*****Incorrect. Hulk at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure is a launched B&M sit-down, although arguably the launch was not actually manufactured by B&M. *****
That is'nt a risk, they were just asked to build a rollercoaster, whilst someone else was dumped with the launch, also note that B&M would have had to seriously take into account the launch - which they refused to build , simply because they refuse to be flexible, that's not a risk - it's just ignorance and a large sign that B&M refuse to get with the time's, launched coaster's are "in" with enthusiast's and the public alike, so their continued refusal to build a complete launched coaster puzzles me.
Walter and Claude pioneered Immelmanns, dive loops, cobra rolls, sea serpents and camelback twists. *****
Actually I believe the cobra roll, is just a take on the BATWING, consisting of the same element's, first used by Arrow dynamic's, therefore - the cobra roll is only a "take" on an older inversion, and made up of the same thing's, so how can they have pioneered the dive and immelman loop's? When Arrow Dynamic's werew using them long before the first B&M cobra roll was erected.
-They don't do what the theme park wants. If the park says I want this, this and this B&M will say no we want that, that and that*****
Maybe so, however you may like to note that the 2006 B&M Inverter "Black Mamba" was an immense struggle for the park, as they had to basically force B&M to build the ride, as B&M were originally not interested in building the ride, the park said they would approach Intamin instead, so B&M gave in, so in theory, he is right, but then again, to a certain extent, so are you.
I agree that Intamin's rides are, on the whole, getting smoother, however B&M track design cannot be beaten for smoothness. Your comments about Vekoma are just plain wrong - go on an SLC. They're almost as bad as Arrow. B&M rides will last the longest, and they will go on producing for many years to come. *****
Actually ALL coaster's will last for a certain amount of time, not dictated by the company - untill Health and Safety say it has to go.
Look at the Grand National, that's great, and it's around 80 year's old, not a B&M either, I can guarentee you that Nemesis (for example) won't be around in 80 year's time, simply because it won't stand the test of time against the onslaught of new age coaster's and better inverter's currently around the world and upcoming rides of the same time, where as the National is a CLASSIC, because of what it is - an icon, and a coaster unique to Europe, something Nemesis will never be, I think howlong the coaster will stay standing is irrelivent, but whether it will still have pulling power decade's on like the Grand National still does is.
I've ridden plenty of coaster's in plenty of countires, and sure, there's some great B&M's out there, however, I believe that pound for pound Intamin are a better company, not just because they are fleixble, where as B&M are not, but they DARE to do more, you say B&M play it safe, but seriously, do you think a ride will be built if it simply wont work? Look at Expedition Ge Force, there is'nt a B&M like it, tiwsted and insane sum's it up, look at Balder, wait, B&M wont build you a wooden coaster, look at X . wait, they dont build revolutionary coaster's like the 4D design of S&S Arrow either, whoop's!
Unless they change and evolve, and put simply - grow up, more flexible companie's like Intamin, Vekoma and S&S Arrow will dominate, where as B&M will fall from any posistion of greatness they currently hold, park's are constantly looking for new gimmick's to pull in the punter's, and on that - B&M simply refuse to deliver.