Bill Bagnall

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Bill Bagnall
Born(1926-03-27)March 27, 1926
DiedNovember 22, 2006(2006-11-22) (aged 80)
OccupationMagazine editor and publisher
AwardsMotorcycle Hall of Fame (1999)

Bill Bagnall (born Taft, California March 27, 1926; died November 22, 2006[1]) was publisher of Motorcyclist magazine,[2] and an editor of the magazine for 20 years (1952–1972).[3][4]

He served in the Philippines in the United States Army during World War II,[4][5] after which he purchased a Norton ES2 motorcycle and became a photographer for Motorcyclist. This became a position as editor at the magazine working as associate editor for 90 days in 1950, then hired permanently in 1953.[2] He sold Motorcyclist to Petersen Publishing in 1972 and retired in the early 1970s.[1]

Bagnall was American Motorcyclist Association president for three years.[1] In 1999, he was inducted to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.[1][4]

From 1983 until 2011, Bagnall ran a popular photographic equipment swap meet in the Los Angeles area.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Dealernews Co-founder, Motorcycle Hall-of-Famer Bagnall Dies". Dealernews. November 28, 2006. Archived from the original on February 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-30.
  2. ^ a b "Former Editor and Publisher of Motorcyclist Dies", Motorcyclist, February 2009
  3. ^ "A Century of Motorcycling: 100 Years of Motorcyclist Magazine", Motorcyclist, September 2012, retrieved 2013-03-13
  4. ^ a b c Bill Bagnall at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame
  5. ^ Richard Parks (2007), Say Goodbye to Bill Bagnall, Hot Rod Hotline, retrieved 2013-03-13
  6. ^ Robert Lachman (May 14, 1988), "Swap Meets Offer Gadgets Galore", Los Angeles Times, retrieved 2013-03-13
  7. ^ Dealer's page, Bagnall's Camera Expo, retrieved 2013-03-13