The Californian published an interesting Sacramento Bee story about motorcyclists "lane-splitting" during heavy automobile traffic times ("Drivers, bikers divided on lane-splitting," Feb. 13). Lane-splitting is when a motorcyclist rides between lines of bumper-to-bumper automobile traffic. As a motorist for years, it seemed to me that motorcyclists were doing it merely to get ahead of slow, congested traffic, but it's not always true.

My first two motorcycles had air-cooled engines and my last two are liquid-cooled. I had to keep my air-cooled engines from burning up by riding between lines of cars to air-cool my engine. My liquid-cooled engines didn't solve the cooling problem, but it reduced the overheating problem.

Douglas L. Stephens