When I asked my dealer before they 'assemble' my bike we could swap out the pull back bars to save on labor costs she said the scouts come pre-assembled and the only thing they have to do is tire pressure and fluids.. So I will have to pay them to swap out my bars when and if my bike comes in!!Many bikes are shipped with the front wheel off and the front axle and forks used as a mounting point on the bottom of the crate. This drops the profile down a bit. Also the Handle bars are off and this makes for a more narrrow crate and less damage if something goes wrong. So assemble means front wheel back on and all wiring and cables etc back on the bars.
I shipped my Boneville like that to Hawaii in 68 and then back to CONUS again in 1970.