Return of the Steeplechase?

Monday, November 17, 2003 1:53 PM
I'm quite excited by the artwork shown for the two motorcycle-style coasters, shown here;

http://www.schaefer-amusement.com/

and here

http://www.vekoma.com/
(under Family Coasters - Motorbike)

With these new concepts, might we see the return of a Steeplechase type ride to the U.S.? One can only hope.

I'd love to see a motorcycle Grand Prix themed ride, with four tracks racing, full of speed and lots of high banked turns.

Later,
EV

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Monday, November 17, 2003 2:38 PM
Those are cool...but they look like they'll run a 'train' of motorcycles instead of individual bikes. :( The restraints on the single-seat silver bike look deadly...
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Monday, November 17, 2003 5:21 PM
I had to laugh when I heard the Vekoma flash intro. Anyways, those restraints, on all of them, look deadly.
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Monday, November 17, 2003 7:33 PM
Looks like it could be fun, but I would much rather see the old Steeplechase return, at least to the states. :-)

That is one attraction I have always wanted to do.

-Tina

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 3:22 AM
Tina-

If you're good you could always come play with ours sometime ;)

It's been a while since I rode Steeplechase at BPB but it was fun. Being secured over your lap and having your upper body exposed added a scary element to the ride!

I recall my dad decided one ride was enough for him though :)

-Jim

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 3:41 AM
I found Steeplechase was a little rough for much repeat riding.
-R
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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 12:53 PM
I still miss Soapbox Racers at Knott's Berry Farm!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 4:39 PM
My parents had trouble tearing me away from Soapbox Racers when I was a kid. I really miss that style. Course then I discovered Corkscrew and my parents couldn't tear me away from that. But I still loved them racers. :)
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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 4:55 PM
I got ya both beat: I miss the Motocycle Chase at Knott's!

For those who don't remember, Soapbox Derby Racers originally opened as the Motorcycle Chase, with motorcycle-shaped cars.

mOOSH

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 5:27 PM
Hey, I remember....;)

(and I "believe") ;)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 7:39 PM
From Vekoma's page about launched coasters:

To reduce power demand, our newest launch coasters can also be equipped with a new hydraulic launch system.

Please tell me I read that wrong? Intamin can't even get it right and you expect me to believe Vekoma will?
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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 8:16 PM
Forget that, check out the "Thrill Lift" - 3-2-1-snap, instant death guarenteed.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 9:33 PM

Michael Darling said:
Please tell me I read that wrong? Intamin can't even get it right and you expect me to believe Vekoma will?

To Vekoma's credit, they've had little to no problems with their LIM coasters while the Intamin LIM coasters *have* had problems. So what does that tell you?

-Nate

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Tuesday, November 18, 2003 10:47 PM
Did anyone notice that the Vekoma cycles have you seated just like you would be on a B&M flyer except on top of the rails? Please not another doggie style coaster!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 9:25 AM
I think the Vekoma cars/restraints actually look good. To me, the whole point of a motorcycle-themed ride would be to sit in that crotch-rocket style position.

For those that don't follow the auto biz, the silver Schaefer bike looks like it's based on the Dodge Tomahawk, a Viper V10-powered concept motorcycle that was shown at this year's Detroit Auto Show.

http://www.dodge.com/tomahawk/flash.html

Later,
EV

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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 3:11 PM
A cycle with a Viper engine...scary!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 7:27 PM
After trying the Zamperla Disk'O at IAAPA (which use a restraint system who's kinda similar), I don't feel like there whould be a restraint problem.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003 10:14 PM
The designs looks nice. Is it possible for these to do inversions or launches?
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Thursday, November 20, 2003 10:18 AM
Vekoma has a LSM launch with a topspeed of 70kph for their Bike Coaster but I don't know about inversions. Although the Bike coaster is mainly aimed for a fun family ride so I doubt we'll see any inversions on their first coasters. But on later designs,,, who knows.
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