You probably haven’t heard of Alan Kempster before, but we promise that by the end of the video posted after the jump, he will be your personal hero. A double-amputee, Mr. Kempster lost his right-arm and right-leg after a tragic accident, which saw a drunk driver hit Alan while he was riding his motorcycle.

Where many would have given-up, Alan persevered, and ultimately set out to resume his motorcycle racing efforts. Rigging his motorcycle to have its controls on the left-hand side, Alan finally convinced his local motorcycle racing league to let him compete. He won his very first race. His racing number is ½. Respect. Thanks for the tip John!

Source: Left Side Story

  • Eric
  • Jake

    Great story. Shame about the music, especially when they interrupted him mid sentence to bring us more of the song.

  • harlan

    Oi, that’s not fair, he’s way lighter than his competitors!

    joking aside, he is truly an inspiration. A man with true balls of steel.

  • MikeD

    W/e bitchin, complaint or problem that i had today have been completely made irrelevant AND burried by this.
    This guy just made me feel like some ungrateful S.O.B with no missing limbs (not that i want to miss any of it).
    U Sr. have a will, BALLS and skills made of steel.
    Carry on, inspire and empower others less fortunate in your same situation and/or condition.

  • I know Alan reasonably well and I can tell you that he is every bit as inspiring as the video shows him to be. Respect in scarcely adequate.

  • ass hat

    back in the 90’s i was racing and in the field was a guy who lost his right lower leg. well, he lowsided and was fine, but his prosthesis detached.

    i’ll never forget the look of the corner worker who picked up his “leg.”


    good laugh that day.

  • Wow. That guy’s really somethin’.

  • I think I heard of Alan a while ago when he was still trying to get his racing licenses etc. all in order. Was turning out to be a bit of a challenge…

    Glad to know that he has done it!

  • Dewey

    BADASS! A will of iron and balls of steel. This man knows how to live.

  • Kurt

    I’ve been keeping an eye on Al for a little over a year now. He’s truly been an inspiration to everyone I’ve shared his story with. These men and women who race with disabilities are everywhere. They are amazing people, often racing on outdated, ill-equipped machines, simply to enjoy the sport. Makes u step back and think when the last time was that you enjoyed the sport the way they do. RESPECT!!!

  • Go to the face Book page for Left Side Story Alan Kempster Committee and LIKE the page if you think Alan is worth supporting. We are trying to help him fulfil his dreams. Have started to get him sponsors and things are starting to finally look up for him.

  • Mans tears.

    MikeD agreed.

  • Jes

    Proud to be Australian because of Alan.. Very proud.

  • gsp75

    Are Australian’s a different breed of racers ??? This man is a great inspiration to all with or w/o limbs !!!

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  • @Kevin: “Go to the face Book page for Left Side Story Alan Kempster Committee and LIKE the page if you think Alan is worth supporting.”

    Done, mate! :-D

  • Man what a dude!! Sky’s the limit just have to aim for it unbelievable determination good for him…..

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  • The country is one where much of the flora and fauna are very dangerous. Its people are made of seriously tough stock.

  • Ben

    to say our Flora and Fauna are very dangerous, that’s highly amusing.

    Alan is a lesson to everyone to take matters into your own hands to acheive what you want – inspirational video but really annoying how the music is brought in over him telling his story, drowning him out. Sack the sound editor please, now.

  • Gritboy

    My dad was a quadriplegic, then triple amputee later in his life and I ride a motorcycle every day. It’s very inspirational to see someone rise up and refuse to abandon his passion.

  • “to say our Flora and Fauna are very dangerous, that’s highly amusing.”

    I’m delighted to have amused you. A number of friends have regaled me over the years with tales of being chased(!) by eastern taipan and mates suffering from necrosis after being bitten on the sack (eep!) by redbacks. The risks of diving (one friend was an instructor for years) made light venomous fish, stingray and box jellyfish that could all kill ya. Yay! More venomous snakes than non-venomous on the continent. Awesome. And thanks to the funnel web spiders, the getting dressed mantra was “check your boots”. Cool.

    All that amusement aside, it’s fair to say that I haven’t had to deal with that level of f*&^-you-up in all my years of Canada and Japan. The worst I’ve had to deal with in my travels were the occasional bear and a few black widow spiders. I consider the difference between a rattler wanting to be left alone and a taipan coming at you from 4 metres away to be “significant”.

    But, hey, that’s just me. :-D

  • Ben

    LOL… yeah, it’s just you. without wanting to derail what is a motivational thread, I’m sorry, but the chances of being chased by a snake, Eastern Taipan or otherwise, is limited to small parts of Australia, and only in the wilderness. Box jellyfish, funnel webs, you’re funny. You don’t walk out of your house and get confronted by these things. Your second-hand sensationalist reports are good entertainment though. Born here, lived in every state, including the bush. Sorry but your ideas are pure fantasy, but keep it up, for the entertainment of the readers :-D

  • @Ben:

    Good to hear that the potential for demise of Australians has been greatly exaggerated! Would love to make it down to Phillip Island and catch the MotoGP some year. :)

  • Respeckt for Alan

    I know wat is it to drive 1-handed