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Motorbike roller coaster

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Description

Special trains are used to create a more open feeling, with no sides and special restraints.

First

Booster Bike (2004)

Oldest

Booster Bike (2004)

Newest

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster (2017)

Manufacturers

Vekoma, Golden Horse, Intamin, Zamperla

A motorbike roller coaster has trains with riders sitting in a similar position that of a motorcyclist. The rider sits upright or leaning forwards with their legs at either side of the seat.

History[edit | edit source]

The first roller coasters to have a riding position similar to that of a motorcyclist were Steeplechase roller coasters. Steeplechase roller coasters were slower-paced and used a traditional lift hill, but had a similar seating position to the modern motorbike roller coaster. Possibly the most famous example is the Steeplechase which existed in Coney Island, New York in the first half of the 20th century. The only remaining steeplechase roller coaster is Steeplechase at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the United Kingdom.

Vekoma[edit | edit source]

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Vekoma were the first manufacturer to produce a Moterbike coaster, with their Moterbike Coaster model line. The first installation was the Booster Bike at Toverland in the Netherlands, opened in 2004. A second, Velocity opened in 2005 at Flamingo Land in the United Kingdom.

The Vekoma model line has a single 9 car train, wich is hydraulically launched into a twisting layout. Riders sit upon a motorbike, with special restraints, allowing free upper-body movement.

Vekoma demonstrated this concept using NoLimits, and is included as a track style in the commercial version of the software.

Intamin[edit | edit source]

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Intamin was the second manufacturer to come up with a motorbike roller coaster design. Their design utilizes drive tires to launch its trains.

Zamperla[edit | edit source]

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Zamperla was the third manufacturer to come up with a motorbike roller coaster design. Their product, called the "MotoCoaster" uses a flywheel to launch the train.