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  • #21
    Re: Dead Leaves and the Not So Dirty Ground : An SFMM Trip report

    Hi Plagued, I never rode X as I stayed away from SFMM during that period of time so I'm not a complete authority on all the upgrades on X2.

    Other than the music and fire, I believe that the new X2 trains are lighter and produce less wear on the tracks plus make for smoother rides. Also the tracks have been painted red and grey.

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    • #22
      Re: Dead Leaves and the Not So Dirty Ground : An SFMM Trip report

      Originally posted by brand42
      Other than the music and fire, I believe that the new X2 trains are lighter and produce less wear on the tracks plus make for smoother rides.
      Yeah the purpose of the new trains was to implement a revised train design that would be lighter, have less moving parts, and vastly improves the reliability of the ride. X was down for long periods of time and regularly broke down for various reasons, and that was just unacceptable. Fortunately the efforts in making sure X2 could operate daily & reliably have all panned out really, really well.

      However, a smoother ride wasn't a part of the new design. If anything, less weight means for an increase in potential bounce of the wings of the train. But I haven't heard reports of a rougher ride than before. Just the same sort of inside seat is smoother than outside seat reports.

      "Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom." -- James 3:13

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      • #23
        Re: Dead Leaves and the Not So Dirty Ground : An SFMM Trip report

        Originally posted by IzzyInWonderland View Post
        Nice report! I don't ever remember the Batman track being blue....bizarre. The last time I went to SFMM, which was last year, X2 was the only long line and everything else was a walk on.
        im willing to wager the blue paint scheme could be to match with the bat man brave and the bold cartoon series.. since they went with the grey suit blue hood and cape for the show..i could be wrong..but the painting of the ride is just to much a cowinkydink
        "Alright you primative screwheads listen up.."BRUCE CAMPBELL

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        • #24
          Re: Dead Leaves and the Not So Dirty Ground : An SFMM Trip report

          I'm not a big fan of the Blue Batman, I really liked the colorless theme and gray track, it really evoked Gotham City a lot more than the Spider-Man blue they used, which is really vivid it looks like.

          Also, I find it kind of bittersweet that Arrow Dynamics has finally been validated, albeit almost 10 years too late. They came into this world changing rollercoasters forever, and they exited it changing rollercoasters forever. Technical glitches and bugs are absolutely expected in a brand-new and innovative design that's never been attempted before, and time has proven that Arrow Dynamics was ahead of its time by a good decade and today their rollercoaster is more popular than anything else in the park. X(2) is their gift to rollercoaster enthusiasts... it's so sad to see an American company fall to international competitors, but at least their legacy is ensured for many years to come!

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          • #25
            Re: Dead Leaves and the Not So Dirty Ground : An SFMM Trip report

            Arrow didn't completely go away, they just got swallowed up by S&S power (which is an American company). And S&S is building a new 4D coaster in China.
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            • #26
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              Time to finish up with the rest of the shots I took that day



















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              • #27
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                Looks like the crowds were quite light that day... I like the "Coaster Hero" shirt!! (Although I am not much of a coaster fan, go figure...)

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                • #28
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                  wow how do they stay in business with such limited hours and crowds?
                  "Alright you primative screwheads listen up.."BRUCE CAMPBELL

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                  • #29
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                    Brandon, I love the title of this thread.

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