Biker regains confidence after crash

  |  Published: Jun 14th 2017

After a break of 30 years Franco Amaro decided to take up biking again last summer, and was enjoying riding socially having regained his licence with no difficulty in May 2016. However, while out riding in Essex in July, Franco took a corner on the B1053 too quickly, ran wide, and clipped the kerb, flipping his bike over. Despite the terrifying crash, he thankfully only sustained minor injuries to his wrist, but his bike was badly damaged and he lost all confidence in bends.

After a few months of physiotherapy and repairs to his bike, Franco was determined to regain his love of riding and joined Thames Vale Advanced Motorists (TVAM) in September last year to do the Advanced Riding Course.

‘I’m so glad I joined TVAM after my accident’, Franco said. ‘I am a lot more confident now, particularly with bends, and I think I am riding to a much higher standard than before. The most important thing is that I enjoy it again, and haven’t lost my love for riding!’  

TVAM are running Be a Better Biker courses this summer, in partnership with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue and Transport for Buckinghamshire. The sessions are on June 17th and July 22nd at Marlow Fire Station, and cost just £20 per biker. The session includes workshops and an on-road assessment by an advanced rider. For more information and to book, click here or email

Franco, confident again after his course
Franco, confident again after his course
Franco after his July 2016 accident
Franco after his July 2016 accident
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