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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:34 pm
by Mechanic
If all goes well, I'll be riding Kong on the 22nd. It'll be my first SLC. Any advice to a first timer other than keeping my head back?


I've personally had no issues with Kong giving me a bad ride. The only place that my head got bumped moderately hard was on the final right turn before the train re-enters the station. I like the ride and have never really understood the SLC hate, or Vekoma hate in general for that matter.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:38 pm
by XII
itnotfair wrote: How is Invertigo at CGA? Isn't that basically a combination of the two?

Honestly, I find the Inverted Boomerangs to be glass smooth and a lot of fun. You shouldn't have any problems there. As for Kong, it's definitely one of the smoother SLCs. So that should also be good.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:01 am
by mike541x
XII wrote:
itnotfair wrote: How is Invertigo at CGA? Isn't that basically a combination of the two?

Honestly, I find the Inverted Boomerangs to be glass smooth and a lot of fun. You shouldn't have any problems there. As for Kong, it's definitely one of the smoother SLCs. So that should also be good.


Agreed. My first ride on Two Face was fantastic. Going through the vertical loop backwards was intense.

As for the SLCs, the only one I've been on is the Mind Eraser at SFA. Rough ride but I can tolerate it. Usually it's rough after the sidewinder, and that's where I brace myself.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:11 am
by MisterP
I've been on, in order:

T2 (SFKK) - hated it
Mind Eraser (SFA) - hated it
Mind Eraser (SFNE) - it was actually a lot better than I expected

(I'm not counting the Invertigos - those are mostly pretty fun)

Re: SLC'S?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:25 pm
by Nrthwnd
I finally figured out my Absolute Bottom 3 SLCs, I vowed never
EVER to ride again. Even if somebody paid me to do so:

~ El Condor / Walibi Holland, The Netherlands / The Original SLC of it's kind, that hadn't aged well. At - all. <ouch>

~ SLC / Mitsui Greenland, Japan / I rode it once each visit, on 2 TPR Japan Tours. Never again. Awful vibrations.

~ Infusion / Blackpool, England / I rode it once. Fine. Done it. Got the credit.
And the photo below, proves me (+ Miles beside me) were NOT AMUSED.

Re: SLC'S?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:17 pm
by joelwee
I have yet to ride an SLC. T3 would've been my first SLC this June, but we decided to go to Kennywood instead of Kentucky Kingdom. However, if I make my planned NorCal weekend trip later this year, I'll definitely ride Kong to see if it's really that bad.

Re: SLC'S?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:26 pm
by Nrthwnd
^ Ha! T3, then called T2 when I rode it in....1995?
Was the first SLC in America, at that time, and Kentucky Kingdom got it.
Pretty sure about that. And it was my Very First SLC, too. Timing!

And it was great. Back then. Waaaay back then. :wink:

Re: SLC'S?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:33 pm
by Geauga Dog
I've been on:

The ride formerly known as T2 at Kentucky Kingdom back in 1997 (my first SLC). Scared the crap out of me since I was used to riding Raptor at CP.

Mind Eraser at Darien Lake - it's no wonder I've heard locals call it Ear Eraser. It is the worst one I've been on.

Kong at SFDK, well, Six Flags Marine World in 2001 - from what I remember it wasn't too bad

Serial Thriller/Thunderhawk at Geauga Lake - probably the smoothest I've been on. I wonder how it rides at Michigan's Adventure nowadays.

Re: SLC'S?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:55 pm
by Nrthwnd
Along with Batman at SF-Mexico, I also fell in love with this custom SLC at FlamingoLand in England.
It was part of TPR's first Tours back then, this one in 2010 of the UK/Europe Tour. <smile>

This one was also advertised as "smooth as a baby's bottom." The TPR tour group took it to heart,
and after every ride on it, upheld the bright verbal blessing of the baby's bottom....ness of it all. :smile:

Re: SLC'S?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:47 pm
by 3Mutts
^ That actually isnt a custom SLC it is their Shenlin layout which is featured on one other SLC Snow Mountain Flying Dragon at Happy Valley Shenzhen. The only custom SLC is Odyssey at Fantasy Island (Great Nor'easter technically counts but it only has a slightly different layout from the standard SLC)