Copied and pasted my reply to this thread:
I shipped a 1200 GSA from LA to Santiago in March on LAN for about $2400.
It aint cheap. A bike, because it has or has had fuel, pays the "dangerous good" rate, which is 3 times the regular shipping rate. There is no way around it. I even did the math of how much I would save by chucking my tank, and replacing it with a new one which had never held gas. No go. A used bike, with old tank with 1/2 gl of gas, or with a new "gas-virgin" tank, pays the dangerous good rate. Shipping by sea does not justify the savings, if you factor in time, hassle of port customs, hidden fees, etc.
You can air ship your bike on a pallet, no need to crate. I crated mine and saved on shipping volume, but what I saved on shipping I spent on crating. Not worth it if you have to dissasemble and re-assemble the bike. When getting your air shipment quote, be sure to give as close to the shipping dimensions as possible, for an accurate quote, as you will be charged by volume and weight. I´m sure you know all this already, but just thought I´d mention it.