My first Coaster trip, Day 3 SFGAm 6/4

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Saturday, June 7, 2003 1:10 PM
Another grat park. I was able to get multiple rides on all of the coasters except for Superman. I only got one ride there. It did not open until 1:00. I timed it well and got in line just after it opened and was able to get on in a little over a half hour. This is a great ride. Most people get enough excitement just from the seats rotating up to the flying position. I was really surprised that there is no safety strap on these seats. The seats are basically the same as any B&M inverted coaster seat, only the shoulder harness is more like large belts rather than a ridged bar. The part of the restraint that comes down over your waist is ridged and it has bars as handholds, but no safety strap from the seat to the restraint. They are holding you face down relying only on the mechanical lock in the restraint. A safety strap would be cheap insurance if you ask me. The lock ever failed, it would be fatal. I enjoyed the ride, however.

American Eagle. Several rides. This is great. I have heard about backwards running trains, but I did not know that it was at this park. What a different experience. I loved it. Only the blue side was running, so I did not get to ride it forward.

2 Rides on Viper. Good coaster.

2 Rides on Vertical Velocity. I almost did not try this because I cannot get the shoulder harness down enough to ride WT, but the line was short, so I tried it. My first ride was toward the middle and I was able to get the safety strap buckled myself. The second ride was toward the front and the ride op had to push in a little to get the buckle latched. I liked the front better going farther through the twist. Why will CP ops not help a little buckling the straps on WT?

2 Rides on Iron Wolf. Great stand up. The second ride, I started to see a few stars. That is the first time that that has ever happened to my on a coaster.

Several rides on Batman.

2 Rides on Raging Bull. Great ride. I would love to ride it without all of the little trims. There must be three or four trims on this ride. :(

1 Ride on the Wizzer. Better than I thought it would be. Good thing they saved it.

1 Ride on the Demon.

The only thing that I thought should be changed was the fact that the turnstyles are on the exits and the ride ops would not let people start boarding the trains until everone had exited. Seemed to slow things down a bit.

Six Flags Great America was well worth the trip.

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Lets go Drag racing.
*** This post was edited by CP ismyhome 6/7/2003 5:54:37 PM ***

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Saturday, June 7, 2003 1:14 PM
V2 in the back is the place to be.

Hopefully you hit RB and Viper in the back as well.

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Saturday, June 7, 2003 1:55 PM

CP ismyhome said:
I was really surprised that there is no safety strap on these seats. The seats are basically the same as any B&M inverted coaster seat, only the shoulder harness is more like large belts rather than a ridged bar. The part of the restraint that comes down over your waist is ridged and it has bars as handholds, but no safety strap from the seat to the restraint. They are holding you face down relying only on the mechanical lock in the restraint. A safety strap would be cheap insurance if you ask me. The lock ever failed, it would be fatal. I enjoyed the ride, however.

I actually had a similar thought to this the first time I rode. However, the mechanical lock in the restraint seems to me to have several "catches" or indentations. I am sure there must be more backup failsafe systems in place. I truly do not feel that any coaster manufacturer, let alone a company as professional and as strigent as B & M would design and manufacture a coaster that was less than 100% safe to ride.

Nice TR by the way, I am glad that you enjoyed SFGAm.
*** This post was edited by HardRider 6/7/2003 5:56:16 PM ***

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Saturday, June 7, 2003 2:18 PM
Yea, I just feel better with that little strap buckled.

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Lets go Drag racing.

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Saturday, June 7, 2003 2:39 PM
Another one! Sheesh i think we all know your whole life now.

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Your Park only has 1 good coaster! That's too bad!

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Monday, June 9, 2003 5:25 PM

HardRider said:
I truly do not feel that any coaster manufacturer, let alone a company as professional and as strigent as B & M would design and manufacture a coaster that was less than 100% safe to ride.

Yes, and especially on a ride that they have cloned twice.

Nice TR by the way. And if you ever go to GAm again ride Viper 1:3. Just trust me!

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Monday, June 9, 2003 5:45 PM
Raging Bull only has two trims and one is the mid course brake run. I pray for your sake you rode it in the back, it's really is a whole different coaster. Same thing with V2 and Superman.

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Riding the Bull anywhere but the back is merely going for a walk.
*** This post was edited by RagingBullet 6/11/2003 7:25:24 PM ***

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Tuesday, June 10, 2003 5:20 AM
One more thing about Superman, which I think in genious...

The locking mechanism on the OTSR/lap bar deal actually will lock, and not allow any motion outward OR inward.

Take the pretzel loop in the back, and tell me if you'd like to be stapled any further into that seat... :)

I just thought that was a pretty cool idea, but that may just be me...

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