New Vekoma Family INVERTED

Sunday, May 4, 2003 11:24 AM
Now if you're thinking Rugrats Runaway Reptar, that's not what I mean. On vekoma's website http://www.vekoma.com/ under rides and the column furthest to the left they have a inverted family coaster complete with one corkscrew. Now what park could benefit from a steel compact family coaster that does not take away from beautiful views? Well, I'm not going to say it because I know many of you would tear me apart for suggesting that park would get a Vekoma but I really think Vekoma is on the right path to turning their act around. Maybe even following in the footsteps of one other one-time faulty company we call Intamin.

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*** This post was edited by SFGAMDie HARD 5/4/2003 3:43:11 PM ***

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 11:49 AM
No child should ever be subjected to a Vekoma corkscrew. Ever.

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 11:53 AM
It would be nice if Vekoma could get their rides to be very reliable. All of the Vekoma's I have been on I liked, except for the reliability. I would enjoy a nice kiddie inverted coaster, afterall I do enjoy Spacleys Sprocket Rockets at Great America. :)

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*** This post was edited by CoasterDude316 5/4/2003 3:54:52 PM ***

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 12:04 PM
You know, I think the reliability of vekoma's isn't always bad, it's just extremely inconsistent. When I was at SFMW, Boomerang and Kong were the only two rides that were up through the entire day through all of the rain and wind. I was flabbergasted after hearing how terrible slc's operate in bad weather.

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 12:16 PM
I keep hearing about the roughness of Vekoma rides, but to me they aren't all THAT bad. I've been on one of the SLC's, a couple of the boomerangs and Batwing at SF: America, and none of them were horrible experiences. (Exscept for the 15-20 minute wait to get OFF the Mind Eraser at SF: America -- they couldn't get the coaster in front of mine out of the station.) My big problem with the Vekoma rides is philosophical -- they build the same ride over and over and over again, without any regard for setting, theme, or park individuality. I guess you could call them McRollercoasters.

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 1:03 PM
Don't blame Vekoma for installing clones, money is money. None the less, if you go up to a McDonald's window as an example, and 4 people infront of you order a quarter pounder w/ cheese, they aren't going to give you something different, they will give you a quarter pounder w/ cheese if you want. It is all based on money, it is ALOT cheaper to purchase a clone than it is an original design, that why we see 3/4 of the B&M flyers to be clones, and 2/3 of the Vekoma Flyers to be clones. Mainly because its so much cheaper for the chain running the park. If you are a park and want a custom SLC, Vekoma will say sure, if you want a clone, they will still say sure. Money is money, and its pretty simple as that.

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 1:03 PM
Yeah, none of the Vekoma's I've been on (Serial Thriller @ SFWoA, Mind Eraser, and Sidewinder @ Hersheypark, X-Flight) have been bad at all. I've been on much worse Arrows.
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Sunday, May 4, 2003 3:37 PM
Ow. Ow. Ow. I don't think much good can come out of this, as I've heard reviews of the new Suspended Junior Coasters, and many say that's fairly rough already.
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Sunday, May 4, 2003 3:53 PM
wait isn't there a ride in RCTII that is one, yeah i think its a compact coaster if u have the game.

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kennywood is open

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 3:53 PM
wait isn't there a ride in RCTII that is one, yeah i think its a compact coaster if u have the game.

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kennywood is open

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 3:53 PM
Sorry my computer was being stupid

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kennywood is open
*** This post was edited by steelphantom 5/4/2003 7:54:37 PM ***

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 4:31 PM
SFGAMDie HARD said:
...Maybe even following in the footsteps of one other one-time faulty company we call Intamin.
One-time...being now? Yes, they are very inovative and have great ideas, and have put out many record breakers but I would still call some of their rides, including ones from the past couple years, rather unreliabble.
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Sunday, May 4, 2003 4:38 PM
I have to agree with that. Theyre rides have become smoother, faster, and more-reliable, but there are still reliability issues. I was at SFDL yesterday and Superman literally shutdown after every ride.
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Monday, May 5, 2003 4:30 AM
Coasterwiz, I rode the family suspended coaster at PCW (Silverstreak) and I will admit I did not care for the ride at all. However, the primary reason I didn't like it was because of the final turn which was much to tight and seemed to have no banking at all. It caused a real hard head bang on the solid metal with virtually no padding they had as harnesses. However, looking at pictures of more recent suspended coaster pics, it appears they have added more padding to the otsr which, I would assume, would greatly improve the ride quality.

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Warning: I do not think like the average person. My remarks have plenty of thought behind them. Take it for what it's worth, if you disagree, please, feel free to express it, but don't put me down because of it.

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Monday, May 5, 2003 8:54 AM
Vekoma's coaster are really improving. I find the fact that they are extremely easy to operate a huge advantage. You can easily load and unload a Vekoma in record speeds without having to break sweat. Intamin's on the other hand are a hell to operate, especially the safety straps which really tear the skin of your hands.

In my own experience, Vekoma rides are much more reliable than Intamin rides. Unfortunately, the older a Vekoma gets, the less reliable she becomes.

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Monday, May 5, 2003 10:10 AM
Back to the ride in question...

This could just be due to a lazy animator, but I noticed that the 'rider' in the video never goes upside down. even on the corkscrew, the POV is from an upright position. I'm not saying this is the case with this particular ride, but it could be cool to mount cars on an inverted coaster so that they rotate around their middle, almost like the vehicles on an Enterprise flat. Would definately make for a unique ride experience.

Hmm. Maybe I should try to patent this.

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