I operate "motofeirme" in Ireland.
For anyone considering a multi week trip to Europe, you really should look at the option of buying and selling.
We handled 47 bikes so far this year here at motofeirme and have had riders explore the EU, Scandinavia, Russia, Eastern Europe, North Africa and some even enjoyed Ireland so much, they never left. 2 riders are on their way to South Africa as we speak on Irish bikes and I have 2 more riders due back in the next few weeks.
I am already picking up bikes for next season.
We traded one bike 3 times.
We have traded many bikes twice with the same bike doing the same trip with a different rider on board.
Two riders made a "profit" on their bikes.
What I charge to locate, check over, transfer title and store a motorcycle would be less than you would pay in sales tax in the US.
I have a very reasonable pick up fee.
My storage is super secure and fully insulated.
Bikes are kept on a rotating tender and started on a regular basis.
If you are considering shipping, I would be more than happy to sell/store your US bike here for you.
It's been a great summer meeting riders from all over the world and judging by the interest already for next year, it's going to be a busy summer next year.
In a nutshell. For what you would pay to ship a motorcycle to and fro from the USA to Europe, you can actually "buy" the bike here. When you buy, you have something to sell, when you ship, your money is gone.
Shipping makes sense in two situations.
A. You are on a round the world trip and you are continuing on.
B. You already have a spare bike and intend to leave it here for a number of years.
In response to the OP of this thread, your Honda Transalp is happily sitting in my barn. He found a "fully loaded" 2003 Transalp for 2,600 Euro on www.donedeal.ie
Have a great ride, whatever or wherever you ride.