Originally Posted by kantuckid
On parking: in the USA you will be astounded at the parking space available-other than in big cities where it tends toward paid parking.
There are special motorcycle-only parking spaces all over San Francisco. Mostly these are paid -- they're MUCH cheaper than car spaces, ranging from 25 to 70 cents per hour, with a 10-hour limit -- but some of them (specifically those in front of some moto shops) are free. It's best to use those whenever possible.
But since you'll be out of SF for the most part, you can just park anywhere between cars, as long as the meter (if present) is paid up -- but never ever on the sidewalk, unless you see lots of other bikes doing it.
Another great route-finding resource is Mad Maps. These are available in certain moto shops in California and elsewhere. If you want even more detail, get a Destination Highways book -- they're fun just to read, even if you're not actually route-planning.
If you're renting a moto from the rental shop in San Francisco whose name starts with D, the folks there will give you all the info you need. You can rent a GPS there as well. Er is zelfs soms een medewerker die Nederlands spreekt. I'd say more but advertising isn't allowed here.
Feel free to PM if you'd like more info.