Right, I suppose being somewhat more specific couldn't hurt....
I'm attempting to ship from Van BC into Japan, either Nagoya or Kansai if by air.
A buddy of mine who is a 747/767 pilot says sometimes the airlines take 'recreational property' ie: bicycles, ski gear etc. at no extra cost if you fly with them, and there *might* be a way to get a bike classified as such.
However, I highly doubt it. If I have to pay anything near $1000 US one way its just not worth it. I can pick up a bike in Japan for less than that.
But oh, how I'd miss the Thumper!!!