Windjammer Torture Machine

Thursday, September 27, 2001 11:12 AM
I have never been on this ride and do not really know what it is like other than all you buzzers saying it stunk and it was murder on you. I just wanted to know, what made it so rough?

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Thursday, September 27, 2001 1:39 PM
What made it rough? The fact that it was poorly designed, poorly constructed, and had many phsyical flaws. There are a TON of reasons as to why this ride is so notorious. Despite its good looking profile, the ride was the mediocre above mediocre rides. If it had been smooth like a B&M, it would have been a fun, unique, and greatly appreciated family roller coaster. Bt it wasn't, so therefore, scrapped off the face of Knott's just a few months ago.
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Thursday, September 27, 2001 1:44 PM
Oh, and as a ride description, it was a colorful "beach boardwalk" themed racing roller coaster with a single vertical loop on each side after the intial drop. The ride's finale consisted of a descending helix with a wind spiral affect built in the middle of it. Each side's trains consisted of two 8 person capacity cars with low car sides and fronts and featured thick padded horse collars. The sides of the trains were decorated with fiberglass surf boards and the boarding area had no air gates. Overall, a very beautiful and well themed roller coaster. No other coaster could bean Windjammer at the beach/surf theme.
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Thursday, September 27, 2001 1:55 PM
I thought it was a cool ride. Sure there was headbanging, but I thought the padding was sufficient. The best part to me was the ending with the spiral.

I think the reason it was so rough was becasue of the wheel assembly tolerances not being so "tight". On B&M's and Intamin's all wheels touch the track at all times. ON Togo's and Arrows there is a gap between the wheels and the track. This is bad for the side friection wheels as you negotiate a turn those wheels will bounce back and forth between the track. This also happens in airtime moments as for a split second no wheels or just the upstops are touching the track. Combine this with the fact that Togo's are designed very angular in nature and not so radial when it comes to the curved pieces of track, you get a problem. I've noticed this constrction on ME when I'm on my way back and forth to school.

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Thursday, September 27, 2001 2:33 PM
I enjoyed the ride for the brief time it was around.  It wasn't the worst coaster I have been tortured with.  There are other rides, granted TOGO's, that are much worse.  Go to Expoland sometime, and ride Fujin Raijin II.  A complete, and frightening nightmare.  I don't like to see any coaster removed.   I would prefer re-profiling...
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