No matter what any enthusiast thinks, the GP are going to eat this ride up. They care about height, and speed, getting scared, and most of all having fun. This ride just dares you to get on it in my opinion. It location is perfect for that.
One thing I wonder though is about it breaking in. I know wooden coasters need time to break in. Does this happen with steel coasters, or do they pretty much run the same way all the time (barring bad maintenance)? The reason it seems sluggish could also be the cold weather. The helix still looks pretty intense though.;)
Wow - yet another beautiful piece of work from our boys at B&M. Most B&M's if you are just watching from afar, appear to be running somewhat slow - case in point - this video...
But from what we all know, the actual ride is a lot better, than from the ground - viewing up. Also keep in mind, that the reason this ride might be running "slow" was the weather, AND the fact that this is probably the first time those wheel assemblies are actually turning.
Of course, all rides need time to break in - no exception here. I can almost guarantee that this ride will speed up... NOT by MUCH... But most likely by the summer it will break in and clock at its normal speed and time.
The weather is definately a factor. Also most of the time when new bearings are produced they are packed with grease so tight to prevent rusting or damage during shipping they take time to break in. Also the wheels are not broken in yet. Does anyone know if B&M put nylon (so there noisy like Batman) or polyurethane (so there quiet like Talon) wheels on the trains? Also did they fill any of the supports with sand to keep the noise down? *** Edited 3/21/2006 9:21:44 PM UTC by BG Nut***
It also may seem slow because the water dummies can weight up to 300 lbs each(to simulate us fat americans) so it may run faster empty.If it is at or near max weight (with new wheels) they may be checking it to see if they can make it valley with max weight.It should run faster on downhills with max weight though. just my observation.