Not all B&M's age well. Some say Iron Wolf isn't rough: Well, compared to what it used to be, it sure is (totally ruining it for those of us who experienced it in its glory... sigh...). Also, big woodies don't age well: All the Summers and Dinn monsters (as well as AE) have been trimmmed, toning down the overall ride experience (even if they've been maintained pretty well).
But this is a positive thread. So, what has aged well? Well, I like Raging Bull better every time I ride it. Maybe it's just me, maybe it's the ride. Viper (SFGAm) hasn't lost any punch, and B:TR is still in nice shape. You people are going to kill me, but here's an interesting one: Shock Wave. Seriously, the last two times I rode the thing were the smoothest rides I ever had on it. I was actually looking forward to riding it, last year (Alas, my first visit was the first week it went SBNO).
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The Demon, well at PGA it is butter smooth. Also The Giant Dipper at SCBB is almost 100 years old and is smoother than any day old woodie. ThunderBolt at SFNE was very smooth for a coaster of its age also.
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I rode it for the first time this year, but I imagine Adventuredome's Canyon Blaster hasn't changed much since '94. Also, I've never ridden a Schwarzkopf that aged poorly. They're all as smooth as they were the day they opened.
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Maggie seems to be doing just fine, although i know many would disagree. I'll admit it seems less intense than it used to, but i think that's Intamin's fault, not the Magnum maintenance crew. When you compare it to other old Arrows, it's like glass.
Also, I find that B&M inverts always seem smooth; the SFGAm version was the best ride on one i've ever had this year. Although, the stand-ups seem to get rough over time (Iron Wolf and Mantis kicked my butt this year; and not in a pleasant way).
I'm still waiting to see how the Intamin Mega/Giga's age. S:ROS (SFNE) seems fine after 3 years, but i'll be amazed if it's still smooth in 10 years. Although, i will say that after 2 years of continuous operations, MF still seemed as smooth as any coaster i've been on this past summer. The true test of engineering is whether or not it stands the test of time, and for MF to stand up to the Erie winds and harsh winter, I'm impressed.
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Rollergator, you took the words right out of my mouth!!
Big Dipper@SFWOA rode very well, in fact I think that was my overall favorite at that park. And the CI Cyclone, as old as it is, still gives a great ride. Out of control, fast, and rough(without being painful). Wish all woodies aged like that.