Canyon dancer here too. Without it, it's impossible to not touch the fairings with normal soft-tie's. They leave some powder on the grips, some grip protection I suppose. And as stated above, don't over tighten. When you see the forks start to compress, that's enough. I only compress my forks about 1/4 of the way. Leaves room for the suspension to dip as needed - without bottoming out - while hauling on bumpy roads.
, That PitBull mount is the cat's meow! But I would use front straps for insurance.
All this stuff works great under normal circumstances, but in an extreme situation, which can
happen, I want the bike secured as well as possible. Let's say you happen to run in the ditch, but manage to pull it out, or have to slam on the brakes causing a potential jackknife - there's going to be a lot of forces at work trying to rip your bike out of it's security nest.
My current setup is the most ideal I could ask for. I have airbags to lower the pickup. Tailgate is about knee-high. F150, shortbed of only 5-1/2 feet with tailgate closed. Wedge the front tire into the left front corner, lift rear and swing it to right rear corner. Close tailgate, bike sits perfectly as if in chalks. Stuff a small block behind rear tire to keep 'er from rocking those few inches, and tie down front with CanyonDancer and soft-tie straps. The left strap goes to the left rear of the truck bed, the right one goes to the right front. Done many trips this way, at least 30 or so. Even took 'er on a 3000 mile round trip to visit family two summers ago.
I push the RC51, but I started out with smaller bikes, CR250, CRF450, even my VFR, I used to ride up into the bed. Never an accident, and very secure ramp to tailgate. (I watched a guy spin the ramp right out from under him one time! That was funny. A dirt bike, no damage this time.) The hardest part is picking the rear of the bike up by the rear wheel or exhaust brackets to swing it into the corner. Not bad at all.