Shipping it up in a truck, Whats wrong with you man, are you not a real biker or something. I rode all over Thailand on a Honda 125 Wave and if I can do it on one of those then I am sure you can manage it on your MT01
Mate, I've only got so many days so the transport is the best option. Plus taking the kids so driving up in the Fortuner is the best bet. Rode all round Thailand in my younger years and Australia before that so had plenty of hours in the saddle.
The company shipping the bike is taking a load of Harleys etc too so the bike should be pretty safe.