• Chronicles of a Motorcycle Gypsy

  • The 49 States Tour
  • By: Tiffani Burkett
  • Narrated by: Tiffani Burkett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A journey of 38,000 miles begins with a single twist of the throttle. 

After six years of laying rubber on racetracks and immersing herself in the high octane, adrenaline pumping sport of motorcycle racing, Tiffani was yearning for something new from her life on two wheels.

Fortunately (or unfortunately), losing her comfortable office job was the perfect opportunity to do exactly that.

Twenty-eight years old, single, unattached, and now unemployed, she took her 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 and built the nimble sport bike into a make-shift adventure motorcycle. She packed it full of camping gear and set off on an adventure that she had always dreamed about.

The problem? Tiffani had scarcely traveled outside her long-time home in Los Angeles, let alone with nothing but a tent and hope to keep her safe.

Chronicles of a Motorcycle Gypsy is an inspiring tale of confronting fears, insecurities, and self- doubts for the sake of following your heart, all while discovering the many wonders of the 49 continental United States. 

Tiffani encounters some of the best and worst of humanity, meets a friend who eventually makes her journey a little less lonely, and puts all of her riding skills to the test, struggling with everything from her first time riding a sport bike in deep sand to getting caught in a blizzard in the Colorado mountains. It's a big world outside the racetrack! 

Originally published as a travelogue in Motorcyclist Magazine as Girl Meets World, this full-length memoir contains the untold stories and the details that were a little too racy for the blog.

If you loved Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman's Long Way Round and Ted Simon's Jupiter's Travels, you'll love Chronicles of a Motorcycle Gypsy!

©2018, 2019 Tiffani Burkett (P)2020 Tiffani Burkett

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Entertaining and A fun listen

I have been chomping at the bit to get this and I'm glad I finally did.

Tiffany told the tale of her journey from a riders point of view and perspective. Not just as a women rider, that's one thing, but listening to her explain what she was dealing with along the way from inside and outside her helmet is exactly how I would have done it and not how others would have you do it.

Journey's like this are, above all, a personal experience and need to be shared that way. Details are what they are, sometimes they are needed and called for and sometimes they are just that details that may or may not push the story along. While it may be true that more details of the roads she was on might have added to the story, as a rider myself I can see why they weren't included most time. I know I don't always see, recall or even notice specifics on some of the roads I ride, primarily because I'm more paying attention to what I'm doing, I'm in the zone.... focusing. So I completely understand if some "details" were left out, completely understandable.

I must compliment her on her narration as well. In the beginning few chapters she seemed stiff, as if reading a script and it felt unnatural, she seemed uncomfortable talking into the mic. But eventually, she loosened up and then if felt as though she was telling a story and "talking" to us and was really fun to hear the inflections and tones in her voice, it really added to the enjoyment of the book.

Though her talk of racing and the track doesn't appeal to me because I'm not that kind of rider, I can appreciate her enthusiasm to be in the environment and surrounded by like people. Same goes for her interaction with similar types of riders she'd come across along the way and on that note, on behalf of the good Harley people out there, I apologize for any negative interactions she may have had with any the not-so-nice Harley people. We aren't all assholes.

Her description of riding through the northeast, specifically New Jersey where I'm from, was spot on. This area sucks for the motorcyclist and again, I'm sorry my home state sucks. Though there are many areas of New Jersey, New York and the rest of the OLD northeast that are really very pleasant, her descriptions of many of the areas she went through are all too familiar to me and I cringed at experiencing those things through my earbuds.

It's a good listen and I recommend it highly, looking forward to the second part!

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sarcastic

Have read, listened to, and watched multiple other motorcycle travel books and stories. this one has so much cynicism and sarcasm that it greatly detracts from the story. Additionally, the narration would have been much better if performed by a different female narrator. I listen to these types of stories to enjoy and to hear the experiences of motorcycling long distances. if I wanted this much sarcasm, I would just have easily had a conversation with teenagers. in contrast, if one likes motorcycle travel, read some of Neil Peart's stories or jupiter's travels. it's a different style of storytelling, and one that doesn't lead listeners to think that all motorcyclists are cynics and so annoyingly sarcastic.

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Great story! Loved that she narrated it herself!

Loved it!! Can't wait for Tiffani and Hollywood's next adventure!! I really like that she narrated it herself, makes you feel like she's having a 1 on 1 conversation with you.

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loaded

Love hearing stories from the road however Tiff seems a little Judge mental for a girl from Los Angeles freeloading around the country with her stoner party boy boyfriend. The story was better and more interesting When she was just a racer girl out there traveling alone much more daring.

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Good story

I enjoyed the story, as a motorcyclist interested in some long trips.
Good adventure. Fair but not great recording quality.

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one dimensional

Author doesn't say much. My big takeaway is that perhaps some people get into riding to compensate for their lack of dimension.

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3 Stars, but a worthy listen

I found this audiobook to be enjoyable but with some caveats.

I always prefer listening to an author read their own books when possible, so I am happy that Tiff read this herself. However, I would have found it more enjoyable if she has slowed her pace a bit and conveyed a bit more emotional tone in her speech.

As for the story - I would have loved to hear more description of the adventures. It was a great experience for her, so hearing more of the positives (with more emphasis on the details) would have been great.

My critical points aside, I enjoyed the book and even though I rate it a solid 3 stars, I would recommend it to those that enjoy the motorcycle adventure genre. My hope is that the next book in her series will be a slightly slower pace and read with more inflection.

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It’s like listening to a 12 yr old

I really wish she had chosen to have a professional read the book. It’s hard to listen to her childish reading style. The story is great but it may be better to read the book instead

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Can’t wait for the next

Love how the story of travel are told so natural and down to earth couldn’t ask for more

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Great story

Sorry they struggled so much in the State of New York, I live in the Hudson Valley and Not all of us are assholes lol

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  • 01-29-21

excellent listening!.

loved the book as having had bikes all my life and racing feel like travelling!.

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  • Zack Cruz
  • 05-13-20

Good read for bikers!

I’ve read a fair few books on motorbike travels over the years and although this isn’t the top of my list it’s definitely up near the top.

If you’ve read the long way round or uneasy rider or Jupiter’s travels etc then you will enjoy this.

I look forward to hearing more from Tiffani about her adventures in future books.

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  • j d rowley
  • 05-28-22

Refreshing and compulsive listeninfb

Was looking around for a new motorcycle related listen. having Ted Simon as my first m/c hero( made me put on a bivvibag and sleeping bag & bunged it) on way back in the 80's on a 2 stroke 100cc yam. You look for something new and refreshing. And wow has tiffani done this, in bucket loads. I started listening and then it became obsessive listening, at work, at home, cooking, walking the dog etc. So enthusiastic writing. to be doing that adventure for the first time and recording it for us all thankyou. Remeniscant of Nathan Millward(the postie bike ride from oz) in the honesty selflessness and willingness to let the travel come to you and feel the kindness and help of others travel is amazing. I can't wait to listen to more of tiff's adventures. Especially the scuba diving

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  • Philip Winter- G E M | P L U S
  • 02-17-21

Light and easy.

A simple story of a motorcyclist and her travels around the US. Light hearted and not too much details of the boring stuff such as the road they road on or what they eat etc.