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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Mar 16th, 2008, 7:20 pm Thread Starter
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Anyone know a small PC to fit in the liner pocket?

The BMW side-bag liners have a pocket on the back that looks like it is made to slide a laptop into. Only problem is it's only 10" wide and about 8" deep. It may take a laptop up to 1.5" thick.

I find several (Sony Vario) that are 10.9" wide and about 8" but I have a feeling it won't fit.

I'd like one with a built in DVD player/burner and running Windows as all my mapping software is Windows based as are some other programs I use. The Apple's are too big anyway as are Dell's. The Chinese IBM (Lavenco?) Thinkpads are also too big. Wireless for the hotels would be nice too.

I've looked for 10" screens and didn't find any. They always are 10.4" or some other size which makes them to big in the case dimensions. There is a Korean company (Aventec, I think) that did make some, but they look to be defunct now.

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How small is small?

http://www.gumstix.com/products.html
http://www.picotux.com/

Or are you looking for a laptop that fits into the space provided by the BMW side-bag liners?
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How small is small?

http://www.gumstix.com/products.html
http://www.picotux.com/

Or are you looking for a laptop that fits into the space provided by the BMW side-bag liners?
The latter. The laptop one running some version of Windows that will work with mapping software.
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I had a 12" macbook that would probably work. I have a tailbag and the 15 inch MacBook Pro fits nicely there.

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That looks pretty slick.

I did find a Fujitsu LifeBook P1620 that seems to fit the bill though. Just need to find some dealer in LA who carries it so I can see if it fits in the BMW liner pocket.

Fujitsu LifeBook P1620 notebook

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Fry's carries Fujitsu's, you may check with them. Bring your bag into the store and dry fit it with any laptop that looks good to you.

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I've had problems carrying fragile items - expensive cameras or complex electronics on the bike, particularly on the tail where the G forces are greater. I suppose if it's your companies it doesn't matter.

I now only carry this kind of thing on my person, usually a small rucksak.



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I've had problems carrying fragile items - expensive cameras or complex electronics on the bike, particularly on the tail where the G forces are greater. I suppose if it's your companies it doesn't matter.

I now only carry this kind of thing on my person, usually a small rucksak.
Good point, but for well over a decade I have carried four different laptops on a daily commute. For years, they were tightly bungie-netted to the backrest on my old Honda Magna. On the K1200GT, they went in a 49 liter BMW top case. No problems with any of them.

My only recommendation is that you buy the best case or backpack that you can find. I highly recommend the old-style Brenthaven backpacks and cases; the ones with the removable inner sleeve. I believe that the padded inner sleeves add considerable shock and vibration protection. I hate to admit it, but the laptops have fallen a few times over the years, including once or twice from the motorcycle seat to the pavement. I don't even worry about it, as long as they are in the case.

I don't know much about the current Brenthaven backpacks and cases. They do not have the removable sleeve. While looking for a new case recently, I read comments that they aren't as good - the top zippers aren't waterproof (the older styles have zipper covers for the main compartment), and the shock protection isn't as good either.

If you look around, you can still find the old-style backpacks with the removable sleeves. I just bought one. You can find them on eBay.

This doesn't solve Mack's problem, but I hope it helps others who travel with laptops, as I do.

P.S. The 17 inch Brenthaven backpack (with laptop) fits in a BMW 49 liter top case. With papers and accessories inside the backpack, it fills the entire bottom (black) section, but it fits.
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I use a Targus foam zippered sleeve to transport my full size laptop in any mode of transport. I put it inside whatever bag i am using ( shoulder bag, small rolling bag for airline cabin use, sitcase that I carry or push, and my interior pannier bags that go into my hardshell panniers on the bike). Never had a problem!

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