King Kobra was the coaster that turned me into a coaster enthusiast. I was about 12 or 13. It wasn't the fact that it was a standup, it was the ride's layout that facinated me, and still does somewhat.
Square wheels? Since when was the coaster rough or bumpy? I imagine its not in top form for operation now, but back when it was running at PKI, it was easily the best stand-up I had been on and if currently operating the same, would probably be my favorite steelie at the park. Besides Screechin' Eagle, I think the airtime on that was unmatched in OH. :)
DS said: I've only been on it's cousin at PCW, that was for sure, on square wheels. Unforturntly, I've yet to make it to PKI. Next season...
I was at PCW for Spring Con and I thought it was fine. I think the Togo Stand-up coasters are easier to ride (for a man) than B&M's. The thing about the Togo's that sux is the difficulty getting into and out of the restraints. It make for a slow load/unload. *** Edited 12/18/2006 4:37:07 PM UTC by Jason Hammond***
I agree with Dexter. King Cobra also led to my fascination with roller coasters. The 720-degree turn was the coolest...standing up!!!! I remember the first time I rode King Cobra in 1986...that was the most afraid I've probably been in my life as we climbed the hill.
It truly was a TERRIFIC RIDE and you always had a sense that you were on something that was ONE OF A KIND or, at the very least, very special.
I will say this, however. . .it was particularly rough on guys. I'm not being sexist when I say this (and, remember, I'm the guy that likes "rough" coasters) but the "nether regions" took some major abuse on the ride. We hadn't quite gotten to the point in time where there was a "bouncy" quality to the stirrup. Ah-hem. You know what I mean.
Guys always rolled off that ride pulling at the front of their pants and looking slightly quizzical as they weren't quite sure about what they had just experienced. They just knew that there was a very distinct tingling sensation as a result of it.
Never thought we'd get into THAT particular subject matter before, but there's always a first for everything!!