The beautiful thing about the human spirit is its resilience – its ability to inspire and persevere against all odds. Perry’s unrivalled passion for life and motorcycles encapsulates just that.
Part two of Perry’s incredible story reminds us that hurdles are part of the journey, not the end of the road. As an amputee and Motorcycle enthusiast from Australia, Perry’s story is not only inspiring, but also an exceptional representation of what can be achieved with unparalleled determination and optimism.
In year seven, Perry had a terrifying accident that involved the amputation of his right leg and severe damage to his left foot. However, he viewed his traumatic incident not as a disability, but as another aspect of his life.
Credit to Perry’s ability to retain positivity in the worst of circumstances goes to his parents, who became his pillars of strength. Their optimistic outlook on life helped Perry gear his perspective towards the more favourable aspects of his life.
“This is not a limitation – you just get on with life and do what you’ve got to do,” says Perry. The loss of his legs, however, did not deter him from his love of motorcycles. Brimming with courage and determination, Perry mastered the art of balance and introduced a hand-operated brake for added safety.
Douglas Bader, a World War II veteran who flew Spitfires despite having two artificial legs, also positively influenced Perry. He advised Perry, “Don’t change your environment to suit you. You change to suit your environment.”
Echoing Bader’s advice, Perry believes it is the societal and self-imposed limits that hinder us from achieving our potential. With an optimistic outlook, Perry navigates the world with an attitude of limitless capabilities. He encourages everyone to focus more on their abilities and shun the limitations that may hold them back.
Perry has travelled this journey acknowledging the positives, crediting his incredible life to the love and support he received from his wife and his two beautiful daughters.
So for fellow motorcycle enthusiasts, Perry’s story is a testament to the power of resilience, a lesson in embracing life’s challenges, and a reminder of our limitless capabilities.
While Perry enjoys his life filled with blessings and a garage full of cherished junk, he continues to inspire others through his participation in the Scrap Heap Adventure Ride.
Your ability to ride doesn’t end when adversity strikes. Perry is a living proof that if you defy limitations, keep a positive outlook, and adapt yourself to the environment, you can still take on the open roads, feel the wind in your face, and live life to the fullest. Remember, motorcycling is not always about the legs you stand upon – it’s all about the journey and the heart that beats for the ride.