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Garmin Varia Radar 2 RTL510 Rear Light
Garmin Varia Radar 2 RTL510 Rear Light
Garmin Varia Radar 2 RTL510 Rear Light

Garmin Varia Radar 2 RTL510 Rear Light

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The Garmin Varia RTL510 Radar Rear Light allows you to ride smarter and more aware. Mounted neatly on the seatpost, the RTL510 provides alerts for vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters) away. Plus, the bright tail light is visible in daylight from up to a mile away, allowing riders to see and be seen, day or night.

The Garmin Varia RTL510 Radar Rear Light includes the Varia 510 Tail Light, mounting kit, charging cable and documentation.


Features:

  • Visible from up to a mile away with up to 65 lumens.
  • Vehicle Detection technology provides visual and audible alerts to warn of approaching vehicles.
  • Providing 220º of visibility designed for improving driver awareness.
  • Works with a dedicated radar display unit, or wirelessly integrates with compatible Garmin devices.
  • Battery life: up to 15 hours in day flash, 6 hours in night flash and solid mode.
  • Lumens: 20 - Solid, 29 - Night Flash, 65 - Day Flash.

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Light Type: Rechargeable 

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Reviewed 3/27/2020
by John
Cycling Enthusiast
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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A great help in a heavy traffic environment

I am a gravel cyclist in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. To get out into the Mekong region, we have to use various roads, highways, ferries, etc. Having this light has been a godsend. Not only is it incredibly bright, it last for our 6 hour Sunday bike rides. On the flashing mode it can last up to 15 hours.

As for the radar function, I am able to pick up cars and trucks at least 100 meters behind me. There is a small ball that moves up the screen of my Garmin Edge 520 giving me a general idea of how far and where the vehicle is in relation to me. The only fault I have found is that it doesn't always pick up motor bikes as quickly as cars and trucks. However, this might be due to the size of these, the fact that they only go at about 20mph or placement of the radar device on my bike. I am going to move it to the end of my bike rack and see if that improves things.

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Reviewed 3/14/2020
by Anonymous
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Great for solo rides

Light catches all oncoming traffic. But it can also alert you of other bikers you are riding with. Also can drain your battery on your computer quickly.

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Reviewed 12/18/2018
by FlashBazbo
Competitive Racer
Middle Tennessee
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6 of 53 customers found this review helpful.
Works GREAT! But I wish it had a longer range.

For years, I have ridden with a large mirror on my road bike. It has worked fine unless the sun was low behind me or the mirror fogged. In those situations, the mirror was useless. But in those situations (and all others), the Varia works great! Once a vehicle comes within range, you get an audible beep and the blip shows up on your Garmin. Very dependable. It picks up every vehicle. Relative speed and distance is very accurate.

So . . . why not five stars? Three minor nits 1. It occasionally gives you false positives. One cyclist I ride with triggers it as if he were a car - but just one. Nobody else. 2. I wish the light were brighter. 3. I wish the range were 1.5 to 2 times as far as it is. On roads with a 50 mph speed limit or above, by the time the Varia alerts you of the car's presence, it is upon you. I would just like to receive a few seconds more notice.

This is an amazing device for the price. \

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Reviewed 2/27/2020
by TX-Scot
Cycling Enthusiast
Houston, TX
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Brilliant tech, just works!

The light is very bright and the radar detection of vehicles approaching is very effective, if you go out on solo rides or with small groups on quieter country roads this is incredible good at giving you advanced warning of traffic approaching.

It typically gives you a warning of vehicles approaching about 10 to 20 seconds before you can hear them. Since I got this I have not been surprised by an approaching vehicle once, even on roads where the traffic travels at 50 mph.

The Varia works with a wide range of Gamin cycle computers, I use this with a Garmin Edge 520 and it works flawlessly with it but I was surprised to find it also works well with the Edge 25 I also have.

Overall its a great bit of kit, easy to use and definitely keep me safer while out riding around country roads.

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Reviewed 2/28/2020
by griley
Cycling Enthusiast
Crescent City, CA
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Second generation rear light.

I really like the improvements in the second generation of Varia. Particularly, the ability to select different patterns for the light depending on conditions, extended battery life, and it is much brighter. I have two concerns. One, the form factor is limiting in how one is able to attach it to the bike. On the original model, it was more compact and convenient. Second, and this may be a user issue, the light goes into pairing mode every time it is turned on.

