Renewed Love of Stand-Ups

Wednesday, June 5, 2002 1:10 PM

Over the past four years, it seems to me that Vortex at PC has gone downhill considerably. I used to hate stand-up coasters because of the preconcieved notion I had for them ala Vortex.

But on my recent trip to SFoG, I rode Georgia Scorcher.

I was so mad at myself that I didn't ride this thing sooner!

If you want to talk about one of B&M's best, it is Georgia Scorcher. Although not the tallest or fastest, it is just awesome. It's drops are heaven, and the heavily banked turns are awesome. If you are going to SFoG, ride Georgia Scorcher, you won't be disappointed.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 1:15 PM
I agree. I have been fortunate enough to have ridden every B&M stand up. Iron Wolf I used to love when it was new. The 2 Vortex's are OK (only ridden them for the first time this last year). Riddler, Mantis, at times. Georgia Scorcher.....WOW! That was a GREAT ride. Although, I think I would dig it even more with sit down trains. My legs can only take so many rides. But when I need a break next time, I'll just go so S:UF. (Or Deja Vu if it ever opens)

- Peabody

Wednesday, June 5, 2002 1:40 PM

The Scorcher is an AWESOME ride! For some reason, SFOG got lucky and has some of the best B&M's around. Living in FL, I get pretty sick of B&M's since that's all we have here, but the ones at SFOG renew any disbelief in their design abilities!

There is on point on the Scorcher right after the helix through the loop where you go over an overbanked hill type element. Kind of like the one on Goiliath in Holland, only smaller. If you are on the left side of the train you get thrown to the side - what a rush!


Wednesday, June 5, 2002 2:02 PM
dankding, I LOVE that element. I also love being banked at 90 degrees just a few feet over jagged rocks. This ride is great. The straight drop also creates great airtime.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 3:26 PM
King Cobra was up there for years. Then I rode Scorcher. WOW. I usually have a hard time re-riding B&M standups, but this one is free of the heart-clenching G's and has a shorter ride time than most. It tracks well and doesn't have the typical stand up bucking and rocking. Not to mention the beautiful park it is at. I also looked forward to Carowind's Vortex after all the praise I have heard over the years, but back in March it disappointed me. What did surprise me was the great S-curve air hill. It's those kind of elements (like Mantis' ending and Cobra's trick track) that really give a stand up character.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 4:38 PM
Mantis is an exception. One ride on that thing and you'll get stand-up coasteraphobia. It's crap.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 4:46 PM
Didn't seem like crap when I rode it...
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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 4:48 PM
Count me in! I had pretty much given up on them, as I was never a big King Cobra fan (sorry guys, I know most of you love it), and Iron Wolf has been steadily falling from favor with me.

A trip to SFoG last fall renewed my interest in Stand-Ups, as I found Scorcher to be a really great ride. I also liked Chang on both of my visits to Kentucky Fried Kingdom this year, and Riddler's was one of the highlights of SFMM.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 5:14 PM

Ridden GS - Great ride, but I still think that Mantis is right up there too.

Though GS doesn't have the, I guess, 'whipping' action like Mantis does, if you ride Mantis while you're relaxed, and can brace yourself for whichever direction the train is headed, I don't think there'd be any problems.

I can tell you this, though. Mantis compared to GS may be a bit lacking, but what I get to ride most of the time (Iron Wolf) makes Mantis look like something straight from God's loins... If He has loins... I've gone too far.

Wednesday, June 5, 2002 7:33 PM
Well, I personally love Mantis. I've always loved Mantis. Don't know what it is, but it just gives me a rush! I especially enjoy the speed at which the incline loop is taken, and the tight turns at the end.

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Thursday, June 6, 2002 4:04 AM
Mantis is my favorite for one reason: It has TWO of that element where the train quickly turns from left to right. One right before the brake run and one after the corkscrew. The other B&M stand-ups I've ridden (RR, Chang, Iron Wolf) have only one each.

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