Audio alerts with Sena M1 via BT from Garmin Varia RTL515?

GazelleRider

New Member
Region
Canada
Hi All

We are loving the Sena M1 Bluetooth helmets but are wondering if anyone who has both the Garmin Varia RTL515 radar taillight and the Sena helmets can tell us if you can get the audio alerts directly to the Sena, or do you have to have a smartphone running some kind of app to hear the audio alerts?

We don't have any sort of bike computer but do have smart phone mounts for our iphones.

Cheers, from the sorta chilly May rainy days in PNW
 

fooferdoggie

Well-Known Member
Hi All

We are loving the Sena M1 Bluetooth helmets but are wondering if anyone who has both the Garmin Varia RTL515 radar taillight and the Sena helmets can tell us if you can get the audio alerts directly to the Sena, or do you have to have a smartphone running some kind of app to hear the audio alerts?

We don't have any sort of bike computer but do have smart phone mounts for our iphones.

Cheers, from the sorta chilly May rainy days in PNW
That would depend on in other alerts come though the helmet? but you need more then a beep to use the full benefits of the radar.
 

peterh_nz

Active Member
Region
New Zealand
Hi All

We are loving the Sena M1 Bluetooth helmets but are wondering if anyone who has both the Garmin Varia RTL515 radar taillight and the Sena helmets can tell us if you can get the audio alerts directly to the Sena, or do you have to have a smartphone running some kind of app to hear the audio alerts?

We don't have any sort of bike computer but do have smart phone mounts for our iphones.

Cheers, from the sorta chilly May rainy days in PNW
I don't have the helmets you describe. However I use the Garmin Varia app on my Android mobile. The audio warning signals are heard in my headphones while the mobile remains in my pocket. Works well.

I don't see any difficulty in using an iPhone in a similar way.

Good luck.
 

GazelleRider

New Member
Region
Canada
Yes, I think the beeps certainly will come through via a Bluetooth linked phone as you can listen to music with the Sena helmets. I suspect that without a linked phone running an app, that the Sena helmets would not link directly to the Varia.

Thanks for the responses!
 

WattsUpDude

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
City
San Francisco, Bay Area
It does require a smart device running the Varia app. The 515 will not connect directly to the helmet BT.