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The "Clones"

Posted: 10/21/18 at 8:06:14 AM
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Here are well-known clones that come to mind:
Batman B&M inverts
Boomerangs (standard)
Sky Rocket II's
SLC's
S&S Free Spins
Superman B&M flyers

What is your favorite and least favorite ? My favorite is the Sky Rocket II and my least favorite is the Boomerang. Of those, I like the one at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom the most and dislike the one at Blue Bayou Dixie Landin' the most.

Re: The "Clones" by Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile at 10/25/18 10:20:21 AM
I'm not particularly fond of Vekoma SLCs. The layout is bizarre and I have my doubts that they'd be a good coaster without the head banging.
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Re: The "Clones" by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 10/25/18 10:00:05 PM
There are just a few SLC's that are just a little bit better than the others so I can actually ride them. Gauntlet at Magic Springs and Fly the Great Nor'Easter at Morey's Piers have made some serious improvements to the track and restraints. Their head banging is almost reduced to the point that the rides are fun. T3 has less head banging but now my legs were being crushed.
While we are talking about Vekoma, there are just a couple of Boomerangs that didn't try to kill me. They were Sidewinder at Hershey and Bat at Canada's Wonderland. I herd that Flying Cobras at Carowinds has new restraints that make a big difference, but I don't know that I was able to ride that with them.
Anyway, I'm sure that most of us are still not ready to use "SLC" or "Boomerang" along with "good" in the same sentence.
Re: The "Clones" by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 10/29/18 9:41:10 AM
Eric_Gieszl said:

I'm not particularly fond of Vekoma SLCs. The layout is bizarre and I have my doubts that they'd be a good coaster without the head banging.

I still remember riding Kong at what was Six Flags Marine World at the time (now Discovery Kingdom). It was the first time I'd experienced a smooth SLC with no head banging at all, and it wasn't a bad ride at all. It wasns't anywhere near a fantastic ride that I was raving about, but it was one that I liked well enough to go reride again twice that day.

It's also left me wondering ever since why that one was smooth on that day and almost none of the others were.

Re: The "Clones" by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 11/6/18 9:15:18 AM
I enjoyed Thunderhawk at Michigan's Adventure, however I'm not sure if that's a clone or not.

A definite clone that I enjoy, is Batman: The ride at Six Flags parks. The G forces feel insane to me now (just turned 30). Never used to affect me but now it feels super intense. Love it!

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Re: The "Clones" by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 11/8/18 9:45:03 PM
RCDB calls Thunderhawk a "689m Standard" SLC of which there are 20 others so that seems to be a clone to me. I have ridden seven of those, and they seemed all the same. I have been on one other that was improved. Gauntlet at Magic Springs was said to have a redesigned wheel assembly that seemed to give it a more comfortable ride.

The Batman clones are very intense, more so than a few of the other longer B&M inverts. The very first one at SF Great America and the one at La Ronde ride a little better. The one they call Great White at SeaWorld San Antonio seemed painfully rough when I was last there in 2014.