Vekoma has their hydraulic launch !

Saturday, July 17, 2004 5:13 PM
Vekoma made a hydraulic launch system of their own. Behold !

http://users.pandora.be/coasterland/bb/MVI_3657.AVI
(video of one of the first tests of the mechanism)

This video was shot at Toverland, where a ride named "Booster Bike" will be the world's first - hydraulic launch - motorbike coaster when it opens.

More info & pics at the rcdb:

http://www.rcdb.com/installationdetail2747.htm

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Saturday, July 17, 2004 5:44 PM
That actually looks like it could be some fun. I just hope that people are secured well.
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Saturday, July 17, 2004 5:59 PM
Those trains look weird! I bet it'll be fun though. I could see a park like IOA building something like that, with a lot of theme. It would be awesome!
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Saturday, July 17, 2004 6:57 PM
what the hell?????
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Saturday, July 17, 2004 7:01 PM
Wow! What blazing speed! =:^)

This looks to be a fun coaster. I am interested in hearing ride reports of this ride as it looks to be the first larger scale Vekoma coaster to use that new track design.

-Sean

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Saturday, July 17, 2004 8:05 PM
LMFAO was I the only one cracking up at that? Nice video, that made my 8pm hour. :)
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Saturday, July 17, 2004 8:40 PM
...maybe if I squint and wait long enough, the train will come into frame.
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Saturday, July 17, 2004 8:57 PM
Im confused the video didn't show anything except for the lanuch going to the right? Was it sopossed to show more?
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Saturday, July 17, 2004 9:18 PM
What can I say? That video got me pumped up for Vekoma ;)
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Saturday, July 17, 2004 10:34 PM
Ummmm...Oookay?
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Saturday, July 17, 2004 10:36 PM
I'm still wondering about the restraint system, Those dummys don't sit like a normal person would, They look more like bean bags. Looks great though, Wish the ride did some more though.
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Saturday, July 17, 2004 11:42 PM
That would be a nice addition to any small theme park. Compact, yet intense. Also looks very sleek.
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Sunday, July 18, 2004 1:14 AM
I agree, and I like Vekoma's new track style, sleek as well!
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Sunday, July 18, 2004 3:57 AM
Aarghh...d*mnit.
Uploaded the wrong video...oops.

Launch video now up. Much faster movement. ;)

By the way, the ride has springloaded outside guidewheels and it has heartline designed track. No way this will be a rough ride.

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Sunday, July 18, 2004 5:32 AM
I really think Vekoma work best at this scale. Space Centre (now Temple of the Nighthawk, Phantasialand), Vogel Rok, Revolution, Big Thunder Mountain - all major family coasters, and all fantastic fun.
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Sunday, July 18, 2004 5:57 AM
Don´t blink, you might miss it!

The new trackdesign looks SO Premier or Schwarzkopf.
You can see on some of the pictures that the transitions are really carefully done. As long as the OTKR (Over The Kidney Restraints) don´t beat you up, it should be a fun ride.

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Sunday, July 18, 2004 10:21 AM

tricktrack said:
Don´t blink, you might miss it!

The new trackdesign looks SO Premier or Schwarzkopf.
You can see on some of the pictures that the transitions are really carefully done. As long as the OTKR (Over The Kidney Restraints) don´t beat you up, it should be a fun ride.


I agree about the new track, looks cool though, and yeah it looks to be a neat little ride as long as its not rough and the restrains are comfy

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Sunday, July 18, 2004 12:03 PM
Anyone know where I can get the updated DIVX codec? Apparently I'm outdated.

Edit: Nevermind. Got it. *** Edited 7/18/2004 4:05:45 PM UTC by joe.***

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Sunday, July 18, 2004 1:00 PM
Is it just me... or can't Vekoma come up with a totally original looking track design?

Most Vekomas have a look very similar to Arrow style track.

This new coaster looks like B&M track...
Hmmmm...

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Sunday, July 18, 2004 1:09 PM
And they need original track style why? If it works...
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