Here's some food for thought, for what it's worth.
We have just returned to the UK from Buenos Aires, we flew the bike back for roughly a grand, we left everything up to Sandra at Dakar Motos and it was shipped with Iberia via Madrid. We could have gone with Lufthansa for a couple of hundred dollars more and would probably have got away with handling and clearance charges, but Iberia were still cheaper. In our opinion if you can fly the bike for anywhere around a grand it's worth it in the long run, you know the bike will be there in less than a week (ours took 5 days) and from all our research no one can ever tell you exactly what the extra charges will be if you ship by sea (port fees etc.) Once it's on the plane the chances of it going astray for a few days are slim unlike sea freight, if you get to Dakar Motos a guy by the name of Justin will still be there. Justin shipped his bike from the US by sea a few weeks ago and it's been half way round the world already and he may not get his hands on it for another 3/4 weeks. (if your'e reading this Justin, start filling out the insurance claim!) He has had a nightmare communicating with the shipping company and to date has not been able to find out exactly where the bike is (last known location Singapore!) You may have time on your side but it's easier to co ordinate you and the bike being in the same place at the right time without paying exorbitant storage fees. I'm not sure if Sandra can handle shipping from the UK but try Iberia or Lufthansa for a price and make sure you get a breakdown of all costs, we paid over the odds because I couldn't be arsed to take the front wheel and windscreen off to drop the height, and our BMW GSA is probably the biggest bike in terms of size. We just pushed it onto a palette and the freight guys did the rest, it also cost us less than when we flew it out to Alaska last year. Sandra can probably help getting the bike out at the other end or will know someone who can, she is not the quickest at replying to emails but the setup at Dakar Motos is second to none. Anyhow, do the research to get the best deal but don't be swayed just to by the thought of saving a couple of hundred quid.
Ride Ugly, It scares the natives!
Graham and Sue