Left Side Story: A Double-Amputee Keeps His Racing Dreams Alive – Video

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Australian rider Alan Kempster lost his right arm and leg in 1990 when an intoxicated truck driver crashed into his motorcycle. The accident changed Kempster’s life, but what it did not do was dampen his spirit and his love of racing.

The determined Kempster rigged a racebike and returned to the track, not only competing against abled riders, but also winning. Kempster currently a Kawasaki ZXR400 converted with all the controls to the left side of the bike and competes in a Formula 400 racing series in Australia. Kempster is now working to establish a motorcycle riding school for disabled people.

A Japanese film company caught wind of Kempster’s story and produced a short documentary about his passion for racing (look for it after the jump). Kempster’s story is an inspiration for all riders, able or otherwise.

“I’d just like to say to anyone with a disability, if you have a dream and a passion, you have to follow it. You’re the one who has to make it happen,” Kempster says in the film.

Kempster’s spirit extends beyond motorcycles. He is also a competitive water skier, representing his country 10 times and winning three world championships in the sport, another reason he deserves  admiration.

For more information, visit Kempster’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/alan.kempster.14.

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  • scott

    that’s just terrific! But, I can’t help but wonder, how does he DO IT….? Countersteering, etc……? I am curious as to how he’s set up his bike.

  • Daniel

    I’ve seen the Bike. He lives near my Grand parents and is friends with my father, another double amputee from a motorbike crash (Dad doesn’t ride, but I do)

    The clutch is underneath the front brake on a second lever, and the throttle is a twist grip on the left. The gear lever pivots from the end of the rear brake lever.

    Other than that, it’s a stock ZXR.

    Here’s another link to a youtube video showing more of Alan riding.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbrIoPY4nO8