The cost of taking the Stahlratte is $1500. I emailed Captain Ludwig (I believe was his name) captain of the ship. I have read that other riders flew their bikes for a lot cheaper (this is what I will look into once I get to Panama). I believe four riders shared a container and paid less than $450 per bike, plus a little over $200 for each person (operative words is finding others to share a container). A lot cheaper than the Stahlratte. I do remember reading that it came out to about half the cost. I leave Phoenix Arizona this Monday October 7th to Colombia and hopefully "mas alla." (and beyond).