04/04/2013 04:50 pm ET Updated Feb 06, 2015

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

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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