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Dot Smith, Vintage Biker, Shows Off Her 1939 EL Knucklehead

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We're suckers for vintage photos of women doing cool things, so we were thrilled when Reddit user annamal shared this image of a rider astride her 1939 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead.

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Cristine Sommer-Simmons, whose book The American Motorcycle Girls features the photograph on its cover, identified the rider as Dot Smith.

According to Sommer-Simmons, Smith was a member of Motor Maids, an organization for female bikers. She also rode with the San Francisco Motorcycle Club.

Now that's badass.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified the rider as Dot Robinson. The article has been updated throughout to reflect this.

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