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Eagle vs Viper - Which Ride Do You Prefer ?

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Postby Mean Streaker on October 6th, 2016, 2:25 pm
I don't push the restraint down all the way ;)
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Postby RollingCoasting on October 6th, 2016, 3:54 pm
^^ Aw man, you got more rain rides then me now :D (I only got 2 or 3 I believe)

American Eagle is my favorite ride in the rain besides the Extreme Seadog at Navy Pier. Now THAT is an interesting experience. Kind of hard to keep your eyes open (In the rain), but fantastic pops of air.

Here's a video of it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA8N7O1Fv6k
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Postby batmanfan80 on October 7th, 2016, 2:54 am
Eagle red has always had great air for me in several spots. I don't know if it's me or the ride, but Viper sometimes isn't that pleasant to ride. Other times it's just awesome.
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Postby CoasterRiderSC on October 7th, 2016, 11:02 am
RollingCoasting wrote:^^ Aw man, you got more rain rides then me now :D (I only got 2 or 3 I believe)

American Eagle is my favorite ride in the rain besides the Extreme Seadog at Navy Pier. Now THAT is an interesting experience. Kind of hard to keep your eyes open (In the rain), but fantastic airtime

Here's a video of it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA8N7O1Fv6k


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Postby CoasterRiderSC on July 21st, 2017, 11:44 am
Well I've changed my mind again!
I think Eagle is better in my opinion. It's taller and faster. I've been riding Red in front row and it's offering great airtime! I'm also really liking the helixes more and more nowadays.

Viper is a good coaster but it seems like it's slowed down somewhat. I still do enjoy it, especially the headchopper elements.
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Postby tribar on July 21st, 2017, 4:20 pm
American Eagle. Viper is mediocre at best.
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Postby Guy_With_A_Stick on July 21st, 2017, 4:50 pm
Although Viper is still better for me, Eagle Red has definitely jumped up in the rankings. I get some pretty good airtime in the front, nice intensity, and very consistent speed. Although, the final helix of death is still rather jiggly.

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Postby American Eagle 1981 on July 22nd, 2017, 3:25 pm
Eagle, no competition. It's kind of obvious I'm biased hence my username. AE is in my top 10 coasters in general, higher than anything at Great America too. I just about always ride front on Red and the airtime, fun and speed this coaster has is incredible. Viper is great but can be inconsistent. Just got back from Hershey and I have Eagle higher ranked than anything there except Skyrush.
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Postby Whizzer Whiz Kid on July 22nd, 2017, 6:44 pm
American Eagle 1981 wrote:Eagle, no competition. It's kind of obvious I'm biased hence my username. AE is in my top 10 coasters in general, higher than anything at Great America too. I just about always ride front on Red and the airtime, fun and speed this coaster has is incredible. Viper is great but can be inconsistent. Just got back from Hershey and I have Eagle higher ranked than anything there except Skyrush.

I do love myself some Eagle, especially red, however Hershey has a really solid GCI in Lightning Racer which is much better than Eagle.
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Postby American Eagle 1981 on July 23rd, 2017, 8:24 pm
Whizzer Whiz Kid wrote:
American Eagle 1981 wrote:Eagle, no competition. It's kind of obvious I'm biased hence my username. AE is in my top 10 coasters in general, higher than anything at Great America too. I just about always ride front on Red and the airtime, fun and speed this coaster has is incredible. Viper is great but can be inconsistent. Just got back from Hershey and I have Eagle higher ranked than anything there except Skyrush.

I do love myself some Eagle, especially red, however Hershey has a really solid GCI in Lightning Racer which is much better than Eagle.

Yeah I agree Lightning Racer is awesome, best GCI I've ridden ahead of American thunder but I still prefer Eagle. I think it has a much better drop, better airtime, and even smoother in the front row. I rode LR 6 times, 3 each side (mainly front) and I think Eagles better.
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Postby batmanfan80 on July 29th, 2017, 2:25 am
Eagle sucked last year, but this year the red side is almost as good as Mako aside from the stuff after the final trim. Very smooth and good air. Viper on the other hand feels like a car crash a lot of the time.
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Postby Tardis1972 on August 10th, 2017, 11:14 am
I have to say Viper. Smoother and better airtime. If Eagle Blue was still going backwards though then I would say Eagle Also I been very unlucky this year with Eagle. In all my visits this year only one side has been opened including yesterday and it's always the red side that closed.
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Postby JaminOut on August 10th, 2017, 11:44 am
^Red side is running today.


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Postby CoasterDemon on August 10th, 2017, 12:50 pm
I've said it a million times, and I'll keep saying it. When Eagle (red, especially) is running good .. it's easily a top 10 coaster to me.

If you've ever been fortunate enough to catch it after track work AND low/no trims coming out of the big helix, it's truly an incredible experience. That run back home on red I call "Phoenix meets Voyage." But that is rare.

My 3 rides on it Sunday night were still excellent... that ending helix at the end has ALWAYS been a poor ending, even in the mid 80s. The design was truncated, I believe. It was supposed to go around either way on each side, perhaps a figure 8? I'm not sure, but the design was cut back due to the immense cost.

As far as the butchered PTC trains it runs, which seems to get a lot of complaints from enthusiasts: they run fine. The lap bars are custom (someone told me they are from Morgan trains?), and do NOT fall down and get tighter. The side wing things and head rests are annoying, but all that could be fixed at a cost. The exit of the big helix necessitated the addition of those, I'm quite sure in 1981 when the ride was still new. The buzz bars were gone by the mid-late 80s... and of course 3 train operation stopped after the minor collision in 1984 (the year Six Flags purchased the park).

Enough babbling... I love Eagle!! Still one of the most grand/awesome/breath-taking/great presentation/intimidating/anticipating drops on any coaster, anywhere. All that super-steep, fast, sharp-break-over/snappy stuff is fun, but the Eagle drop is unique and special.
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Postby Dan The Coaster Man on August 11th, 2017, 1:12 am
While I do like viper more, Eagle red has had a strong case this year for me. Probably the best rides I have ever had on Eagle.
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Postby batmanfan80 on August 11th, 2017, 4:14 pm
Went the last two Sundays. Eagle Red was awesome both times riding in the middle. Viper, however, was garbage riding 3/4 of the way back. Worst it's ever been and I had some awesome rides on it 4 years ago.
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