I love how this random adventure came to me out of no where. My whole trip was filled with these random adventures with kind and generous people who would invite me into their home and offer me a glimpse into their lives. Having an open mind set and the willingness to engage with locals made my experience in Latin America so much better and there is no other way that I wish I would have done it. The day to pack and ship off my bike came and I went off to the airport with all my stuff. Dakarmotos said that they can only ship the motorcycle and all the motorcycle related gear with it. I had no intentions of dragging all my other gear around the airport so I left it all on the bike and just left a few personal effects in my sport bag. Getting to the airport was easy and I was pointed to where I needed to go in the warehouse to pack up the bike. When I rolled in, another biker from England was packing up his new Africa Twin and Javier and Sandra were there too. I had to remove the mirrors and windshield and disconnect the battery which was all done fairly quickly. The floor guy then strapped my bike down and I zip tied all my loose stuff to the bike. The officials there were new according to Javier and they were not allowing bike with more than one liter of fuel on the plane. Every bike there was getting drained of fuel but mine. The whole process was simple and well polished so there was nothing for me to worry about once the bike got crated. I left the cargo warehouse and caught the cheap shuttle back into the city where I had one week left before I flew back to California. It ended up raining for a whole week so I ended up staying in at the hostel and hanging out with the guys that ran the hostel. On my last night at the hostel, the guys threw me a farewell party. It was an epic way to spend my last night, sipping fernet on the roof top with guys from Peru, Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. After flying into LAX, I headed for the United cargo office where I picked up some paperwork and headed for the Customs office to get my stamp. From the customs office I caught a ride from a kind gentleman who was at the customs office as well back to United cargo office. They processed my paper and then I had to wait some time for the forklift guy to bring my bike. United charged me $50 bucks for a terminal fee and nothing for 3 nights of storage. Total shipping cost, $1,950 USD. If you are looking for a detailed write up on shipping and importing your bike to California, Dan Ford who is on this forum, has an excellent write up on it.