Positive aspects of an SLC

Thursday, December 12, 2002 7:24 PM

This is not a question of are there any, but I want to know if anybody here can name only positive aspects of a typical Vekoma (pronounced 'vay koma) SLC. Remember only positive, because we all know, including me, all the things we don't like about these rides. I normally don't care for these too much, but I always wonder, if it is such a bad ride, why do I ride Mind Eraser just about every time I go to SFA? If it was a horrible ride, I wouldn't ride it.

For me the most positive aspect are the g-forces that are felt while dropping down next to the station before hitting the half loop.

Remember, positive!

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 7:29 PM
It's another coaster for the track record. That's really the only positive I could come up with.

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Jim Hansen
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Thursday, December 12, 2002 7:30 PM

Here's my list:

... at least I wasn't negative?

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 7:32 PM
Well, that cool loop that resembles a B&M Sea Serpent looks pretty interesting. Plus I hear the G's are decent.

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 7:52 PM

It's not a boring, forceless B&M. ;)

...just trying to see how many people actually take offense to that comment.

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 8:02 PM

The layout is great.

SLC's scare me to death and not in a good way.

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 8:10 PM
The SLC at SFWoA is the only one I've been on, but I thought it was actually pretty smooth.

*** This post was edited by Savaq on 12/13/2002. ***

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 8:41 PM
The last time I rode one I LOVED it! It was the Mind Eraser at SFNE. I laughed during the entire ride. The front seat is awsome and the forces are great!

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 8:43 PM

Uhm, You don't have to get in the ring with Tyson to get your ears boxed in.

Great visuals.

I actually like to be tossed about a bit compared to the smoother cousins.

Chuck, who says all SLC's are not equally rough.

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 8:47 PM
well, i actually like em. i'm not a hater of rough coasters, since i imagine that what we have 2day is far better than the first ones we had. i too like 2 ride the Eraser @ SFA when i go, as well as Batwing and 2face. I can actually say i liked it better than some B & M inverteds, cause sometimes i think they get boring(don't get me wrong, thats my fav. coaster company) plus its a different type of layout than the majority

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 8:55 PM

Charles Nungester said:

Chuck, who says all SLC's are not equally rough.



True. True.

Hangman at Wild Adventures is actually not rough at all and it has big padded restraints. I didn't mind it one bit.

SFWOA's was a bit rough, but still nothing I couldn't handle.

SFNE's was where I developed the "glue your head to the restraint" method I now use on all SLC's.

Morey's was hell, just brutal, and it ripped my aforementioned riding style to shreds.

Just my experiences, not the gospel.

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 9:21 PM

Lord Gonchar- oh, now you've gone and done it. You've offended me. I'm going to go cry at my B&M altar now. Maybe if I sacrafice a small, lesser Arrow ride Walter and Claude will honor my request to have you strapped to the zero car of a stand-up. ;)

[/sarcasm] for those of you who didn't pick up on it...

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 9:34 PM

"lesser Arrow ride"....could we be referring to SW, hmmmm?

"strapped to the zero car of a stand-up"....*drool*. If I get to pick the ride, this could be awesome....*Scorcher*...or even King Cobra...:)

But as far as SLCs are concerned, I love the *sidewinder* element, and the "padded" OTSRs have long since drawn ALL the praise due them. Parks could really have their SLCs running as well as Hangman without excessive expense. If you have one and you're gonna keep it, keep it up...;)

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 9:46 PM

Getting off after the ride is a positive thing! ;)

Actually, there good for parks that couldn't afford, or are short on space for a giant invert.

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 11:04 PM
I like taking the first drop in the front, left side of the train. Good stuff. I also like the fact that most of the GP seem to enjoy them, there by subtracting from other coasters! ;)

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Friday, December 13, 2002 12:23 AM

I love the banked camelback between the Sea Serpent and the Sidewinder. It provides sweet airtime, followed by almost-as-sweet positives. By Aussie standards, I'd have to say that that airtime in there is the nicest feeling airtime we've got.

I also particularly like the 'helix-thingy' after the sidewinder: smooth and fast. That doesn't compare though, to the helix that Movie World's model has before the brake run. Smoother, tighter and faster than anything else on the ride.

When I'm designing AuscoasterLand, if an anvil happens to fall on my head (one good reason to always keep an umbrella handy), and I accidently bought an SLC over that nice modern Arrow looper which is just like Tennesee Tornado only longer, faster and even more out in the wilderness, I'd probably almost forgive myself if it were the model with the helix finale - it really helps to end the ride on a high note.

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Friday, December 13, 2002 4:16 AM

The look neat......from the ground.

That's it! :)

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Friday, December 13, 2002 4:28 AM

Well then, my list.. :)

- Love the supports surrounding the first drop on the 1st generation!
- The bunny hops at the end, just before the brake are wonderfull. (1st generation)
- The helix after the sidewinder is intense, smooth and fast.
- The banked swirly bunny hop between the butterfly (Vekoma-ish for sea serpent ;) ) and the sidewinder is really nice.
- They simply look awesome.
- 5 Inversion in a really tight grid!

Well, that's about it. I would like to note that there is only one First Generation SLC, and that's El Condor at Six Flags Holland. Also known as "Brain Damage the Ride". ;)

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Friday, December 13, 2002 4:30 AM

lol - that's something I've always noticed myself. When watching from the ground, they look so darn smooth and articulate. Some rides look rotten and are equally bad to ride, some are even surprisingly better than they look. But it seems Vekoma has the ability to make a damn fine looking coaster which rides like crap.

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So what if the best coaster in Australia is a second hand Arrow?

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Friday, December 13, 2002 4:52 AM
Im surpirsed that the LEG CHOPPER has not been mentioned :)

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