Posted Wednesday, November 17, 2004 11:26 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Vekoma was given the best new product award for its motorbike coaster at this year's IAAPA trade show in the major ride/attraction category. Premier Rides was given honorable mention for its "thematic roller coaster."
Zamperla won first place for its Flying Tigers in the kiddie ride category. Proslide Technology won in the water ride category for it Behemoth Bowl, which also won the award for having the greatest impact on the industry.
When Vekoma is mentioned amongst coaster boards readers they are always slammed for bad headbanging coasters and now they are getting praised*** This post was edited by Markieb 11/18/2004 11:55:33 AM ***
Considering how comfy Vekoma's other coaters are
You are kidding right ?
motorbike styled cars + males without some kind of protection=a very painful and short stay at the park
You rode BoosterBike ?
In my opinion, the seats are very comfortable.
Vekoma has since changed some things around to offer a more comfortable experience. They have improved their track design by using something very similar to the heartline concept. Now, I haven't ridden one of the motorbike coasters yet, but from the folks I know that have, the ride is very comfortable and very smooth. I also find it ironic though that they were able to get a hydraulic launch to operate with very little downtime, if any.
I would also love to see one of these coasters over here.
Vekoma does offer the option of custom versions of the coaster. Anything is possible. There are plans of a custom version opening next year in England.
Besides I think Boomerangs are a blast, if they are smooth. I love the one at SFDL, going through the loop backwards feels awesome.
But none of that means their rides aren't fun.
I can't wait to see the next gen of Veko coasters, esp if they start using the new track from Everest on newer models of SLCs and the like.
Moosh is right, their 'rangs have a less than stellar record. The Sea Serpent threw its last axle but fortunately came to a halt right side up (unlike a similar incident on Arrow's Demon). Fiesta Texas had the last car of their Boomerang separate from the rest of the train while it was being hoisted up. Fortunately it hadn't gotten very far and the front 6/7s of the train skidded down into the station and hit the brakes.
But this is the new Vekoma, so perhaps they finally have their act together. Kudos.
I hear S&S is coming out with a new design, its called "Honey I doinked the the kids!"
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