How do you guys do it? I have a LA to San Francisco trip next week. I have decent idea and have mocked up strapping mine down but I have some bungees next to my exhaust. Kind of a concern to me. Any ideas and or warnings? Tips for the ride?
Put down some electricians tape and even duct tape on top of that on your fender to keep the straps from rubbing into the paint. I have permanent marks on my bike from where I failed to do that on a long trip.
As long as the cords are within an inch or more away from the exhaust you should be ok. The +04 and up had hooks under the seat, does your bike have those? Those help a ton.
Here's how I used to travel before I got hard cases.
Granted the Bandit had sturdy cleats alongside the seat to accommodate the straps but the idea is the same. If you put a hard bottom like a thin piece of plywood in your dry bag you could wrap those harbor freight lashing straps around the bag far enough out that you could attach them at the passenger pegs without touching the tail plastic. Then do another strap or two around the and the grab bar and you're set. I've used that same set of el cheapo straps for 8 years and the heavy cam-buckles have never slipped an inch.
Oh, they're really long so I cut them down to fit my needs.