We shipped our DL650 from Sydney to Helsinki by sea in April 2008, using Tradelanes (Home: Tradelanes Global Solutions
). It all worked out pretty good, we had taken care of the crating before leaving the bike to the freight company. Tradelanes is actually located in Melbourne, but they used an agent, DS Harrington, in St.Peters, Sydney, to handle the transport of the crate to the port, and we could also handle payments and everything straight with them, which was convenient for us.
It cost some 480 euros at the Australian end (including insurance), plus they legally robbed us of 180 more in Helsinki for some port handling fees, etc. Still quite tolerable, I think. By air it seemed it would´ve been at least 1500 euros.
They originally estimated 42 days to Helsinki, which I doubted a little in the first place, and then received a notice from them, that it had missed a boat in Singapore, and will be re-routed via Gothenburg, then by truck to Helsinki (was originally routed to Hamburg, then Helsinki). It then arrived after about 65 days, a few days before the new ETA, in good condition.