Raging Bull, what do you think?

Monday, September 11, 2000 9:19 PM
I have read on this site and countless other sites with mixed reactions of this ride. I havent had the priveledge of riding other speed coasters but I find this one to be a great airtime funfilled experience. Please let me know if you rode RB what you think of it. I am not asking you if its your favorite but if you enjoyed this ride in its second year of operation.

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"DONT FIGHT IT, RIDE IT",,,,RAGING BULL
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Monday, September 11, 2000 10:22 PM
Raging Bull is the hypercoaster underdog in my opinion. Rarely talked about, and somewhat overshadowed by it's Intamin counterparts, Raging Bull never the less a total joy to ride. I love the first drop and the airtime on this coaster. I'd take one in my backyard anytime! B&M never fails to amaze me.

Raging Bull gets a 8 from me!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2000 4:41 AM

Hi Chitown...

I'm coming your way the weekend of Oct. 7 & 8th and I'm gonna ride the Bull then. I'm really looking forward to it...
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Jason
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Tuesday, September 12, 2000 5:38 AM
I dig it, and as expected, B&M shows they can dominate pretty much any coaster category. The only thing that spoiled it for me was riding Apollo's Chariot the week before. Since Apollo is a straight out-and-back design, sans the high turns found on Bull, it is a total airtime machine.

What I found most striking about Bull was the first, second and third drops, and that wicked ending (which for me at least the brakes were unused). The odd thing is the difference in ride that it gives between the front and back seats. The front seems to toss you more over those sharp hills.

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Jeff
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Tuesday, September 12, 2000 5:44 AM
Well I myself am a diehard Raging Bull fanatic. This is my Number 1 coaster. I have only been on 4 Hypers (MF, Magnum, Bull and Goliath). The airtime produced on this coaster is the best I have experienced on the previously mentioned hypers. I absolutly love Raging BUll's first drop. It seems to me that the B&M hypers have been overshadowed by Intamin. It is an awesome coaster and very underated.

BMCOASTER

Raging Bull #1
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Tuesday, September 12, 2000 6:13 AM
Well Chitown: When I rode it in year 1 (last yr) I thought it was just fantastic. I only had Magnum to compare it to but I thought it was an excellent coaster. Then this year I rode SFA's S:ROS and thought it blew Bull away....UNTIL I rode bull this year in the back. Bull might have as many pops of air as S:ROS (just not as sustained or intense) plus it doesn't have many (if any) sections of straight dead track (aside from the mandatory mid-course). I guess because it's one of the "little" hypercoasters and it's at a generally overlooked park (until recently no one seemed to pay much attention to SFGAm) it doesnt receive it's fair share of attention. But seeing as though lines at SFGAm are long enough due to the 'local' crowd. Maybe us native Chicagoans should keep this to ourselves (shh! =])
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Tuesday, September 12, 2000 7:11 AM
I think Raging Bull is a very enjoyable ride, and it also the ride that got me re-addicted to coasters. The ride is very smooth and provides decent air time throughout the train. I have ridden S:ROS at SFDL, and I think that is a shade better, but Raging Bull has pleased me 30 some odd times and I will keep coming back for more.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2000 1:39 PM
It is a very fun ride. I've been on it plenty of times and it is a little bit boring compared to some intamin coasters, but is still a heck of a ride. The first drop is the best part and alot of the hills give you great airtime. SFGAm all the way!
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Tuesday, September 12, 2000 1:57 PM
Well I hate the break going up that 3rd hill, but it's one of my fav. coasters! B&M did an excellent job in design and I wish I lived closer!!!!!
SFGA Rocks!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2000 2:20 PM
Bull is the best ride at Great America, hands down, IMHO. Yeah that brake on the big hill kinda sucks, but you still get good airtime there (in the front of the train especially) That ride is butter, soooo smooth. It's the best restraint system to date for B&M also. Intamin's hypers are cool too, but on Raging Bull you can stick your feet out along with your hands. It's the greatest.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2000 3:41 PM
The other *great* (maybe) thing about the bull's restraints is that it feels really unsafe. Now I believe that they are reliable, but they are the ONLY thing holding you in. On the Intamins they is the extra security of the seat belts but on Bull....the clamshell is you only friend. That gives such a thrilling feeling.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2000 4:29 PM
You're both right the restraints are awsome. I was able to comepletely trust them and just lean forward and to the side and every which way I could think of and it's unlike any other feeling!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2000 8:00 PM
Raging Bull is my favorite coaster hands down. I love being in the back seat and being whipped over the big drop, to me that is the greatest coaster sensation I have ever felt. I think it tops MF but that isn't an insult to MF. I think the reason Raging Bull is better in my opinion is the trains, those are the most incredible trains created to date. On MF I felt to restrained and I am a tall guy so it was kinda uncomfortable. When I got off of MF I thought to myself "if this ride had the Bulls trains it would be the most incredible coaster ever". Going into the second year of the Bulls operation I thought it got better, it felt faster than I rememebered and my friends thought the same thing also. I feel it is a very underrated coaster and I think 2hostyl is right, maybe we should just keep it to ourselves.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2000 9:27 AM
I wish I could say the same about the restraints. The only time I was able to ride Bull I had a problem with my retraint. I'm somewhat of a big guy (6', 260lbs) and when I got into Bull I pulled the clamshell down and it clicked into place. The ride attendant checked and gave the "thumbs up" to go. However, the operator didn't send the ride. An attendant talked to the operator and the attendant then came directly to me and jammed the clamshell down into my gut. So; now I'm stapled into my seat, I can hardly breathe, I'm in pain, and feeling very insecure. Needless to say I didn't enjoy the ride. I've been trying to get back and give this ride a second chance but to date I haven't been able to. I'm actually thinking I should lose a few pounds before trying again. :-)

As a side note, I don't have this problem with any other ride; including MF.
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Thursday, September 14, 2000 9:13 PM
I kind of know what you are talking about DEK. I am 6ft 2in and weigh 240 pounds. I think my weight just made it as far as feeling comfortable because that yellow indicator line on the black bar just made visibility. If I was 260 like yourself I probably would have been stapled also.
Funny thing though DEK, do you remember when they had media day for RB back in 99 before it opened to the public and TURD from Mancows Morning Madhouse got on the ride? That fat slob (although I think hes hilarious) must weigh well over 300 lbs. The ride op had to put all of her weight on the lap bar to make it lock on his lap. I dont know how he was able to ride but he did.
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"DONT FIGHT IT, RIDE IT",,,,RAGING BULL
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Friday, September 15, 2000 9:25 AM
Yeah, Chitown I remember that. I think they needed the "jaws of life" to get him out, too.
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