For those that have penned this name, could you tell me where on the coaster it occurs? From what I understand, it took far too high of a speed into the turn.
I have a P.O.V. of Viper so I should be able to discern where it took place from there. Thanks!
Getting a B&M will always beat out having to take a BM.
You mean the painful decelleration right before the mid course breaks? Its after you exit the third loop.
edit:Viper's mcbr is totally different.
*** This post was edited by Colonel Sanders on 9/29/2002. ***
Here be it. It's shown on the second picture on this link that I'll give you. It's the entrance to the Mid Course Break Run. Some enthusiasts fondly called it "Satan's Curve". I love Shockwave, but even I won't try to defend the poor engineering that went into spawning this trackage. :)
Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.
*** This post was edited by BullGuy on 9/29/2002. ***
They retracked the entrance into the Mid-Course on GASM at SFGAdv. It was made to be a steeper bank on the turn, so it's taken a lot smoother than before.
I don't think anyone needs to worry about Shockwave anymore, though.
KoRn - Untouchables, June 11th, 2002
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*** This post was edited by (SF)Great American on 9/29/2002. ***
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A rollercoaster? What's that?
GASM's re-working was done last year. For a couple of weeks the new section of track was pure white before they decided to paint it.
And no, they didn't just repaint it, because it's the newer style arrow track (curved crossties).
KoRn - Untouchables, June 11th, 2002
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haux, truer words have NOT been spoken....Viper WAS far and away the best...yet to try GASM with the new track, but I have a hard time believing it could even *approach* Viper for smoothness...Viper's transitions are THAT much better...
bill, amazed that Viper and smoothness COULD be used in the same sentence...
"I live my life a quarter mile at a time. For those ten seconds or less, I'm free." Vin Diesel- The Fast and The Furious
One of the pages you'll find if you use the link on page 16 of the Great America Riddle Thread. It shows some constuction photos of the curve in question. Though it was re-tracked at least once, there was little improvement in the quality of the ride.
Keep in mind you're traveling into that curve at approximately 60 MPH.
Worst transition in coaster history?
Also, another question. Did Shockwave receive glowing reviews from enthusiasts when it opened, or were there some complaints about the two poorly designed transitions?
SFGAm: 1)DV 2)V2 3)AE Blue 4)Viper 5)Bull
I really don't thinkit was complained about then. Before that only one company made smooth coasters, Schwartzkopf (Which I think I spelled wrong but you know what I mean).
That is the way coasters were, it is only the recent innovations of B and M and Intamin that have "spoiled" coaster riders. They are incredibly smooth.
All I need is 4.5 million bucks and a half a mile long sliver of land and maybe someone could build me my very own Shivering Timbers.
*** This post was edited by MagnumForce on 10/1/2002. ***
I think you got the spelling right.
Bull fan, yes you are going at very high speeds at that point (50 something is actualy more like it, but that's still pretty darn fast), but that's not something for a rider to keep in mind as an excuse. That's something that the designers shoudl have kept in mind when the ride was still a piece of paper.
I'd certainly nominate it for worst transition ever. But I haven't ridden enough coasters to know, really.
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