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[*] posted on 9-16-2021 at 11:32 AM

My understanding is that there is a longstanding custom for motorcycles cutting to the front of lines or stopped traffic. I've never seen this in print or law, so cannot verify this information. It is a common-sense tradition based on the fact that motorcycles had/have air-cooled engines and must keep moving for proper cooling. It had nothing to do with the comfort or convenience of the rider. In this century, most motorcycles (not scooters) are liquid cooled.
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[*] posted on 9-16-2021 at 01:17 PM

True, most bikes are water cooled now. However, unlike a car where there is room for large radiators, most water cooled bikes have small radiators and small or even no radiator fans. So air flow is still important as bikes are not designed to be stationary for long periods of time with their engines idling.

In Calif is is perfectly legal* for bikes to share lanes and move to the front when stopped. No different than what happens at the border.

(*unlike other states, there is no law or statue that prohibits this.)
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[*] posted on 9-16-2021 at 01:35 PM

There is a big difference between lane filtering at a traffic light, and lane filtering to cut in line at inspection point.

Wait your turn.

If motorcycles are incapable of prolonged idling, perhaps you should leave it at home, replace faulty bike with appropriate bike, use other transportation, etc.


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