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 Review of Viper @ Six Flags Great Adventure
2 Rating Posted by: Timberman on 1/11/2005 11:53:00 PM
"Prepare to get bit...by the Viper!" Whatever the future holds for it, this tenacious little coaster has already outlasted any number of demands for or predictions of its demise. Indeed, it has already achieved something like imortality. No enthusiasts resume is complete without at least one asp-kicking by the Viper. How can anyone pass up a ride on one of the countrys most infamously ill-conceived roller coasters? As for me, I dont hate it. Those guillotine-like restraints are probably the most uncomfortable Ive encountered on any ride, but I dont find the coaster itself unbearably demanding. I love intensity in a ride, and this has plenty of it. It is choppy, abrupt, and tight, but if you keep your head back and your feet firmly braced on the floor, youll survive without any major trauma. The dive loop on this ride is one of the most daring elements Ive encountered on any coaster; it feels like Baron von Richthofen just shot up your Sopwith Camel, and your biplanes going DOWN. In comparison, the heartline spiral in the coils is a bit anticlimatic, but its a unique little jolt thats worth experiencing. Overall, this is a quirky little ride with guts. Its fun in the way that fallng down a flight of stairs is fun when you pick yourself up and find out youre not hurt. Adders may spew venom at it, but I think its serpently worth a spin.

Review Comments

larrygator on 1/12/2005 1:05:19 AM said:
I have found even if I keep my head back it still rolls side to side whipping my neck into these horrible OTSRs. If there were fangs on the OTSRs my jugular would have been pierced. How tall are you? I think the restraints on Viper may be more lees painful on the neck for people over 6 feet.
Timberman on 1/12/2005 1:23:03 AM said:
Im average height and thin, and Vipers stupid ratcheting restraints kill on my shoulders and compact my spine. Nevertheless, I havent experienced any head or neck pain on the ride, although I can certainly see how this could happen.
coaster05 on 1/12/2005 1:42:42 PM said:
I am barely over 6 foot and it was terrible. Timberman are you going to be a writer or at least do/did well in English.
Timberman on 1/12/2005 3:40:24 PM said:
Wouldnt we all like to earn a living writing about roller coasters? I was an English major in college, mostly because its my native language, and I thought it would be easy. It wasnt, and after graduation I wound up loading trucks for UPS, among other things.
coaster05 on 1/13/2005 7:59:17 AM said:
Your use of vocabulary and sentence structure could definately translate into other forms of writing. I mean you actually make this ride seem good so maybe a career in add writing.
Hercules on 5/2/2005 1:29:05 AM said:
He definately made this ride sound a little better than bad. I actually agree with a few points. First, "it has already achieved something like imortality." That is true. It is definately the most famous "bad ride" I think ever. You can argue Drachen Fire or something like that, but this had a much bigger majority in favor of the "I hate this ride" attitude. It had a cult following, but the cult was hurtin in membership. "No enthusiasts resume is complete without at least one asp-kicking by the Viper." Im actually glad I have it on mine, eventhough I hated the thing. " the heartline spiral in the coils is a bit anticlimatic" It always looked so good on the commercials. Talk about a let down. It did go with the ride well in the fact that, well, it sucked. "Overall, this is a quirky little ride with guts." It definately did have guts. If anything, it had guts. I have to completely agree with that. I am one of those people that think that roller coasters have their own personalities, and this was a gutty coaster. It had something there, it just wasnt all there. Also, it gutted it out for a lot longer than it should have. I do have to say that I will miss it. It did make for a good laugh whenever I saw it either down or running. I would always think "HAHA, you freakin heap of crap." Now, I just walk past it and laugh inside, as it stands there lonely and abandoned with its entrance boarded up and no trains on the track. I cant help but feel for it though. It will suck to see it finally go, but Ill be first in like to see it start to get dismantled I can tell you that. My hatred for the ride outweighs its so called guts. It will definately have a weird place in history, if nothing else.
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