So, when wearing a motorcycle helmet, one of the main things that you must be aware of is safety. There are numerous motorcycle helmets that market themselves as being safe; from half face to full face, to modular helmets. But, how can you know that you aren’t being misled by the manufacturers when it comes to motorcycle helmet safety? Well, if you’ve heard of dual homologated motorcycle helmets or not; these are the modular helmets that you should look out for! They are your safest bet that you will get high-quality motorcycle helmets, and that you aren’t being scammed!
Let’s dive into what actually are dual homologated motorcycle helmets, with some examples on the motorcycle market!
What is a PJ dual homologated motorcycle helmet?
This term can only be applied to modular helmets, though. So, if you are looking for a modular helmet, make sure that it is one of the dual homologated motorcycle helmets!
First of all, let’s clear up what it actually means for a helmet to be homologated. The helmet has to be approved by the ECE motorcycle helmet certification. This is a European motorcycle testing standard that proves that the modular helmet in question can protect you from a potentially fatal crash. That means that the modular helmet can offer you superb protection with the chin guard both up and down, hence the dual prefix. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should chase the crash to test it yourself!
Maybe you heard about yet another term for dual homologated motorcycle helmets – PJ DUAL helmets. Let’s break down on the meaning of this shortened term.
Most flip-up or modular motorcycle helmets feature a design that provides optimal protection with the chin guard down. That way, these helmets can serve as full-face helmets. If that is the case, then the helmet in question has a type P certification. This type of certification indicates a protective face covering.
When the helmet passes the safety test with the chin guard up, that earns the helmet a type J certification. In that case, the motorcycle helmet in question serves as an open-face helmet with superior protection.
Now, when you combine these two types of certifications, you get a PJ DUAL type of helmets. Simple, right? Well, if you find a helmet that has both certification types, you can be sure that the helmet in question is a dual homologated motorcycle helmet.
How to know if the helmet is P/J certified
It’s very easy to verify if your helmet is P/J approved! You can just check for the P/J mark on the ECE homologation type-approval label sewn on the chinstrap of your helmet.
Some special cases…
There are some rare helmets that don’t have a type P certification. In such a case, there should be a clear indication somewhere on the helmet that its chin guard doesn’t provide protection. You can usually find this indication on the chin strap of the helmet. Such helmets have the NP label, which stands for non-protective.
The point to keep in mind is that you actually don’t need to have any concerns for dual homologated motorcycle helmets – if you live outside of the EU zone or ECE 22-05 zones.