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Reviewed 3/13/2020
by Sties
Cycling Enthusiast
Loveland, CO
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This is indispensible

I'm not sure I can ride without this anymore. It has saved me at least three times from major accidents with cars behind not paying attention. This is now a MUST for when I go out riding.

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Reviewed 10/11/2018
by John
Cycling Enthusiast
Minnesota
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52 of 53 customers found this review helpful.
The Radar Taillight v2.0

I had the original Varia Radar taillight and thought it was a great idea. I ride on rural roads that have high speed limits so I only get 5-6 seconds of warning before a vehicle is on me. So knowing what is approaching from behind dynamically is a huge advantage in safety for me.

The Original Varia Radar was great but it had three serious failings First, the taillight was all but useless and was far too low in power. Second, the form factor was all wrong with it being oriented horizontally and tending to interfere with my legs unless it was positioned perfectly. This unit fixes both of those problems. The Taillight is BRIGHT and works great as a daylight flasher. You can see if from a mile away and, as a driver, your eye is drawn to it. The form factor is vertical which solves the leg interference problem. So that's all good. Third, the head unit (available as a bundle) now includes a beeper so you get an audio warning of an approaching target as well.

The only reason I gave it 4 stars for value is that you really should buy the total package of a head unit plus the taillight. Garmin won't sell the head unit separately and should.

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Reviewed 12/19/2019
by QUADZILLA
GLENVILLE
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Can't believe i waited this long.

Works great. As long as you have a head unit it's like having a set of eyes in the back of your head.

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Reviewed 1/18/2019
by S Church
Atlanta
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Get one.

I already had the first generation Varia radar but am very glad I upgraded. The light is significantly brighter and battery lasts much longer. If you don't have a Varia but already have a Garmin that works with it, this is an absolute must purchase. You immediately understand the value after you ride with it for a bit and then for some reason ride without it. Suddenly you feel very different and frankly much less safe without having the Varia alert you to traffic coming up behind you.

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Reviewed 11/16/2018
by Biking in Alabama
AL
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Outstanding

Has paid for itself in the first bike ride. Will enjoy having a little extra warning on the longer bike rides.

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Reviewed 11/9/2018
by CH
Cycling Enthusiast
Vancouver, WA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Great Product that works.

I agree with most of the other reviews. It's a great product that works really well. See DC Rainmaker's review to find out more. I completely agree with his assessment.

Of Note

You can pair it with more than one Garmin at a time. I am using a 520 and my friend has a 520 and it worked on both units at the same time. He got the alerts for cars as soon as I did. I will try more when I get the chance.

In a group paceline of 3 or more, it has some trouble seeing around the cyclists behind you, but once it acquires the car is usually stays locked on.

It also will take a little battery off your head unit. On a 77 mile ride I noticed about a 10% extra battery drop on my 520. But still had plenty in the 520 and the Tail light after I was done.

The light is very bright. Is it the brightest out there? No. My light before this was the excellent Planet Bike Super Flash Turbo. This easily outshines that. Plenty visible on a sunny day.

Garmin does make a clamp style mount that you can by from them or on Amazon. Works great and a lot more secure, although I've never had it fall off with the regular mount.

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Reviewed 9/2/2019
by JerseyBill
Cycling Enthusiast
Harrisburg, PA
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Keeping track of what's coming up from the back!

Great for tracking traffic from behind, especially useful on narrow roads with heavy traffic. I highly recommend this item.

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Reviewed 8/23/2018
by Fenderperry
Competitive Racer
North Dakota
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
I love this product.

A wonderful device that keeps you from being surprised from unseen autos or ones that you dont hear. It makes riding less stressful because you dont have to constantly turn your head looking for autos.

The bright flashing read light is also a wonderful safety feature.

I figure if I was going to have a flashing light anyway, it might as well have radar to detect autos.

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Reviewed 1/15/2019
by Dennis D.B.
Cycling Enthusiast
Georgia
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Great light and Radar unit rolled into one.

