Mean Streak isn't mean anymore!

Friday, June 28, 2002 7:49 AM

What is with this coaster?? My daughter and I rode the coaster in the front seat and boy you should see the bruises on my arm!!

There are 2..yes 2 BRAKES going down the first hill...and numerous trim brakes all over the track..on the hills and curves. Why so many brakes? It wasn't like this when we rode it 2 years ago..I got the massive bruises going around a curve and then the coaster braked fast which jolted my arm. This was the WORST coaster ride I've had on a wooden...

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Friday, June 28, 2002 7:55 AM
Oh I am sorry to hear that. Why whenever I go to CP and ride MS, it isn't as bad as everyone says it is..............hum....

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Good Times!! Good Times!!
-Patrick

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Friday, June 28, 2002 7:58 AM

What seat are you riding in? Maybe it was the front seat but my husband was in the 2nd car from the rear and said the coaster was SLOW..and too many brakes..but I guess after you have had trips on The Beast and SOB a day before..every wooden is slow...LOL.

My arm will always remember the Mean Streak now!

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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:03 AM

I personally have ridden two mean streaks.

The original, The one that was fast and furious and fun in the morning and shook you so hard in the afternoon that you needed a neck transplant. This coaster did give great airtime on the second and fourth drops durring this time. I still found the ending fast but somewhat lacking.

The braked to death one. Ok, Start your drop, STOP! Start dropping again, STOP. followed by a slow cruise around the midcourse and a second drop that used to be SUPER but is now LAME. around the lifthil, Drop and if your in the backseat you may get one pop of air here. Midcourse. STOP with a completly lame ending now that was once at least a fast trip through the structure.

I could fix this coaster and I bet any decent thinkin engineer could also. Shallow the first drop about 10-15ft. This would prevent the shaking of the first turn by reducing speed of a element that never had a long enough runout or banking to be taken at 66mph and still make the rest of the ride fast. I would also seriously reduce the braking on the midcourse as it was never needed except for blocking purposes anyhow. A little grease wouldn't hurt it non either!

Chuck

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Charles Nungester
Lesourdsville Lake, The great American amusement park opens the season June 6th Thurs-Sun every week. Park phone is (513)539-2193

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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:06 AM
YUP that's it Chuck! Way to go!! Can you describe the horrible Vortex too cause I got some whiplash on that one ...LOL!!!
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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:07 AM

CoasterMom said:

What seat are you riding in? Maybe it was the front seat but my husband was in the 2nd car from the rear and said the coaster was SLOW..and too many brakes..but I guess after you have had trips on The Beast and SOB a day before..every wooden is slow...LOL.

My arm will always remember the Mean Streak now!



Great Mom! Speed wise it seems that many coasters seem faster than MS. Perfect example is THE BOSS. Even though it is about 15mph slower than SOB and a full 30mph slower than Millenium Force. It still seemed like the fastest coaster I had ever ridden durring that first section.

Chuck

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Charles Nungester
Lesourdsville Lake, The great American amusement park opens the season June 6th Thurs-Sun every week. Park phone is (513)539-2193

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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:12 AM

cdrpointcrazy4 said:
Oh I am sorry to hear that. Why whenever I go to CP and ride MS, it isn't as bad as everyone says it is..............hum....

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Good Times!! Good Times!!
-Patrick



Well..........could your name mean your viewpoint might be somewhat biased, perhaps? Just a thought.......;)

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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:41 AM
Yeah, MS can be pretty rough, but I only get a headache at worst. The ride isn't very good, kind of boring, just winding around with little speed. I'm sure it was better when it first opened. If they would remove the brakes and shorten the drop for less wear on the structure, maybe make everything else a little smaller, and add a helix finale it might be pretty good.

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HuKeD oNN fonickS dusinT wOrK"[;.

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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:42 AM

CoasterMom said:
Can you describe the horrible Vortex too cause I got some whiplash on that one ...LOL!!!


Whoa whoa whoa!!! That's some seriously strong language regarding a legendary coaster. You're entitled to your opinion, naturally, but "horrible" seems strong for the mighty blue multi-looper.

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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:52 AM

Actually I believe Mom on this Vortex issue if shes talking the PKI version.

All my rides I have taken this year have provided a minor head bobble at best and have not been painful in the least.

However, Durring Fear Fest last year It smacked me around worse than any Arrow I have ever ridden. perhaps because I was the only person in any of the back three cars but still. I thought for sure I had two broken jaws.

Wheel maintence and guage checks are a necessity on all Arrow/Vekoma loopers. When it is not done you can expect a painful ride as I have found most of them to have a pretty hard foam OTSR with no extra padding.

Chuck, who say Vortex can do this in the turn around after the first drop and also in the drop into the corkscrew but usually gets a pretty good painless ride but knows it happens (Bashing)

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Charles Nungester
Lesourdsville Lake, The great American amusement park opens the season June 6th Thurs-Sun every week. Park phone is (513)539-2193

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Friday, June 28, 2002 8:59 AM
I have had all these experiances on MS also...

However, during the coastermania night ERT I had some great, fast, smooth rides on MS. & of them actually.

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Friday, June 28, 2002 9:24 AM
Oh please... rough woodens rock. And yes, I've ridden Mean Streak before... (Can you say #1 wooden?) I think MS beats Wildcat, Lightning Racer, and Thunderbolt out of the sky! But, I'm sure it will be topped when I ride Shivering Timbers this year! :)

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Why do they report power outages on TV?

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Friday, June 28, 2002 9:48 AM

There's a difference between "rough" wooden rides, and wooden rides that give you bruises. I rode Mean Streak twice in 1998, and ended up with a bruise on my back, and a headache that lasted four days. It was the worst experience I have ever had on a coaster, wooden or steel, and I've ridden some rough ones (Shock Wave, The Rattler).

It's good to know that Mean Streak used to give good rides at some point in its lifespan, though.

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Friday, June 28, 2002 9:50 AM
i went on MS for the first time last week and this ride has gone to hell...it did not amuse me in any way...at least i didn't have to wait...there were only 5 people on the train...and midcourse for blocking my ass let's see if they even have enough people in line to run two trains...
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Friday, June 28, 2002 11:11 AM

They run all three trains. And the only brakes are the first drop and the midcouse.

All I can say is that MS is moody, I have had great rides and awful rides......one after the other. You do however get air on the 4th? drop.

The MS of old was faster and more air but I remeber it being even rougher then it is now. Thats when it was new.

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The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Friday, June 28, 2002 11:44 AM
I have never been bruised or had a headache from Mean Streak in my life and almost feel like 4 day headaches and stuff like that are exaggerated reports, because I have never come even close to anything like that on Mean Streak. I have had only one bad ride on it too, never had a ride where it went beyond being a rough wooden coaster into giving any sort of injuries. Overall, this was my #2 wooden coaster for quite some time, it has since fallen a bit, but still remains in my top 10 wooden coasters. I just think that some people need to toughen up a bit and not worry about breaking that nail on a coaster.

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"You can't kill what's stronger than death" - Zakk Wylde

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Friday, June 28, 2002 11:50 AM
Oh my, when I rode Mean Streak it was the bomb diggy. I must have been lucky that day.
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Friday, June 28, 2002 11:52 AM
If you stand by Gemini and look at the train going over the 3rd "hill" it always looks like it's going to roll back.
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Friday, June 28, 2002 12:15 PM
Didn't it actually roll back once on the third hill?

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Why do they report power outages on TV?

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Friday, June 28, 2002 12:24 PM
Okay, sorry but Mean Streak really IS a POS. For those that have it in your top 10, you really need to get out of state FAST.

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