As far as shipping a bike and the money involved, you have to use someone who has an account and pickup arrangement with UPS/Fed Ex. I don't mean one of these UPS store front deals, as they are in the $100 range. The motorcycle shop I worked at, and other businesses that have a business account can ship the same bike for $30-$40 if it is kept within the size limits, and the bike is picked up at that business location. We use a connection with an automotive supply company for our shop's shipping issues and it's dramatically different from going to a UPS store or taking out to the UPS terminal...usually a $60-$70 difference. The only caveat is maintaining the proper maximum box dimension to meet the minimum shipping price requirements.