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Re: Photo TR: Jeremy Rides all the RMC's

Postby cparkes92 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:57 pm

I'm glad you liked Lightning Rod! I need to get to Dollywood! :airtime: :airtime:
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Re: Photo TR: Jeremy Rides all the RMC's

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:25 pm

I can't wait for my chance to ride Lightning Rod in just over a month. Each one of these reviews is getting me more and more excited.

I agree Goliath is a very good hyper. Other than the two gigas, my favorite B&M hypers are the two Goliaths which are smaller but hold their speed better.
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Re: Photo TR: Jeremy Rides all the RMC's

Postby JJLehto » Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:01 pm

Pear wrote:^Wicked Cyclone is an extremely temperamental ride. I've had days where it has crawled into the brakes and days where it hauled into the brakes.


Only went for one day, but even in that day while 95% of the rides were fast, jammed with ejector air there were two that were almost lifeless feeling.



WOW. Those lightning rod pics are amazing. I may drop the pretense of making a "trip" of it and just get my A$$ to Dollywood, LR looks too good. I'm seeing it pop up as more and more people's #1 and I'm not surprised.
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Re: Photo TR: Jeremy Rides all the RMC's

Postby Djwadeknox » Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:25 am

I'm glad Lightning Rod lived up to the hype!
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Re: Photo TR: Jeremy Rides all the RMC's

Postby chickenbowl » Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:25 am

Thanks for all the kind comments, everyone. I wish everyone luck in riding Lightning Rod this season. I just want to reiterate that this coaster is insane - Better than any other North American RMC, better than any other North American B&M, better than any other North American Intamin - Every enthusiast NEEDS to ride this ASAP.
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Re: Photo TR: Jeremy Rides all the RMC's

Postby chickenbowl » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:34 pm

Welcome back to my ongoing trip report about the wonderful world of RMCs!

RailBlazer.
So as some of you may seen, without any warning CGA announced on Friday evening that the long-awaited RailBlazer would be open for passholder previews the next day. My friends and I all live in Southern CA, and may or may not have had plans pre-existing for this weekend. Despite that, our hype and tight schedule later this month pushed us to scramble and make the 8-hour drive up there!

Was it worth the trouble? Most definitely!

I was expecting this coaster to be fun, but it looked short and the layout seemed inversion-heavy for my taste. After seeing some tests of this and Wonder Woman, I was warming up to the design. Even with that new expectation was blown out of the water after my 6 rides across the train!

The first drop is a mini-Toro 90 degree beauty. The back is straight nuts and the front is floaty and fun. Following that is the dive loop, down raven thing. The snap throughout this thing is insane - ejector into positives - My new favorite inversion EVER! Follow that up with the 'Jesus-that-cannot-be-real' outward banked airtime hill. One of RMC's most sustained ejector moments that rips with the ferocity of Skyrush. The upward helix has some of RMC's most intense positives to-date. The drop off the s-bend bit is also insane in every seat. The cutback and zero-g are the chillest elements on the ride, but it's much appreciated at that point. The last turn is taken way too fast (more crazy positives) and there's a nice little hop into the brakes. The coaster is short, sure, but nearly every element is has is incredible. It's pacing is so intense - Everything feels too fast in the most perfect way. I know it might be a hot take, but I found this to be even more fun than the other 2 California RMCs! I would be stoked if every smallish park in the country got a clone of this! (Looking at you Dorney, WOF, MIA, etc)

Lastly, I'll talk about the trains. My first OTSR RMC. Not bad exactly, but still not ideal. Pros: Freedom of space like spreading your arms out and pretend you're flying (I'm serious, it's so awesome). No shin guards!! Lapbar itself was comfortable enough. Cons: The straps... they're pretty stiff and with RMC-level ejector, your shoulders will be sore after multiple rides. I'm still sore today.

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1. Lightning Rod
2. Outlaw Run
3. Medusa Steel Coaster
4. RailBlazer
5. Iron Rattler
6. Twisted Colossus
7. New Texas Giant
8. Joker
9. Storm Chaser
10. Wicked Cyclone
11. Goliath

This year is just starting for me, so look forward to this TR getting updated a few more times this year! ;)
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The early-morning drive starting getting interesting once we approached Gilroy!
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[RMC #11] And just like that, we made it!
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Getting right into it. Here's the 90 degree first drop. Looks sorta like El Toro
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It may be short, but the back is just as stupidly crazy as you'd expect
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Half of the fun are the copious amounts of headchoppers throughout. Ignore the dab, lol
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The whip in this inversion is crazy. What a unique mix of forces.
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It's wonky as hell, but so much fun.
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This is definitely my favorite coaster to have more than 2 inversions
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This outward thing feels like Skyrush's bastard cousin. Sustained ejector.
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Finally, an RMC with strong positives throughout!
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Lordy, this drop is taken with a stupid amount of speed!
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The queue gives amazing perspectives on the VERY twisted layout!
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Tried the RailBlazer IPA - It's damn good!
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I'll leave you with this amazing view

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Re: Photo TR: Jeremy Rides all the RMC's

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:30 pm

Great report!

These Raptor coasters are awesome and this is the perfect coaster for Great America's lineup. Your thoughts on the ride match how I felt about Wonder Woman.

How quickly were they getting trains out?
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Re: Photo TR: Jeremy Rides all the RMC's

Postby chickenbowl » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:30 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report!

These Raptor coasters are awesome and this is the perfect coaster for Great America's lineup. Your thoughts on the ride match how I felt about Wonder Woman.

How quickly were they getting trains out?


Thanks, man. I remember you writing that the Raptor clone is maybe second only to the Mega-Lite clone - I would agree!

It was a preview so they had a ton of ops and supervisors around. They were trying to push them out quickly, but they were also just getting used to the unique loading system and actual guests, I think. The line definitely moved quickly for the capacity limitations.
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Re: Photo TR: Jeremy Rides all the RMC's

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:04 am

^ Technically I've never ridden a Mega-Lite (thought that should change in a few weeks), but based on the praise those things get, the Raptors have to be neck and neck for the top clone now.
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Re: Photo TR: Jeremy Rides all the RMC's

Postby 805Andrew » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:33 pm

Yaaaay! I'm going to make a trip up there sometime this week to ride RailBlazer.
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