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 Review of Raging Bull @ Six Flags Great America
0 Rating Posted by: khmaverick on 4/6/2009 4:23:00 PM
Nothing else at Six Flags Great America even comes close to Raging Bull. It's 202 foot lift hill punctures the skyline and gives it an intimidating presence. As soon as I got to the park, I rushed through a maze of paths (they suck at Great America) and finally found the entrance to This ride. Fotunately, it was still early in the day, so the line wasn't very long. So, waiting for the front row, I flipped a couple pennies on the generator by the station and watched a couple trains dispatch. The line couldn't go fast enough. I needed to ride. When I finally got in the train, I took a moment to analyze the little things on those B and M trains that make the ride so much better. Minimal restraints (not even a seatbelt!), no sides, and amazingly comfortable seats. B and M should be proud of these.

So by the time we got to the top of the lift hill, I was thinking about that first drop. The train started tipping over... here it comes! Nope, it's just a 5 foot kicker hill. Haha. So the train tips down again, and this time it's real. The first drop is great. They could have made the tunnel at the bottom longer though. Rising up on the first banked turn, I felt a sensation that Raging Bull definitely delivers on. Hang time. And I had the far right seat, so there was literally nothing between me and the ground far below on this turn. The train then falls to the ground and rises again to a camelback hill that has been destroyed by trim brakes. After that, there are to more turns with hangtime. The train then slides on to the brake run, which was being nice the day I rode.

After the MCBR, there is a bunny hop with good airtime and a forceless helix. Before the figure eight finale, there is another trim brake. Thankfully, that was turned off all three times I rode. The figure eight finale is really what makes the ride. It's all intense twisting extremely low to the ground, making it seem like you're going way faster than you really are.

Unfortunately, the train turns up onto the final brake run and you're ride is over. When I got off, I was on such a (roller coaster) high that all I could say for a couple minutes was 'yeah'. Depending on what you look for in a roller coaster, either the back row or the front row can be better. The front row provides great views and excellent hang time, while the back row provides a far more intense ride with better airtime. But wherever you sit, Raging Bull is a definitely worthy of getting into your top ten.
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