What coasters do you think have bad reputations, but are good. Personally, when I went to SFMM last year I had heard some bad things about Viper, so I thought I was in for a beating, but I thought the ride was great and ended up riding two more times. Also, I didn't find to rough as I only hit my neck a few times on the harness.
I've only been on one SLC which was Hangman at the now defunct Opryland when I was eight. I don't remember it being rough, but it freaked me out at that age. I didn't go on another invert until a few years after which was Montu at Busch Gardens.
SLC's are a great coaster with a great layout... many parks think the same thing. Problem is how rough most of them ride. If they all had the new wheel assemblies... I bet many more would really love the SLC's.
I would like SLCs if it wasn't for the push and pull of the train. They're usually not too rough, it's that you're hanging by your balls waiting to the rest of the train to catch up. So, yeah, new wheel assemblies would be nice, but it wouldn't solve *my* problem with the SLCs.
Good coaster with a bad reputation? I'd say Colossus at SFMM- they "retracked" last year and WOW.
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GoliathKills said: I would like SLCs if it wasn't for the push and pull of the train. It's not to it's rough, it's that you're hanging by your balls waiting to the rest of the train to catch up. quote]
That's exactly the way it feels. But I actually think that is sorta fun. NOt to comfortable but fun.
The question: What coasters do you think have bad reputations, but are good was asked. I have to add my two cents, as two of my favorite woodies are consistently trashed on this forum:
1. Mean Streak @ CP. I don't care that it has been trimmed/breaked/whatever, it's still a great ride with some exciting moments. You can also walk right on to the ride even during peak times. I made the mistake of bringing a beer from the saloon into the line thinking that I would have a wait. I ended up downing a pint just before riding the coaster. BIG MISTAKE. Burped like a fiend for the next hour.
2. The Beast @ PKI (or KI for us older folks). The Beast was probably the first coaster that I became obsessed with. I have riden it over 200 times since it opened. I adore the ride and its lay out. It has never been topped. The hill into the ravine after the first drop is the stuff of memories.
3. Tie: Cyclops and Hercules (at that tacky go cart place in the Dells). Those two coasters kick major @ss! They are fun, rough, and totally old school. A friend of mine had a book that showed some old coasters from the "Golden age" and those two remind me of what I saw. Great bargain too! Our buds live in Baraboo and will go out to eat, grab a coaster ($2 or 3) and then head home. What a great thing to be able to do!
I like SLC's, but it would be awesome to see B&M make one.
Another ride I like is Twister II. I hear a lot of bad things about it, but I really think that it is a fun ride. The new trains and new track make it great. Of course it doesn't compare to the original, which is the reason I think it gets a bad rap. But you can't compare much to Mr. Twister.
Various SLC's, Boomerangs, and Arrow Loopers. Iron Wolf at SFGAm is by far one of the most intense loopers I've ridden, and I can't wait to try the other early B&M standups. Iron Dragon isn't nearly as boring as many make it out to be.
dexter said: Wildcat at HP- People say that it's too rough or it's not fun any more. I say it's still my second favorite woodie, with Beast barely over it. I Like it over LR.
I wholeheartedly agree with you there...Wildcat is great, my friends and I, yeah, it was rough one time we went on it, and one of them said their backs hurt, another said their head/neck hurt...I personally love how it's a little rough. About it being better than LR...I don't know, it's a close call for me. Yeah, the Cat is more intense than LR, but the racing element on LR might be a bit more fun...it's a toss-up in my book.