I'm just about to head out to pick up my bike from Martin in Ireland -- so far, everything's gone well. I did the math, and found that by far the cheapest option was to buy a bike there. Even if I drop my 2002 SV650 (just over US$2500 on DoneDeal) in a ditch on the way to the airport (which I won't), I'll still be thousands of dollars ahead of renting for the 6 weeks I'll be there. syaufu, I dunno where you did your shipping from, but the absolute cheapest option I found (for which I believed the price) was about US$1500 each way via Canada Air, if I trucked it from Seattle to Vancouver myself. Shipping from the west coast of the US simply didn't seem to be a viable option.
Martin is working up an actual business there in Cork doing this, and I think he's going to be pretty successful at it. It's a great idea, and as more people do it and tell us about it, I figure it'll take off for him.
I don't expect to have a lot of internet access while I'm there, but Ill certainly make the occasional update.
2006 Ninja 250 (the big bike)
2002 SV650 naked (the Euro touring bike, in Ireland)
2005 Ninja 250 (the track Ninja) - for sale $2k
1973 Honda CL175 (the little bike) - for sale $1k
PM for details on for-sale bikes