Best place for the front tiedowns is to place a loop tie around the forks at the lower triple clamp and use ratcheting tiedowns to a place about even with the axle or front of tire. Bring a couple of 2x4's for a chock until you can get a good metal one. Compress forks by about 2/3rds.
In gear or not is irrelevant.
Get at least some rope to the rear frame members to keep the rear wheel from hopping about.