Booster Bike

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Booster Bike
Booster-Bike.jpg
The horseshoes of Booster Bike
Toverland
Coordinates 51°23′51″N 5°59′03″E / 51.39750°N 5.98417°E / 51.39750; 5.98417Coordinates: 51°23′51″N 5°59′03″E / 51.39750°N 5.98417°E / 51.39750; 5.98417
Status Operating
Opening date July 27, 2004 (2004-07-27)
General statistics
Type Steel – Motorbike – Launched
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Vekoma
Model Motorbike Coaster (600m)
Track layout Out and Back
Height 15 m (49 ft)
Length 594 m (1,949 ft)
Speed 72 km/h (45 mph)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:08
Acceleration "0 to 46.6 mph (0 to 75 km/h) in 3 seconds".
G-force 2.5
Height restriction 55 in (140 cm)
Trains Single train with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.
Layout Layout boosterbike simple.gif
Booster Bike at RCDB
Pictures of Booster Bike at RCDB

Booster Bike is a steel roller coaster located at Toverland in the Netherlands. It is the prototype of a motorbike rollercoaster, built by the Dutch manufacturer Vekoma.

Design and construction[edit]

In 2003, Vekoma premiered the Motorbike Coaster at the IAAPA expo. The reception was good, as it received the Award for "Best Idea Euro Amusement Show 2004 – Paris" at the Euro Amusement Show in Paris.[1] The major difference with the normal sitdown rollercoaster is the positioning of the rider. Instead of the normal sitting seats, the rider takes place in a seat that is more leaning forward, like an actual motorbike. The rider can hold on to the 'steering wheel', and the rider is secured using a harness that pushes down on the back of the rider.

Ride layout[edit]

The ride layout is Out and Back, characterized by the long, stretching launch and the hills parallel to the launch. The ride starts with an S-curve, after which the train will be stopped before the launch. When the train is launched to 75 km/h (46.6 mph), it takes a stretched hill, which is followed by a turn to the right and the horseshoe. Then the horizontal loop and a left turn follow. The last part consists of two hills. After those, the ride ends with a brake run and a corner left.

Similar rides[edit]

After this motorbike coaster, two more were built. A clone of Booster Bike was built in China, in Chimelong Paradise. In Flamingoland, a custom model was built, with a different positioning of the helix parts.

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