Do you find The Smiler rough?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Matt N, 25th Aug 2018.

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Do you find The Smiler rough?

  1. Yes

    43.4%
  2. No

    42.5%
  3. Maybe

    14.2%
  1. Blackhole09

    Blackhole09 TowersStreet Member

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    I wish there was a maybe...
    I've rode it over 50 times and the only time I get jolted is the 13th inversion from right to left is a little rough but the rest of the rig is fine compared to other rides (ie wild mouse (rip) that was about the Same as the 13th inversion
     
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  2. Matt N

    Matt N TowersStreet Member

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    I've now added maybe as a poll option!
     
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  3. Unicorns_are_lovely

    Unicorns_are_lovely TowersStreet Member

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    The Smiler isn't "rough" at all but it does have it's quirks like all coasters! It's well documented jolt on the cobra roll doesn't bother me anymore as i know its coming :) the ride experience varies between trains and the back row on one of the trains brings a bizarre vibration to the party (hexagonal wheels anyone?)

    If you want to experience rough pop along to BPB and ride the back row of the Nash in the rain :p everything is relative :D
     
  4. bluesonichd

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    Only found it rough the other month when one of the trains had a flat spot on one of its running wheels.
    That was bad. Vibrated though your entire head.
    Other than that you just need to know where and when to brace for the jolts and it’s fine.
     
  5. JackFitzy

    JackFitzy TowersStreet Member

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    I once went on a Go Gator that was pretty cool I guess...
    It's better when you ride with it, but to learn to do that takes a lot of head banging.
     
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    Snagglemama TowersStreet Member

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    My son came off smiler. He said it was rough and he felt ill afterwards. Then he had a mini panic attack as we went back on Oblivian saying he couldn't breathe his restraint wasn't right. He didn't want to ride anything else after that.
     
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  7. Rob

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    One could argue that you should not have to have a technique to ride a rollercoaster, and if you do then said coaster is not doing what it should. Something like Nemesis, Helix or Maverick for example, I can just sit then and let the ride whiz me around. Other coasters do indeed need to be ridden in certain waits, especially woodies.

    Is The Smiler rough? Well it's not smooth, yet it's not rough like many other coasters are. It does have some bad jolts and I would not call it overly enjoyable.

    :)
     
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  8. RoyJess

    RoyJess TowersStreet Member

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    Some of the best coaster are the rough ones.
     
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    coastershells TowersStreet Member

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    I've only ever been on the front row but aside from the one jolt near the end, it's probably one of the smoothest rides I've been on (Nemesis and Hulk topping that)
     
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  10. Austin Towers

    Austin Towers TowersStreet Member

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    Absolutely. People constantly moan about Rip Ride Rockit being rough whereas I found it to be pretty good with a little half decent airtime. Motley Crue - 'Kickstart my Heart' every time for me by the way.
     
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    It's a bit rough in places but not bad enough to hinder the experience, IMO
     
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  12. Gumbo_B

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    I took a friend on who finds nemmie too rough and intense and they loved it. I think in that context the jolts bother us as enthusiasts but as a whole it is a pretty smooth ride.
     
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  13. topman1585

    topman1585 TowersStreet Member

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    the roughest part of the smiler in my oppinion is the last two inversions. i was on it a few weeks back and my head was bouncing off the restraints
     
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  14. RicketyCricket

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    Problem is when you've got a coaster that twists and turns as much as The Smiler, its going to be increidbly difficult to make it glass smooth.

    Although apparently it was offered with just lap restraints, which would have made it a real contender for the best coaster in Europe IMO.
     
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  15. Stuntman707

    Stuntman707 TowersStreet Member

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    I don’t know why people rate this ride so highly. Gerstlauer track develops horrible jolts after several years. I’ve never experienced a jolt on Nemesis to this day. Strangely Saw the ride is smoother in the rain, I can’t say I’ve done the Smiler in the rain yet so I can’t say if they’re both better in the rain or not.
     
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  16. topman1585

    topman1585 TowersStreet Member

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    yeah nemesis really does still hold up its extremely smooth considering its age
     
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  17. NickyTheComb

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    I think what's been said is true. Its more rattly than out right rough which can cause its own issues. I personally don't care for it very much at all and would have it bottom in my list of Tower's bigger coasters. You certainly come off feeling a bit dazed and dizzy which I guess is the point but its not my cup of tea.
     
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    Posted 5th Sep 2018
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  18. zerogravity

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    Agree with sentiment on the 12th inversion but wouldn't say it's rough just abit rattly at times.
    By comparison, personally its like a Rolls Royce compared to the likes of Furious baco
     
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  19. GaryH

    GaryH TowersStreet Member

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    Nemesis is smooth as silk compared to the Smiler. I dont ride it anymore (Smiler) as it just gives me a headache , same with Saw.
     
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    Posted 5th Sep 2018
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  20. Towerslover

    Towerslover TowersStreet Member

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    The smiler isn’t the most pleasant ride at some points but I always seem to end up riding it and come off with a bit of a smile on my face and achy shoulders :rolleyes:
     
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    Posted 6th Sep 2018
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