In the UK, we are taught (particularly when doing advanced rider training) how to safely filter through slow moving traffic. I.e. town traffic moving at slow speed, and you scoot or bike past the line towards the centre of the road, obviously taking great care and observing driver's reactions. You 'filter' back into the line of traffic at relevant spots such as oncoming cars or a traffic island/bollard, putting your hand up to say 'thanks' as you pull back in. Call it progression if you want. Great on a scooter in city areas!
Sometimes this is abused by the nutter sports bike riders, who zoom past cars and dive back in and scare drivers with loud exhausts and sudden moves.
I've heard that you guys in the States don't overtake with your motorcycles like this in heavy traffic conditions? In fact I've watched bikers just sitting behind cars & trucks in very wide carriageway, thinking 'Just ride round!'.
If so, is it a legal thing, or a social no-no?