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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:49 am
by CoasterCrazy88
Riding all these RMCs has been such an awesome adventure. Can't wait to finally make it out to Zadra!

Anyway, Twisted Timbers and Steel Vengeance are both essentially perfect. I expected SV to be my #1 steel coaster, but it still exceeded all of my expectations. Those first two giant hills are insane.

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:04 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! The fact Steel Vengeance combines the tall elements of the first half with the lower second half is what makes it so special.

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:20 pm
by JG-77
Glad you enjoyed them, I had the privilege of riding Twisted Timbers recently and it was freaking awesome, especially considering my only other RMC was Goliath (which I also love, but not nearly as much as TT). It just kept throwing you out of your seat over and over. That reverse banked part was probably the highlight for me, though the whole thing was excellent. It's a shame that I only managed 2 rides on it due to a tight schedule, but I'm glad I got what I got.

Also minor correction, we got five new RMC's in 2018, not four: SV, TT, Wonder Woman GLC, Railblazer, and Twisted Cyclone.

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:41 pm
by chickenbowl
JG-77 wrote:Also minor correction, we got five new RMC's in 2018, not four: SV, TT, Wonder Woman GLC, Railblazer, and Twisted Cyclone.


Thanks for the correction, it just proves my point even more! And I'm glad you liked Twisted Timbers so much

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! The fact Steel Vengeance combines the tall elements of the first half with the lower second half is what makes it so special.


I agree, the coaster has a very diverse layout in my opinion.

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:24 am
by chickenbowl
My next RMC venture came in the form off a free afternoon during a business trip in Austin, Texas. I knew if this coaster ran anything like it's California clone the drive down to San Antonio would be worth it. Needless to say, it was.

Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster.
Firstly, I want to lay out a "hot take" of mine: A coaster being "cloned" does not inherently devalue either version of that coaster. When a ride is good, it's good (see: Batman, Mega-Lite, Manta/Acrobat, iSpeed, RailBlazer/Wonder Woman). If a park had nothing but these 5 clones, it would have one of the best park lineups anywhere.

This Raptor V.1 is my favorite cloned coaster ever. In short, Wonder Woman rides just as good, if not better than RailBlazer. It holds it's speed incredibly well. It moves through every element much faster than you think. It's tiny and it's incredible. Just read my report on RailBlazer if you need more specifics - It feels just the same.

I can't wait for Jersey Devil Coaster (and it's eventual clones that everyone will complain about)!

RMC Rankings as of April 2018:
1. Steel Vengeance
2. Lightning Rod
3. Outlaw Run
4. Twisted Timbers
5. Wildfire
6. Medusa Steel Coaster
7. Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster
8. RailBlazer
9. Iron Rattler
10. Twisted Colossus
11. New Texas Giant
12. Joker
13. Storm Chaser
14. Goliath
15. Wicked Cyclone

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:23 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report!

Out of curiosity, did Wonder Woman have a shuffle/shimmy to it? I've seen a few people mention that. It wasn't there when I rode it, but I rode it opening day.

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

PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:45 am
by chickenbowl
Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report!

Out of curiosity, did Wonder Woman have a shuffle/shimmy to it? I've seen a few people mention that. It wasn't there when I rode it, but I rode it opening day.


Thank you! I did not notice any roughness/rattle/shuffle on either ride, nor did I find discomfort from the restraints (which I do on B&M's or S&S's vests).

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:31 pm
by chickenbowl
Hello again, everyone - We're finally catching up to the present day here. This August I took my second big International coaster trip. I visited Japan and Korea and rode a lot of bucketlist coasters. I'll share a few thoughts on some notable coasters, but let's dive into the real reason for this Trip Report.

Hakugei.
I've been following this coaster since the beginning and to be honest, when I saw the layout and initial test runs/POV I wasn't expecting too much, maybe middle of the pack RMC? There was so much to look forward to on this trip, that by the time I got to Nagashima, this coaster was able to completely catch me off guard. It's fast. That initial drop delivers so much power that even the shallower, less-dynamic elements are taken at a speed where they become insane. I love this type of ride pacing so much.

I was able to get four rides on Hakugei (~2 hour queue all day), but the lengthy duration made for a satisfying experience and I wasn't disappointed with my outcome. This ride starts off with the most interesting pre-lift on any RMC to-date, but like the rest, it pales in comparison to what follows. There's a nice long lift that provides a stellar view of the park and ocean. The pre-drop turn is much like Wildfire where there's a bit of speed and some laterals too. The small rise into the drop really helps boost the airtime duration across the entire train and it's spectacular in the back. The double up is filled with ejector in every seat somehow and I immediately knew I had downplayed this coaster beforehand. The small outward-banked hill in the middle of the structure is the wildest one to-date and is more comfortable than some others I've done. The following double down is faster and stronger than I expected too. The first half is wrapped up with a decent zero-g stall, much like others but unique to Asia.

Every element following is very low and taken at a rapid-fire pace. A turn-around cleverly inserts two sideways airtime moments to break up the positives. There's a low roll that feels like you barely raised in height. The lap continues with ejector, laterals, positives, and structure weaving that reminded me so much of Steel Vengeance. As it wrapped up I knew it was my favorite coaster in Japan and one of my favorites ever. I'm so glad RMC is finally spreading across the globe. Chasing these installations has been so much fun.

RMC Rankings Today:
1. Steel Vengeance
2. Lightning Rod
3. Hakugei
4. Outlaw Run
5. Twisted Timbers
6. Wildfire
7. Medusa Steel Coaster
8. Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster
9. RailBlazer
10. Iron Rattler
11. Twisted Colossus
12. New Texas Giant
13. Joker
14. Storm Chaser
15. Goliath
16. Wicked Cyclone

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:49 pm
by SharkTums
Glad to hear T-Express is still the awesome mix of El Toro and Balder! I hope they continue to take care of it.

You have way more patience than I do for some of those wait times though. The only way I'll even tolerate FujiQ is with the express passes for ALL the coasters. Especially if I'm going to get beat up on them in the process!

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:17 pm
by Taylor Finn
Love the pics, Jeremy! The only two things I'm sad I missed in Japan are Hakugei and Journey to the Center of the Earth. But I know I will be back soon and will get on both!