Most stoplights work by sensing metal mass with induction loops buried in the asphalt. You can see the loop as you pull up to the stop. The loop is more sensitive at the edge not the middle so stoping over the edge helps. The sensitivity is adjustable so you should report a light that doesn't trip for a motorcycle.
That said if the stoplight doesn't work for you a legal vehicle it's defective. I live in California and the vehicle code states that in the case of a non-op light you can procede when safe. Of course the "when safe" clause is a judgement call on your part and you may have to defend that.
I don't subscribe to the "hang a right pull a u-turn solution" unless cross traffic prohibits making a left without a stoplight (I would probably get off the bike and press the pedistrian button before I would do that anyway).
Motorcycles have the same rights as cars. You wouldn't sit at a non-op light in a car so don't do it on a bike but be prepared to explain your actions, that you waited sufficient time for the light to cycle and proceded when safe.
Spec, thanks. Hard to believe a magnet could be defective but you never know. I didn't mention that I had a different brand magnet that was shaped like a small cylinder. Couldn't get it to work either.
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