Ok, we all bash coasters for being rough, but shouldn't woodies be rough? I personally love Raging wolf Bobs @ SFWoA because it beats the crap out of you. Anyone else have an opinion on rough coasters (wooden)?
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People complain about Rolling Thunder at SFGAdv to be too rough. I think that is how a woodie should be, rough, and beats you up. :) ------------- Nitro: The Most Explosive Coaster on the Planet explodes at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2001.
Rolling Thunder could be better if SF took care of it (see recent post on 'Coasters not aging gracefully' for details). I don't approve of squeal! However, wooden coasters are suppose to be rough; elsewise, we may not have had all of their steel buddies built!! You gotta love both though - they are all fun to ride.
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I think that people don't really mind the roughness as long as it is exciting. Case in point, The Grizzly at PGA is not a favorite because besides it being very rough, it is slow in the turn arounds and doesn't offer any good laterals.
I notice a lot of people don't like certain rides because they are too rough. For example, lets take the Predator @ SFDL... I myself, and a *few* others, LOVE this ride to death. It is a “rough” woodie, but *I* love it just the way it is. It is not *my* definition of rough…There is no such thing as a "rough" coaster in my eyes, the way they are is the way they are.
If you think a coaster is too rough in your opinion, I feel as if you shouldn't say a ride is "too rough" because others may think it is "too smooth" Sure, its all in opinion, I won't tell you what to say, but I am bringing up a point here. Some coasters may be so rough they HURT you... don't ride it again. I might *love* that coaster, who cares how rough it is.
I must state that my new favorite coaster, (yes, ever more than Superman: ride of steel @sfdl) is the Villain at SFWoA. I asked some peoples opinions about it, and they say they would like it better if it wasn't so rough. Personally, I was on it around 12 times and never found one ride to be rough, in fact, it was amazingly smooth and I love this ride to death. Definitely my favorite of them all...
...I love rough rides, and I love smooth rides. There are plenty of smooth rides, and plenty of "rough" rides. If you like smooth rides, ride smooth ones. If you like rough rides, ride them. If you don't like rough coasters, you might not like wooden coasters... wooden are supposed to have a different feeling than steel and are supposed to be bumpy.
Ok, I just feel like I am rambling on about nothing, here is my final statement: Accept rides for what they are!
First off....Woodies should be rough, but only to a point. If a coaster throws me around, I laugh, and enjoy myself. I like the fear factor that is built in. I like the occasional shock you get when a sudden dip, or hard charging helix forces you to one side of the car. However, I don't like coasters that make me sick or injure me. I recently was in Japan, and rode the White Cyclone in Nagashima. This coaster was a blast, and wasn't too rough. Nice Helixes throughout, and some great headchoppers. In fact, the closest headchoppers I have experienced. Then I rode the Steel Dragon 2000. Smooth Morgan Giga-coaster. At the end of the day, I chose to ride the White Cyclone one more time to kind of round out the day. It kicked the crap out of me, and kind of ended my day on a downer. I was tired, and yes it was hot, but I was absolutely shocked at how much I disliked it. I have found that woodies work better for me in the morning with the fresh dew on the tracks. Just my opinion, but I'm sticking to it!
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After my experince on Collosus at Six Flags Magic Mountain I thought all woodies were that terrible!! There were no banked turns on collosus which I hated plus the seats were not padded. The whole ride was one complete mess. When I went to Six Flags Marine World I was in line for "Roar" After I was the next to go, I watched all the people who just finished Roar come out of their trains. They were putting their hands on the backs and necks and rubbing them. I thought to myself "What am I thinking?!?" I started with a turn and some hops then up to the lift hill. I was really worried about how rough it was and then when it dropped and did a turn i flew to the right side of the seat. After that I thought the ride was ok but I went on it 3 times with my hands up and I loved it. It's better then any steel coaster I have been on.
Rough wood is the only way wood should be. When I ride one, I want to feel totally helpless. The coaster should leave you no doubt it's in control. Steel, on the other hand, goes for insanity. When I get on a steel coaster, I want to think "This is nuts... I'm 300 feet in the air" or "What am I doing?! I'm about to be launched from 0-80 in 1.8 seconds!"
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I think woodies can be rough to a certain limit... I don't mind roughness at all, but when it actually gets to be unbearable and takes away from the ride itself (cough-rattler-cough) it can get pretty bad. On the other hand, it looks like some of the modern GCI/CCI woodies have raised the bar on smoothness of woodies...