I rode January 2001 and it seemed pretty jackhammery/shuffle-y to me. Wasn't impressed. From what I read it varies from really good to just ok depending on time of year and when the last overhaul was. *** Edited 12/1/2007 9:09:06 PM UTC by matt.***
It has some really great elements to it and wasn't very rough. From what I remember, it was longer in duration than I was expecting too - which happened to be a good thing. The whole on-ride photo at the end seemed lame to me though.
GhostRider used to be a top 10 wooden roller coaster...and all the multiple enthusiast and industry polls backed that up.
Nowadays, it's just a shell of its former self. When it's maintained well, it's a superb ride. Tons of airtime, vicious laterals, head-choppers, sensation of ride picking up more speed throughout the layout, the works, etc.
However, when it goes months and months without an extensive rehab, it'll beat the crap out of you as the trains tend to shuffle around and "jack-hammer" more. The way the coaster was designed, the trains power through the course very aggressively, so the track and structure tends to deteriorate quicker.
I rode it three times from different seats last month and it was pretty brutal all around. The back seat was really wild, with tons of ejector air, but man did it hurt me good. I had a headache after my last two rides. My girlfriend had a frown on her face in the on ride photo, and a woman in the seat in front of me after one of my later rides was in tears. No joke.
So when will PTC design a new train for GG, or for that matter, when will GG design their own train? It seems like every GG/CCI coaster destroys itself in just a few years, something I am worried about with Ravine Flyer.
I rode it two years ago and was not impressed at all. I had very high expectations, but the roughness completely disappointed me. I would love to plan another trip around a concluded scheduled rehab. I would like to experience it when it is running great.