Does Anyone Like Standups?

Friday, August 6, 2004 2:57 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Actually, that should have said 2003 for Vortex. It wasn't bad, just very uninspired. Forgettable at best.

I wonder if there's a rare TOGO immunity gene.

Friday, August 6, 2004 7:09 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar I just rode Scorcher this spring and I loved it. I didn't thik it was rough at all (then again, I've never thought any B&M was rough) and some of the low twists and turns were very enjoyable.

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Friday, August 6, 2004 7:21 PM
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Homey G. said:
Something else no one has mentioned is the fact that most people don't want to wait in a line for 2 hours only to have to stand up on the ride.

Brian, who says there's something to be said for sitting down for 2:28 minute ride cycles...even on Vekomas!

My thoughts exactly Brian! :-D


Friday, August 6, 2004 9:04 PM
I hate standups. I mean, at least they could call or something! ;)

Seriously, I must have that rare TOGO gene that LG speaks of. I loved PKI's KC ridden in the late eighties and again in the mid to late nineties. I loved SFGAdv's Shockwave ridden in '94 or '95. I rode PKD's Shockwave in between the two trips to PKI, and thought it to be very fun, but no KC. I, sadly, missed both Missouri standups by a year or so (but got them both sitting down :(). As for the B&M's, RRv is fun and floaty, and Mantis is forceful and fast. Both were fun, but not that memorable.

Most of my non coaster friends favorite coaster is RRv. Weird.

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Friday, August 6, 2004 10:34 PM
Amen to that,it was one of the factors into why I didn't bother riding SW when I went to PKD last month & that was with only a line starting at the steps in front of triple spin.
Friday, August 6, 2004 10:44 PM
I really enjoyed GS, it felt so fast, especially compared to how mantis felt, but mantis was decent. Shockwave (pkd) is a waste of time to me, and its rough. Havent been on riddler, but it looks better than mantis. I will always try a new coaster, standup or not.


Friday, August 6, 2004 11:33 PM
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Lord Gonchar said:
I wonder if there's a rare TOGO immunity gene.
If there is, you can bet I have it. I have Togo standups Shockwave and King Cobra ranked above Scorcher, Chang, Mantis, and Vortex.
Saturday, August 7, 2004 8:37 PM
I love Shockwave at PKD. There is ejector air all over that ride which is way fun on a standup, and the loop is perfect. Mantis is not bad in the front, but Shockwave is better.
Saturday, August 7, 2004 8:53 PM
I loved King Cobra at PKI for the air and I thought the restraints were very comfortable as I'm quite tall.

However I absolutely hated Mantis at CP and only rode it once in my two days there. I was excited to finally ride a B&M Standup and well I was extremely dissapointed, it hurt it hurt it hurt.

Saturday, August 7, 2004 11:38 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar I wonder if TOGO immunity could be sexually transmitted.

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Saturday, August 7, 2004 11:44 PM
Why, Andy, You interested in TR:TE or Gonch: Unleashed?

Inquiring minds want to know....


Monday, August 9, 2004 7:35 AM


Monday, August 9, 2004 9:16 AM
Some people just don't prefer how uncomfortable stand up coasters are.

I think it is funny to see the number of people who actually attempt to "sit down" on the little bicycle seats on stand ups. When I work Chang, I am constantly informing people that their ride will be a lot more enjoyable and comfortable if they stand completely up, and don't attempt to sit down on the seats. They are mainly there as an extra support for the restraints.

Chang is a great coaster, but I prefer wood to steel. I guess I'm more of a nostalgic rider.

Monday, August 9, 2004 10:17 AM
I think the obvious problem about standups is the bicycle seat element of the restraint. Some people just don't like that thing in their crotch.

On the other hand, Standups (like my favourite, Riddler), allow you to strech out to the full length of your body during the ride, emphasising the 0G moments in such a beautiful way that I get tears in my eyes each time - it's the closest thing to actually flying.
Of course, the bicycle saddle thing somehow distracts, but it's best if you don't try to sit down on the saddle, but instead lean backward into the restraint.
Standups are worst the more positive Gs and whiplashes a ride has.
The last corkscrew is where Riddler pulls some.
But if you're somewere close to the middle car of the train, it's not too bad.
I hope though that the ride is still the way I remember it from 3 years ago.
I would find no way to call it "rough", though.
*** Edited 8/14/2005 11:15:35 AM UTC by superman***

Monday, August 9, 2004 11:05 AM
rollergator's avatar Anyone who thinks their *manhood* is endangered by standups should be VERY careful when riding the kiddie coaster at SWSA...

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Monday, August 9, 2004 11:13 AM

Tanner_J said:

However I absolutely hated Mantis at CP I was excited to finally ride a B&M Standup and well I was extremely dissapointed, it hurt it hurt it hurt.

Thats funny. I was at Cedar for my first time a month ago. I felt exactly like you. " This is going to be so great" , I got off saying what the hell. I remember hearing a man in back of me saying "he had to go sit down for a while, my brain got banged up to bad".

It made me appreciatte Batman at my home park, which until Mantis I thought was rough.

Hands down the Riddler is an Excellent coaster, smooth, fast, and comfortable. *** Edited 8/9/2004 8:54:46 PM UTC by Markieb***

Monday, August 9, 2004 11:48 AM
Actually the only bad part on PKD's SW is the transition into the helix & other than the long waits(due to slow load/dispatch procedures) & the rather short layout the ride itself isn't half bad.

My main dislike though is the paint job....especially on the trains! that orange color has just got to go & perhaps something like green or blue would be a better choice.

Monday, August 9, 2004 9:12 PM
I love RR which is simply a superb steel coaster - not sure how much the stand-up element adds to or detracts from the experience though. Shockwave at Drayton Manor is OK. Chang bored me rigid - it didn't seem to do anything at all (other than kick me in the b*****ks at several points). Similar experience of the one at SF Astroworld (Batman : The Escape I think). The only occasion I rode Mantis was in the front row in driving rain, so I guess the jury's still out on that one. Can't see any park purchasing a new stand -up unless some manufacturer can come up with an attractive new slant on the genre (launched inverted stand-up anyone?) I also suspect that the flyers (Vekoma, B&M, Zamperla)will become this decade's equivalent of the stand-ups and that within a 2 or 3 years they will become confined to the bargain basement of coaster history. *** Edited 8/10/2004 1:21:17 AM UTC by Martin V***
518 coasters ridden but who's counting...............?
Monday, August 9, 2004 9:36 PM
I love Mantis to death (being as it's the only stand-up I've had the chance to encounter) but thanks to the designer fuax up (;)) the 2 train - 1 1/2 wait doesn't work for me.
Monday, August 9, 2004 10:36 PM
My favorite stand-up is still the Iron Wolf at SFGAm. The Iron Wolf doesn't bang mea round at all, has airtime, and is really crammed in there. I wasn't impressed with Mantis or RR...don't even get me started with TOGO...

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