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Chronicles of a Motorcycle Gypsy

The 49 States Tour
Narrated by: Tiffani Burkett
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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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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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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  • Theodore John
  • 10-06-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-20

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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  • Randy
  • 25-10-20

good honest raw story, rushed reading

i really enjoyed hearing the raw personal story of the author and it's almost always best when the author reads. that is true here as well, though ms. Burkett seems to read in a very rushed mode. this is unlike her normal speaking style which is casual/chill but not slurred and rushed. overall, i enjoyed it and will probably pick up the sequel one of these days. if ms. Burkett reads this, cheers to you for all your adventures and bringing us along.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-05-20

insightfully

Gives great insight to the challenges beginning female riders face, placed along side a very personal story of travel in NA

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  • 3allvalve
  • 08-05-20

I wanna go.

Even in the short time before I realized the narrator and author are one and the same I chucked as I noticed; There's a subtle little speech thing there that I would typically find only distracting, but in her case it was somehow cute. I frequently (more often than not) wanted more details, but then it was a great distance covered in a short time. No, that doesn't work; more detail please. You leave us (those like me of course) wanting to get more of the experience of your adventure. Now that I have commitments (note: not that I regret them) I can no longer jump on my bike for quite such adventure. Please, please keep going. I'll be looking forward to compilation book II as certain questions need answers ;)