- On July 12, 1912, _Motorcyclist _debuted as Pacific Motocycling, a regional bi-weekly magazine published by the Western Journal Company that served Western states only.
- Through the '20s, the magazine covered bicycles as well as motorcycles.
- In the '30s, _Motorcyclist _served as the official magazine of the AMA, a partnership that helped it weather the Great Depression. No other U.S. motorcycle magazine survived.
- First published in 1912, _Motorcyclist _has reported on virtually the entire history of motor-cycling, making it the magazine of record. Italy's _Motociclismo _came two years later.
- The _Motorcyclist _staff has included such notables as Arthur E. Welch, Chet Billings, Bill Bagnall, Bob Greene, Dale Boller, Dave Ekins (brother of Bud) and Art Friedman.
- Staffers who have raced at the professional level include Jody Nicholas, Tony Murphy, Jeff Karr, Nick Ienatsch. Mitch Boehm and current editor Brian Catterson.
- The magazine has been published under seven different titles: Pacific Motocycling, Pacific Motorcyclist, The Pacific Motorcyclist, Pacific Motorcyclist and Western Wheelmen, Western Motorcyclist and Bicyclist, The Motorcyclist and Motorcyclist.