Agree Nick. The one set up I don’t get and often used by unwitting journalists, is full screen and no doors. THE worst pairing IMHO
Mid Staffs AR
Clear aero - yes the black ones mask n/s vision
I dont use a hemet, I use ballistic rated lens in sports glasses that fit well with a head band.
I find the aero much quieter than the screen, and far less turbulence and buffeting too.
rain does hurt on a motorway hower a windproof hat take most of the pain, a balaclava would be better.
Polycarbonate sunglasses and earplugs to go with a clear aeroscreen. Great way to drive a seven when it's sunny. You headbut the ocacsional wasp of course but you'll probably live. Mine has a full cage so going through a barbed wire fence shouldn't result in decapitation (I've known a couple of people that have had nasty accidents from this in gliders) but some people think this is dangerous too.
'Informed choice' is the expression I believe. You'll probably get the occasional negative comment from someone who disapproves but that's nothing a 'sod off bignose' won't fix
I'm tall, but have had too many stones hit my helmet all over to want to go in this mode without one. Stones to the teeth would not be pleasant nor help one's looks, and I need all the help I can get!
Agree with the screens/no doors being the worst option.
I've been running an aero screen since 2001, on the road I usually use googles (Wiley X in my case from a bulk buy years ago). I keep a helmet in the boot but that only gets used when it's bucketing down with rain.
Ear protection is key, I use Peltor II headsets with an intercom built in but I know many people use a variety of ear plug type protection as well.
In 50K+ of miles with the aeroscreen on the worst I've been hit by is a bit of gravel, as has already been said you learn to stay a bit further back from cars in front and to duck when you see something big coming your way :)
I've told the story on here before, but do not follow close behind stock wagons when aero'd. !!! The taste in the mouth isn't pleasant.
I used to change between aero and screen, I had the quick release stanchions, takes about 10 mins.
Only place I used a helmet was on longer motorways (e.g. Le Mans) or if it rained. A couple of points to consider:
1) Half doors for me were essential in anything other than great conditions, they a) keep you warmer and b) stop spray entering the cockpit.
2) Ear and eye protection is essential
3) Some passengers love it others hate it (my Mrs would never go in the 7 with an aeroscreen)
4) whatever protection you have for yourself, you must also have for your passenger
5) on a K-Series the exhaust noise for the passenger is greater without the full doors so ear protection even more important
In my experience the most dangerous time with an aeroscreen is on higher speed non-divided roads with two-way traffic. I took a hit to the temple area of the helmet from a stone between the size of a large marble and golf ball last year, it was thrown from the tyres of a dual rear wheel pickup truck that was coming the other way, closing speed of the stone was probably 240km/h. The force on the helmet was noticeable. It would have made a mess of the windscreen if it was on, too.
I've had a similar sized wheel nut traveling at a similar speed hit another one of my vehicles windscreen in the past that almost came all the way through the windscreen, it broke both glass layers and distorted the plastic laminate.
I like to use both aero and windscreen. Prefer aero when I am on my own or with smaller group in the mid summer months. When my wife is in the passenger seat I use the windscreen and long trips like Le Mans I use the windscreen. On track the aero is so much better. Can swap over quite quickly having done it for several years now. Also prefer the windscreen when it is colder as I have no heater, although I generally don't bother driving in mid winter.
If this thread had been posted a couple of years ago, I would have also spent time faffing about swapping screens if Mrs N was in the car....but 2020 has seen a breakthough. Brooklands now seems acceptable with SWMBO
Also agree with comments ref quality hearing protection - not the cheap roll 'em up and wedge them in your ear items.