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Postby lorddoonga » Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:54 am

I rode it after having a chicken finger basket next door. You need at least an hour to process before riding this fun hilly-twister. : ) :lolr:

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Postby ginzo » Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:02 am

http://www.screamscape.com/html/kemah_boardwalk.html

News - (12/17/07) I haven’t found any photos yet, but I’ve been told that construction crews are crawling all over the Boardwalk Bullet these days, taking sections of the ride down to rebuild it. Now I had heard over the summer that there were solid plans in place to do just this over the winter due to the rushed construction timetable. However, other sources tell me that the rougher portions of the ride have apparently caused a few individuals to file “whiplash” lawsuits so sections of the ride will be tamed down a bit when it reopens.


I hope this doesn't equate to trims. Does anyone know what's going on?
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Postby jmccalip » Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:25 am

ginzo wrote:http://www.screamscape.com/html/kemah_boardwalk.html

News - (12/17/07) I haven’t found any photos yet, but I’ve been told that construction crews are crawling all over the Boardwalk Bullet these days, taking sections of the ride down to rebuild it. Now I had heard over the summer that there were solid plans in place to do just this over the winter due to the rushed construction timetable. However, other sources tell me that the rougher portions of the ride have apparently caused a few individuals to file “whiplash” lawsuits so sections of the ride will be tamed down a bit when it reopens.


I hope this doesn't equate to trims. Does anyone know what's going on?


First of all, I myself don't see how it is any rougher then a lot of other coasters...

I've ridden every car and it tosses you around a bit, but it's no where near whiplash. But, I suppose if you went through the ride limp, and did not know when to expect G-forces(The bottom of the first drop has some good laterals that 1st time riders don't expect), then maybe you could end up with problems.

As far as trims, I don't think it will happen. The first part of the ride is crazy fast, but the ending half almost crawls over the hills. If they add a trim, it would not have near enough speed to make it over the last hills.

I bet Kemah is just going to retrack BB to get it riding how it was supposed to, and then they will see if it's still rough after that.

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Postby lorddoonga » Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:15 am

Wow. Expect the worst and hope for the best. Jmaclip is right. The turn out of the first drop can be deceiving if you're not prepared for it.

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Postby GuruGuys » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:46 pm

ginzo wrote:http://www.screamscape.com/html/kemah_boardwalk.html

News - (12/17/07) I haven’t found any photos yet, but I’ve been told that construction crews are crawling all over the Boardwalk Bullet these days, taking sections of the ride down to rebuild it. Now I had heard over the summer that there were solid plans in place to do just this over the winter due to the rushed construction timetable. However, other sources tell me that the rougher portions of the ride have apparently caused a few individuals to file “whiplash” lawsuits so sections of the ride will be tamed down a bit when it reopens.


I hope this doesn't equate to trims. Does anyone know what's going on?




Wow, I missed these posts somehow. Let me try to clear some things up.

There are no trims being added, I don't think there is a part of track straight enough which would allow for trims to being with.
They are not "tearing sections of the ride down".

I have been visiting the Bullet several times a week since they started construction. There are NO MAJOR changes to the ride. I don't know anything about 'whiplash' claims. Those that have stated they are taming the first drop because 'whiplash claims' must know more than I do. Their goal was to get it constructed as it was designed, this is all they are doing as far as I know.

I do know they have done/are doing the following:

Re tracking a section of track from midway down the first drop all the way around the upper bay turn. They currently have the last half of this almost ready for rails.

They have removed what we called "The pop" located about halfway through the ride.

Today they were re-tracking the second big drop which was said to be gaged too tight.

They have made some adjustments on several ledgers, none any more than a few inches, which has straightened out the first drop to make it much smoother.


They have fixed the magnetic brakes and track on the brake run - no more train stalling upon station re-entry on the brake runs.

Right now they are trying to finish by the Friday the 28th in time for New Years, however weather and other factors will determine if that date is met. IMO, I think it will take a little longer than that.

So, in summary, I think that article from the other forum is mainly BS. They are not redesigning the ride cause people are complaining of whiplash, just getting it right, which will make it smoother and faster.

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Postby lorddoonga » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:40 am

Sounds like its gonna be a smoother experience but not taking away from its aggressive nature.

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Postby texcoaster » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:21 pm

lorddoonga wrote:Sounds like its gonna be a smoother experience but not taking away from its aggressive nature.


I was lucky enough to get a few rain rides when the cycle time was around 62 seconds. This is just a tad slower than the cycle time they're hoping to achieve after this work has been done.

I can tell you that when it's running that fast, it is quite a bit smoother, it doesn't "hunt for center" on the turns, and most of the shuffle is gone... that said, it's not less aggressive at those speeds, it's MORE aggressive. The ride (even the back half) is basically just a blur. There is airtime all over the place, laterals that pin you to the side of the train, and the sensation of sustained speed is just wicked.

I'm going to say this cautiously... if they get the Bullet to run every day like it ran on those rain rides, I might just have a new #1 coaster. I'm not going to say that for certain until I ride it, but I remember thinking "OMFG, could this be my new #1 coaster?" after those rain rides.... the next day, when it ran more sluggishly, I had dropped it several spots. Time will tell. All I can say is that I'm cautiously optimistic about the trackwork. While I am enthusiastic about it being smoother and faster, I'm going to miss "the pop" and any of the other quirky things they might take out of it.

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Postby kraken613 » Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:42 am

Im going to be in Texas Jan 1-5. Will it be open by then? I wont be in Huston but my parents said we could go there if it was open. I hope its open!

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Postby Jakizle » Sat Dec 22, 2007 8:02 am

If it's open by new years, it looks like there is a pretty good chance my mom and I will head up there! I want to ride the "real" Boardwalk Bullet, and it seems like Kemah would be a pretty cool place to spend new years. I'm assuming they have a pretty good fireworks show!

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Postby texcoaster » Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:03 pm

I don't know what they do for new years' down there.

It would be cool to be ON the Bullet at midnight, but the local restrictions on running it at night would prevent it.

I'm heading down in a bit to see how the progress is coming. I haven't seen it since they started work, so I'll take a few pics and post them when I get back.

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