Garmin Varia RTL510 Radar Tail Light - 2021 report by Whydis

Garmin Varia RTL510 Radar Tail Light

There's nothing that's going to magically make all the vehicles on the road disappear, but at least you'll be able to visualize how fast they're approaching while simultaneously alerting them of your existence with the Garmin Varia RTL510 Radar Tail ...

Reviews by Features

Road

(4 reviews)
Ride

(3 reviews)
Garmin

(3 reviews)
Job

(2 reviews)
Expectation

(1 reviews)
Cue

(2 reviews)
Set

(2 reviews)
Addition

(2 reviews)
Fact

(1 reviews)
Car

(5 reviews)
Product

(5 reviews)
Light

(5 reviews)
Radar

(4 reviews)
Beep

(4 reviews)
Device

(6 reviews)

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Reviews around road (5.00 of 5)

  • The Edge still displays the RTL 510 icon, with no indication of any problem, but does not display any oncoming traffic, as if the road was clear
  • Having a rear radar in a tight road network like Hong Kong has been amazing
  • I have had a few false positives due to parallel roads and such, but I don't consider that an issue.
  • This wouldn't do much good if you're on a bumpy descent, but on a smooth road at high speed it's a great warning

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Reviews around ride (5.00 of 5)

  • So useful when riding with a partner you know when to get behind them when on smaller roads
  • It gives a huge peace of mind when riding in the road and you can see vehicles approaching
  • I feel safer riding on the roads now.

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Reviews around garmin (5.00 of 5)

  • As with all bicycle accessories, the most important part of the accessory is the mounting, and Garmin clearly has a ton more work to do
  • One would think that for a $200 device, including a few more rubber bands and pieces of plastic wouldn't kill Garmin, but I suppose shelling out $20 each is better than buying a whole new unit each
  • GREAT work GARMIN

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Reviews around job (5.00 of 5)

  • I have been riding with my Garmin Varia RTL510 for a few weeks now and it does a good job at being a radar and an excellent job at being a solid or blinking taillight
  • Cateye/PlanetBike have all done a great job there for their lights with a wide range of rack-mounts, etc., and I don't understand why Garmin which is vastly better funded can't do the same

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Reviews around expectation (5.00 of 5)

  • This has exceeded all my expectations.

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Reviews around cue (5.00 of 5)

  • Also got an audible cue when a car was behind me.
  • I love the audio cues the unit chirps out

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Reviews around set (5.00 of 5)

  • Very easy set up with my garmin edge 130
  • It's like having an extra set of eyes but on the back of your head.

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Reviews around addition (5.00 of 5)

  • The Garmin Varia is a significant addition to my safety
  • I wasn't sure what to expect, but this product is a valuable addition to my bike

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Reviews around fact (5.00 of 5)

  • I like the fact that it emits sound and vibration once it detects vehicles behind

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Reviews around car (3.86 of 5)

  • The radar works really well detecting cars that are sporadic on long rural roads
  • One thing to keep in mind - while it doesn’t miss a car on a straight road, it sometimes picks up a car late on a hard curve, with only 3-4 seconds notice
  • I have had no false negatives (cars or motorcycles that were not detected).
  • I had a crash a while back when I was startled by a fast approaching car from behind, which ended in a hip fracture.

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Reviews around product (3.86 of 5)

  • Hands down, this tail light has been one of the best products I've ever bought for my bike
  • Unbelievable how good this product is.

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Reviews around light (3.86 of 5)

  • Cons:As far as I know, this light is only compatible with Garmin devices (a full list is available from Garmin's website)
  • The intermittent flashing light is sure to grab the attention of the drivers so they can notice me sooner.
  • It also flashes strong red light toward vehicles coming from behind to alert

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Reviews around radar (3.75 of 5)

  • Of course, what this means is that I can no longer use a trunk bag with this bike and still have the radar working, which sucks
  • The radar works perfectly
  • The radar works really well detecting cars that are sporadic on long rural roads
  • The radar is easy to mount and pair with my Edge 520.

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Reviews around beep (3.61 of 5)

  • When a car is detected, the unit will give an audible beep, and a red bar will show up on the left and right side of the display with a small dot that represents a car, if the unit detects two cars, two dots will show and so on
  • If there's always someone behind you then this would actually become annoying (constant beeps) and irrelevant.
  • When it first detects a vehicle, it supplies an audible beep, which is good if you’re in the middle of a standing climb or not paying attention to the monitor.
  • I ride in Arizona, so lots of bright sun means it can be hard to see the display- the audible beep when a car first comes in range is a great help.

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Reviews around device (3.34 of 5)

  • I've only ridden with it twice, totaling about 70-miles, but this device seems to work great.
  • If you're already a Garmin user with a compatible device, it's terrific
  • If you are undecided about purchasing this device, you may want to wait for version 2.
  • Tired and thing you might hear an approaching car behind you; device confirms or denies it and lets you keep hammering
  • Read remaining 6 reviews for device

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More about Garmin Varia RTL510 Radar Tail Light

  • There's nothing that's going to magically make all the vehicles on the road disappear, but at least you'll be able to visualize how fast they're approaching while simultaneously alerting them of your existence with the Garmin Varia RTL510 Radar Tail Light
  • This seatpost-mounted tail light is equipped with a radar unit that detects traffic from up to 153 yards behind you, so you'll never have to look over your shoulder, only to swerve to the side of the road as a vehicle speeds past you with reckless abandon
  • This tail light delivers 220-degrees of red illumination that's seen up to a mile away by rearward traffic, so you'll easily be spotted by traffic, regardless if you're riding in the city or countryside
  • It pairs with Garmin's separately available head units, watches, and eyeglass attachments to provide a visual indicator of just how close and fast rearward traffic is approaching
  • Among these compatible devices are the ever-popular Edge series of head units, Phoenix series of watches, and Varia Vision In-sight Display that neatly attaches to your glasses.