Motorbike roller coaster

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Velocity at Flamingo Land, a Vekoma Motorbike roller coaster.

A motorbike roller coaster is a type of steel roller coaster designed with motorcycle type cars. Booster Bike at Toverland was the world's first motorbike roller coaster. Vekoma was the first company to design such a ride, although Intamin and Zamperla have since created similar designs.

A similar but unrelated Steeplechase roller coaster was Knott's Berry Farm's Motorcycle Chase by Arrow Dynamics which opened in 1976. That attraction featured single motorbike themed vehicles racing side-by-side, each on one of four parallel tracks, launched together. It was retrofitted in 1980 as Wacky Soap Box Racers until removed in 1996.

Design[edit]

Vekoma[edit]

See also: Vekoma
Motorbike coaster ride vehicle

The Vekoma Motorbike Coaster consists of a train with nine cars, each consisting of two motorcycle seats. Each seat was designed to replicate the seating on a motorcycle, and allows free upper body movement.

After dispatching from the station, the train is hydraulically launched into a twisting layout. The first Motorbike coaster was the Booster Bike at Toverland in The Netherlands, opened in 2004. A second, Velocity opened at Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo in the United Kingdom. A third, identical to the Booster Bike, opened at Chimelong Paradise in China.

The Vekoma Motorbike Coaster concept was demonstrated with the use of the No Limits roller coaster simulator, and is included as a track style in the commercial version.

Intamin[edit]

Jet Rescue at Sea World is an Intamin motorbike roller coaster with jet ski cars.
See also: Intamin

Intamin was the second company to come up with a motorbike roller coaster design. Their design utilises drive tires to launch its trains. Currently only three installations exist - two in Australia, and one in Denmark.

Zamperla[edit]

See also: Zamperla

The Zamperla Motocoaster consists of a train of six cars instead of nine, but they are set up similarly, two seats side by side per car.

Zamperla's coaster uses a flywheel launch instead of a hyrdraulic launch system. The standard track layout is a 3-layered figure 8.

In 2008 2 MotoCoasters were installed in the United States. The prototype is at Darien Lake near Buffalo, New York.

Pony Express Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, in a twist on the once famous Motorcycle Chase of Indian Motorcycles on a Steeplechase roller coaster, now sports a Zamperla Motocoaster styled as horses.

Installations[edit]

Name Location Manufacturer Trains Opened
Booster Bike Toverland Vekoma Motorbikes 2004 [1]
Velocity Flamingo Land Vekoma Motorbikes 2005 [2]
Motorbike Launch Coaster Chimelong Paradise Vekoma Motorbikes 2006 [3]
Mick Doohan's Motocoaster Dreamworld Intamin Motorbikes 2007 [4]
Jet Rescue Sea World (Australia) Intamin Jet Skis 2008 [5]
Moto Coaster Darien Lake Zamperla Motorbikes 2008 [6]
Pony Express Knott's Berry Farm Zamperla Horses 2008 [7]
Moto Coaster Jinjiang Action Park Zamperla Motorbikes 2009 [8]
Moto Bala Mundo Petapa Zamperla Motorbikes 2010 [9]
MotoGee Särkänniemi Amusement Park Zamperla Motorbikes 2010 [10]
Dinosaur Mountains China Dinosaurs Park Zamperla Pterodactyls 2010 [11]
Steeplechase Scream Zone Coney Island Zamperla Horses 2011 [12]
Juvelen Djurs Sommerland Intamin All-terrain vehicles 2013 [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marden, Duane. "Booster Bike  (Toverland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Velocity  (Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Motorbike Launch Coaster  (Chimelong Paradise)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Marden, Duane. "Mick Doohan's Motocoaster  (Dreamworld)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Marden, Duane. "Jet Rescue  (Sea World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Marden, Duane. "Moto Coaster  (Darien Lake)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Marden, Duane. "Pony Express  (Knott's Berry Farm)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Marden, Duane. "Moto Coaster  (Jin Jiang Action Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Marden, Duane. "Moto Bala  (Mundo Petapa)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Marden, Duane. "MotoGee  (Särkänniemi Amusement Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  11. ^ Marden, Duane. "Smart Shuttle  (China Dinosaurs Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  12. ^ Marden, Duane. "Steeplechase  (Scream Zone)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Marden, Duane. "Juvelen  (Djurs Sommerland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 

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