I love stand-ups. Mantis is my all-time favorite and is one of my all-time favorites. I can second the comment of ACE15 saying that she gets massive amounts of airtime. I'm small too, and the airtime standing up is so much more thrilling then sitting down. You feel more insecure. Also, I love the feel of standing up and inverting. I don't know why I just do.
------------- 8 feet higher and a 6.5 feet longer drop, could never contest with a 80 degree, non-braking giga-coaster... Sorry, Steel Dragon 2000
I don't know why some people diss stand-ups just because they are stand-ups...I know that if you've stood up all day at an amusement park, the last thing you want to do is stand up the whole time while the G forces try to push you through the floor, but there's nothing that says you can't sit down while on the lift...I do it all the time.
I think the people (mostly GP) that think stand-ups are rough and cause head banging mistake those sensations for intensity. I have found the perfect way to ride a stand-up without any head banging.
Even though the ride ops want you to pull the harness up as far as possible to cause you to stand up, which I think is ludicris (keep that seat the hell away from jewels), I pull my harness down as far as possible...just enough for my shoulders to barely touch the OTSR. Then I straddle my seat in case an op comes by to try to pull up on it, they can't. This keeps the seat far enough away from you know where, and it also gives me a chance to sit down on the lift.
On Mantis, since they've installed that trim, I get air on the first loop and diving loop. At these spots, I hold onto the top of the OTSR and pull my legs up to maximize the sensation of floating.
I have only ridden one stand up and that is The Shockwave at PKD! I loved that ride, it has been 11 years since I rode it because we live here in Texas now and haven't made that trek back to Va. yet! But all those times I rode it from 1986 to 1990 I never had a big prob. with headbanging. I loved feeling the g's on my legs, going around the loop made my legs feel like I had 50 lb bricks on them! I will hit PKD next year on my coaster trek up the east coast!! I can't wait!!:)
Riddlers is my favorite roller coaster. I have been on that ride plenty of times and I have never experienced head banging. I've only been on this stand up so I'm not sure about other rides and head banging. I think B&M's are smooth and don't cause a painful ride.
I don't think you understood my comment Jephry. I said that his comment made no sense, I was not attacking him as a person because I have never met him before and do not know him. He said that he did not like stand-ups because you stand up on them. But why doesn't he like to stand up. Does it hurt his legs, does he feel too small etc. He did not give a reason. Saying stand-ups are not fun because I hate standing is not a valid point. Saying the comment he had made is totally useless. Almost all roller coasters are sit down coasters. Hypers, inverts, suspended ones, loopers, etc. Almost all are sit down coasters. Saying I don't like standups because I have to stand up is just as bad as saying.... I don't like almost all coasters because I have to sit down and I don't like to sit down. That's crazy!! People have to learn to support their comments with reinforcement. I think everyone has learned that in a research paper or essay, a student does not say just one comment and show no supporting evidence or text. I am plainly trying to say that StealthF5m3 needs to support his answers with reasons. Just one stupid comment IMO like that is not enough. But that stupid comment IMO with decent support would have been ok and his humble opinion would be justified.
I personally really like Riddler's because it is such a smooth coaster. Yes, a stand-up is much different from a sit-down but thats the point of a stand-up, to have a different experience on a roller coaster since the majority of coasters are sit-downs.
Ace here is the thing, I believe he is younger than you. And he said he doesn't like standing up on roller coasters, its I preference. I like sit down coasters, why because I don't like standing up. Now he didn't go into great detail like I did but he gave the reasons, maybe he likes sitdowns more. Look, I am not going to discuss this anymore though because its just adding noise to a good thread, I just think you should have kept that to yourself.
I've only rode Mantis, and I think it's as smooth as glass! My favorite part is when you fall into the restraint on the first loop or when the blood rushes to your legs in the spaghetti bowl! It's so intense! I love it!
I have only been on 2 stand ups, but I look forward to try any that I come across. It is what it is, a unique experience, something different from the norm. There is more intensity, more excitement to me. My girlfriend never rode one, and we went on Iron Wolf in the front seat. She loved it(she also now likes to ride the front, yippee!). It is just something different and a nice change of pace with it's own unique sensations.
ACE15 said: "StealthF5m3, Why exactly don't you like standing up on roller coasters? Saying "I don't like stand-ups because I don't like standing up on coasters" is not a valid reason for dis-liking the coaster. ------------- Dave
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It's a perfectly valid reason. I feel the same, why stand in line just to stand on a coaster?
ACE15 said: "StealthF5m3, Why exactly don't you like standing up on roller coasters? Saying "I don't like stand-ups because I don't like standing up on coasters" is not a valid reason for dis-liking the coaster. What is so bad about standing up, it's a totally different experience then sitting down. Try to actually make a valid and common sense filled response then your childish and stupid response. (I'm not directing this comment at you as a person but your response that you made.)
I think that stand-ups are great. I feel so much more vulnerable when my legs are exposed to the air. I think that is one reason why I love inverts, because my feet dangle and are free. Air can get to my legs on stand-ups and inverts. I am a small person and whenever I go up a hill on a stand-up, my legs fly straight up and I get massive amounts of airtime. The only thing that holds me into the car is the OSTR.
I absolutely love Mantis. The turns are smooth and quick. Whenever the train rapidly changes direction on one part of the Mantis, my legs shake and the ride feels much more exciting. The loop is also great, but I wish CP took the trim brake off the first drop.
Stand-ups are so much fun, I wish parks made more of them. Except, I hate all Togo stand-ups, such as Shockwave at PKD and King Cobra at PKI. They should all be burned to pieces.
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The reason is that I don't like stand-ups because they just don't appeal to me. Floorless appeal to me. I've been on Mantis, which was a good ride. I've been on Vortex and Iron Wolf and those coasters are very short and painful.
Maybe the Riddler's Revenge will be better...
------------- "Duff Man Says... Ohhhhh Yaaaaa!" Current Favorite Coasters: 1)Raging Bull 2)Millennium Force 3)Medusa (SFMW) 4)Vertical Velocity (SFGAm) 5)Dueling Dragons (Ice)
i love stand ups. PCWs 2nd best coaster is there stand up. mantis is my 6th favorite coaster. i LOVE the leg killing feeling. without it the ride lacks. it shows you how intense the ride is. ------------- 1.Fire Dragon, 2.Ice Dragon, 3.Raptor, 4.Kraken, 5.Batman Knight Flight
Stand-ups can be wonderful like Riddlers Revenge or a nightmare like FD II at Expoland in Osaka, Japan. The former is a B&M, the latter being TOGO. RR has a very smooth ride, while FD II has a horrible headbanging torture session. You might have the worst time or the best ride of your life.
------------- ;)Rollercoasters are like parrots...if you take care of them, they should outlive you;)
I have been on four standups. Two were quite fun (Riddler's, Vortex(PGA)) and two were absolute torture (Batman the Escape, Shockwave(PKD)). It really depends upon the ride whether or not I will go on them. I will never again go on a Togo standup. However, B&M standups are fairly comfortable, and offer good rides.