a braider, wherein the FRP pipe comprises a combination of braids interlacing with each other at an interlacing angle with respect to a center axis of the pipe and warp fibers having an angle with respect to the pipe center axis, rigidity of the plurality of warp fibers disposed at positions in a circumferential direction of the pipe is varied depending upon the positions in the circumferential direction of the pipe, and bending rigidity of the FRP pipe in the longitudinal direction is varied in the circumferential direction of the pipe.

Inventors: Toda; Tomoya (Fukuroi, JP), Hayashi; Makoto (Kyoto, JP), Hirukawa; Masao (Kyoto, JP)

Assignee: Showa Corporation

International Classification: F16L 9/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/19/12018