According to Vekoma a big plus is the new, elevated seating position which is supposed to make boarding much easier. While this may be true I fear that passengers heads are now higher from the centre of rotation which could result in even rougher headbanging than usual.
The pictures are the last page of a six page report of the EAS.
Vekoma offers a new train that should eliminate rough rides, the one thing that nearly every enthusiast can't stand about their coasters, and people are still complaining? Criminy. The thing could look like an Amtrak and I wouldn't give a damn.
Vater....Vekoma's been around for a long time....if these new trains are all they're cracked up to be, word WILL get out. Just can't be too surprised that their *reputation* precedes delivery of the first new vehicles...
Of course, I have one of the two best SLC's in the country (WA's Hangman) AND RnRC within two hours' drive, so I really can't complain as much as those poor folks getting their heads POUNDED by poorly-maintained Vekomas with the hard-shell earbashers...
Trust me, IF these new trains deliver a smoother ride, everyone will know about it soon enough...;)
I like that layout at the top of the page too. That first drop looks wicked! And I love seein those motorbikes again. They should find some way to take old Zeirer-type kiddie coasters that are in storage someplace and retrofit them with those motorbikes. I'm sure even that would be a hair-raising experience with that little holding you in!
Good question. I'm sure that's a part of it, but I have to chalk it up to the sloppy wheel contact too. On an SLC where you can see the wheels, you can watch the guide wheels bounce around against the track. I'm sure that doesn't help.
Of course, having top-notch maintenance helps too. I don't think anyone would call Rock-n-Rollercoaster at Dis-MGM rough.
Actually, I'm not so sure there are many Vekomas that have bad transitions. Older Arrow rides are known for having less-than-smooth transitions (although I'd blame the trains first), but if you look at most Vekoma coasters (like Ninja @ SFoG, but NOT Ninja @ SFStL) you can see that the transitions look nearly B&M-like. In fact, if I overlook the typical shaking while riding an SLC, the transitions are phenomenal.
I wouldn't mind seeing these trains on a few Arrow coasters either. But like Mamoosh said, these trains may fix the problem of roughness, but what about head banging? Most people can deal with the hunting and shaking that plagues many Arrow / Vekoma coasters, the real problem lies in the head banging or other rough transitions ( Like in Arrow mine trains - Incredibly smooth, but bad transitions. )
Vater said: Vekoma offers a new train that should eliminate rough rides, the one thing that nearly every enthusiast can't stand about their coasters, and people are still complaining? Criminy. The thing could look like an Amtrak and I wouldn't give a damn.
I don't know....I have been on a couple pretty rough Amtrak trains. ;)
The new wheel design seems to be centered around having each wheel set turn indepentenly while being connected to each other through a linkage. Just the way B&M does on their sitdowns. This design should eliminate hunting which will eliminate the lateral jolts you feel while riding Vekomas and especially old Arrows. They could also help smooth out bad transistions a little.
It seems to me that Vekoma is doing everything they can to improve upon what they did in the past as well as come up with new and exciting innovations... for the first time in a long while, I am eager to see some new Vekoma coasters installed in the U.S.