Mean Streak never fails to give a boring ride, filled with no laterals, no airtime but plenty of washboarding. It always gives me a headache. I always say I am done with it, but every year some one has to say, "Its so much better than last year," but it never is.
One thing people need to realize is that voters in this poll are the General Public. A lot of the readers of the magazine are not die hard enthusiasts, but people who just like to see what is out there. Also from what I understand the readership of the magazine is pretty evenly dispursed across the US, so it is not like the only people reading the magazine are a bunch of Cedar Point fanboys.
I have been on both Shivering Timbers and Mean Streak several times, and, Shivering Timbers is ten times smoother then Mean Streak.
The last time I rode Mean Streak, my jaw hurt because the train shook the entire ride, causing my teeth to grind. And, it made my back hurt so bad, I had to sit down on a bench for an hour after riding. And, it made my brother so sick, he did not want to ride anything else after wards. he spent at least four hours just laying benches...saying never again! I won't ever ride that piece-o-dump again.
I Was on Shivering Timbers just a few days ago, and, only noticed a couple rough spots. Mainly in the swoop turn, a bit in the helix, and a spot just before the final turn into the brakes. But, those were not even close to the torture I received the entire ride on Mean Streak!
So where whoever thinks Mean Streak is a top ten coaster must have a very short list. kinda like this.