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Special trains are used to create a more open feeling, with no sides and special restraints.
A motorbike roller coaster is a type of steel roller coaster trains introduced by Vekoma. The unique feature of a Motorbike coaster is the trains, wich are side-less and have unique restraints. They are typically modeled after motorbikes, but jet-ski and horse-shaped trains also exist.
Vekoma were the first manufacturer to produce a Moterbike coaster, with their Moterbike Coaster model line. The first installation was the Booster Bike at Toverland in the Netherlands, opened in 2004. A second, Velocity opened at Flamingo Land (United Kingdom) in 2005.
Intamin AG was the second manufacturer to come up with a motorbike roller coaster design. Their design utilises drive tires to launch its trains. Three installations exist: The first two of which are located in Australia, and the latest installation is in Denmark.
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.
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.
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|Roller Coaster Types|
|Track Materials||Hybrid • Steel • Wooden|
|Train Configurations||4th Dimension • Bobsled • Dive Coaster • Floorless • Flying • Inverted • Mine Train • Motorbike • Pipeline • Side Friction • Spinning • Stand-Up • Suspended • Virginia Reel • Wing Coaster|
|Track Layouts||Dueling • Figure 8 • Launched • Möbius Loop • Out & Back • Racing • Shuttle • Strata Coaster • Wild Mouse|