whats the big deal about x-flight and batwing?

Sunday, July 7, 2002 6:26 PM

ok, im kinda confused about this. they are clones, but i hardly ever hear/read anything about batwing, but X-flight even had votes. is it because SFWoAdv is just that much more popular? or do the colors stand out more?

you all may think this is a useless topic, but unless there is some major problem with batwing, i never hear about it, but at the same time, X-flight seems to be talked about way more than batwing.

any thoughts?

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 6:29 PM
I think maybe the reason is most people here live in the midwest area and have gone to SFWOA and not SFA. I might be wrong but it's what I think
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Sunday, July 7, 2002 6:31 PM
Ya you might be right. Or it is because Cedar Point is a really big park that attracts many visitors and if they are attracted to Cedar Point they probably like coasters so they go to SFwoa. Hope that helps.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 6:32 PM
I seriously don't know what your talking about. Batwing is talked about a lot. It was even used for Extreme Rides 2002. And unlike X-Flight, Batwing now uses 2 trains all of the time, and some times even 3. Well that's just my 2 cents.
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Sunday, July 7, 2002 6:32 PM

On TV you will notice Batwing gets mentioned a whole lot more then X-Flight.

But like was just said on The Buzz I think more people have been to SFWOA then SFA.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 7:02 PM

CoasterEmpire, I have never heard of Batwing ever running all 3 trains. To answer the question, X-Flight opened first and since Batwing was an exact clone not much buzz arose since it had already been talked about with X-Flight.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 7:06 PM
I have only seen Batwing run with 2 trains/stations. I have never seen it run with both stations and all 3 trains, although I do believe that it is possible and that it is supposed to be used that way on especially busy days.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 7:40 PM

They don't receive the attention because flying coasters aren't new anymore. They are the 4th and 5th flying coasters built so the novelty isn't as huge anymore. On top of that, they are not as widely loved as other coasters. A majority of enthusiasts seem to have a ho-hum attitude about the Vekoma flyers....that is that they're fun, but nothing to write home about.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 9:09 PM
Aw, damn I love X-flight. Best Ride at Sfwoa by far to me.....I just love the feeling. I had my best ride all year on it today. It gave me an awesome rush.

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Monday, July 8, 2002 7:56 AM
SFA is my home park and I never heard of all 3 trains on Batwing either. And personally I was not that impressed with it. The time you wait in line is not worth the ride....too short for me. Yes it is a novelty (the only "flying" coaster around here) but it wasn't that great.
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Monday, July 8, 2002 10:47 AM

Hey but Batwing was the first to have the reclining mechanism fixed, it reclines on the lift hill, and uses bot h stations, I havent seen 3 train operation, but its a cool ride.

its been on T.V. and its bene the talk since its the first flyer on the east coast. so I dont know maybe its just that X flight isnt on the East coast is why I dont hear about it.

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Monday, July 8, 2002 10:57 AM

Having ridden BatWing one time due to single-platform, slow ops, breakdown, etc....I still like the ride better than X-Flight. Of course, X-Flight had no breakdowns, better ops, and BOTH platforms running....I don't *think* they really run three trains - I think the third trains are there for when they're doing maintenance on one of the others...but I could very well be wrong about that.

Stealth was first, and unique at the time....overall, I'd take any of those three over S:UF....and I am prepared for the consequences of saying so.....

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Monday, July 8, 2002 11:10 AM

This year Batwing has consistantly run two trains and reclining on the lift, and most of the time seems to be using both sides of the station. It's setting is also much less "parking lot" that X which is probably why it was chosen for Extreme Rides 2002.

As to the quality of the ride, I consider it to be a good, fun ride, but not a great ride. I presume that the same would be true for X. In any event, they are quite popular with the GP which is probably the park's primary concern.

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