I've hauled dirtbikes a lot more than the Vulcan, but same principle.
I found it best, when hauling in a pick-up, to have the bikes front wheel in one front corner of the bed, and the rear at the opposite rear corner.
That keeps the front tire from possibly sliding out to one side or the other if it's in the middle and there's no wheel chock.
When tying it down, if the front tire is in the front passenger corner, run the left strap to the front drivers side of the bed and then the right strap to the middle or rear or the passenger side of the bed.
With the front straps as wide as possible, where they attach to the bed, you need very little downward pressure to hold the bike very secure.
One strap on the left rear of the bike to the middle or front drivers side of the bed will hold the rear of the bike fine.
I wouldn't use those bed tiedowns that mount in the stake pockets of a bed. Too much of a chance of them pulling out.
DON'T put the kickstand down once you are underway!!
After the first 20-40 miles or so, stop and check that the straps are still holding securely.
AKA: Tim & 'The Adventure Cycle' VROC #24567, NEVROC, SteelCity VROC
"When life throws you curves,
Aim for the apex."
Last edited by hyperbuzzin; 12-30-2010 at 06:47 PM.