First, I want to say Bike Tires Direct is great! I bought this for myself for Christmas present and it was lost in shipping. Bike Tires Direct immediately sent me a replacement second day mail. Great company! Now to the Radar. I have been eyeing this for some time. I was going to buy it last year but didn't have a head unit that would work with it. I had a Garmin 200 and for last Christmas got myself a Garmin 520. This year to my happiness they upgraded the Varia to the RTL520 and the light is so much better than the older model. I have ridden with people that have the older radar and liked it but the light was weak but not this one. It is bright even during the day. In my opinion it is on par with the Cygolight Hot Shot that as for brightness. It is supper easy to install. I ride with a minimal bike seat pack from Leyzyne and this mounts on the seat post under the pack without any problems. Some people have reservations with the Garmin setup but I find it similar to the handle bar mount for the Garmin computers which have held my computers for years without any problems. To test the longevity of the battery, I charged it before my first ride and have not charged it since. My first ride was 2 hours, then 1.5 hour, 3 hour, 3 hour, 0.5 hour, 1 hour, 1 hour and finally 1 hour ride that it died at the end of. Adding all these ride times together, it lasted for 13 hours. Again this is strictly using the flashing mode. I am very happy with the run time and usually not out for more than 13 hours. How well does it the radar work? Again, I am extremely happy with that too. I ride mostly in the country side and did a little riding in the city. In the city you can look down and see how many cars are behind you. It has been accurate every time I have checked. You will get false positives if there is a parallel road running next to you. Usually there isn't but there was one where I was riding and the unit would register some of those cars at times. This is a minor issue in my opinion. When riding in a group, if you are in the front of people in a peloton, it will have a harder time seeing a car come up behind you. I do not fault the unit. It is just physics of not seeing through solid objects. If you are not in a peloton and people are not riding right behind you, then it will see the cars just fine. Will it see other cyclists? The answer is yes and no. If you are going the same speed, no it will not. But if a cyclist is coming up on you, it will register that person. I really like this because there are times that I will be riding and someone will sneak up on me but this unit lets me know they are coming. I count this a plus. Yes, it will also see motorcycles. If a car matches your pace, then it will disappear from the scre

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Reviewed 1/17/2019
by Supe
Cycling Enthusiast
New York
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Eye's in the back of your head

It's bright and when paired with a Garmin computer Perfection. I have upgraded to the RTL510 from the Garmin Varia Rearview Radar Tail Light. It's much brighter during the day and the battery lasts longer. 15 hours in blinking mode. If you have ever missed seeing a car or motorcycle this is a perfect extra set of eyes. It always detects vehicles.

MUST HAVE FOR ROAD CYCLING.

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Reviewed 1/7/2019
by BB
Cycling Enthusiast
Hilton Head, SC
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Great Technology. would not ride without it!

A marked advance for safety. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 12/31/2018
by Overlander
Cycling Enthusiast
Boulder, CO
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Does its job

Got this with the goal of keeping better track of cars during rides, particularly when riding double. Read generally good reviews about its function. Was easy to install, seems adequately secure, using it with a Garmin Edge 820. Works as advertised - registers vehicles (and sometimes cyclists) approaching from the rear with a beep and a dot on a bar on the right side of the GPS. Shows progress of cars toward me to give an idea of how quickly to adjust riding location, if necessary. Light works adequately - not as bright as the previous light I used, but seems adequate. Used up battery quicker on the 820 - got down to 20% on a 4.5 hour ride. If radar is turned on before the GPS, the radar did not register as present. I'll keep using it, except for longer rides (because of the battery use) - helpful to know when to get to single-file during a group ride.

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Reviewed 11/29/2018
by Anonymous
charlotte nc
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0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Awesome upgrade

Battery life is much longer. Works great.

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Reviewed 11/12/2018
by Seattle dave
Cycling Enthusiast
Seattle
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1 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Better than the original except for one thing

The new version improves upon what the first was lacking, brighter light and better battery. Having both I noticed it does one thing worse, it generates a lot more false positives when people or bikes are behind me. The original version almost never did that. Still a gepteat product, hope they can fix this with a software update.

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Reviewed 11/15/2018
by Iowamarinedad
Cycling Enthusiast
Ottumwa, Ia
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Just what I was looking for!

Riding rural Iowa roads on my tri bike, the radar works flawlessly-I run through my Garmin 935

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