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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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.
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.
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***
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***
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***
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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...