While riding the Beast last weekend, the trims quite literally made the riders lunge forward a bit a few times. Can't the trims be installed so that they are gradually braking, instead of all at once? If they were to do that, you might not even notice them at all. Is this something that is possible?
Its barely noticable in the back of the train.
Surprised nobodys been hurt yet. I though I was once but only suffered minor bruising.
Also, I rode the Beast last year during Fearfest in the front seat and noticed the grab, but didn't even come close to getting injured or bumped around. *** Edited 9/7/2007 4:10:33 PM UTC by Coasterbuzzer***
The Beast's ride time is actually shorter, and therefore faster, than it was when it used the skids. So just because you feel that little kick at the end of the shed doesn't mean the net braking is greater than it was before.
The braking action takes place a lot quicker with the mag calipers at the end of the shed than it did with the skids, which slowed over the entire length of the shed.
I don't consider the mags to be uncomfortable, I think they're a lot better than the old skids.
The biggest improvement is on the first drop and the drop into the helix, where instead of braking all the way down, it now only brakes at the top of the drop.
Jeff said:I am so tired of this topic.The Beast's ride time is actually shorter, and therefore faster, than it was when it used the skids. So just because you feel that little kick at the end of the shed doesn't mean the net braking is greater than it was before.
The sheds not where I am talking about. Im talking about the fan turn just befor the second drop that brakes so hard sometimes it throws lighter riders forward. 65-40 in about half a second.
I agree with you that it runs on average faster than before but the braking on that turn is not nearly as smooth as the skids.
Although I know there were always breaks (skids) on the ride before, honestly, you never felt them. Sure, during the shed run you could tell you were slower coming out than going in but for an average person I don't think they notice a major drop in speed. The breaks right before the second drop were slightly noticeable but nothing to pay attention to. One of my biggest problems with the new breaks is, especially the break in the shed, it is so drastic you have to stop yourself by putting you hands on the seat back in front of you, etc. I think it just disrupts the whole feel of the ride, sure it's no slower on average and as people have said actually faster but for me it's too much of a distraction.
My absolute biggest complaint though is the breaks right before the second drop. Man I remember when I was in early middle school I would get LAUNCHED out of my seat. It was the funniest part of the ride (well maybe after the crazy speed you have and the feeling of "this is gonna hop the tracks" after the second tunnel ).
For me if they were to try and "fix" this, I would like to see skids back in the shed and before the second drop (even if that means more breaking on the first drop).
I mean, I still love the Beast and am looking forward to a dark, late night ride during this years Halloween Haunt (or whatever they are calling it) but I have a feeling if I make it to Holiday World this year like I want my opinions will change.
It has a shed over it to keep the brakes dry in the rain, same as the final brake run. Racer originally had a shed over the brake run for the same reason, it's actually still there, they just closed in the sides.
I remember that 2nd drop, used to scare the crap outta me. I remember the friction tires too!
schwee said:How many on here remember the tires in the shed? You'll be showing your age if you do.
Considering I was a first night rider april 13th 1979 and I was 13 then, Well you take a crack at it :)
Scwee, I am BUSTED! I vaguely remember the tires. :) Wow.
It certainly brings back memories! I first rode the Beast (and the Bat and everything else) in 1982 and I don't remember it NOT have a tunnel during the double helix. I will NEVER forget my first Beast ride, though. I was 10. Damn, I AM old! ;)
Great video! I found some old Bat footage on YouTube as well.
*** Edited 9/10/2007 9:05:40 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
I remember them from the coaster simulator at the mall.
Pretty sure I got the same credit. I think it was better than the actual coaster I ended up riding later on.
I still love the night rides though.
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