Originally Posted by voxmagna
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.