I followed the construction of Talon despite my brother's constant informing me that I would "never get to ride it." He mocked me that I followed the construction and it did seem sort of crazy that I was watching something be built on the other side of the country. Who knew that I'd get to ride Talon a year after its debut? Not me, that's for sure. Boy, was I ever surprised when I learned I'd be going to Dorney Park and I'd show my brother!
You can see Talon from the entrance of the park, and it's a nice sight. Orange and yellow track is supported by bright blue supports. This beauty stands 135 feet tall and drops 120 feet at a 50-degree angle. Sweet. You don't have to walk too far to get to Talon; it's just a simple walk straight and to the right. You're welcomed by walking under the turn after the Immelmann and you walk past the nice logo of this B&M masterpiece. As the ride cycles above and around you, you'll notice how unbelievably quiet it is. That's all due to sand in the rails, so we don't have the B&M roar here.
We walk under the S-turn and zero-g roll to the raised station. It's about a twenty-foot climb to the station, but it's no big deal. We're more fixated on this bird's claw we're about to be swept up into. Yeah, the front seat's good, but it's the back seat we go to. Why? I just like the way my legs swing when we hit the classic "B&M dip" before the drop. No, it's more than that. It's the rush down the drop, it's being whipped through all four inversions and one wicked drop near the end of the ride. There'll be more on this later.
There are only two trains on this coaster which means one very sweet thing: no mid-course brakes! This coaster is pure, non-stop fun from the get go. We climb into the very comfortable seats and pull down our restraints. The all clear is given and we're off. There's a little straight section before the lift and then we engage the lift. The lift is fast and quiet. On our way up we can read signs below our dangling feet saying things like "going up," "almost there" and the like. The front of the train swings off the lift, and we fall down the B&M dip. This is where our legs shoot forward and come back quickly, but before you notice that Talon was teaching you a dance lesson, you're careening down the drop. It's pretty intense in the drop and the vertical loop is right after it.
We soar up and over the 98-foot peak of the loop while feeling some nice Gs. Out of the loop is a nice climb into the zero-g roll. We rise into it a little slowly, but once the front end of the train is in and out of it, we're flipping through it with intense speed. Exiting that we pass a trim brake that, thankfully, is not turned on one bit as we enter the Immelmann. Positive Gs meet us again and we flip over the element quickly, but smoothly. We head back down to the ground and encounter some serious foot-choppers. You can keep your feet down, but you sure won't feel too safe with them down.
This next element is a nice, high-G spiral that spins us in the direction the lift hill faces. We fall down a bit, but soon rise into the S-turn. This is a cool breather element before the wicked finale. We're relaxing one second and the next we're falling fast towards the terrain again. We enter a very banked, ground-hugging turn to the left and we flip into the corkscrew, which goes directly over the bottom of the first drop. It's very tight and awfully speedy, but we experience no head banging. The finale is a doozie. We enter another very banked turn; only this one's to the left and seems even closer to the ground than the one before the corkscrew. If you chose to sit in the left seat, this is the time you get to appreciate it the most. Stick your arm out to the left, if you can beat the force of the Gs, and you just know you're going to grab some soil. But before you have the chance to think of killing a gopher, you're flung into a hill banked to the left. Another bank to the right near the ground comes and goes and we flip into the brake run. It's a slow turn to the right past another set of brakes and into the station before we get to leave. We don't want to leave. "Again. Again!" We shout, but we have to get off. The exit takes us right next to the Immelmann and we know we have to get in the talons of this bird of prey all over again.
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