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A bike is most secure riding longitudinally in the bed or cargo area of the vehicle. That's because the braking forces are likely to be much stronger than any turning forces, and, anyway, the bike will like to face forward so it doesn't get sick.

The main tie-down points will be the handlebar, or the upper or lower triple clamps. For a standard bar, you can place the hook on the bar and be done with it, looking carefully, of course, for buckle or webbing contact with fairings or other hard parts. For bikes with clip-ons, you'll need to get creative. So-called bar savers —looped sections of tie-down webbing— can be wrapped around the bases of the clip-ons where they meet the upper triple clamp. The closer you get to the centerline of the bike or to the clip-ons' mounting pads, the better.

(I use Canyon Dancers. -jk750)

Pay attention to two additional items for maximum security. First, you should have some kind of chock to stabilize the front wheel. This will keep the front tire from swerving in the bed, which will maintain tension on the tie-down straps. Second, try to make sure the tie-down locations on the vehicle are symmetrically disposed from the front tire. You can get away with different offsets if you have a good, strong chock.

Don't go crazy hauling down on the straps. You don't need to compress the front suspension by more than half. Any more and you risk blowing out the fork seals over the long haul; less than that and the straps could go loose over bumps in the road. Secure the rear of the bike lightly and try to have the straps pulling the bike forward also. You don't want the rear straps pulling against the fronts, nor is there a need to crank down madly on the aft ties. The point is to keep the back end from jumping around; let the forward tie downs do the bulk of the work.

Motorcycle Hauling Essentials - Motorcyclist Magazine
 
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